How does an oyster set about making a pearl? To begin with, a tiny grain of sand falls into its shell, and this grain of sand is a difficulty, an irritant. ‘Oh’, says the oyster, ‘How can I get rid of this? It scratches and itches, what can I do?’ It starts to think and concentrate – it meditates.
And one day, it begins to secrete a special substance with which it surrounds this rough grain of sand so that it becomes smooth, polished and velvety.
The oyster feels proud of its success for it has overcome a difficulty.
This is the lesson of the pearl oyster: it teaches us that we can envelop our troubles and vexations with a luminous, iridescent substance and in so doing, amass untold riches within us. True spiritualists are those who know how to work on their difficulties and turn them into precious pearls.