Dear Friends, Drodzy Przyjaciele, Cari Amici,
This is another story from the Tales of the Magic Monastery by Theophane the Monk. It has much meaning to me and it brings to the mind and heart some very powerful thoughts and questions.
The Pearl of Great Price
He asked me what I was looking for.
“Frankly,” I said, “I’m looking for the Pearl of Great Price.”
He slipped his hand into his pocket, drew it out, AND GAVE IT TO ME. It was just like that! I was dumbfounded. Then I began to protest: “You don’t want to give it to me? Don’t you want to keep it for yourself? But . . .”
When I kept this up, he said finally, “Look, is it better to have the Pearl of Great Price, or to give it away?” —
Well, now I have it. I don’t tell anyone. From some would be just disbelief and ridicule. “You have the Pearl of Great Price? Hah!” Others would be jealous, or someone might steal it. Yes, I do have it. But there’s that question — “Is it better to have it, or to give it away?” How long will that question rob me of my joy?
Every day I have to look at what I have in my Possession and decide what I do with it, whether it is something as Magnificent as the Pearl of Great Price, or something as small as an opportunity to Open a Door for a Stranger.
My decision to write and publish my books was deeply connected to this Question about Sharing what has been Most Precious for me. If I had decided to Hide or Hoard My Healing inside, I believe my Spectacular Dawn would not be Rising like it is.
Please accept my thoughts, my prayers, my books, my paintings, my blogs as Small Pearls that I am offering as a Gift. If they are helpful, I am so glad.
With my Gift from the Heart, Z moim Dar z Serca, Con il mio Dono dal Cuore,
Gabriel Orion Marie
* For those of you who may not know, I have published a series of three books that tell the story of my recovery and healing from profoundly intense physical, sexual and spiritual abuse. These books have dozens of paintings that I did during my process and those paintings are a core form of communication I used in my Healing. These books are available on Amazon. I hope you will read them and pass them on to others !
This White House (Book One), Going Sane (Book Two) and A Spectacular Dawn (Book Three)