The two oysters

two-oystersOnce upon a time there were two oysters. They were good friends but attended different churches.

They came together one day to compare notes on their church’s approach to religion.

The first oyster said, “My church believes that God is love, therefore our minister emphasizes gentleness and sweetness while he gives his message. Everyone in our church is made to feel valuable, important and pampered. In fact, we are all made to feel happy as clams in our church.”

The second oyster said, “My church teaches that we need to look deeply into—and purify—our hearts. Treating us gently and sweetly all the time would obstruct the need, urgency and process for genuine spiritual self-examination and transformation. It seems that our minister even says things that will often irritate us and make us feel personal discomfort instead of trying to convince us how valuable we are—in spite of ourselves.”

“What is genuine transformation?” asked the first oyster.

“Open up your shell so that we can get a glimpse of what is in your inner world,” said the second oyster.

The first oyster opened his shell, revealing nothing of particular value—just a mass of slippery meat inside.

The second oyster opened his shell. Inside, there was a valuable pearl!oyster-pearl

“How did that pearl get in there?” asked the first oyster.

“I have learned to deal with my irritations and to become aware of the many indignations I harbor deep within my self-centered heart. I am trying to make my life more valuable, and not simply be told I am valuable,” replied the second oyster.

About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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