Shining Like a Diamond

Since I was sixteen years old, diamonds have deeply fascinated me. Not because of their material value, but because of their unique physical properties and sparkle.

I have learned a lot about jewellery and gems since then ­– about the history, craftsmanship and art of jewellery and gem cutting. I discovered many amazing details over the years, but nothing has ever fascinated me more than the sparkle of a diamond.

A diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth and it does reflect more light than any other gemstone. No one diamond is exactly like another, every single one has its own unique beauty. There are a large variety of cuts, all with their different properties. The more of them there are, the greater the sparkle that is reflected. Just this morning, while sitting on the sofa feeling a wonderful autumn morning dawn outside, I saw amazingly beautiful reflections of the warm glow from the fire in the stove in the diamond on my finger.

The sparkle was so still, almost subtle, yet so joyful and profound. Maybe this was just me that I was seeing, as the only things that I felt in this moment were an amazing stillness and joyful love for being who I am, like I am and where I am.

This was when I suddenly understood why I have always been fascinated by diamonds. When you look at them you see a beautiful gem; you know that it is precious, but what you see above all is a reflection of light. A diamond cannot do anything else than reflect the light that is cast on it – just like we in our essence are mirrors for each other to truly see ourselves.

Every diamond is different; most of them are white, but occasionally they do appear in every colour imaginable. They can have inclusions or be absolutely clear. Every diamond will reflect the same ray of light differently, depending on its cut and proportions and its inner structure. And yet, from a chemical point of view, all of them are made from highly compressed carbon.

We are the same: different in our outward appearances, but made up of the same particles in a strikingly similar way. Our essence is the same – love. We can connect to this essence anytime, thereby not only connecting to ourselves, but to everybody else.

The fiery glow in my diamond made me understand: We meet what we reflect and reflect what we meet.

This reminds me of the days where we are feeling joyful and light and suddenly we meet this joy and lightness everywhere – in others, nature or interactions – and where we never would have deemed this possible. What we see is what we radiate or shine out. Like diamonds, every other person in their unique way will reflect back to us what we radiate or shine out. There is no better or more effective way to reflect; every way is valuable and special.

We so often seek to change our lives by trying to change the circumstance we live in. We dream of things that might make our lives simpler or richer, we hope for the perfect partner, job or whatever, to arrive. We want to change everything around us, but do we realise that in fact there is just one thing that we can truly change? Ourselves.

Not by force or with a lot of effort – we do not need to learn things and do not have to become better. What we need to do is open up to the fact that we are wonderful just as we are. Deep inside our bodies we know all of this already and with our body we have the most faithful companion in whom we can always rely if we might need a truly wise answer.

Like a jewel that has not been cleaned and lovingly worn for a long time, we might be covered by dust of the ages and our surface might show some signs of wear, but deep inside we all are a gem.

Like an antique diamond we might need loving care and attention, but we cannot lose the ability to shine and sparkle from deep inside. It is simply up to us to shine and sparkle in our fullness again.

By Michael Kremer, Personal Assistant, Buchholz, Germany

Further Reading:
Returning to Our Essence
Aladdin’s Lamp – Cleaning a Teapot

1,004 thoughts on “Shining Like a Diamond

  1. Such a precious article to read this morning.
    At times I’m blown away by the sparky gorgeousness of some people around in my life, but what I’m realising is what I love most is the natural joy that is reflected back to me as a qualitiy of my essence as well. It may change the physical aspect but deep down inside we all share the same light, the same essence.

    1. True Greg, instead of judging we open up to get inspired by another’s expression, we enrich each other so beautifully in this way.

    2. Appreciating and confirming who we are in truth is so supportive of our evolution, ‘the only things that I felt in this moment were an amazing stillness and joyful love for being who I am’.

  2. I always find it fascinating the little aspects of life which can inspire a person, like you have written here – a simple autumn dawn, a reflection of light has inspired something in you which has lead to this beautiful article. An article which many people have the opportunity to read & connect to the same feeling within themselves.

    1. A reflection of light is so inspiring, ‘you see a beautiful gem; you know that it is precious, but what you see above all is a reflection of light.’

  3. “Every diamond will reflect the same ray of light differently, depending on its cut and proportions and its inner structure.” I love this, it’s a beautiful way to understand the unique expression we all offer, and our absolute equality at the same time.

    1. I agree – this is such a wise statement, how can we ever compare ourselves to another when just like a diamond we are here to show a different point? Yet, we are engulfed in it, our insecurities and everything we ourselves have laced ourselves with are a constant bring-down through which we compare and feel bad about…

  4. And when we begin to appreciate that just like a precious diamond, we ourselves sparkle and reflect different facets to different people. Depending on the angle that they are seeing us, we will realise how precious to each other’s learning and growth we really are.

    1. Absolutely Suse, appreciation of our essences and the fact everyone will reflect these qualities equally, but slightly differently, because we all come from a different angle and you have equality and evolution.

    2. We reflect, and are mirrors to see more of ourselves, ‘A diamond cannot do anything else than reflect the light that is cast on it – just like we in our essence are mirrors for each other to truly see ourselves.’

  5. Our true nature is to reflect the light of our Soul through every facet of life we live, the truth of who we are. This is a beautiful reminder Michael of our innate way of being and our true purpose in this life.

  6. You are a beauty Michael, your words are straight from the wisdom of the heart and deeply touching. “A diamond cannot do anything else than reflect the light that is cast on it – just like we in our essence are mirrors for each other to truly see ourselves.” This line really highlights the futility of comparison and jealousy, and instead shows how we need every beautiful reflection to get the full picture of who we are and where we are from.

  7. “A diamond cannot do anything else than reflect the light that is cast on it – just like we in our essence are mirrors for each other to truly see ourselves.” The light reflected from our inner essence shines through the Universe.

  8. I would absolutely love to see these words on great big billboards, worldwide: “We want to change everything around us, but do we realise that in fact there is just one thing that we can truly change? Ourselves.” Now this wisdom would bring any call for change we would like to happen in the world to the feet of every single one of us, for it is we who have created what we want changed, so therefore it is us who can change it; it all comes down to self responsibility.

  9. “A diamond cannot do anything else than reflect the light that is cast on it” – I love this. Just like our body, where it is placed, in what angle – which is all about movement – determines the kind of reflection it gives off.

  10. How amazing that each one of us has a distinct reflection, a sparkle that is uniquely our own, and yet we are all one in the sense of this amazing love that is the one love that we are all emanating from.

    1. We are all love in essence, ‘We are the same: different in our outward appearances, but made up of the same particles in a strikingly similar way. Our essence is the same – love.’

  11. In my understanding of life, everything is here to reflect back to us communications from the universe, from its divine order which we are naturally a part of, as this is our origins. Therefore, it is possible to read the reflections from nature and to see ourselves in its universality, to see who we are as universal beings not tied down to this earthly life, but actually from and returning to something far, far greater.

  12. Do we dull, or do we illuminate all that we innately are in essence as we are in fact all born of the same Fathering light? And so, as vessels of light, our natural way of being is to reflect that which we are aligning to, be it the vibration that represents the light we are or that which represents a reduction of it.

  13. How gorgeous is this … ‘as the only things that I felt in this moment were an amazing stillness and joyful love for being who I am’ ❤️ what if every single one of us within the world felt this about ourselves!

  14. “The fiery glow in my diamond made me understand: We meet what we reflect and reflect what we meet” if more people understood this truth, they would be more responsible in how they walk in the world and relate to others.

    1. It brings the responsibility back to ourselves, ‘We want to change everything around us, but do we realise that in fact there is just one thing that we can truly change? Ourselves.’

  15. Diamonds retain their strength, in fact they’re one of the strongest substances on this planet and even when they are obscured the sparkle is there, what a great analogy for us, we all have a deep and strong essence which is forever there ready to sparkle … our job to let it out.

  16. “We meet what we reflect and reflect what we meet.” A beautiful reminder of the power that we have.

  17. Such a beautiful way to allow us to feel our sparkle, and that this same sparkle is equal in all regardless of what ever exterior we choose to surround it with.

  18. A great reflection, the more we are naturally with ourselves, the more we sparkle both inwardly and outwardly, for all to see.

  19. ‘Every diamond will reflect the same ray of light differently, depending on its cut and proportions and its inner structure’ – is so true of people too. We bring our different qualities to everything.

    I observe this in my work environment (and no doubt you have observed this in yours too) that every member of staff/employee will excel in something different to another person. Every person will excel in something and when we come together, each quality adds up to one. This I call a team, the mother of all diamonds – something I have come to observe more and more and appreciate.

  20. “the fact that we are wonderful just as we are.” Just like a precious diamond we too can reflect the light of our Divine inner essence.

    1. In our essence we are love, we are beautiful, ‘Like a jewel that has not been cleaned and lovingly worn for a long time, we might be covered by dust of the ages and our surface might show some signs of wear, but deep inside we all are a gem.’

  21. What I love about diamonds is that they don’t create their own light, they are completely transparent and a pure vehicle always ready to reflect the light around them, it’s a beautiful humble job and that is what makes them sparkle so much, it makes me wonder if we were to apply ourselves to life in the same way what would be possible.

  22. Yes exactly Doug… I was also thinking of the extraordinary process whereby a lump of coal can be transformed… One of the extraordinary processes of this world.

  23. I love looking at my ring with three diamonds and the way each diamond reflects on its own and then together a stunning array of light and colour…. like appreciating each one of us on the planet for the divine and precious qualities we are here to reflect.

  24. “We meet what we reflect and reflect what we meet.” This can be a bit to wrap your head around. What I take from it, is that everything that happens to us (what we meet) is a reflection and it is our job to stay steady to not react to what is before us, but to see what is being reflected to us and why. For example, why is that person in my life, what is this situation presenting to me, what am I to learn here.

  25. It is beautiful when we can connect and deeply appreciate the beauty of our emanation, for it is only when we understand that we are already everything that we can just reflect our sparkle from the soul.

  26. Nature teaching us about light, such a simple analogy to appreciate. The question is…what quality of light are we reflecting to the world?

    1. So true Thomas – as we are always reflecting a quality through our body. It is a great question you ask as in the answer it is revealed what vibration we are willingly aligning to and allowing to move us.

  27. ‘We meet what we reflect and reflect what we meet.’ …. yes we do and we have so many things in life, people and nature to show us this. Life is there to inspire us to be the sparkle we naturally are.

  28. ” Our essence is the same – love. We can connect to this essence anytime, thereby not only connecting to ourselves, but to everybody else.” This is so true re-connecting to love our essence allows re-connection with everyone else’s love and therefore everyone else . The oneness of love is there, like a diamond ,we ALL have a sparkle , ours is the sparkle of love.

  29. I love how you say we can change ourselves not by going into a drive or push to become something we think we need to be but by opening up to what is already within us and dedicating ourselves to bringing that out in our way of living and being with everyone.

  30. Beautiful analogy Michael. It’s true that we can’t possibly lose our shine….we just allow ourselves to get dusty….sometimes really really dusty. But it’s always there…ready when we are.

  31. “We meet what we reflect and reflect what we meet.” The simple truth of this has the clarity of that diamond on your finger Michael.

  32. “We meet what we reflect and reflect what we meet.” This stuck with me because I can fall so quickly into seeing the reflections as things we need to learn in life, almost immediately taking the “I am less approach” and here you offer another reflection, that we reflect to each other our essence and the more we can choose to reflect that, like a sparkling diamond, the more others will be able to connect to that level of unique commonality too!

  33. Thank you Michael for this beautiful analogy and the realisation that we never lose our ability to shine instead sometimes we allow this to become obscured by events in our lives but we always have the choice to reconnect to the jewel we are.

  34. I have always loved diamonds and watching the way they catch the light and sparkle so bright. What a beautiful analogy Michael for us to equally allow ourselves to sparkle and shine no matter what – the world then gets a reflection that awakens them to this truth as well.

  35. ” Like an antique diamond we might need loving care and attention, but we cannot lose the ability to shine and sparkle from deep inside. It is simply up to us to shine and sparkle in our fullness again.” This is beautifully said Michael . And as the saying goes a diamond in the rough is still a diamond.

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