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

1,015 thoughts on “Shining Like a Diamond

  1. ‘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.

  2. “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.

  3. 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.

  4. A diamond feels to be a kind of miracle. Take a boring black substance like carbon which looks like a lump of coal and compress it until it is not only clear and transparent but also reflects light in amazing ways depending upon how it is cut. We are surrounded by so many such miracles yet we mostly just see them as mundane.

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. ‘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.

  10. ” 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. “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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. ” 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.

  17. Everyone of us has, as you say, that gorgeous sparkle inside of us… and you know , sometimes all you have to do is to look into someone’s eyes with love and the sparkle lights up.

  18. “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.” Beautiful Michael. A polished diamond usually starts out as a piece of uncut stone. With refinement it ends up in its final glory. We can polish and refine ourselves just by returning to being who we naturally are, to show our inner essence that was there all along, just like the diamond.

  19. No matter how rough we appear on the outside we forever shine within and this inner flame cannot be interfered with only denied…

  20. A gorgeous analogy Michael, I love the true and simple message you have expressed here;
    “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”.

  21. Beautifully shared Michael, we are so much like a diamond in the preciousness that we hold in our inner heart and the reflection of our own unique light to shine and sparkle out to the world, in this our own deep love and joy.

  22. I love this article as it shed some light on why I was so drawn to have a diamond ring. I am not traditional when it comes to weddings and I almost felt a little typical choosing a diamond ring but I couldn’t deny the strong pull and attraction I had to the diamond, it makes so much sense now. To add to this analogy, I think its safe to say that Universal Medicine offers the support and tools to successfully buff and clean up your diamond again, to get it shining and sparkling, like it was before it got all dusty and worn. The proof is in the pudding with how the student body shine, sometimes there are some chips in the stone from wear and tare over the years but it doesn’t mean those diamonds sparkle any less, every person is unique, as is every stone but we are all here for the same reason, we were born to shine.

  23. I feel this is probably why we love diamonds so much, it reflects to us a sparkle and shine that we know we hold deep within too.

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