I have a lovely silver teapot. My husband, who owns an antique shop, brought it home from work one day as he thought I would like it – and I did.
When he first brought the teapot home, it looked dull and tarnished. I thought the silver had all been worn off, leaving only the underlying nickel. But the teapot had a lovely shape and feel and so I used it to make tea. It was beautifully designed so that when you poured the tea all the leaves stayed in the pot – no strainer needed – and the tea tasted great.
So I used the teapot every day and as I drink quite a lot of tea, it was handled frequently. One day, after all this handling, I noticed the handle had become shiny and silver.
And I wondered if, underneath it all, the whole teapot was still lovely and silver.
I bought some silver polish and started to rub the teapot gently. As I did, the teapot started to shine. I was now inspired to reveal what I knew lay beneath, and willing to do whatever it took to bring it to light. My husband walked past, and was amazed to see what was being revealed. He said: “I have a product at the shop which will help – why don’t you come and try it?”
So I went to the shop and gently rubbed the teapot, and as it became cleaner and shinier and more and more reflective, a beautiful genie appeared!
Now this was not a great big blue fast-talking genie, but one who was equally capable of everyday miracles. One who could transform a dull teapot into a shining vessel of beauty and grace, that reflected this to all the world.
And what the genie realised as she cleaned the teapot more and more, was that the teapot was a metaphor for her own body.
The years, and life, had left the teapot (and her body) slightly tarnished, on the surface, with a few little dings here and there where life choices had not been so kind to it. But with a little tender loving care, and some dedication and commitment, the tarnish easily came off, leaving the underlying beauty there for all to feel and see.
I brought the teapot home and showed it to everyone with the innocence of a child, and my family were amazed to see how beautiful it was.
I noticed after a day of using the teapot that it had fingerprints on it, and was starting to dull again. With this I realised that it will need to be cared for and cleaned and then rested every day if it is not to tarnish again.
Keeping my teapot clean will be a daily reflection and reminder of love now –and it will reflect to me the care I have been taking with it – and with myself – every time I stop to have a cup of tea.
In every moment, and in every action, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, we are offered another gorgeous opportunity to learn from life.
I am forever inspired by the life and work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.
by Anne Malatt, woman, wife, mother, grandmother, Australia
How True Service First Begins With Caring for Self
660 thoughts on “Aladdin’s Lamp – Cleaning a Teapot”
The light glowing outside is a reflection of the love and committment we bring, the care for the details, the dedication of cherising ourselves with no reserves..The beauty that emanates as a result of this choice is priceless.
It’s very inspirational to read this analogy as it can be applied to any object we may relate along the day. We can bring a qualitiy of love that care and deeply nurture us, from inside out.
I loved the metaphor and understand how our life’s choices leaves our bodies tarnished with dings here and there. And yet underneath, that light is always there.
This statement is more powerful then some would even realise, ‘In every moment, and in every action, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, we are offered another gorgeous opportunity to learn from life’. I would like to add that will either tarnish us or keep us shining, it all depends on how we perceive or receive it…
What a beautiful reflection and reminder, ‘Keeping my teapot clean will be a daily reflection and reminder of love now –and it will reflect to me the care I have been taking with it – and with myself – every time I stop to have a cup of tea.’
Such a simple message of self care with the quirky symbolism of the genie that appeared…We are all here to shine brightly despite all that the world throws at us but also despite how much we might fight shining our own light ourselves. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy in dulling the light by not appreciating ourselves or not looking after ourselves and the spark within – but thankfully this blog is a great reminder of the fact that it is not that hard to shine bright and in so doing we inspire others to do likewise and discover the joy and ease with which this can be done.
Appreciation is a big and often underused word. In appreciation we see and offered so much more. When we seek appreciation from others, we have given our power away and yet it is all within. We just need to look within more often.
Thank you Anne for this gorgeously simple and refreshing blog about the treasure that lies within us all and how true care and love can support us to keep shining it out to the world.
“I noticed after a day of using the teapot that it had fingerprints on it, and was starting to dull again. With this I realised that it will need to be cared for and cleaned and then rested every day if it is not to tarnish again” – this is very poignant to me right now. Care is not what we apply only when something has gone wrong, but It is already in the way we are with it, the willingness to have a relationship with it at all times to maximise its potential.
A shining example of the wisdom that is reflected to us in how we live.
When we apply the simplicity of love, dedication and commitment it will always bring a lighter version.
With love and care we can restore anything to its former beauty and magnificence, what a powerful reminder.
“…with a little tender loving care, and some dedication and commitment,….” is the magical recipe to resurrect any life however painful, traumatic or harming it may have been.
The power of love when surrendered to and honored, resurrects us form the dullness of the shadows we have willfully fallen into, to reveal the former glory of all that we are in essence, the divine light which we are here to reflect.
Well said Carola as it confirms that the light was always there, and it is not something we need to make or learn or do, but rather an unlearning to allow it to be seen again in its full glory.
Such a gorgeous reminder to keep polishing.
Life offers us simplicity. We can choose to connect to it or not. Shine comes from the acceptance of the offering. Dull reflects to us our loosing sight of it and getting lost.
I like that the teapot was so well designed and worked beautifully even though its appearance was not so well kept, and I can see that is when I would go ‘Oh, well. But it still works’ and neglect the care it could have for its potential to be fully appreciated.
Anne we often take such care with keeping objects in good order, including our car, yet we don’t do the same with our body. By working with Universal Medicine I have made a lot of changes to bring self care into my life and it’s just like the teapot, the body is tarnished and affected from previous choices, however with time and self care not only is my body restoring but the essence of who I am is starting to shine through again.
Great point Melinda – we can look after things like our car or motor vehicles etc and be very particular about what fuel goes into the car or how often we service it or wash it, but then ironically we can ignore this application to our own body and shovel various fuels into the body that we know do not serve it well, forget to stop and service our body (getting medical support for physical ailments, or resting the body as needed etc). Quite profound to realise this total opposite of how we look after ourselves (or not). It is a fantastic analogy and one well worth pondering on…
‘In every moment, and in every action, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, we are offered another gorgeous opportunity to learn from life.’ So true Anne, thank you for this powerful reminder.
What a way to now imprint your cup of tea for the love of you. I would have loved to have seen an image of this teapot in this blog.
Yes, to keep the joy of life ‘shining’ does not happen with just one ‘polish’, it requires constant and consistent loving care, appreciation and nurturing that is The Way of The Livingness.
Love this Jonathan – the consistency of living love offers the shining reflection of the light we are all are in essence, imprinting the truth of us all.
It’s amazing when we are open to it how even the smallest mundane experience can reflect a profound learning for us.
The simple messages of the soul to illuminate the way of the heart.
We are always offered so much to learn, very beautiful, just as is this tea pot analogy.
“In every moment, and in every action, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, we are offered another gorgeous opportunity to learn from life.” such a gorgeous blog to read, thank you Anne for sharing the treasures that are there for us in every moment, just waiting for us to feel and deeply appreciate.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful reflection on life. The flow from the cherished teapot will know that it comes from a vessel that is lovingly cared for.
What this absolutely beautiful blog makes clear is how much do we have to gain if we start relating what forms part of our life to us and appreciating what reflects back to us.
You highlight so beautifully how every day we are offered the opportunity to build consistency with what we align to. As every day our choices reflect the quality of vibration we choose to live. Is it love or all that is not love, as our bodies are designed to behold the love we are, and it is a body of love that illuminates with the light of our Soul, as is our innate way of being.
To me this is a bedtime story that I would have loved to hear when I was young… one that was real and a reminder to be aware of how we move and handle our bodies with care or carelessness and what results from that. Now, in my forties those things I thought I could ‘get away with’ when I was a young girl and a teenager have as the saying goes ‘caught up with me’. Giving me another opportunity to re-imprint looking after my skin or exercising my body for where it is at now.
The tarnished silver teapot is a great reflection of our physical body and the moment to moment presence and loving care that it deserves and thrives on.
A simple analogy that we can learn much from. We have a choice every moment to allow ourselves to shine or allow the world to tarnish us, but our shine still remains underneath nonetheless.
Beautifully said Thomas, as the light of who we are always remains untouched.
Beautiful reminder and reflection Anne, ‘Keeping my teapot clean will be a daily reflection and reminder of love now –and it will reflect to me the care I have been taking with it – and with myself – every time I stop to have a cup of tea.’
I love your metaphor, ‘But with a little tender loving care, and some dedication and commitment, the tarnish easily came off, leaving the underlying beauty there for all to feel and see.’ It is amazing what tender loving care reveals.
What a wonderful reminder to have each time you have a cup of tea Anne. I think I need a teapot!
A beautiful tea pot analogy Anne. And so beautiful that – ‘ In every moment, and in every action, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, we are offered another gorgeous opportunity to learn from life.’
Anne this is a gorgeous reminder of the pure essence we all have within that is often hidden away under layers of protection that have weighed us down and through our simple loving choices we can restore and resurrect ourselves to be our beautiful shiny selves once again.
Lovely to read again Anne and a great metaphor for the untarnished essence we keep hidden away under our loveless daily choices and accumulated hurts.
I love this analogy Anne. It doesn’t take much to uncover the shine under the layer of tarnish and wear. And once the beauty is revealed it is for us to cherish and care for it everyday.
There is something very beautiful about cleaning silver, bringing it back to life, lovely to read your blog how cleaning the teapot reminded you of the daily reflection of your own life and how taking care of yourself is equally as important.
A beautiful reminder that it is through embracing more love and self-care in our living that we bring the shine and beauty we all have equally within ourselves.
True, we support the love and light within to sparkle out for all to see and feel.
Thank you Anne, a beautiful reminder that every choice makes a difference, and that it’s never too late to start deeply caring, no matter how worn down the body might feel: there is always a level of tenderness to return to, underneath everything else we may have added to it.
Dear Anne, I love your little stories of daily life, there is so much to enjoy and appreciate.
Yes, I love this story, it could be a beautiful bed time story.
A lovely reminder that our body is worth taking care of whatever the state it might be in and it’s the little loving care and attention we give it every day that brings back and reveals the shine and beauty it is naturally imbued with.
I love it when the simplest in things in life can reflect to us a learning that supports us to move forward in life. So many of us live like the tarnished teapot and yet each one of us deserves the dedication, commitment and tender loving care we can offer ourselves to let our true beauty be seen.
“I noticed after a day of using the teapot that it had fingerprints on it, and was starting to dull again. With this I realised that it will need to be cared for and cleaned and then rested every day if it is not to tarnish again.” Such a beautiful metaphor for our body. We need to love, nurture and care for it in every moment – or it will rust and tarnish – that way illness and disease lie.
We all have layers of tarnish from our past that can hide our true potential but a steady commitment to caring for ourselves and to clearing those layers can be very supportive in initiating our original shine again.
I can feel how so many things that I do in love, as you have shared about your tea pot Anne, then this flows to other areas of my life so that I also love doing so many other tasks.
“and it will reflect to me the care I have been taking with it – and with myself – every time I stop to have a cup of tea.” Creating stop-moments in our day to reflect on how we are going and if we still feel as amazing as the moment before is very supportive. A great thing to remember as I had forgotten about it a bit but as your story shows the beauty is always there underneath.
To find this article again today and to feel the tenderness and understanding applied to your teapot (understanding the metaphor about our bodies) is absolute gold. With christmas at the end of this week and the push to abandon our bodies in the intensity of the expectations at this time of year, this is like a quiet steady ticket of permission to listen in more deeply to what my body is saying and to take care of the teapot whatever is going on around me!
This is a great blog for me to start deeply looking at the pattern I have noticed that I am living in – how I oscillate between leaving my body to get tarnished and every now and then spiked to ‘renew’ my commitment to care and take care of it to restore its shine. I have been like a yo-yo. I have had enough experience to know for myself that it is in my everyday choices that defines the way my body feels and is, and how amazing I would feel as a result of it – yet I don’t keep it consistent. It’s like I am knowingly making choices to not keep shining.
Self-care is a daily thing. There is part of me that thinks I just need to do it every now and then. Like getting your car serviced. But it’s not. And sometimes that really frustrates me, like I go, I have to look after you (speaking to myself) again??? I did that yesterday!!!! That frustration reveals to me the call to care for myself in every moment and how I am resisting that and only wanting to do it every now and then. Great blog Anne, thank you.
Gorgeous analogy which can be used for much in life. We can care for all our things including our homes and bodies. Without loving care things will still operate and life will go on. But it is the care and regard we have for things that make the difference between simply a teapot being a teapot able to pour tea or a teapot that wows you with its beauty.
I just read https://truthaboutuniversalmedicine.com/2016/03/12/shining-like-a-diamond/, and now this. Two beautiful gems in one day. Lovely reflections.
Self-care … it sounds so simple and yet it is so elusive for so many … and yet it is the foundation of our re-connection to ourselves, and all that is.
Anne, this is such a cool story and a beautiful metaphor. How good does it feel to shine! And it makes sense that in order for us to really shine, we must look after ourselves first. Love it!
An absolutely exquisite analogy and revelation that offers great wisdom of the ever-deepening relationship that awaits with our light (who we are) within. We are the masters of the degree in which we live our light in this world we are in, and supported we are, every step of the way to embrace this through the constant reflections offered to us through every facet of our daily lives.
Love it Anne, thank you for leaving me with a lovely image. I may not have a silver tea pot but there are many things around the house that can remind me of the same dedication. Perfect timing.
Thank you Anne, I love reading your blog again. ‘In every moment, and in every action, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, we are offered another gorgeous opportunity to learn from life.’ Beautiful! This reminds me that life is full of these amazing opportunities and when we appreciate it in this way everything we experience is actually a blessing, no matter how small of big. It also reminds me to deeply appreciate these opportunities and feel the joy in every moment as we continually learn and expand.
I love the commitment reflected in your writing to consistently care for you and your teapot. Truly inspiring.
Thank you Anne. This article is genieous and a gentle reminder to bring the shine into my life.
How beautiful Anne to have something so lovely as a silver teapot to reflect to you, your gorgeousness every day and a reminder to look after yourself tenderly and lovingly too.
Yes, a beautiful, respectful, tender, playful way to develop our relationship with our bodies. Everyone needs a teapot!