Aladdin’s Lamp – Cleaning a Teapot

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

Further reading:
How True Service First Begins With Caring for Self

 

647 thoughts on “Aladdin’s Lamp – Cleaning a Teapot

  1. ‘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, and deeply appreciated.

  2. So beautiful to to read Anne opening me up to my beauty within and the need to care tenderly with it. I too love theses words” In every ,moment, and in every action, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, we are offered another gorgeous opportunity to learn from life.”

  3. It goes to show Anne that underneath all the layers of tarnish we see and focus on the outside can be true beauty…. And maybe we can apply this same principle of clearing away the layers of hurt and emotions that we human beings carry to appreciate the true beauty inside of us also.

  4. I love how this teapot provides a reflection in every meaning of that word and the analogy with the body and caring for it daily too is so true. The hidden beauty, the hidden treasure, the preciousness and delicateness within is so often just covered by a thin veil.

  5. A beautiful message to show how treating ourselves with the utmost care and gentleness is a winning combo for life.Thank you Anne.

  6. I like what you allude to, in terms of consistently caring for ones self… not just after a serious issue or once you are hampered with ‘tarnishes’ but to treat your body like the temple which it is

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. “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.

  16. 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.

  17. “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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.’

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