Last time I seen Mary McKay she gave me this story which she wanted to be published in her book:
The Hymn of the Pearl
Once upon a time the Great King of Heaven decided to send his beloved son
on a sacred mission to earth to find and bring back the “Pearl that resides in
Anxious to take on this sacred mission and prove his loyalty, the Prince leaves
his fathers kingdom with great determination. The moment he arrives in this
world, however – that is, the moment he is born – he forgets his mission and
his royal origins.
Drawn to the worlds attractions, our hero becomes accustom to his alien
land and finally comes to believe it is the only home he has ever known.
Time passes. The prince marries, has children and indulges in the age old
labours and pleasures of human existence, all the while remaining in a state of
Decades go by. Then in his 40th Year, a milestone age for spiritual awakening,
the King of Heaven sends his son a message,
‘REMEMBER, SEEK, STRUGGLE, ACCOMPLISH, RETURN’
But the Prince pays no attention. He is too immersed in life. So the king sends
the message again, this time in a different form.
Again it is ignored.
Message after message is sent down over the period of years – Eastern
religions would say over many lifetimes.
Gradually the prince begins to comprehend the meaning of these heavenly
dispatches and to recognize their urgency.
In the end after much hesitation and many slips and falls, he answers his
Father’s Call, finds the ‘Pearl of great Price’ – his spiritual nature and returns
home from exile.
Hymns of the pearl is by “The 5 stages of the soul” – Harry Moody and David Carroll