The Gnostic Hymn of the Pearl is a beautiful story describing the tale of a Soul traveling along it’s Earth journey. It’s the story of a prince who lost his way, forgot his inner light, and fell blind to his purpose. A story we can all relate to no matter our path or heritage, because something in it resembles something in the bitter sweet journey we ourselves embarked on the moment we took our first human breath.
The lyrics of this hymn speak to the same challenges we’ve all encounter, the victories that have come by the force of our will, and the courage we learned to master in the moments we chose to follow our truth. It speaks of the deep confusion and loneliness we’ve all experienced in our hours of darkness, and the longing we’ve felt to understand the meaning of life and its daily struggles. In this story the gentle call of spirit asks the prince to remember his greatness, it also asks that we remember ours.
The pearl the prince was sent to find is his own holiness, it’s the Soul in him that he must awaken so he may become whole, learn to shine his inner light, and live out his highest purpose. His robe of glory is his spirit nature, his oneness with the All. It was forgotten as he fell into matter and became flesh and bones., so he may again discover it.
The Gnostic scriptures speak of a key of a knowledge hidden within this priceless pearl, they tell us that this knowledge grows as we follow the path of self discovery. When we acknowledge and follow the wishes of our hearts, this knowledge awakens within us. From the depths of our inner being, it comes to life.
But to reach it we must first get beyond the needs of our external existence; the ego, our fears and inhibitions, the social expectations we have lived by, and the ideals imposed upon us by the outer world. We must swim through this sea of external pressures, get past the snorting serpent, to reach our precious pearl. Along the way we find that this sea is actually within us, not somewhere out there, that discovering it is an inner challenge we must have the courage to embark on. As we swim down to the center of our being to find ourselves the waters of creation strengthen and purify our Soul, and our resolve.
The hymn also tells us that the covenant of who we are is written within our hearts so we may not forget it, so that it is always with us; our journey to self is therefore a journey of remembering. There is nothing we do not already know; we already are the sons and daughters of kings and queens, from the highest order, we’ve merely fallen into a deep earthly sleep.
We walk like stranger in this world, but spirit always gently calls, reminding us to rise to the greatness of who we once were, and who we will always be; beyond matter and this world.
There is an abundance of wisdom in this ancient allegory, it’s worth meditating on and listening to it’s its subtle guidance, it shines light on our human experience and reminds us that there is more to us then the circumstances we face in our daily existence. We are never alone.
Here is a link to the poem/lyrics of the Hymn of the Pearl, from The Gnostic Society Library, The Hymn of the Pearl
Also, some further Gnostic readings at thepearl.org
With Love & Light,