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As Above, So Below

June 15th, 2010 by Will Nesbitt Leave a comment Go to comments

As Above, So Below

“As above, so below; as below, so above.” – The Kybalion

One day, by ‘chance’, an oyster and a jellyfish so happened to meet for the first time.   They exchanged pleasantries and then each asked questions about the other in order to gain knowledge and become more familiar.   The oyster says, “Well, I live at the bottom of the ocean.  The Great Ocean favors me because it has given me knowledge of the deeper things below.”  The jellyfish argues, “Well, I live above you and swim higher at the top of the ocean.  Surely, The Great Ocean favors me more because I am closer to the light.”  The two continued arguing back and forth for hours about who is right, who is wrong, and who the Great Ocean favors more.

Suddenly, a great voice from the water surrounding them began to rumble and speak saying, “You are both right, yet you are both wrong.  Jellyfish, you are right in that you live above and are closer to the light.  And oyster, you are correct in that you live below and know the deeper things below.  But your place in the ocean does not mean that I favor either of you over the other.  For I the Great Ocean am with you in the shallow waters as well as the deep and I am the same in either place I dwell.  I cover you, support you, and surround you.  It is in Me that you live, move, and have your being.  Everything you see above, I made…just as all that you see below, including both of you.  So, there is no need to wonder.  No need to argue.  For I am with you wherever you are because I am the ocean and I am you.  I AM ALL.  And I love you ALL the same.”   Humbled, the jellyfish and the oyster agreed and embraced.  They both returned to their homes and shared what they had learned.  And so the Great Ocean’s purpose for their ‘chance’ meeting was fulfilled.

The moral of the story:

Just as it would be pointless for a fish to swim from sea to sea in search of water, it is just as pointless for man to go here and there in search of the Truth.  The Truth is everywhere.  You’re swimming in it.  It knows no separation, division, nor prejudice for it is available to all.  All that’s needed is for you to open your eyes.  Look around and allow yourself to see Truth in all things.  It is the same all over.  Whether it be in the shallow or in the deep, whether above or below, it does not matter because it is all God who is Everywhere and Everything.  And He loves us all the same.  This is Truth.  This is Oneness.


“The great Second Hermetic Principle embodies the truth that there is a harmony, agreement, and correspondence between the several planes of Manifestation, Life and Being. This truth is a truth because all that is included in the Universe emanates from the same source, and the same laws, principles, and characteristics apply to each unit, or combination of units of activity, as each manifests its own phenomena upon its own plane.” – The Kybalion

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  1. Kimberly
    June 16th, 2010 at 20:55 | #1

    If only “WE” as the people white, black, poor, rich, educated, non educated, right or wrong can hear the truth ONCE and embrace each other like the jellyfish and the oyster this world would be PEACE and we would have peace in the world…. I love this story. I can relate to it fully in every way. We have to listen to that HIGHER voice within us, which is in all of us… Like you say…. It’s everywhere… GREAT READING…

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