In counselling, the essential thing is to see a man as he is, not as he imagines himself to be.
Where is it, this “pearl of great price”?
Where it’s always been—inside the clam.
Likewise, the chalice, suspended from a bough of the great oak in the walled-off garden of the grown-over castle.
“Look inside yourself.”
In every circumstance, act as if if you were perfect. Which, in truth, you are.
Let the act confirm the fact.