Bowl of Perfect Light
“Each child born has at birth, a Bowl of Perfect Light. If he tends his Light, it will grow in strength, and he can do all things — swim with the shark, fly with the birds, know and understand all things.
If, however, he become envious or jealous, he drops a stone into his Bowl of Light and some of the Light goes out. Light and the stone cannot hold the same space. If he continues to put stones in the Bowl of Light, the Light will go out, and he will become a stone. A stone does not grow, nor does it move.
If at anytime he tires of being a stone, all he needs to do is turn the bowl upside down and the stones will fall away, and the Light will grow once more.”
words of Tutu Kaeli’ohe ne’ekoa of Molokai’i in Tales of the Night Rainbow, by Koko Willis and Pali Jae Lee