The Story of the Magic Carpet
Once upon a time, a sultan sent his three sons out in the world to search for “the most valuable thing on earth”.
‘He who will find the “wonder of all wonders”, he said, will receive this kingdom.’
The oldest son returned home with an ivory wand, which could make one see anything.
The middle son brought an apple, whose fragrance healed any illness in the world.
The youngest flew home on a magic carpet. It could take anyone wherever they wanted.
‘So… which is the most precious?’ asked the sultan.
‘To see everything?’
‘To heal anything?’
‘Or to fly?’
The three sons took turns to praise and gush over their finding. But finally the sultan, raising his hand, said:
‘None is better than the other. If one is missing, the others are worthless.’
And finally the kingdom was divided equally among the three sons.
We should read this story as a subtle metaphor enabling us to understand how a living organism works.
All human organs and systems are interconnected. At all times, the pancreatic or liver cell has information about the heart or teeth, bones have information about the thyroid, the muscles about what goes on with the lungs and so on. Everything operates in utmost harmony and synergy.
We often consider the body a mere terrestrial vehicle, subordinated to the mind, which does its job without us. When giving signs of failure, it is sent off to a medical office or worse, discarded in a hospital bed where it is fed the magic pill and everything gets back to normal.
However, the body is not a lifeless machine. It protects, supports, contains and fills us with sensations, stores feelings and memories, lifts us up every morning, reminds us that we exist, gives us volume and weight and keeps the flame burning day in and day out.
“The body is the launch pad of a rocket. From the top of this rocket, the soul gazes at the mysterious starry night.”
Dr. Clarisa Pinkola
Accordingly, in this machinery throbbing with life, in this fascinating “sea” which is the oral cavity, one cannot treat the velvety pearls with brutality or remove them altogether, since there is no replacement so genuinely beautiful and valuable.
Teeth and the oral cavity are a direct reflection of the whole, a living mirror of metabolic games, a speaking mirror of the condition of the most secluded internal organs.
They definitely deserve a new type of approach and care, focused primarily on prevention, on the continuous endeavour to build strong and resilient tissues, bursting with energy!