Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Art of Accepting

What is the mirror of being?
Non-being, Always bring a mirror of non-existence
as a gift. Any other present is foolish.

An empty mirror and your worst destructive habits,
When they are held up to each other,
That’s when the real making begins.
That’s what art and crafting are.

A tailor needs a torn garment to practice his expertise.
The trunks of trees must be cut and cut again
So they can be used for fine carpentry.

Your doctor must have a broken leg to doctor.
Your defects are the ways that glory gets manifested.
Whatever sees clearly what’s diseased in himself
Begins to gallop on the way.

Rumi, the 13th century poet, philosopher and teacher, understood his multiplicity. He sensed the world within him and identified it using his expanded awareness. He was immersed in religious beliefs, but understood that all beliefs are valid to the believer. His world was spiritual, as well as material, but he realized his non-physical world was the foundation for his physical experiences. There are no sins in physical experiences, there is only awareness. There is no judge accumulating sinful acts. We create the idea of sin through our religious beliefs and then we associate with it. Experiences are life lessons. We assign an association to each lesson. Our associations depend on our individual and collective beliefs.

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