Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Core

The core of every fruit is better than its rind:

Consider the body to be the rind,

And its friend, the spirit, to be the core.

After all, the Human Being has a precious core;

Rumi's words dance through the air like the music from a fine-tuned orchestra. His work Precious Core is brief description of the conscious mind and the inner self. The psyche is a complex form of energy that splits itself in portions, but never leaves the whole. That description is hard to imagine using our educated ego. The ego is the eye that see reality and the conscious mind sends signals to the inner self using areas of the brain. Our core or our essence receives those signals as well as sends them. The cycle of the being the subject as well as the object is not the typical way to describe the physical self so we create stories that make more physical sense.

But, Rumi does use those stories to describe the self. He senses different aspects of his core, and writes about them using 13th century religious beliefs. We all use beliefs to create stories we can understand and experience. Those stories come from our core. They hold elements of the whole in them, and they also contain ego elements that protect our physical image. Our physical image is a projection of our beliefs. When we consider the body our only self, we begin to believe that life after death does not exist. But when we believe that we are more than a body; more than an ego, and more than a conscious mind, we discover our divine inner self. That self is our core and the core of all consciousness.

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