Whatever inspires the mind
is of the perfume of my Beloved,
whatever fires the heart
is a ray from my Friend.
Such a sweet verse from Rumi; a powerful teaching disguised as a love poem, in the great tradition of saints and mystics. The language of duality – subject and object – is employed to point towards the inseparability of mind, heart and changeless Reality.
The belief that the Beloved (Lover – Reality – Awareness – Consciousness) is removed and remote from the functions of the mind is reflexive. Yet upon scrutiny we find that it’s simply not our actual experience that mind is apart from, and independent of, Awareness, or whatever we like to call the Absolute. Mind and all its miraculous activity appears within and by way of Awareness, and cannot ever exist elsewhere. It’s simply illogical to presume otherwise. So … and this comes as a shocking realization … mind’s dance is the dance of the Lover. Hence Rumi can say, “Whatever inspires the mind is of the perfume of my Beloved …”
Whatever lights you up, whatever you are passionate about, whatever gives you that bliss Joe Campbell talked about – that’s Lover, heart-whispering.
“Whatever fires the heart is a ray from my Friend.” A ray! A ray of Light, unlit and unborn Light! Yet how often do we rationalize the heart’s urgings as impractical, childish, too expensive or downright dangerous? In the great race towards acceptance and worth – the “Like me! Like me!” syndrome, the heart’s quiet firings are left to splutter and die.
And that’s one reason I like that little video on “How to be Alone.” At first glance it might seem superficial, an expression of ‘self’-survival, and a reinforcement of the illusion of separation. But think about it: think about the fears and avoidances that go with ‘alone-ness.’ Might they not actually be fears and avoidances of one’s heart’s whisperings? Might they not be a denial of Lover’s perfume and light? How will you know?
Return to top. Read Rumi again. Your heart will tell you. It knows when it is opening and flowing and flowering. It knows when it’s being dumbed-down. For she-who-writes, the best place for looking into heart-land is at ground zero – on the zafu. We’re all different, but the task for all of us is the same: we must find our way back to our own heart’s song, and stop insisting that it is other than the Song of the Sacred.
What if the Beloved wants to live alone awhile? To sit on a bench and knit and chat with complete strangers? To dance unpartnered in a bar? To write poetry (or a blog) that no one will read? To sit and gaze at a bare wall all day? To say No or Yes when it usually says the opposite? To paint or draw, or strum a musical instrument for hours? To pull the phone jack out of the wall and turn off the computer and the Droid? What if It wants to weep and grieve? What if It wants to set out on a long solitary journey without any financial support?
What if It simply wants to be whoever You are, right now, doing whatever You are doing? Wouldn’t that change everything?
~ miriam louisa