The thirteenth century Sufi poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Rumi) is one of my most insightful and inspiring teachers in the present.  It is not important to me to learn who Rumi was through his poetry and poetry readings, as it is for me to know who I am through his work. The question "Who am I?" is one of my three most impaction questions in my walk. Rumi speaks to me.

Before reading Book IV of the Masnavi this morning, I was preparing myself by reading various sections of Rumi's poetry and paused after reading the following:
"Where you perceive from should not change what you perceive,
unless you're in a dark room."
I have sat with this thought for about two hours now! I get it... I agree with the above... However, do I practice what I this? Do I really 'get it'?  When I flip through my 'lessons learned Rolodex' (this is a mental Rolodex that may or may not require a processor upgrade!!) am I able to sift through the data and identify examples where this was the result? I choose not to answer this question yet. 

What I perceive is usually symptomatic of where I was perceiving from (internally and externally). What is going on internally is usually reflected in the perception-mirror in front of me. I suppose I create my reality. [On a side note this is a gift. If I am the creator of my thoughts and reality, then I have the power and ability to change my thoughts and reality. Awesome!]

How do I change this? I would like to see 'what is' regardless of where I am perceiving from. This navigational tool would assist me in altering my current perception point (vantage point); this is important for me considering some of my empirical data results in my 'location that I perceive from' being an illusion.

More thoughts and contemplation to come on the above paragraph...

The following are three questions for your consideration and comment if you feel comfortable and so moved to do so. I learn from you experience and value what you have to say. By sharing your experience you become my teacher!

Contemplation Questions:

1. What comes up for you when reading the quote above?

2. Do you agree or disagree with this quotation?

3. Is this quotation implemented into your  practice?
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, I go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your home tonight. The night will give you a horizon further than you can see. You must learn one thing.The world was made to be free in."~ David Whyte


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