Ruminating On Rumi

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.

~ M. Rumi

Sunday, March 18, 2012

"What you are looking for is what's looking."


Yesterday on http://www.gaiamtv.com/ I watched a lovely documentary called “Spiritual Revolution”. One of the participants quoted St Francis of Assis, “What you are looking for is what’s looking?” 

This resonates deeply within my being. This seems to be at the core in all spiritual, mystic and, yes, even religious teachings. It has been spoken about, alluded to, pointed directly at and lived by all the world’s sages, teachers and buddhas. 



This bag of bones, this meat suit, this impermanent form is only a vehicle for transformation and consciousness. With the tool of our brain we have the opportunity to move beyond the functions of brain. 
Self awareness, consciousness sparked in the brain, nourished with knowledge and experienced points to the realization that that which we are seeking is that which animates all. When we get a taste of this, then life naturally guides us to a different purpose. Living, for a short time on this physical plane, in a way where we honour the wonderful diversity through the eyes of unity. Individuation, accepted and celebrated, cared for and nurtured, is a skill that ultimately points us to a lived “knowing” of oneness. 
I stumble in wording this, perhaps Albert Einstein said it best, “
"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Last little contribution from self, "Universe, truly means You-niverse."