Posts Tagged ‘Perception

19
May
10

Looking into the Creek ~ Rumi

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The way the soul is with the senses and the intellect is like a creek. When desire weeds

grow thick, intelligence can’t flow, and soul creatures stay hidden. But sometimes

the reasonable clarity runs so strong it sweeps the clogged stream open. No longer weeping

and frustrated, your being grows as powerful as your wantings were before, more so. Laughing

and satisfied, the masterful flow lets creations of the soul appear. You look

down, and…the gates made of light swing open. You see in.

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25
Oct
09

Gazing at the Light ~ Rumi

 


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The lamps are different,
But the Light is the same
.

So many garish lamps in the dying brain’s lamp-show,
Forget about them.
Concentrate on the essence, concentrate on the Light.
In lucid bliss, calmly smoking off its own holy fire,
The Light streams towards you from all things,
All people, all possible permutations of good, evil, thought, passion.
The lamps are different,
but the Light is the same.
One matter, one energy, one Light, one Light-mind,
Endlessly emanating all things.
One turning and burning diamond,
One, one, one.
Ground yourself, strip yourself down,
To blind loving silence.
Stay there, until you see
You are gazing at the Light
With its own ageless eyes.

– Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi)

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25
Sep
09

Rip-it-to-Shreds


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The poem “Tired of Speaking Sweetly” by Hafiz inspired me to look deeper into how important it is for entrepreneurs and business owners to examine and rip to shreds any erroneous notions of truth that may have crept into their business.  Business can and will take on a life of it’s own and begin to run us –we may, for example, start to live by the measures of others or shoot for goals and targets without examining unexpected collateral damage. We may have evolved consciously, but our old models and beliefs, unchecked, can hold us in a stagnant default pattern.

One of the directives contained in Love’s Guide to Business methodology is “Break Down Illusion/Delusion” ~ the directives are like stages, yet they must be revisited on an ongoing basis. Breaking down illusion/delusion involves uncovering ourselves long enough to see where habit and protection are smothering business creation.  Taking the time to re-examine such things as objectives, motivations, and unexpected impacts (good and bad) keeps an enterprise alive, vital and PASSIONATE.

Once in a while, drag yourself around by the hair and give yourself a good talking to –hold yourself upside down and shake all the nonsense out.  Remember that creation and letting go serve the same end -in this case, the unfolding of powerful conscious business.

Tired of Speaking Sweetly ~ Hafiz

Love wants to reach out and manhandle us,
Break all our teacup talk of God.

If you had the courage and
Could give the Beloved His choice, some nights,
He would just drag you around the room
By your hair,
Ripping from your grip all those toys in the world
That bring you no joy.

Love sometimes gets tired of speaking sweetly
And wants to rip to shreds
All your erroneous notions of truth

That make you fight within yourself, dear one,
And with others,

Causing the world to weep
On too many fine days.

God wants to manhandle us,
Lock us inside of a tiny room with Himself
And practice His dropkick.

The Beloved sometimes wants
To do us a great favor:

Hold us upside down
And shake all the nonsense out.

But when we hear
He is in such a “playful drunken mood”

Most everyone I know
Quickly packs their bags and hightails it
Out of town.

Why Hafiz?

29
Jul
09

The Story of the Falling People


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Once there was a group of people called “The Falling People.” The Falling People lived their lives while falling. They went to work falling, mowed their lawns falling, and slept falling. All of their possessions, their computers, houses, pets and cups of coffee hurtled through space falling beside them -at the same rate. This is how it had always been.

The Falling People measured things by feet and inches, up and down. They would say things like, “Five feet up I ate bad shrimp,” or “Several feet down I will be happy.” One day it became very obvious to many of the Falling People that there was something happening that was hard for them to explain. The “something” was moving sideways, or floating, or…they were not sure what, but it was happening, it was affecting them, and it was not falling – according to their standard of measurement.

Some of the Falling People got tired of all the talk about the floating, sideways “something” and would say, “If it does not move up or down, we cannot apply feet and inches to tell what it is and anyway we will get to where we are going by continuing to fall as we are.” Some of the Falling People (whom others called the fanatically down-forward) would get overly excited and say, “Our standard of measurement is up-fashioned by 10 billion feet plus and besides we want more of the something and are not sure how to get it.”

Finally, realizing that it was time to take action, the leader of the Falling People called a gathering and spoke the following…

“Our system of feet and inches, up and down, has served the Falling People very well. Our measurement system is an agreement that was made long ago that enables us to communicate with one another about movement within our special culture. Always there has been the “something” that everyone is discussing, but we did not have the time or the interest, until now, to identify or measure it.

Identifying “it” requires that we first come to an agreement about what “it” is -just as we named our falling motion two million feet back. For now we will name it fulfillment. Fulfillment does not constantly fall beside us as all our material or physical possessions do – it jumps around, sometimes landing, sometimes not, and varies in intensity or degree. We do know we are happier and more productive when fulfillment lands and when it is more intense.

Let us fall forward then communicating about fulfillment by measuring it in degrees with 100 degrees being the highest level of experience.”

All of the Falling People agreed that this would be an interesting experiment to see if not only they could measure fulfillment, but if they could also have fulfillment land more frequently and intensely as they fell down through their lives.

It came about that the Falling People began to realize that fulfillment did not jump around landing sometimes and sometimes not – it was always present falling beside them, but indeed in varying degrees of experience depending on the actions they took. They began to see how they could make adjustments to increase the degrees and could be heard saying things like, “Down there, I am planning on taking a walk so I can increase my fulfillment degree,” or “Up there, I noticed that my fulfillment degree is always much higher when I keep my promises.” It was clear to the Falling People that the experiment to measure fulfillment was a good and useful experiment.

Therefore, it was inevitable that as the attention of the Falling People began to shift more and more onto measuring fulfillment someone spoke up and said, “Hey, are we really falling or is how we measure our motion having us experience falling?”

The End  This story is adapted from an LEC seminar

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07
Jul
09

A Beautiful Walk Inside You ~ Rumi

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the lover sees a beautiful walk.

Reason says, There are only six

directions: north, east, south, west,

up, and down.  There is no way

out of those limits.

Love says, But I have

many times escaped.

Reason comes to a marketplace

and begins haggling prices.

Love wanders away with other

business to transact, something

to do with incomparable beauty.

There are secret things happening.

Hallaj listens to whispers and walks off the speaker’s

platform onto a scaffold.

Dreg-drinkers have love perceptions

that reasonable men fiercely deny.

They say, we cannot go barefooted

in that courtyard. There is nothing but

thorns through there.

Love answers, The thorns are inside you.

Be silent, and pull what hurts

out of your loving’s foot.

Then you will see gardens

with secluded rose bowers,

and they will all be inside you.

Shams is the sun

obscured by this cloud of words.

Maybe he will burn the overcast off

and let love clear and brighten.


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