Tuesday, December 04, 2012

moving water

See fear, and you won't see love. See love, and you won't see fear. The vision of one world costs you the vision of the other.

~A Course in Miracles

  photo by spbm

Moving Water

When you do things
from your soul,
you feel a river
moving in you,
a joy.

When actions come
from another section,
the feeling disappears

Don't let others lead you

They may be blind
or, worse, vultures.
Reach for the rope of God

And what is that?

Putting aside self-will.

Because of willfulness
people sit in jail,
the trapped bird's wings are tied,
fish sizzle in the skillet.

The anger of police is willfulness.

You've seen a magistrate
inflict visible punishment

Now see the invisible.

If you could leave your selfishness,
you would see how
you've been torturing your soul

We are born and live inside
black water in a well.

How could we know
what an open field of sunlight is?

Don't insist on going
where you think you want to go

Ask the way to the spring.

Your living pieces
will form a harmony.

There is a moving palace
that floats in the air
with balconies and
clear water flowing through,
infinity everywhere,
yet contained under a single tent.

From The Soul of Rumi. Jelalludin Rumi. Translated by Coleman Barks.


Last night while doing a little reading before going to sleep, I read something that got my attention and I have been giving it some thought...I think I agree with this:

It is not our experiences that mold and shape up, but whatever exerts the most power over us.

I always thought it was more about the experiences that made us into the person we are, but really, it is about what exerts the most power over us. Think about it, and see if you agree.


Gail said...

Enjoyed the pictures and the verse.

I do agree it is not our experiences, other wise we might all be serial killers because we were potty trained too early or were abused. It is not the moment but how we allow it to affect us.

collarcitybrownstone said...

This is such a lovely and thought provoking thought.

collarcitybrownstone said...

Oops...I meant to type thought provoking POST.

Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

Gail, I do believe our experiences affect us, may be that is how we give certain things their power. I believe what affects one may not affect another. The mind is far too complex for me, including my own. :)

Hope you had a great holiday!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

Nyssa said...

I agree. For me, it is how we view what happens to us that determines whether we feel peaceful ( which can be a longggg process) or else we can keep all that dark stuff that surrounded whatever it was that happened and let it dictate how we see the rest of life. Very interesting post. I loved it. xoxoxo

Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

It can be a very long process, usually is for me. (Maybe I am a slow learner, at the least a stubborn one).

Happy Wednesday, Glynis!