“Out beyond the ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
There is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
I have always loved this poem by Rumi. Every time I hear it, or read it some inner part of me responds with a sigh. The ‘field’ that he describes in such a few words I have come to know as an inner sanctuary of self-loving, self-acceptance and deep peace. When I ‘meet’ myself in this place ‘the world IS to full to talk about.’
It wasn’t always like that however. After I knew I wanted to live more in peace and acceptance and respond to a deeper soul calling – or put another way my spiritual nature was beginning to emerge into my everyday life – I realized that I lived much of the time in judgment. I was either judging myself, someone else or life in general.
This realization was not a happy discovery because I had no idea how to stop my mind from labeling my behavior as good or bad, right or wrong. And my emotions seemed to respond to a hurtful remark by others with anger or some other kind of negativity instantaneously without my control. How was I suppose to be able to stop my mind from judging and my emotions from reacting? This ‘field’ that Rumi was describing obviously was way beyond my reach, it seemed, and must only be for those who had some magical skills that I obviously did not possess. (ah, here’s where I would go into a deep sense of unworthiness)
But I was not one to stop searching. Once I realized that this spiritual emergence process was going to require me to learn a whole new skill set I opened up to guidance. OK, I thought. I now have the realization that my heart and soul are calling me, so the means and the way will show up. I will stay open and trust.
- The first step we take whenever we are learning something new is a step of trust. It doesn’t matter what area you are wanting to improve: sports, artistic, health, music, dance…that first lesson you have with that new coach or new teacher is a lesson based in trust. Trust in yourself first and then trust that whatever you discover will take you closer to where you want to go.
The steps to Rumi’s field follows a path of inner guidance, outer teaching and trust. There’s also a good amount of faith and hope sprinkled in. Giving up the old limiting judgments, beliefs, conditioning, points of view and self-righteous positions is an inner process of self-mastery. This self-mastery is based in self-loving, self-acceptance, self-forgiveness and lots and lots of letting go.
Opening up to your inner spiritual emergence process brings that path forward.
Here are some possible next steps:
Spiritual Emergence 4-Session Process
WSTV 3 Part Series: Are You In a Time of Spiritual Emergence?