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RUMI QUOTES

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

“A lover asked his beloved, Do you love yourself more than you love me? Beloved replied, I have died to myself and I live for you. I’ve disappeared from myself and my attributes, I am present only for you. I’ve forgotten all my learnings, but from knowing you I’ve become a scholar. I’ve lost all my strength, but from your power I am able. I love myself…I love you. I love you…I love myself.”

“Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.”

“Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn’t reach into majesty.”

“Love calls – everywhere and always. We’re sky bound. Are you coming?”

“Love is the cure, for your pain will keep giving birth to more pain until your eyes constantly exhale love as effortlessly as your body yields its scent.”

“To live without you is to be robbed of love and what is life without it? To live without you is death to me, my love but some call it life.”

“Whenever we manage to love without expectations, calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven.”

“Take someone who doesn’t keep score, who’s not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing, who has not the slightest interest even in his own personality: he’s free.”

Jalaluddin Rumi

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RUMI

Out Beyond Ideas of Wrong doing and Right Doing

English version by Coleman Barks

“Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ’ each other ‘
doesn’t make any sense.”

A Course in Miracles

“ All communication is either a loving response or a cry for help.”

“ Love….what is all encompassing can have no opposition.”

” You cannot know your own perfection until you have honoured all those who were created like you.”

” Perfect love casts out fear – if fear exists then there is not perfect love.”

A Course in Miracles

Forget all about seeking out perfection, as if that’s the only show in town and – providing you are putting in your very best efforts – embrace imperfection. This isn’t about accepting second-best, or worse some sort of acceptance of failure but rather a reasonable adjustment to a balanced life that knows nothing really of perfection bot knows everything about hard committed effort.   

It’s unlikely that we ever truly know what others think of us so therefore it’s best not to overly concern ourselves with these obvious projections. Providing we are true to ourselves, living our real authentic lives, then that’s all we need be concerned with. It’s all about choice – do we let go of what we think others are thinking about us or do we let go of our feelings and experience that tells us this is the real path of our life? Disappointing others is disappointing but disappointing ourselves can be disastrous.    

We must never allow ourselves to trade in our authenticity for security. Engaging with our one, unique individual life, living it to the full is the choice we must make. To swap this for a safe, boundary defined existence that doesn’t really belong to us, would be a diminishment that would undoubtedly restrict and stifle our personal growth.  

James Hollis

The journey is home……

“This search for God, this longing for meaning and understanding, while often frustrating, has given me greater acquaintance with many gods along the way – all, especially the dark ones, worthy of and demanding respect – and many good and many bad people, but always an interesting life. In the end, having a more interesting life, a life that disturbs complacency, a life that pulls us out of the comfortable and thereby demands a larger spiritual engagement than we planned or that feels comfortable, is what matters most. To have been here, to have wrestled with such things, to have lived such questions, to have kept the mystery before us, to have joyfully accepted being ‘ defeated by ever larger things. ‘ ( Rilke ) to have kept one’s appointment with destiny, to have taken one’s journey through this dark, bitter, luminous, wondrous universe, to have risked being who we really are, is, finally, what matters most.”

Thoreau

“There are nowadays professors of philosophy , but not philosophers….To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts , not even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”

“ We know not where we are. Besides, we are sound asleep nearly half our time. Yet we esteem ourselves wise, and have an established order on the surface….[ Even as ] I am reminded of the greater benefactor and intelligence that stands over me the human insect.”

“ [ Walking miles ] through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.”

“Men talk about bible miracles there is no miracle in their lives. Cease to gnaw that crust.” There is ripe fruit over your head.”

Thoreau