I have been reflecting recently on the fullness and the miracle of the human experience and what it means to be an conscious spiritual being having a human experience. How do we hold that balance within ourselves of celebrating all the uniqueness and sensory aspects of human life while still maintaining our expanded perspective as one aspect of an entire universe? How do we heal our rejection of the parts of human life that we dislike or even fear and move deeper into understanding them and eventually to truly celebrating them?
I am guided to share this poem by the Sufi poet Rumi called “The Guest House”.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing,
And invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.
I have been focusing on making this my practice, to be grateful for whoever comes to the door and to invite them in wholeheartedly, even if I don’t think I know them. Because a stranger, or a strange experience, is simply a place where we haven’t recognized our Oneness, yet. Some day, they will all be my great companions in Unity once I know them for who they truly are- all aspects of the divine. Ask your Soul to help you see what kind of guest house you are being. Is there an area in your life where you feel comfortable throwing open the door? Are there still areas where you are hesitant or fearful of being that inviting guest house to new experiences? Ask to start clearing those limitations and begin to make a practice of welcoming those new visitors as dear friends because that is what they are.
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