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 are 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 like to imagine Rumi and I go way back; I call him my guy, Rumi. Never have I had words resonate with my truth, as Rumi’s words do. This poem, is one of my favorites. Such wisdom, compassion, grace and understanding- such truth-telling, which remains forever.
In the midst of my “troubles,” I forget it’s the Soul’s Journey I am on. I get wrapped up in my worries, still, even when I know better, when I have learned better. The doubt wraps me up and I get stuck. I forget who I am; that I am merged with the Soul, and I forget as Catherine Jones says, in this inspiring video, The Writing Spirit on AuthorMagazine.org: “the soul is rather ruthless. It wants what it needs for that next step in its evolution.”
Catherine says, the Soul does not care- which says to me, it does not care of my worries. It does not care about financial matters. Or what I want. It just does not care. It only wants what it needs for its next step in its evolution. It only wants to expand and grow. This may mean we might end up in the “poor house” or we may end up in a mansion. We may get the job of our dreams. We may have to settle for less for awhile longer. We just don’t know, yet our Soul knows; therefore in our depths we know- because we are one in the same- together, united, friends.
It is our work then to come to know the Soul. To understand her. To be in co-creation with her. To co-commune. To unite. There is no one or nothing out to get us. There is no one or nothing that does not like us. There is only the Soul’s Journey, and her need to be all that she is. The Soul’s Journey and our Journey is the same, and the sooner we start recognizing the Soul and trusting the Soul, the sooner the “fight” many of us endure will come to an end. It is this fight, which makes us think something or someone is out to get us. It is only our resistance to our growth that gets us. He may be clearing you out for some new delight…..Let us be cleared.
Today’s Soul Tip:
Watch for the doubt, which can stop the ecstatic whirling. Yet, remember…
every guest at our door is for our expansion; to be cleared so we can be brought into our depths. Our soul wants our awakening. We are on It’s Journey. It only causes us pain to resist our guests. We invite them all, whether we know so or not. There are no mistakes. Somewhere, we must fully engage in our awakening journey, and trust this beautiful and ruthless soul that knows. Let us rejoice we have such a guide; such a companion who loves us and wants us whole.
Come to know your Soul. Open up to Her. Awaken to Her. Fully engage with Her. Trust Her. She knows. He does too. 😉
The Whirling Soul Reporter
The Whirling Soul Reporter
>"It is our work then to come to know the Soul. To understand her." Nikki DiVirgilio I think that say's it all