We had a lively group starting with a Sufi style exercise of sending light and love through our eyes in an energetic circle.
This led naturally into the central meditation on the form-free, formative love that leads us into incarnation:
Who [what] is it we spend our whole lives loving?
This is something/someone quite specific, though our endeavor was to catch it pre-nameability, pre-visibility, and even to be it on its loving way into existence. Next week, more
Sufi-inspired practices and another Rumi-based meditation.
We ended with the following, adapted from the Kabir Book of Robert Bly:
Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.
Jump into experience while you are alive.
Think... and think... while you are alive.
What you call 'salvation' belongs to the time
If you don't break your ropes while you're alive,
do you think ghosts will do it for you after death?
The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic
just because the body is rotten—
that is all nonsense.
What is found now is found then.
If you find nothing now,
you will simply end up with an empty apartment
in the City of Death.
If you make love with the divine in this life,
in the next life
you will have the face of satisfied desire.
So plunge into the truth, find out who the Teacher is,
believe in the Great Sound!
Kabir says this: When the Guest is being search for,
it is the intensity of the longing for the Guest
that does all the work.
Look at me, and you will see a slave of that intensity.
All blessings to all,