014 Doorways and Awakeners


014 DoorwaysThis 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.

These beautiful words of poet Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi remind us of the gifts even the dark emotions of anger, sorrow and fear bring. These awakeners open doors of enlightenment and soulgasmic intervention. As catalysts to insight, they mirror their lens upon us. They reflect laser focus on the same faults and fury we carry in ourselves. When the Anger of broken trust and abused vulnerability knocks, he invites us to examine the same broken trust and abuse we have laid upon others. He leads us through accepting the emotion with compassion and clarity so we may learn to let go of the faults of others, and most of all, of our own.

Yes, these guests clear us out for some new delight and lead us into the ease of release.