I have read philosophy and studied maditation for many years. I have enjoyed some degree of success in meditation as far as I know that to be. When I started reading Rumi he transformed my way of looking. His words have made it easier and faster for me to enter a state which I love but am unable to discribe. I am hoping I'm on the edge of enlightenment, but can't maintain that status long enough to use the state in my daily activity. Having said that, Rumi says, "those who know don't speak, and those who speak don't know." I do know the state and the transition or shift are near impossible to explain. It's said no one can tell you how to meditate but they try to point the way or the direction. What they are doing is trying to say how they reach this condition. Meditation is a personal thing to me despite all the formal methods. It's only been with Rumi that I have made this shift faster and easier than all of the other methods. I've experimented many ways over thirty years.Rumi's way is not a method, its a state. You are attempting to enter a mind position of no thinking or just being...or what I might call 'isness', or a moving in the "Now." It's easier to do this with certain thoughts that blot your normal cerebral path. In this way you "see" but are not thinking. It's a form of understanding but not trying to figure things our or judge them. You move and see and then feel "all of this was before words." I have found my best meditations occured when I was walking in nature away from man made sights and sounds. Often I would move into a state of consentrated staring which I called a shift in mind. Carlos Castenada four books talk about making a mental shift and I never really knew what he meant until I used Rumi's words while walking. The shift was near instant. One line I've found pleasurable success with is, "When you are with everyone, but not with me, you are with no one, and when you are with no one and you are with me, you are with Everyone." This concept fills me with a sense of joy and all of my "seeing" is with what Ralph Waldo Emerson might call the "inner eye." Emerson is great, but Rumi is pure magic.
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