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Rumi took me to the World beneath the flesh. His every word sends fireworks off in my soul. I understand his depth like an inkling I had never yet put words to. He knows Love of the Flesh is Divine, and celebrates this human existence as much as existence beyond flesh.
After reading Rumi for a couple of years, I encountered Divine Love through a human being. It was a brief encounter filled with intensity and truth, then separation. In that moment of vulnerable heartbreak I snapped into deeper understanding of what Rumi was saying all his life. What happened to him when he met Shams.
Words cascaded into me in a flurry of clarity. I wrote:

In our oneness
I cannot exclude You
in anything I do.

He is like Rummi's word
Shams
in the books
Where he talks about Sun.
If you stimulate me constantly,
for the rest of my Life,
on my spiritual journey.
You will be always with me.

Now I want to taste every flavour, every richness
In life
Because
I know
none of it
is mine to hold.
Only mine to behold.
And in that knowledge,
I am safe.

So, Fear...
my dear.
Is my friend.
My greatest friend
Showing
me the doorway
to Love.

I felt a oneness with Rumi, and a connection to the place from which words flowed into him. I understood the surrendering necessary to experience this generosity.
When I cannot open myself to Rumi, I know I am not open to myself.

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