“If you’re irritated by every rub,
how will your mirror be polished?"
I was thinking of days gone by where I found myself so often upset about something, and all those somethings were universally insignificant, yet at the time, seemed so dang important.
Rumi moved beyond this trivial place. He says, “out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there."
Being upset is all about wrongdoing and rightdoing. They are doing it wrong, and I do it right. They could be upset with us because they think that they are doing it right and we are doing it wrong. But, all of that is strictly a personal point of view. In reality, there is no right or wrong because everything is neutral. The rightness and wrongness is totally a decision that we make, and that rightness and wrongness place is always in a state of flux.
I have moved out toward the field with Rumi. It is a practice. I’ve got this letting go of the rope idea in my head and it is the single most helpful idea to allow me to practice being at peace within rather than upset. I cannot express with sufficient delight how wonderful this is for me. It is as if I lived my entire life to get to this place. Abraham, Esther Hicks calls this place, the Art of Allowing. It is allowing things to be what they are without my needing to control them. It is allowing others to be what and who they choose to be without any need to have them be something or someone else. It is allowing “the world" to be what it is. It is a lack of resistance. It is letting go of and laying down the rope.