Those who are scattered, simplify your worrying lives. There is one righteousness: Water the fruit trees and don’t water the thorns. Be generous to what nurtures the spirit and God’s luminous reason-light. Don’t honor what causes dysentery and knotted-up tumors.
Don’t feed both sides of yourself equally. The spirit and the body carry different loads and require different attentions. Too often we put saddlebags on Jesus and let the donkey run loose in the pasture. Don’t make the body do what the spirit does best, and don’t put a big load on the spirit that the body could carry easily.
Rumi, the great 13th poet and mystic, was not educated the way we believe education should be administered. He was not part of the select few that controlled the political, economic and social structure of Turkish life in those days, but he was insightful and very connected. Rumi understood that we are more than we think we are. He was conscious of his inner consciousness, and expressed it in his religious beliefs and his poetry. He realized that daily events are created by our thoughts, beliefs and purposes.
Rumi’s reality then and our reality now, provide a stage where certain events may or may not occur. We experience those events, label them, and file them in our consciousness. Our reality is filled with what Rumi calls fruit trees and thorn bushes. We have the free will to choose fruit or thorns in every moment.
Rumi’s poetry brings out the fact that we are not victims of war, poverty, disease or social injustice. We create those issues in order to experience the contrast that exists in our focused reality. The pains we experience from the contrast we create are tools of expansion. Expansion of consciousness is the natural action of the self. We use our non-physical assets physically in order to expand our beliefs about the self and the nature of consciousness.
We all have different desires, perceptions and standards when it comes to creating a physical environment to experience. Each environment has value so one is not less the other. We don’t choose to experience physical life the same way, and we do not want to be alike in this reality because we are a whole part as well as an individualistic part of a diverse group of non-physical energies.
Our non-physical energy provides an invisible impetus to our brain and body cells. All of our cells change constantly. The non-physical aspects of the self provide the mental food for the metamorphic cellular activity we experience throughput our physical lives. We experience these changes in different ways, but, for the most part, we don’t focus on them. Non-physical energy helps the body mechanism function in sync with our beliefs as well as our inner consciousness.
Non-physical energy is like the air. We don’t see air, but it surrounds and flows through us. We can’t hold the air, but we can contain it in different vessels. The air in those vessels is contained, but it’s not different from the air that exists in other forms. When we release air from a vessel, it blends with the air around it and disappears. The air never appeared in the first place, but we knew it was there. Non-physical energy is like the air. It is always in us and it is always surrounding us with impulses and thoughts. Some of these messages become events and experiences in this reality, and others are experienced in other realities.
When we sense the power our own non-physical energy and then focus on it, we can use it to experience what we want in this reality. We should accept the thorns or the diversity we create, and know that is part of the physical process we call living. When we start to focus on what we create in this reality, we begin to diffuse our victim mentality. We realize that our reality is fertilized by our thoughts and beliefs. Our reality is filled with infinite individual choices, and probabilities. Our invisible impetus helps the focused self experience our choices in a manner that fulfills our intent..