“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn’t make sense.”
~ Coleman Barks’ A Year With Rumi
When I start a spiritual direction session with Rumi’s words, it is all meant as prayer. This poem speaks of meeting the Beloved in a place of total freedom and unconditional love, unitive love. But what I hope the directee hears also is my intention to be open and nonjudgmental regarding anything she or he may share. When we enter upon that field we are both held by the wholly Other. The ideas we hold about ourselves and others are expressed, heard, and allowed space and time to take on the full flavor of experience or to be transformed, even let go.
I am a wordsmith, I write poetry and prose. I love this poem: its economy, its imagery, its depth. Letting language and words slip away into the vastness of God’s embrace, in the open silence of the field, is surely ultimate freedom, both the source and the object of our longing. For a person whose joy is language and words, this spells true surrender, surrender to the Utterly Desirable.
~ Writing by Antoinette Voûte Roeder
~ Oil painting by Julie Elliot
Antoinette and Julie enjoyed creating this collaborative blog post. They are both alum of the Pacific Jubilee SoulGuiding program. Antoinette is an anamchara in Edmonton, Alberta. Her latest poetry volumes are Poems for Meditation: An Invitation to Prayer, and The Many Singings, available from Amazon and from the author. Reach her by e-mail at a.roeder(at)telus(dot)net. Julie is a spiritual companion in Lake Country, BC. She’s a painter and printmaker, and she’s also responsible for communications for Pacific Jubilee. If you have any questions or comments about this blog, please email julie(at)pacificjubilee(dot)ca
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