embracing complexity

There’s a poem by Rumi that I would like to share with you all.

“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 any sense.”

What Rumi is saying here is that when viewing the world through true nuance, there is almost nothing to say, as all is nearly incomprehensible. Without the weight of opinion or the heaviness of ideas of right or wrong, we can exist in what is simply known as life.

Now, this isn’t to say that suddenly with nuance there is nothing to talk about. Quite the contrary! There are things to talk about from every angle imaginable, transcending beyond bias and individuation, beyond ego and past experience.

This universe, this solar system, this world, ourselves exist in an ever transient spectrum of nuance and complexity.

Isn’t that brilliant? Conventional religious thought, particularly Judeo-Christian paradigms seek to provide the seeker with an answer. Alternatively, you’ll find fastidious believers in any subset of belief: in capitalism, in whatever diet you may have, in politics, in spirituality, in conspiracy, in whatever belief system that a person may find themselves involved in. We all have our truths and our paths, but wouldn’t it be beautiful to step outside of that from time to time? Expand your gaze from your two eyes and see everything through the kaleidoscope of multiplicity. What do you think you might discover? What have you been holding yourself back from learning, perhaps totally unconsciously?

My challenge to everyone is to live with an open heart, and an open mind to all possibilities.

To be clear: I’m certainly no perfect example of this. I hold deeply onto belief systems, and often it is incredibly difficult for me to get out of my own frame of reference, but I am always open to new information and the acceptance that I was wrong. I’ve found myself to be wrong about an abundance of things recently, and that’s why I am wanting to share this poem and this wonderful insight with everyone. It’s okay to be wrong, because with wrongness brings the realization of complexity and the brilliance of non-knowing.

This is something we can revel in! It takes so much pressure off if you can embody this perspective. To hold onto your convictions, but not too tightly. To be willing to let go when things don’t suit you. To access your true-self: a being that is ever changing, ever evolving, ever glowing and radiant. To live without judgment because everything is in an ebb and flow, including yourself. To be curious, open, and seek to understand rather than to be “right”.

Above all, be curious, ask questions, and be open to changing your tune.

Clinging onto a single belief, making assumptions based in your perception, basing your entire identity in any ideology, or even just consistently asserting that you are “right” castrates your ability to perceive the magnificent complexity of the world. Be okay with being wrong, be okay with changing your mind, be okay with partaking on a new path or journey. Life isn’t a straight line, and in all of human history, we have yet to discover all of the answers. Perhaps because there is no single answer. Perhaps there are so many answers and our monkey brain doesn’t have the ability to conceive of the truth.

Or perhaps it’s because everything just simply is.

Published by Maren Morgan

searching for brevity, seeking release

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