One morning, just upon waking from my bed, I hear a mysterious knocking on my front door. I open the door and glance side to side to find that no one is there. Just as I am closing my door I find a small white envelope lying at my feet.
I hastily open it up, full of curiosity and wonder. It’s a note, seemingly an invitation. It read,
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there."
“Who wrote this?” I wonder.” Why do they want to meet with me, and where exactly is that field?” I am filled with so many questions. I read the message over and over and over again. “I don’t get it, these instructions are so ambiguous. If this person wants to meet with me, why not just provide a specific address?
I put the letter back in the envelope and toss it on my table only to notice that the back side was signed “Rumi”.
“Rumi. Rumi. Who are you Rumi? Why do you want to meet with me?”
I immediately decide to find out who this Rumi character is, so I facebook stalk him. Turns out he’s a “public figure”. He did not have many pictures posted, just a couple of him in a turban. Honestly, they didn’t look very real. According to his facebook page he died in the year 1273! Now that can’t be because he JUST left a note on my door.
Something told me I wouldn’t get through to him if I sent him a facebook message, so I decide instead to just see if I could find this mysterious field online. I google map “ideas of wrong doing and right doing” and believe it or not a particular business school in British Columbia Canada came up.
I zoom out a bit to see if I could find a nearby field and indeed I did! It looked like a football field – not exactly what I expected, but clearly I found the right place.
I think for a while about how reasonable it would be for me to travel and meet this Rumi up there. My main worry was that there was absolutely no mention in his note as to “when”. Furthermore I didn’t know if this was to be a big gathering or a personal event. If I should dress casually, or wear a suit.
I decided to visit his facebook page once more to see if perhaps he had any more clues for me. I found this instruction:
"Go to the well of deep Love inside each of Us."
Well that's it. Now he's posting to over a million people to go to some well. That's crazy. If there was a well inside of me I THINK I would have noticed! Furthermore, even if there was a well inside of me just how would I "go" to it? Would I have to somehow get inside myself, like swallowing my own body from the feet up? I wasn't going to try.
That ended my seeking once and for all. Since then, every once and a while he comes back with another message. I never really understand what he's trying to say, but I respect his style. If we ever met I would tell him to be more direct.
This one was entertaining. Like love can ferment.
"Be wild and crazy and drunk with Love, if you are too careful, Love will not find you."
And this one:
"You have to keep breaking your Heart until it opens."
I'm pretty sure one break would be enough!
Here's to you Rumi <3