An empty mirror and your worst
destructive habits, when they are held
up to each other,
that’s when the real making begins.
That’s what art and crafting are.
… Your defects are the ways that
glory gets manifested. Whoever sees
clearly what’s diseased in himself
begins to gallop on the Way.
There is nothing worse
than thinking you are well enough.
More than anything, self-complacency
blocks the workmanship.
… Trust your wound to a Teacher’s surgery.
Flies collect on a wound. They cover it,
those flies of your self-protecting
feelings, your love for what you think
Let a teacher wave away the flies
and put a plaster on the wound.
Don’t turn your head. Keep looking at
the bandaged place. That’s where the
light enters you.
And don’t believe for a moment
that you’re healing yourself.
The Essential Rumi: Childhood Friends | Jalal al-Din Rumi • Coleman Barks • John Moyne