Exploring with New Eyes

There was a day when the kittens started to explore the world beyond the edges of their first world. In the beginning the world was a blanket. One day they stepped out and explored the bed. A week later, as their eyes opened more, they started to explore beyond the bed, the room... The room and the bed were both always there. The room was not "new" but the capacity for the kittens to see more was new. Their "new world" was formed WITH new eyes...

The moment they stepped out of the bed, they started observing and sniffing every little thing with utmost curiosity and sense of wonder. At first it was only Kibrit going out and far. The other three stayed on the edge watching Kibrit, and then came the moment for the other three to step beyond their known world. Kibrit held the spirit of the explorer of the unknown...

All that we call knowledge, and all that we know as the "right" and "wrong" these days construct the bed. Even our understanding of learning process and knowledge itself belong to the bed. Some of us are realising there is also a room. To my perception it is the dimension of the soul. It has always been there, encapsulating the bed. Our awareness is expanding to include the INNER dimension of life; the Soul.

What would the texture of knowledge be, if our essence is of soul? Are we ready to walk around, beyond what we know of knowledge, and sniff, touch, taste the knowing process itself?

Some have had a peek before, like Kibrit, and shared with us through poetry and other art forms. What is different this time in our story, I believe, is our COLLECTIVE migration. There is so much to explore. With the room becoming visible, almost everything finds a new meaning in relation to the new dimension. From that new perspective, our social fabric will be rewoven. How we communicate, sense, collaborate, take roles, use power, make beauty TOGETHER... are all being re-patterned, to include the Soul dimension. What form of communication can allow the soul to be heard?

When we step beyond, we may also have a whole new perspective on the bed. Are we ready to explore life without the concepts we have developed from within the bed perspective? Can we begin to smell, touch, taste and watch everything with so much wonder and playfulness, like the kittens?

The following Rumi poem is one of my favorites.

Elephant in the Dark Room

Some Hindus have an elephant to show.
No one here has ever seen an elephant.
They bring it at night to a dark room.

One by one, we go in the dark and come out
saying how we experience the animal.
One of us happens to touch the trunk.
A water-pipe kind of creature.

Another, the ear. A very strong, always moving
back and forth, fan-animal. Another, the leg.
I find it still, like a column on a temple.

Another touches the curved back.
A leathery throne. Another the cleverest,
feels the tusk. A rounded sword made of porcelain.
He is proud of his description.

Each of us touches one place
and understands the whole that way.
The palm and the fingers feeling in the dark
are how the senses explore the reality of the elephant.

If each of us held a candle there,
and if we went in together, we could see it.

- Rumi, translation by Coleman Barks

Kamyar Houbakht

kamyarKamyar left the business world in the autumn of 2008, in search of his soul. Since then he came across people who share the passion for exploring and creating new ways of living that serve the well-being of the planet in the long run. In community, they have been co-learning and co-creating learning journeys that re-align our living patterns with the deeper patterns of life; patterns of the soul. His journey has been highly inspired by his great grand mother's way of living, Sufi wisdom (mostly Rumi's poetry and Eshraq philosophy), Jungian psychology, Axladitsa Avatakia learning ecology, many other emerging fields of holistic understanding of life, and many friends who dare facing the challenges of the collective journey of wholeness.

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