The Threshold: Stay Awake!

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don’t go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don’t go back to sleep.

People are going back and forth across the doorsill

Where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Don’t go back to sleep.

Rumi*

*From Essential Rumi,  by Coleman Barks, translator

As we might expect from a mystic, Rumi uses these specialized images and language to try and help us into a new place–to cross a threshold, if you will.  Taking some inspiration from Wayne Dyer, I began a little over a month ago to consider those first few minutes after I wake up as a time when Creativity, Inspiration, Source, Wisdom, the Universe, might speak to me a word or idea or image for the day that I could work with.

Each night, as I am getting into bed, I remind myself that I am open and looking for this guiding word.  When I wake up in the morning–and the fog of sleep is usually heavy on me, I manage to ask, either silently or out loud–okay, what’s the word?  Surely enough, within a moment or two, some word or phrase comes to me that I accept as the word for the day, for me.  Throughout the day, I try to repeat the word or phrase, reflect on it, allow it to guide me when I am at a crossroads or a threshold.  Most often, it does, in fact, provide me with guidance that can be playful, serious, or just common sense.  I accept them all!

This is the gentle breeze that Rumi writes of, blowing back and forth across the threshold of the doors into our lives.   I think that upon first awaking, we are most sensitive to what is blowing across that portal.  A dream that I had.  A person who has been on my mind.  An idea that I’ve been cultivating.  A not as yet image or idea that has been rising up in my or around me which suddenly manifests.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Bob Patrick

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