Thursday, September 24, 2009

Freedom Beyond the Grid

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.
- Rumi

We spend so much energy and attention constructing our grids of right and wrong, me and world, that we forget there is something more. We forget that beyond the lines of self-created divisions and fragments there is the fullness of just being. When, by some chance of fate, our grid of ideas breaks open and we enter that field of freedom, it only lasts a moment. Then the mind has a spasm of rear and and snaps the thought grid back over our eyes.

Wanting to have our cake and eat it, we look for ways to have our grid of ideas and also live in the field beyond ideas. So we search for a grid that ties the world together rather than dividing it up. We look for networks, webs, and matrixes that connect the dots and reveal the hidden picture that makes sense out of the chaos. Yet, these types of grids is that offer visions of truth actually conceal it. Ultimately, every matrix that explains the world reaches a point where it encounters information and experience that it cannot explain. It encounters the messy life that is actually happening while we are busy weaving our neat and clean grid of explanation.

When we discover the limits of our grid and it starts to crumble, most of us rush to mend the grid. We scurry about trying to force the field beyond ideas back into the box of ideas. Then life breaks the boxes open again and the cycle of reconstructing the grid goes for another round.

Rumi sees our struggle with life and invites us to meet him in the field waiting just beyond the lines. He points to the abundant picnic waiting there. It's only a step beyond an intersection of lines. After feasting in that field, we can return to our beloved matrix of beliefs and explore the delights of making connections. Instead of drawing lines that divide up the world, our grids can become windows that point beyond themselves toward that rich field of freedom.


  1. While reading, rereading and wandering through your post I get lost in the last paragraph. This paragraph gives me a feeling of contradiction.

    Maybe I have to ponder about this a little bit longer.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. I'll get it, I think. When there is no right, there is no wrong. With the absent of these two parameters there just is. We don't spent energy on the grid but we exchange energy with the other person with an open heart. This becomes the abundant picknick since we don't waist our energy on something that divides us.

  3. Yes, most of the time our grids of belief obscure the energy and connection that is already there behind them. When our self-created boundaries become more transparent we are more free to live creatively and lovingly. Since the mind is a thought making, grid making machine, we will always make grids. The difference is how solid or transparent we perceive them to be.

  4. Thank you for this.
    My condolences with your loss.