Sell your cleverness

 

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
– Jalal ad-Din Rumi

When I encounter opposing or unfamiliar views, I sometimes notice a scramble to get “my” story together. To remember my familiar view and then refresh and rehearse it for myself, and maybe even elaborate and defend it. There is a scramble to find footing, solid ground, somewhere to stand, to locate myself in space. All of this is really a scramble to create a sense of a separate I located in space, with substance and solidity, with a me and with well defined viewpoints and identities.

Instead, I can take the situation as a reminder that I don’t know. I can ask myself do I really know? How would it be to find comfort with not knowing here and now? How would it be to interact from being comfortable with not knowing?

I can also take it as a reminder to notice what is behind the impulse to create a footing. Can I notice fear there? What happens when I allow that fear with kindness, as it is and as if it would stay forever? What happens when I resist that fear? Is that when identification with a story happens?

What do I fear would happen if I notice that I don’t know? What do I fear would happen if I allow the fear with kindness? Is it likely to happen? What is more likely to happen? What do I notice happening?

How is to come from noticing that I don’t know? How is it to come from allowing fear with kindness?

Can it co-exist with functioning in ordinary ways, including using stories as temporary guides for actions?

Maybe there is even more more room for wisdom? Sanity? Kindness? Maturity?

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outline….

  • sell cleverness, buy bewilderment (rumi)
    • when encounter opposing views, often a scramble to remember what my familiar view is, refresh it, rehearse, elaborate, defend etc.
      • a scramble to find footing, solid ground, somewhere to stand, locate myself in space
    • instead, can take as a reminder that I don’t know (+ notice and allow the fear behind the impulse to create a sense of solid ground)
    • (and that can easily co-exist with using a certain viewpoint as guide when act and speak, although held lightly)

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