Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.– attributed to Rumi on the internet
This obviously applies to many things in life, including psychological healing and awakening.
In terms of healing, we may try to find resolution through focusing on surface manifestations and single issues.
And for any real healing to take place, we often need to go deeper. We may need to find the essential story behind the issue. We may need to address a whole network of issues supporting a particular issue. We may need to address underlying issues and assumptions supporting the issue. And we may need to address the whole life situation of the person as well.
In terms of awakening, it’s common early in the process to get caught up in and search among the content of experience. We may look for states and particular experiences. We assume that what we are looking for is “out there” somewhere.
And as we find more maturity in the process, we recognize that what we are looking for – our nature – is here across and independent of changing states and experiences. It’s something that can be found and noticed here and now. We don’t need to go looking for any particular states or experiences.
“Maybe you are searching among branches for what only appears in the roots” – Rumi
- In context of finding our nature
- Looking in and for experiences
- When it’s what’s always here through and independent of any particular experiences