Rumi was lost before he was found 

 

His family migrated across great distances and for many years, travelling extensively through numerous lands, exposed to diverse cultures, languages and ethnic groups. Rumi wandered until he eventually settled in Turkey, where he spent the last 50 years of his life. He can inspire those of us that may feel like we are yet to fully plant our roots, finding that place where we feel destined to be, that all things come in time, and sometimes it is the wandering (and the wondering) that are the spiritual education preparing us to fulfil our soul’s purpose.

 

Divine talents often only emerge through difficulty

 

Rumi’s poetry deepened in intensity only after the trauma of losing his teacher, Shams. The wound opened him in new ways to divine creativity. Rumi speaks to those of us who create as a means to heal, as a sacred offering. He teaches us that the heart knows how to take great struggle and mysteriously, magically, transform it into great beauty. Rumi’s poetry is inspiration and affirmation of the need and value of divine beauty as a healing potency.

 

Rumi saw and did things differently 

 

Rumi’s passing was more feast than funeral, with dance, song and spiritual readings from numerous faiths including Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Rumi asked his devotees to organise the memorial of his death like a wedding banquet, celebrating his spiritual reuniting with the Divine. I know in my heart that he is always with us, urging us to move beyond opinion or aversion, into a place of peace, love and courageous willingness to embrace all the mysteries of life. We celebrate the moment our precious soul brother came to Earth, and the glorious legacy he left behind for all of humanity.