There’s a ghost-like, ephemeral butterfly, who’s been given the scientific name Leptosia nina. Her flight, like a wandering snowflake, is weak and erratic, as she hovers close to the ground, pausing now and again to flitter playfully near a flower or drink from morning dew. Her delicate wings are a translucent, pearly white, each having a small, dark spot, the color of ashen shadow. Her common name is psyche, which in Greek is both the word for butterfly, and the word translated as “soul” in the New Testament. It’s a word that suggests the deepest and most essential part of our being, the place where our most sacred truths live, and where, in moments of stillness and grace, Christ is born in our hearts.
Not too long ago I discovered the book History of Non-dual Meditation Methods by Javier Alvarado Planas and translated into English by Arturo González Pérez. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon it, but it was a fantastic find! Initially, what seemed to me a dry title caused hesitation, but I’m happy I delved within!
Rain in great torrents
floods the senses,
and saturates land and sky.
Everything is raining.
This is one of my favorite Rumi poems. I especially like the final descent into emptiness.
Like lucid dreaming, awakening to God’s Kingdom from this dream of exile is like becoming aware of a new life in Christ while still watching God’s dream unfold around us. Jesus called this being in the world but not of the world, a kind of lucid living.
Once upon a time there lived a doll made from salt. This salt doll, infused with a curious restlessness, searched far and wide for something it couldn’t quite name. It wandered all across the land, for so long it very often forgot it was searching for anything at all. But still, the salt doll went on, travelling far and wide, fueled by this hidden desire.