(Rumi and Shams)
Dear Tender Hearted Reader,
Rumi is among my most Beloved Teachers and Shams Tabrizi was his Beloved Teacher. Rumi and Shams were in ecstatic love with one other in the 13th century in Kona, Turkey. When reading about the story of their holy love affair, I often find tears streaming down my cheeks. By loving one another so completely and by recognizing God in one another, they merged with God. Rumi let go of his intellectual pursuits after joining with Shams and from then on spoke ONLY from the heart. Now he is among the best loved poets on earth. He is actually President Obama's favorite poet!
Your pure sadness that wants help
IS the secret cup...”
When I met Pamela, my protege', about a year and a half ago; the first thing I noticed about her as she spoke is that she was a woman burning with a desire for God, (love dog meets love dog). I recognized her as someone I didn't even know I was looking for. I had this sense that I could leave the legacy of my work through her; that we were kindred souls; that we would share a destiny.
Some of that awareness came at once; some of it has spread gradually throughout our beings. We spent our first few months getting to know each other soul to soul! We took walks in the woods, and listened to one another's soul stories, and delighted in one another's presence. It felt exactly like another of Rumi's quotes:
“Lovers don't really meet; they are in each other all along...”
Over the past year, our relationship has blossomed. A primary aspect is that I am sharing my work with her; allowing her to sit in on soul sessions; inviting her to accompany me as I offer workshops, sharing all the skills I've learned over my years in practice in psycho-spiritual counseling and life coaching. It has been an ecstatic, synchronistic experience.
We have asked Rumi and Shams Tabrizi to be our guides, our soul mentors; our place of rejuvenation and direction. I'm not, by the way, saying I'm Shams and Pamela is Rumi, as we are both well aware of our human conditions and their many places of needing healing; I am saying that Rumi and Shams hold space for us and that there is an aspect of the ecstatic love shared by our guides within us and between us.
When I watch Pamela begin to do soul work with clients, it is one of the deepest pleasures of my whole life. I KNOW we were meant to connect in this way at this time and that we have much to offer this world.
This relationship is not hierarchical, it is mutual. While I have my life's work to offer Pamela, I am offering her my whole heart and she is meeting me there with her whole heart. There are many gifts she brings to our partnership table and there are times I am her student. Student and Teacher are ONE!
Our organization is called Leading from the Hearts... We invite you, sweet souls, to any of our coming offerings...
All honor to you on your journey, Patricia