Sufi poet Ahmad Hatif writes: “When you begin the journey, take love along for food. Love makes easy what reason makes hard.” As we embark on an adventure, we hear a tiny voice shout, “How are you going to earn a living,” or “ What about your family?” or “ Wait a while.” A hundred cautions emanate from the internal voice we call “ the voice of reason.” The Sufi Hatif doesn’t say reason is a voice that shouldn’t be heard, just that its voice makes our journey hard. We need to lighten our load by also listening like the prophet Elijah who when in doubt listened for the “still, small voice” through which he heard the voice of God — the voice of Love.
We must open ourselves to hear God’s voice. To do this we breathe easily, with a feeling of devotion, and then simply ask for clear guidance. In silence, ultimately we will “hear” a voice becoming stronger and our bodies becoming more alive. We keep opening the heart until the message is clear and direct. Then we will be guided to where “love is the path, the rations, and the goal.”