Rumi, The Bible, and Learning to Shine


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As you know,  I very much enjoy using Tarot and Oracle Cards as inspiration for my poetry as well as my life.

The last few months have been spent discovering decks that speak to me on a deep and intuitive level, whilst also appealing to me in terms of beauty and style.

Recently I came across the following Deck:


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The sheer richness of the illustrations is hinted at by the box, and the splendid colour made opening it up super exciting!

These Rumi Oracle Decks are the work of Alana Fairchild and the illustrator Rassouli and are made for the purpose of deep soul healing work.

The box contains 44  cards – each correlating to a poem by Rumi included in the 200 (ish)  page guidebook, along with simple healing rituals.

The back of the box reads:

“Rumi speaks a Sacred Language that we understand with our hearts rather than our minds. He knows the heart is the gateway to divine union and he doesn’t want you to play small this lifetime. He encourages humanity to live and love with absolute surrender, abandon and willingness to accept the mysteries of life”

Starting this blog has been deeply fulfilling, but also on some level quite frustrating. I am frustrated with myself on a weekly basis when the time comes to share the post on Facebook with friends, and various other forms of social media.

I worry deep down, that I am not good enough to put my work out into the world.

I worry that I am bothering people by emailing them blog updates, and I spend an inordinate amount of time talking myself out of this.

I will myself to believe that my work deserves to be out there with the millions or so other blogs and thingys that take up space on the internet, and in people’s emails.

But believing that to be true, is not easy.

The bible says:

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

King James Bible, 1611, Matthew, 5:15 and 5:16.

So why is it so hard for us to let our lights shine?


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I don’t really have an answer for why each one of us does not wake up every single morning and feel like a star.

A star in the humblest sense.

I don’t know why we sometimes feel like we are not capable of lighting up ourselves much less the night sky.

The Bible, Rumi and all other religious and spiritual texts that I am aware of, teach us that we are sacred beings.

In one way or another, they tell us that we are so special that God loves us, the Universe loves us, we must love each other.

So why is that sometimes so hard to practice?

Writing this blog is in practice of letting my light shine.

How will you shine yours?

Much love always


3 thoughts on “Rumi, The Bible, and Learning to Shine

  1. Hi Toni, I too have been through a similar experience this year, putting out a facebook page to promote my Art (outdoor mosaics) I find your posts refreshing and calming so keep that creative energy flowing….I don’t believe in god but agree with many intelligent teachings of the bible. Creativity and self reflection, amongst other things, is essential for the well being of us all, without it, we are pointless parasites.

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