You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. – Rumi

Modernity has brought us many gifts, though we have indubitably exchanged timeless wisdom for the bounty of contemporary accomplishment time and time again.

We have become fractured, or perhaps more appropriately, we have neglected our own fracturing as it is no longer identified as a concern by a society that values only Parts of the Whole (while rejecting the Whole).

Individually and collectively, we have split ourselves; instead of embracing the entire ocean of which we reflect in our individualism, we have decided to ignore the murky depths and the not-so-beautiful creatures that inhabit the Deep Sea.

We have failed to integrate the ‘shadow’ side of our human consciousness, and instead continue to carry on with the myth that we can split ourselves into two, and ‘overpower’ the primitive side of the human existence with the brute force of willpower.

Certainly when we individually and collectively forget the timeless consideration of Rumi and many spiritual and philosophical understandings that we are all – in one way or another – interconnected ‘reflections’ of the Cosmos, we suffer as a Whole.

Rumi you are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.

Sources / Further Reading:

Poetry Foundation



Integral Approach