Rumi – Split the Sack

  • Kamala Murphey Coaching & Mentoring

Sending you warm wishes and many blessings.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a number of opportunities to actually recognize some of the limiting beliefs I’ve held that have kept me, if not stuck, certainly slowing down my progress. They were so ingrained that I hadn’t even realized they were just beliefs!

If you’re like me, you’ve probably read a bunch of self-help books or attended classes or seminars to improve your life. They’ve probably been helpful at some level, but, as I realized, sometimes we just don’t know – or can’t see – what’s all around us.

The following poem by Rumi illustrates this perfectly for me: there are so many possibilities around me, but I have my head in a ‘sack’ and can’t see them.

Split the Sack

Why does the soul not fly
when it hears the call?

Why does a fish, gasping on land,
but near the water,
not move back into the sea?

What keeps us from joining the dance
the dust particles do?

Look at their subtle motions
in sunlight.

We are out of our cages
with our wings spread,
yet we do not lift off.

We keep collecting rocks and broken bits
of pottery like children
pretending they are merchants.

We should split the sack of this culture
and stick our heads out.

Look around.
Leave your childhood.

Reach your right hand up
and take this book from the air.
You do know right from left, don’t you?

A voice speaks to your clarity.
Move into the moment of your death
Consider what you truly want.

Now call out commands yourself.
You are the king. Phrase your question,
and expect the grace of an answer.

– Rumi, translated by Coloeman Barks

Can you relate to some of this? What commands are you ready to call out, expecting the grace of an answer? I’d love to hear from you!

Sending love and blessings,


I’ve also recorded a reading of the Rumi poem I shared above. When you watch the video, I hope you’ll feel the transmission of love, hope, and possibilities! Here’s the link to the video: