“In poetry the rhythm of the poet’s soul is expressed. There are moments in the life of every human being when the soul feels itself rhythmic. At such moments children, who are the beyond conventionalities of life, begin to dance, to speak in words that rhyme, or to repeat phrases that resemble each other and harmonize together. It is a moment of a soul’s awakening… Among all the valuable things of this world the word is the most precious. For in the word one can find a light that gems and jewels do not possess; a word may contain such life that it can heal the wounds of the heart.”
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
There are times in life when we find ourselves alone with our thoughts. The outside world keeps moving, but we have slowed or even stopped as if suspended in time. This can become a place of loneliness or an open field that can sustain us throughout life. The thresholds of life hold meaning and fulfillment that can remain hidden without a ritual of practice to illuminate them. Our technologies can create blind spots with algorithms that cannot follow or predict the hidden rewards of a reflective inner practice, but it can obscure them. The images we capture, words that linger, and imaginings evoked all become pathways to wisdom but they need the light of day to be realized. To live a life in harmony with oneself is an act of rebellion and self-preservation that must be cultivated to grow.
It is an act love, in our time, to take upon oneself the task of creating a truly human personality. Here, in Creating the Person, we have an introduction to a range of qualities which are necessary for the accomplishment of that task. Will power, gratitude, self-control, gentleness and self-respect are among the topics addressed. No dogmas will be found here, for, in Inayat Khan's words, "no principle must be blindly followed." Rather, direction is given that may enable the reader to develop these qualities in his or her everyday life. "Our ideals become realities only when enacted amidst the tumult of a life fully lived. Action in the world, and interaction with the people of the world, are indispensible for spiritual maturity. Spirituality is not otherworldliness, but adab, wise conduct.