On Body, Soul, Heart, Mind, and Self

Soul is fine, It's there, watching, guarding and caring, like it or not. Heart is fine. As long as it is beating, it is open to and in the Love of God. Body is fine. Whatever it's condition, surrender and acceptance is the key to the receiving of the healing love. Mind is good. Concepts and beliefs are personal, simply arising in consciousness, and can be changed or let go at any moment, since there is in reality no stone for them to be etched upon.

On the Annihilation of Desires

Let all these things be as they are, for they are as they are, but what seems to keep "getting in the way" of the fullness of our Divine experience is this thing we call our "self". 

It's our self that keeps asking for (seeking) satisfaction. It is in fact, only desirous of the annihilation of its desires, and it's the expression of this desirousness that wants, yea needs, to be heard. It not even so much that it wants to be heard as it wants to be expressed, as in said, done, gone, annihilated, not there any longer, in a word, satisfied.  Ahhh, satisfaction. 

In Sufi parlance, this desirousness is called 'Himmah', and it is considered to be the only essential quality for true success. Undertand this. Can you see here how recognition of the true spiritual qualities will be of great assistance in your healing practice? This is the sprirtual psychology that allows you to see the truth and for the transformation of sins and curses into blessings and guidance.

This seeking for annihilation, with desire as the motivation, this "asking for satisfaction" is the natural Quest, the 'Search for the Truth', the 'ultimate destination', often thought to occur only after death, but which in reality is only the death of desire. 
It is an essential quality, without which there would be no life. It is the quality of that spiritual seeker that is within us all, naturally. With this recognition, problems can be reduced to a simple and very natural desire for satisfaction, which, when seen in the light of the Sufi Knowledge, is realized to be, and therby transformed into, an expression of the quest for satisfaction itself, the actual annihilation of desire. And when seen in this light, the need for their (the desires) expression is understood, and truly 'heard'. Then the perceived necessity for dramatization, or 'acting them out' is diffused, so to speak. Nor is one left with the feeling that they have not been heard - that they have been asked to repress them 'selves' yet again. 

This "asking for satisfaction" is then recognized as an expression of the quest for the 'Knowledge of God', for the actual Physical KNOWING, the Supreme Satisfaction, the 'Tasting of' and the 'BEING in' the Reality that God alone exists. Now the satisfaction of desire becomes an entirely differnt matter. And that is why it is said that the Sufi way is that very thing.  In the Sufi way our souls are truly recognized and our desires are truly expressed.

We want God to hear us asking for our own annihilation. We want to KNOW the He hears us asking for our own dissolution, that only He exist. Just knowing that He hears is the beginning of satisfaction, and it it said that the end is in the beginning. For knowing about God, or talking to God, or asking God for anything is praising God by considering God (rightly) to be worthy of asking and capable of helping.  And it is stated in  Sufi contemplation practices the "God hears one who praises Him". So the way to be heard is to praise, and therein lies the secret to all the success programs that are based upon 'positive' thinking and feeling'. 

The Sufi Secret to Perfect Health

The Sufi Secret to Perfect Health is Perfect Self-Expression. Who know better the needs of the heart boby mind soul and self of the human being that the one who created it. So Who can show us a better way to a perfect life, and a better way to perfect self-expression, than Allah? 

On the Nature of Spirit

Spirit is what moves us, and attention is what moves spirit. Wherever we focus our attention, there moves our spirit also. Spirit is the fire that removes the blocks that lets the energy flow. Moving/kindling the Spirit is the essence of all healing arts - Kiatsu, Shiatsu, Acupuncture, spirit healing, energy healing and Sufi healing with “tawajjuh” (concentrated Divine attention), to mention only a few. To really feel and kindle our spirit we must concentrate it. A small example. Feel the concentration of your spirit when you contemplate a pleasure of which you are fond. Skiing? Biking? A movie? Relaxing with a good book? Not very deep but you get the point. 

Focusing our attention on the Divinity (Allah) is not an easy thing, since He is NOT what you think He is and therefore how can YOU focus your attention on Him. Quite conceptual, to say the least and not very experiential. Fortunately a very subtle technique has been handed down from the Divine (Allah) through his prophet Muhammad and from him throughout his line of descendants who have always been open-hearted and compassionate to all the people who came to them. This knowledge was then disseminated through generations of kind-hearted and sincere believers and seekers and eventually came to be known as the “Sufi” way.

The technique, if you will, is known as Dhikr, or Hadhrah, which means, among other things, Remembrance, andDivine Presence. A few principles:

  • It's own annihilation in Divine Presence is the goal of spirit. 
  • A concentration of spirit needs to be present in order for it to annihilate itself in Presence. 
  • Spirit is a burning flame which consumes itself and only Presence is left. 
  • Presence is what remains when all else is gone. 



    It’s an easy thing to know God, since He is never not present, we need only to turn our thoughts to him, and boom, there He is. That’s why one of His Attributed Qualities is that of At-Tawwab, the Oft-returning, Accepter of our rethinking.

    But after this “connection”, or “re-charge”, how quickly do we turn away? In a sense, we “use” God to regenerate our spirit and then turn our spirit away from God to use it for the fulfillment of our desires, as though He is not capable of fulfilling them better than we. This is, in a sense, disrespectful and, in a sense, hurts God’s feelings, because He wants to prove a point. He wants not only to fulfill our desires for us, and indeed He does, but He wants us to know Him, and know that He IS the fulfillment of our desires. 

    Feel the comparison between the lover and the beloved. See this in YOUR relationship. In your deep heart, do you not want to BE the fulfillment of your beloved’s desires?  Is that not the ultimate satisfaction? Do you not want his/her desires to be so oriented that you CAN be his fulfillment? The formula is simple. BE your Beloved! For only the Beloved (ALLAH) IS, or can be, the fulfillment of all desire. That is His promise, and that is exactly what He wants to be and do. In order to do this, we need to KNOW that His Presence is with us at all times.

    But what does this require of us? The focus of our spirit on Him and Him alone. Before we focus on “how” we can do that, let’s answer a few questions first.

    “But that will take me away from my life and my responsibilities and/or the accomplishment of my dreams and desires”, you say? 

    On Foolishness of Chasing Dreams

    What an intense amount of energy and frustration is spent on the chasing of dreams. Literally we waste our lives away in pursuit of and illusory “happiness” that is always just on the other side of an “if only”. Yet we will all readily admit that a moment of deep contemplation upon the Divine Existence of God brings into our lives that very joy and happiness that we are “seeking/trying” to “establish” on a “permanent” basis in our lives. This is stated so nicely in Qur`an "Verily it is in the remembrance of God that the hearts find fulfillment". 

    How simple it is. Why are we seeking? Because we have not “found”! Why are we “trying”? Because we have not yet “succeeded”. Why do we want it “established”? Because we have not yet discovered that it already is. And why do we want it “permanent”? Because nothing less will satisfy.  Don’t you see that the “life of this (your, private, individual) world” is an exact mirror image of the Real World, into which God (Allah) wants you to step with full faith, trust and confidence?

    So how do we get this faith, trust and confidence? Simple. Just pick it up from them that got it. “And who are they”, you ask? I put it to you, the masters of the Sufi way. “And how can they be so sure”, you ask? Well, ask them. Meet them. Read them. They’ve all tried it and to a person wish to be living testimonials that it is the truth. That is why “bearing witness”, or testimonial to truth, is such a strong part of their lives. 

    “And where did they get this from?” They got it from the truth itself, from themselves, their observations, their own willingness to believe in, search and explore possibilities. They got it from others who had done the same and found it to be a safe and well-trodden path. They got it from seeing Love in desperation. And when they heard that this was, in truth, the very message with which all the prophets were sent, they knewit was the truth already in their hearts, and believed the message of the prophets. So they joined them and their communities to live in, enjoy and spread the word of this Way. 

    Kindling your spirit is the beginning. Ongoing life and living, in and with the Presence of the Divine, is the goal. So come to the Sufi Way. Taste the true joy of life, Drink the wine from the cup of love, and feel the peace of certain knowledge. Feel the existence of endless Divinity, living your life in peace, security, love, and friendship, with understanding and healing (yourself and others). And Love. Above all, feel the Divine Love.

    On Religion and Spirituality

    Religion without a spiritual quest is death. Just ask them. They're all waiting to die to know God. Meanwhile they know only what they know and are steadfast in their resolve to stick with it, even though their religion insists that the quality of a true beleiver is that of a seeker of knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

    On the other hand, a spiritual quest without religion become a form of stubborn resistance and unwillingness to investigate any farther, and a self-assertion stating an almost fearful dependence upon "independence". It become a heart without a soul. 

    Religion alone affirms the mind and ego as being the seat of the soul and denies the heart. Spirituality affirms the heart, but denies the soul. Acceptance of soul requires the acceptance of religion, at least in general, and the popular abhorance of religion in general for its authoritarianism and oppression will not allow for that. So we aare cought in the predicament of needong to deny our souls the access to the very purpose of religions, the 'salvation' of the soul. 

    On Self-expression

    Self-expression is the fountain of youth, it is the creator of beauty. It is the hopeless addiction the frustration of which leads to violence and bloodshed. Repression is of exactly that - self-expression. Whether we are repressing ourselves by taking sides with the oppressor or allowing ourselves to be repressed, as in feeling that being a victim is the necessary route to take to get to our needs. 

    My father discovered the secret of the hopeless addiction to self-expression and realized that nothing could stand in the way of this, and therefore harbored no illusions to the contrary. As a result he is now an immensely prolific author, playwright, actor, painter, artist, poet and gardener, and still a very happy and youthful man in his eighties.