Most of my writing is for the Western mind interested in the parallels between Islamic Psychology and Healing and Western Psychology and Healing, attempting to clarify the Healing Relationship between Psychology, Spirituality and Physical Health.
Islamic Psychology is about understanding the Spiritual Roots of Fundamentalism, the Real Islam, as practiced by the loving majority, and the Healing of Sufism, which is the body of teachings for the aspirants of Saintly behavior. These major segments can be understood as manifestations of the first three of the Seven Dynamics of the Self. They are respectively:
Enlightenment is attainment (Self-realization) based upon understanding the relationship between Divinity, Psychology, True Surrender and Physical Health. It is the goal and the "work" of many paths and the Fourth Stage in the classical seven-stage pattern of spiritual growth laid out by the Sufis, which pattern is based upon their generations of personal experience and in-depth study and understanding of the significance of religion in general and the teachings of Islam in particular. Furthering this understanding becomes the interest and ongoing work of the enlightened masters in their continued quest for a deeper knowledge of the nature of Unity.
To hear and accept this is the sign of preparedness for the 5th stage, which requires a renewed commitment to the school of Sufi Studies, and ends the emphasis on Surrender and the healing of the body of it's physical and emotional separation from the oneness of reality and begins the real process of learning and teaching - from "Islam" (Surrender) to "Iman" True Knowledge based Faith. In many schools these distinctions are not made, as, being only distinctions, they are not considered relevant. They may, however, be of use in relating the Sufi path to other enlightenment schools.
Self-Realization is the basic
qualification for any
teacher. It is only from it that one can bring others to it, and one's
ability to stay in it will match and facilitate one's ability to deal
the difficulties of one's students in attaining it. This then becomes
"new work" - staying IN the
Energy - Abidance - and
offering the same
to others. And what is "The Energy"? Enlightened Living
in the Light of Love and Peace from God.