Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The two sides of observation and the positive and negative sides of absorption


When we become caught, completely fish-hooked, completely absorbed by one of the many varieties of personality glitches such as anger (If he does that one more time, I’ll throw him off a cliff!!!!), we meet up with what the Buddhists call the kleshas or what the Sufis call the nafs. The nafs in its unrefined state, is "the ego", the lowest dimension of a person's inward animalistic existence. (I can’t stand that person.) We’re all familiar with the nafs: that passionate, sudden, and unexpected uprising of fury, or tears, or frustration, or unbalanced ecstasy, or uncontrollable giddiness, or, one of a whole range of emoli icons. We ask our self, “Where did that arise from? Why am I screaming at this person?” Why am I so out of control? How could I be so dumb?”
To undo the emotional charge of the nafs (Oh no, I definitely blew that interview....), one method is to observe the arising, the continuance and the dissipation of the particular emotional glitch that completely absorbs our attention. Observing the nafs allows us to place a tiny wedge into the nafs with our seeing or our sensing of it. As each particular nafs arise (Why is my girlfriend paying so much attention to that guy?), we can learn to initiate the observation process more quickly and become more efficient in our ability to observe. Ironically, the more often a particular nafs arises, the greater is the opportunity for us to improve our power of observation. And the stronger our observation power becomes, the weaker the nafs becomes.
In this process of observation, there is the separation from the distraction which negatively absorbs our attention and from that which disables our ability to be present to the world around us.
In the practices of concentration and contemplation, we suspend the brain’s function to name, to analyze and to compare. We simply observe that which we are placing our attention upon (a flower?) or that which we are contemplating. We learn that with intense but relaxed observation, we begin to lose our ‘I-ness’. This absorptive experience is the initial experience, the so-called first date, with the concept of union, with Oneness. In Oneness, there is no this and that. No duality. When there is the complete merging of the Beloved and the lover, even observation gets left behind. There can be no witness in complete absorption. Between the lover and the Beloved, there can only be the act of loving. The first date becomes a marriage. Samsara is Nirvana. This is That. Hence in Buddhism, there is the mantra Gate Gate Para Gate Parasamgate Bodhi Sva Ha. In Sufism, we say the Wasifa “Ahad”.
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Local contact:
adrian symonds
250 650 9055
adrian2@shaw.ca
1460 Grieve Ave.
Courtenay

Sunday, October 16, 2016


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"I first believed without any hesitation in the existence of the soul, and then I wondered about the secret of its nature. I persevered and strove in search of the soul, and found at last that I myself was the cover over my own soul. I realized that that in me which believed and that in me that wondered, that which was found at last, was no other than my soul. I thanked the darkness that brought me to the light, and I valued this veil that prepared for me the vision in which I saw myself reflected, the vision produced in the mirror of my soul. Since then, I have seen all souls as my soul, and realized my soul as the soul of all. And what bewilderment it was when I realized that I alone was, if there were anyone, that I am whatever and whoever exists, and that I shall be whoever there will be in the future.” ....Hazrat Inayat Khan

Local contact:
adrian symonds
250 650 9055
adrian2@shaw.ca
1460 Grieve Ave.
Courtenay

Monday, October 10, 2016

Upcoming Shahabuddin retreat in Seatle






When Thou didst sit upon Thy throne,
with a crown upon Thy head,
I did prostrate myself upon the ground
and called Thee my Lord.
When Thou didst stretch out Thy hands in
blessing over me, I knelt and called Thee my Master.
When Thou didst raise me from the ground
holding me with Thine arms,
I drew closer to Thee and called Thee my Beloved.
But when Thy caressing hands held my head
next to Thy glowing heart and Thou didst kiss me,
I smiled and called Thee myself.
....Hazrat Pir-o-Mushid Inayat Khan
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Upcoming Event:  Seattle with Shahabuddin October 20 http://inayatiorder.org/

Local contact:
adrian symonds
250 650 9055
adrian2@shaw.ca
1460 Grieve Ave.
Courtenay

Classes thursday evenings 6:50 pm to 8:30. Please arrive on time.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

What is our experience of Sufism?



What is our experience of Sufism?

remembering
sobriety ecstasy breath mantra 
11 33 99 cosmos universe superconsciousness the only being god presence of presence 
sensation elements earth water air fire ether compassion abraham hagar sarah mercy 
solitude silence duality union unity  oneness 
base of the spine genitals solar plexus heart throat third eye crown energy colour
prophetic knightly  first cause last effect 
 physical body auric body causal body healing 
esoteric farmer universal worship refinement dances of universal peace zikar movement stillpoint 
shamen ahura mazda krishna shiva buddha jesus mohammed   
circling twirling love love love
remembering






http://inayatiorder.org/
local to the Comox Valley, British Columbia contact adrian symonds or shafia jamodien
250 650 9055 or adrian2@shaw.ca

We meet Thursday evenings at 1460 Grieve Ave. Courtenay, B.C. 6:50 pm to 9 pm and the last sunday of the month 9:50 am to 4 pm. Please call first.