We had a wonderful community camp and retreat at Mount Vernon, WA, this past week. We now have videos of the early morning meditations from the retreat available on our Teachings page. Our thanks to Shams Scott, Akbar Miller, and Rising Tide International for live-streaming and posting these.
I’ve spent a good deal of the last day-and-a-half helping folks debrief and engage what’s come to the surface in the personal and collective pot-stirring of the retreat with Pir Zia.
All God’s Chillun Got Stuff.
That’s one of the major lessons of retreat, as well as of life itself.
So as you’re going through your day and digesting/assimilating — or puking — the effects of the retreat, there are some things to keep in mind.
There is a larger wisdom at work, choreographing the movement of our soul from egoic bondage into true freedom. This is especially true of those of us who have taken Initiation into a consecrated Order and lineage-of-masters.
The retreat process concentrates the universal transformational energies into a very small spacetime crucible, and everything in that crucible is there for our healing and our transformation. The wisdom of this process is perfect, regardless of the appearance (and short-term effects) of things in 3-D reality.
Hello Dear Ones, I found this really uplifting and hope you do also. http://america.aljazeera.com/features/2014/6/the-female-sufi-mysticsofgeorgiaspankisigorge.html.
Akbar Richard Corlett, long-time Northwest Regional Representative and senior teacher for SOI, died peacefully Wednesday morning, June 4, at 4:45 AM after a long illness. Even during his last months, Akbar was a warm, calming, loving presence to his caregivers and fellow patients. He brought joy and peace to many over the years while leading classes and participating in seminars. He is survived by his two daughters, Sarah and Susanne, son, Mathew, and grandson, Richie. Sarah welcomes phone calls at (425) 829-3647. Please share and enjoy remembrances of Akbar Richard on the Sufi Remembrance Project site. Information about his memorial service will be shared when available.
One Mind Meditation by Wajid
As I explore states of consciousness during meditations, or as the Sufis call them, planes of existence, I come across experiences that I have read in sacred texts are indications of inner transformation. One marker is the occurrence of the subtle detection of a sensory feeling, a background recording of one’s experience of life. Mystics, among them the Sufis have described this sense, as the “witness” or the “observer,” a detached state of overall viewing, different from what we call consciousness, or even awareness, There is no sense of identity, if that is possible? It seems to be created by the sum of all the subtle ingredients making who I am as being-ness, a “spark” participating in the becoming of Divine, Intelligence.