Monthly blog by Wajid
Conversations with Azriel. – World of nature
Since my retirement from chaplaincy, I have had the opportunity to spend longer periods doing practices and meditation. During this precious time, I have focused on the nature elements which led me to discover their relationship to the planes of consciousness. I have been able to apprehend subtleties separating the physical earth and the celestial earth, and to explore the “maqam” Na-Koja-abad “country of No-Where.”
This is an audio recording (1h:05m/59Mb) of a class given by Hafizullah on January 8, 2010, touching upon the purpose of life, the nature of psychic impressions and their influence upon us, and how to move toward living an authentic life.
Our solstice party is a time each year when our whole community can gather to eat and celebrate and enjoy each others’ presence. This year we will also join in a zikr for the world as a way of giving to others something of that light, joy and delight we experience together. Please come and bring your family, your friends and something delicious to share for the potluck feast. It will be a fabulous evening!
Solstice Holiday Potluck
Healing Zikr for the Earth
Avalon, Devi, Hafizullah, Sura, Tsukina and Wajid
Saturday, December 14 – 5 – 8 p.m.
Potluck begins at 5 p.m. - Zikr at 6:30 p.m.
Lake City Christian Church
1933 NE 125th St Seattle 98125
Trust is a huge issue for most of us, and some of us have an easier time of it than others, according to our life experiences and the attitudes we nurture.
Some of us may feel wounded in this area to the extent that we most readily trust our mistrust — because we think it keeps us safe.
This strategy doesn’t actually keep us safe at all… it just makes our world small enough that the mind can continue to try to control it — and “protects” us instead from more and more of our aliveness.
To unfold spiritually, or just to live life with integrity, we have to embrace uncertainty — and we have to trust love more than we trust our fear. As long as we are enmeshed in the identities of the past, we may hang onto our reasons for not trusting — or we may trust provisionally until trust is broken; it doesn’t matter, because we will still be impaled on the horns of the polarities of trust/not-trusting. Like being on a see-saw, there is no forward progress, only up-and-down movement.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Eight minutes. That’s how long it took to make a gift to the Sufis that keeps on giving. I’d heard of this dream, of “the gathering place” for Seattle Sufis, some months ago. I had read about it on this very web site, under the “Participate” menu. I‘d also heard of Sufi centers who already had such a place. I love the idea of creating a central physical place for our classes, music and events, and seeing the energy and goodwill build in the place, week after week, year after year.
I don’t own a building to donate to the order. The only real estate I’m involved with is my house, and it has a mortgage payment. Aha: monthly payments are exactly what SOI-Seattle needs, to maintain a physical center (unless someone who does own a building decides to give it to us, that is!) In the meantime, a few of us feel strongly about making the gathering place a reality, so we make monthly donations. They say, “Many hands make light work,” and “What we can’t do alone, we can do together.” The same is true for supporting a central place for our classes and events. When enough people are giving monthly, we’ll know it’s time to get our space.