Dance only where you mortify yourself and when you tear away the cotton from the sore of lust.
Holy men dance and wheel on the spiritual battlefield: they dance in their own blood.
When they are freed from the dominion of self, they clap a hand; when they escape from their own imperfection, they make a dance.
From within them musicians strike the tambourine; at their ecstasy the seas burst into foam.
You see it not, but for their ears the leaves too on the boughs are clapping hands.
You do not perceive the clapping of the leaves: one must have the spiritual ear, not this ear of the body.
Close the ear of the head to jesting and lying, that you may see the resplendent city of the soul.
The soul’s serenity is a light that shines out from within and decorates and illuminates every aspect of your life’s journey.
Enter into the soul’s serenity. Seek it within the stillness of yourself in quiet contemplation. Seek it but seek nothing – just allow yourself to be quietly guided into its healing depth. Seek only by awareness and intention, not by striving or straining. You dissolve, and you are filled.
The soul’s serenity is a place in which secrets and insights are revealed, where guidance is found and expressed within the heart. Knowing this is a profound comfort in all the vicissitudes of life. Through the soul’s serenity, you can begin to understand the journey of life in a different way, that rearranges priorities, judgements and reactions. From this still point within, you can begin to understand that life and its challenges, efforts, joys and disappointment is not what you always perceived it to be. That these are, like Rumi said, waves of froth upon the deep sea of your real being.
You are here to discover the soul’s serenity and to understand your life’s purpose and progress from that standpoint.
Your life is not really composed of the significant events of which you think it consists. Rather, it is from the standpoint of the soul’s serenity by which your life is really weighed and measured.
In muraqaba, we review life’s experience from this standpoint, that of the soul’s serenity. We see the spiritual importance of our behaviour and experiences. The other events and experiences and emotional topsy-turvy are as that froth, ephemeral and of no real substance.
In the depth of our being, in the depth of the ocean of the soul’s serenity, we perceive the real currents of our life and how it moves and shapes us in our spiritual process.
To enter into the soul’s serenity, one need only quieten the mind and allow the heart to be at the centre of our perceiving. In the quietness and stillness of the heart, opened and in awareness, we calmly review and observe and begin to settle in the soul’s serenity. From this, we see the really significant moments, lessons and journeying that our soul is undertaking as the process of spiritual unfoldment occurs.
We chart our course through access to this guidance and insight at the centre of our consciousness, in the serenity of soul-consciousness, the soul’s serenity. Intend it, relax and be still, and learn to enter into it. It will occur without effort, easily, naturally. The soul is you, the serenity of the soul is your innate birthright.
Alhamdullillah wa shukrulillah – Praise be to God and thanks be to God
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In the name of God the most Compassionate, the most Merciful
Finding a balance between inner contemplation and outer activity.
This is in some part what the Muslim ritual prayers are designed to do.
To create a balance between inner awareness and spiritual attention and activities of daily life in the so-called outer world.
So we need to create this apportionment of time and focus facing in and out at different times.
The Roman ‘god’ Janus was like this. A doorway which is both in and out.
We need to act and then pause, gather and then distribute.
Do you see how this is a rhythm? – like breathing – of contraction and expansion, or acting and listening, of the experience of life, rising and falling, dying and being re-generated.
All of life is this duality in the created world, and the two complementary opposites acting in balanced harmony to create a unity of the unfolding of creative process.
As a human being, we need to enter into this process harmoniously too. It is both a surrender to nature and an engagement with the reality of expression in our own existence, creating our worlds.
We are simultaneously both dynamic and at peace, submissive or passive, within the process.
We are both a channel and an agent.
‘Life’ unfolds and yet we are also an active participant. But we need to learn how to engage with this fundamental process in the most constructive and harmonious way. And at the heart of this is an awareness and responsiveness to rhythm.
As in music or the waves of energy in nature, in everything, there is this rhythmic process and when we learn most effectively to be in tune with it, or in modern parlance, ‘entrained’, we can function peacefully and most effectively.
In this way, we are both giving and receiving – in many different aspects of being.
An empty space, or clarity, within, in the deepest recess of the heart, enables the human being to be most in tune with the rhythm of the creative process.
To harmonise with the rhythm. To feel its music, to express its beauty.
When the rising and the falling of the waves combine harmoniously, then the vibration of your being becomes an exquisite song of unity. Unity of consciousness, from which comes an ecstatic, rich and fruitful experience of the essence of living. Alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, alhamdulillah, wa shukrulillah. Ameen