The mind rides the wind

The mind rides the wind.

This scentence comes to mind now, watching how the mind seems to work around anything that piques my interest. Since there’s usualy a lot going on and we live in an information society, I feel the need in myself to come back to my early morning practices after having watched some youtubes yesterday. Because that is endless. At some point we have to stop. The mind becomes overactive.

Having this written down, I now put the I-pad aside, to continue my yogamat rituals. Perhaps see you later, if there’s more to come that ‘makes sense’ if you like.

Later:

Seated again on the yoga mat I looked at a special beautiful color blue in the morning sky. It has a softness and an openness. This is where my attention is drawn to so this is where my mind goes. Ended up after the yoga and spiritual practice session doing a facebook posting on color therapy, that I had watched yesterday on youtube. Because that is what came up again during the meditation. Combining it with my own experiences and inspirations. This is where my heart goes so this is where my mind goes.

The mind rides the wind.

Impressions

Another Jane Austen film, discovering her oeuvres, Netflix supporting me in this. One thing before I start of: this is a new pattern for me developing on the couch, watching films. I’m very aware of the impressions lingering on the mind. I like it to have as a clean photographic plate, as Murshid describes it.

I once discussed this with my son on the watching TV behavior: ‘What do you guys do with all these impressions, they creep into your mind, your dreams, to many files in your brain, it keeps you busy processing all that, you need to have a quiet mind at some times, a clear mirror.” He, still an adolescent then, replied: “Mum, see it like this: you have a file open in the brain, but once you have watched it, you drop again. Delete it.”

Perhaps women’s brains work differently.
A thing Murshid states about relationships is that for a woman, things come in deeper. It enters her and she’s busy processing it. The mind is a certain layer in us and when things go deeper, we are in the heart. The heart is a deeper faculty of the mind, the mind a layer more on the surface of the heart. So for the many, facebook is more of a medium for the mind, am I right? Perhaps I’m very stubborn trying to keep going on trying to use it as a medium to exchange something from the heart. It’s on more sensitive matters of course, more on the way to the Self. Therefore kept hidden, protected. We don’t want to share that with everyone.

This brings me back to Jane Austen’s film I watched yesterday: ‘Persuasion’, to a moment in it, where the real Selves and selves become revealed more closely.

Anne, the main character, says in an intimate conversation with the love of her life, not yet revealed and allowed again in the open at that moment: “The fickle characters of women the way literature describes them is literature written by men. I can assure you that even after an ending, the character of a women is steadfast in that she still continues to love for a long time.”

In the story, this is a hint at the same time of course to the man she talks with in front of her in this scene. Women weren’t allowed to express their feelings directly; they had to await the advances of the men. Masterful acted indeed by the actress in the film.

My brain wires a connection to what Murshid says about the faculty of the heart of women: impressions linger for a long time in her. It goes deep in her. That’s why the position of women in life is more fragile, needs to be protected. Well, that’s what he said those days. Times have changed, women today are more independent economically, which is a good thing, but having ‘to fight in the marketplace’, as Murshid mentions elsewhere, is an undesirable thing for a woman to do because of the way her heart and senses work.

 

Jane Austen was a master in revealing to us the psychological nature of women and how that played out in the society of those days. Was Jane Austen a rare case amongst mostly male writers of literature in her time? This story of her is called a masterpiece on Netflix, was it recognized as such in her own time?

The moments the real feelings are at play, when Anne writes in her dairy, we, as spectators are allowed to look, for a moment, into her eyes. “The eyes are the windows of the soul”, another sufi quote. Anne looks strait into the camera. We see her truth. This is introducing something new in the way of acting in films.

English actors are masters in invoking feelings. Their eyes reveal it. Murshid also mentions the film as a medium capable of revealing something of the soul. A good actor can do it. We could say that these masterful English films are soulful.

One more last thing for you guys busy out there accomplishing in life, practicing mastery through accomplishment. Be on the watch about what you are actually accomplishing. Is it on line with your souls purpose? Finish the project and then switch. Or drop it halfway if it’s not on line with your souls purpose. That is not a sign of weakness, but of strength and steadfastness, being truthful to your real Self. Perhaps some else had persuaded you.

Anne is in an argument with her father at some point in the story. Her father is a proud ‘Nobelman’, who doesn’t allow a person of lesser rank in his aristocratic family. We can guess it, Anne is in love with a ‘lesser’ man. She had been persuaded to drop him.

The scene reveals the ‘noble’ manners of the father being in anger about this, the way he fetches his gloves from a servant holding them up for him.
True nobility is in the soul, the soul expresses noble feelings naturally. Anne replies in this scene: “Think of all these poor be-widowed women.” She hurries out to go and visit one, acting that way against the protocol of the moment.

I think becoming a widow was a threat for women those days. They fell into poverty. The law was such that only the men inherited the family money, he was expected to protect the women of the family. If he used the greatest amount for himself, his own wife and children only, his sister and her children suffered.

Enough for now. My mind is processesing these things. I may as well write it down and share it here with you. That way practicing a little mastery. Hope you enjoyed it. Have a good day!

Resonance

‘Swimming at the surface we see water lilies. If we swim under the surface, we see it is really a network of roots that emerges as flowers. That’s what Dr. David Bohm calls the implicate state, and that is what we are doing as we turn within. The Sufis say it is that which transpires behind that which appears. What we experience is just the surface. Now we are shifting our perspective. We don’t perceive that which is below the surface. We are part of it. It’s really a resonance, like a harp and a piano that have been tuned to the same pitch. Play one and the other starts resounding by sympathetic resonance. That’s what it is. It’s a different mode of cognizance than perception.
I suppose the best way of thinking of it is the totality of the Universe keeps on emerging as each one of us. We are getting in touch with the subliminal reality of our being which is in resonance and consonance and harmony with all other beings, with the whole Universe.’ 

Extracted from a manual on healing by Pir Vilayat.

Thinking about the idea of resonance, it also explains how it works when you are sitting in front of your guru. A bad guru will be there for the benefit of himself. A good guru will there for your benefit. You will notice the difference.

It also works when sitting together as a group in a sufi Gatha class. Reading from the Gathas, meditating and doing wazaif that bring out qualities latent in you for your growth and development and character building. In the attunement we are are tuned to the pitch we are capable of at that moment. After a good class you go home uplifted. 

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‘The teacher just is and so allows the seeker to find that same innermost core within himself. The Self exists within the “heart of hearts”; thus this process of teaching can be understood as a “reflection from heart to heart”: the Higher Self of the teacher is reflected into the Higher Self of the wayfarer.’
Llewelyn Vaughan-Lee in the book Catching the Thread, chapter ‘The relationship with the teacher’.

A picture of the reflection of a bridge in water with water lilies, taken towards Ransdorp.

Freedom of thought and feeling

Since the sexual revolution that started in the sixties, previous age in the west, has bred some excesses too, it’s now time to think about the idea of shame.

Looking at the pop stars of the hippy time, that expressed a process of liberation, not only sexually, but also socially and in terms of consciousness, we could say that what is meant by freedom is more about being able to feel freely the feelings in the body, body awareness, not always having to act it out, unless it’s your true lover. So it’s not so much about unlimited free sexual behavior as it was thought of as freedom.

We in the west, by some films and by some art and books, in fact learnt not to listen anymore to natural feelings of shame.

Updated therapeutic approaches give space to observing, processing and feeling freely what ever presents itself in ourselves without judging or condemning. This so in order to free us from the garbage of the past and conditionings that keep us stuck.

We could say that an impulse for awakening and liberation, strongly felt in the hippy time and going underground after that, refined itself. Less visible on the outside.
Groups of people flocked together in this process to work on themselves and books were written to be read and films made for watching. This availed individuals to work with it as well.

From the heart we focus at feelings like resentment, anger, sadness but also suppressed joy and love. That way negative feelings are melting, solving in the neutral watching of them from the core where we won’t lose Self esteem because of the dis-coveries.

If you want to read something more about the idea of shame and how that applies to life, from the richness that a renown spiritual teacher gave it to us, then have a look at the photo.
To read more about it, google the site seen on the photo and type ‘shame’ in the search.

Sounds

 

If you are a sensitive soul, you can feel what sound does to you.
Why does some music lift you up to heaven, other music sparkles you, keeps you going or energizes you sexually. It’s all about the intent. The sound is loaded with the intent. That why some voices are pleasant for you, resonate with you and other voices don’t. What are the vocal intentions.
Some rap may be good, but what is the intent behind the vocal productions. Is it fighting, waring? What does it do to you, can you feel that? It may also destroy the delicate nervous system. The nadis. The meridians. Blunt you.
What does hard rock do to you. 

Or Bach.

A good sufi teacher very precisely works with sound in the chacra’s voor various results. One can work with sounds in oneself. Not to be abused. A guide has to be qualified in order to sense what a person needs. Does the person need calm and peace, does he need a wazifa ( sort mantra) for developing kindness, understanding or insight, for accomplishing in life and so on.
That’s why when becoming familiar with sufism, when one first enters a sufi circel, we work with the heart. That is always safe and harmonious and peaceful. You can say the sound A In the heart chacra, it opens, vibrating aaaaa, letting it resound.
Or Fazl. Like Om. Like you let a gong resound. Vibrate.
Don’t push the sound with ego willpower. Just let it resonate on the out breath.
Discover you own voice, sound.
After that, sit quietly and listen.
That is a very important part of the practice.
In the listening, the secret of the wazifa is being revealed to you.
You feel what it does to you.

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