States are spiritual graces bestowed

States are spiritual graces bestowed directly by god and is outside of mans power Meaning we don’t create or gain states it is given by the will of the Divine alone, it comes and goes as The Divine beloved wills.“I was a hidden treasure and I loved to be known, so I created the world …”. This love to be known is not a static goal but a constantly unfolding revelation.Even after the recognition of the Real manifesting in all images, signs are indications which specifically “increase knowledge and open the eye of understanding”.As for the saints, they have spiritual journeys in the intermediate world during which they directly witness spiritual realities embodied in forms that have become sensible for the imagination; these [sensible images] convey knowledge of the spiritual realities contained within those forms. These spiritual realities are the secrets of our innermost self and the journey also is within our own self. The holy mysteries revealed in these contemplations are in one aspect particular to the one to whom they were revealed, for what is revealed to each person is unique to the way they receive it. As Ibn ‘Arab! says, Each person has a path that no one else but he travels” which comes “to be through the travelling itself.” Join our online Meditation every Saturday @ 2:30pm UK time via zoom.

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Beloved Ibn Arabi Translated by William C Chittick


“El gran hecho central de la vida humana es penetrar en una comprensión consciente de nuestra unidad con esta Vida Infinita, y abrirnos completamente a esta afluencia divina. En el grado en que nos adentramos en esta comprensión consciente y nos abrimos completamente a esta afluencia, realizamos en nosotros las cualidades y poderes de la Vida Infinita, nos convertimos en canales por cuya mediación puede actuar la Inteligencia y el Poder Infinito. En la medida en que nos damos cuenta de nuestra unidad con el Espíritu Infinito cambiamos la enfermedad por el alivio, la desarmonía por la armonía, el sufrimiento y el dolor por energía y la salud abundantes. Reconocer nuestra propia divinidad y nuestra íntima relación con el Universal es conectar los cables de nuestra maquinaria a la central motriz del universo. No hemos de estar en el infierno más tiempo del que elijamos, y cuando escogemos levantarnos todos los poderes superiores del universo se combinan para ayudarnos a ir hacia el cielo”.


Important though such correspondences undoubtedly are for historical purposes, and there are many of them, there is a deeper level of definition, the linguistic one, where the analysis of concepts brings a flavour of the Muslim feeling for Islam and surrender and the possibility of the contemporary Christian understanding what this meant to the Muslim, so that he could compare it with his own conceptions. It is, of course, widely known that the name of the religion of the Muslims is Islam, or al-Islam, ‘al’ being the definite article in Arabic. Islam literally means ‘submission, yielding, surrender’ – to the will of God. ‘Muslim’ means one who is so surrendered. This etymology is important, because it is not just a name, it is a meaning. If you ask many an Arab, ‘Are you a Muslim?’ he will often reply, ‘If God wills’, which is roughly equivalent in colloquial speech to ‘I hope so’.

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Ser livre não é libertar-se dos outros, mas de si mesmo, de acordo com Epicteto

Buscamos a liberdade quando um cego procura suas chaves. Como resultado, não é estranho que acabemos imbuídos em uma busca malsucedida, condenada previamente ao fracasso, sem perceber que o que buscamos fora está dentro. Sem perceber que a liberdade externa não é nem mais nem menos do que a medida em que conseguimos conquistar a liberdade interna, parafraseando Gandhi.

Os estóicos podem nos dar uma lição incrível sobre liberdade, especialmente Epicteto, que foi escravo em Roma durante parte de sua vida. Para esse filósofo, a verdadeira liberdade não significa apenas livrar-se das correntes da sociedade, suas normas e pressões a que somos submetidos pelos outros, mas nos libertar das correntes que às vezes nos impomos. E esse é um conceito que agora, mais do que nunca, devemos internalizar.

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You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.

~ Rumi

You were born




How reading makes you more intelligent and empathic

Get lost in a good book. Time and again, reading has been shown to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic.

Fitness headlines promise staggering physical results: a firmer butt, ripped abs, bulging biceps. Nutritional breakthroughs are similar clickbait, with attention-grabbing, if often inauthentic—what, really, is a “superfood?”—means of achieving better health. Strangely, one topic usually escaping discussion has been shown, time and again, to make us healthier, smarter, and more empathic animals: reading.

Reading, of course, requires patience, diligence, and determination. Scanning headlines and retweeting quips is not going to make much cognitive difference. If anything, such sweet nothings are dangerous, the literary equivalent of sugar addiction. Information gathering in under 140 characters is lazy. The benefits of contemplation through narrative offer another story.

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