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Healing e-class
2017 Class #3
THE AIKIDO MOMENT

Toward the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty, the Only Being
United with All the Illuminated Souls who Form the Embodyment of the Master – the Spirit of Guidance

“… if by being on one’s guard, instead of resisting evil one would only slide it over, it would run away by its own force.” (Inayat Khan, Vol. XIII, Gathas: Everyday Life; Gatha II; part VI)

In the Hindu tradition, the god Shiva, also represented as Kali, is the destroyer who clears the way for new creation. Many of us chant and dance “Om namo Shivaya!” and joyously call on this sacred energy of transformation. In the Sufi tradition, the energy of destruction is described as chaotic. Though it can “shake things up” to allow room for innovation, we are warned that its continuation is destructive.
We have consciously or unconsciously invoked Shiva (remember Mahdiah’s class from February about our contribution to the collective shadow) and the destructive energy is here! We were successful; but perhaps not in the way we wished or expected. It is time to work on transformation.
We have three choices: passively suffer through, ineffectively fight, or as referenced by Inayat Khan and expertly used in the martial art of akido, adapt and manipulate for a greater good. In Sufi language, this is creating an accommodation for the rhythm of inspiration to emerge but without as much destruction and pain as the other two alternatives.
Obviously, we need practice. Fortunately, we have innumerable opportunities. The present felt chaos is such a one. The spiritual practices this month involve our whole being – body, heart, mind and soul. This integration is what will heal and transform.
Practices:
1. Free movement/dance to an energetic and preferably (for you) a difficult, unlikable piece of music. Find the more pleasing, adaptable rhythm or sound embedded within the music; trust that it is there and let the rest “slide by.” Feel and move, let your heart and body do the discovering. Maintain the rhythm once you find it. Feel it in your body and heart and only then let your mind concentrate on your experience. Who knows, you may notice a nugget in there you never knew existed!
2. If you prefer not to dance, you can do this sitting and listening; but let your body be free. It will find what it needs if you don’t fight or give in to emphasizing your dislike. You will notice parts of your body wanting to move. Let them. You may wish to vocalize. Do it. Only engage your mind after this if you like.
3. Find a partner: dance together as in ballroom dancing though you need not be trained in this. You must physically hold each other while dancing. Traditionally, one takes the lead, the other follows. Begin this way. Use music you enjoy. At some point, switch leads. Then at a third point, drop the assigned roles and follow each other, at times one leading, at times the other, but without deciding in words or with thought. Just feel and intuit. Have fun. This trains you to feel energy, move with it and use it to create something flowing, harmonious and beautiful
4. “Push hands”: this is a tai chi practice for partners. Face each other, knees slightly bent, back of both hands gently touching the back of your partner’s hands (don’t cross hands; it should be right hand of one touching the left hand of the other and the left of one touching the right of the other). Begin moving hands but hands must always maintain contact! Each person feels the movement of the other and moves with the energy, subtly directing or following it. Do not move your feet; but you may move your body (sway, twist, etc.). In martial arts, the goal is to sense the partner’s energy and use it so they lose their balance – not through force, but through their own energy being used to affect them. Likewise your goal, as is theirs, is NOT to overcommit your energy and thus be thrown off balance. After a while, do this with your eyes closed. Push hands requires subtlety. Hint: control your breath and feel/sense your partner’s breath. This again develops sensitivity to energy and rhythm and teaches us to let the energy move past us. In the process, we learn to keep centered and balanced. This ancient practice is a somato-energetic version of Christ’s teaching to “turn the other cheek,” and Inayat Khan’s teaching on “rising above.”
5. Wazifa practice: Ya Wahabo (flow). Often, we contemplate the flow of generosity when we invoke this energy. In this practice, just focus on the feeling of “flow,” of gentle movement. After repeating it aloud, intone it silently several times as you exhale.
6. Element Practice: Water element breath: walk in a flowing, gentle manner; focus on exhaling through the left nostril, downward and to the left. Add your hands, starting with them above your head to the right, gently flowing downward and to the left. You are impressing yourself with the ability to consciously flow with and move energy.
7. Now bring your greater attunement into everyday life. In your spiritual practice, can you feel the energy of your prayers or mantra/wazaif, catch their rhythm, see beneath the surface, let distractions go? In your daily interpersonal relations, can you become more aware, stay more balanced, sense the energy in your and the others’ breath, harmonize rather than fight, or let the other expend their energy while you remain relatively calm? All spiritual practice is practical. In our era, we learn to concentrate, contemplate and meditate so we then can incorporate attunements into our everyday life – realization.
And Shiva will lead to Brahma and then Vishnu – to the energy of inspiration and creation, and then that of maintenance and sovereignty. Out of chaos, we will have helped heal the pain and create something new and full of splendor, perhaps as Pir Vilayat taught, “a beautiful world of beautiful people.”
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Thank You Rev. Wadud Henry Cretella, M.D.

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Healing E-Class #26

Joining in the Transformation of Life

Toward the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty, the Only Being, United with All the Illuminated Souls Who Form the Embodiment of the Master – the Spirit of Guidance

It is easy to look at the world today and wonder how one person can possibly help the Whole move through the process of transformation we are experiencing.

I’d like to give you some simple things you can do.

If you practice one of these things regularly you will help to diminish the strife in the world.

If you practice two of these things regularly, you will be joining in with the large number of people who are turning the flow of life to a new direction.

If you do all three of these things regularly, you will become a beacon of lightness, transformation and healing.

Before doing anything, link in with the Source of All – whether you call this Life, the Universe, Nature, God – let your self connect.

The Divine Light Illuminates my life’s path. I live, move, and have my being in God (the Divine/Universe/Love/Nature etc).
1- Watch your thoughts. If a thought about the world comes up, assume that this is the way the Divine is asking you to help the situation or person. Assume you have an inner ‘phone line’, always connected to the Source of Healing, and ask that this that just came to your mind, be healed or transformed or helped. Then assume that you have been answered and go on to the next thing in your life.

2- Watch your feeling heart. If you find that something has struck your heart deeply, assume that which has struck you deeply has asked for someone to notice – to care. Assume you have an inner ‘phone line’, always connected to the Source of Healing, and ask that this thing that just touched your heart be healed. Then, as if those ones were in the room with you, say aloud to them that you have heard and have prayed for them/asked for help. Send love and lightness. It is helping. Then go on to the next thing in your life.

3- Notice what comes to you that needs change. If something comes to you – assume you are always connected to the Source of Healing. Imagine that the situation is different. See it clearly in the new way, as if the new way is made of light. Then let the new way superimpose itself on the old, and take over. Give thanks and then go on to the next thing in your life as if it is done.

Important:

Remember that you are not doing the healing when you are linked in to the Divine Source. Trust.

After doing any of the 3 things above, you must move your mind and heart on to something else, as if the problem is over. Don’t dwell.

If something comes to your mind, heart or experience again, do the process again. Then go on. If you find yourself obsessing or worrying if it helped, stop the practice and ask for help for yourself, to grow in faith. Be passionate in your asking. Then go on in your life. Trust that it is working.

Quotes that might help”

“Thy light is in all forms, Thy Love in all beings.”

“Come back to where you once belonged.”

“Patience is a virtue.”

“The light of God is kindled in this house/place/world. God’s atmosphere is spreading here. And God’s Divine Being illuminates this dwelling.”

“Oh Thou, the Maker, Molder and Builder of the Universe, Build with Thine Own Hands the Universel, Our Divine Temple of Love, Harmony and Beauty.”

“Thy Thought Giveth me unearthly Joy, Thy Light Illuminateth my life’s path, I follow in Thy Footsteps which lead me to the eternal goal.”

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Healing E-Class #25

The Throne of the Heart

Greetings!

Sometimes when I feel discouraged by the ways our world leaders are governing their territories and conducting business I find myself longing for wiser and more beneficent leaders to better take care of matters. Sometimes I even fantasize about returning to the days of kings and queens, and then I wonder how I would feel and act if I was a king.

When I notice myself having these types of thoughts I enjoy using them as a reminder to turn towards the ‘throne of the heart’ which allows me to experience myself as a majestic and radiant being. This throne of the heart, a boundless realm unaffected by personal limitations or circumstances, is a most trustworthy, beneficial, and powerful (in the best sense of that word) place from which to breath, see, move, interact, and govern one’s self and one’s realm while glorying in the fantastic, confounding, challenging, beautiful world in which we all participate.

Resting upon the throne of the heart we rediscover that we need not turn to people, experiences or substances outside ourselves for power, healing, or guidance because the Divine source of light, life and love resides unequivocally inside each of us. The breath is the intimate link between us and the mysterious timeless Source of life, light and glory that pervades and sustains everything.

Sitting upon the throne of the heart and experiencing one’s innate majesty is not about stroking our egos, feeling superior to others, nor overcompensating for whatever vulnerabilities or insecurities we might have. Instead it is an honoring and coming together of our individual uniqueness as embodied human beings, and our non-personal eternal boundless divine essence. Sitting upon the throne of the heart provides an elevated and somewhat detached but compassionate perspective of ourselves and the world unhampered by our personal baggage or blind spots.

Here are some ideas to consider as you turn your attention to the Throne of the Heart. Use whatever assists you in connecting with your heart and the deepest essence of your own majestic nature. Take as much time as you need with each part of this practice. Ignore what is not beneficial. If critical or disturbing inner voices get in the way of doing this practice, acknowledge them and set them aside for the time being. Perhaps send them out for recess for a while, or give them a task they might enjoy that does not involve disturbing you at this time.

Come to this practice with the playful curiosity of a child and the detachment of a wise sage unencumbered by cares, reputation or shame.

Sit in a posture befitting a King or Queen.

Call to mind and feel in yourself the essential qualities you would want in the best and most trustworthy king or queen and imagine yourself as this majestic person sitting on your throne.

Feel your feet on the precious ground, and feel the strength of your spine holding you comfortably erect.

Connect with That which creates, moves and sustains all of us and the vast universe.

Allow yourself to find and feel the throne of the heart somewhere in the area behind your breastbone.

Notice your breath flowing in and out through your nostrils.

Savor the life, light, and nourishment carried upon the breath into your heart, and into the throne of your heart, and into your mind, and into your soul, and into all the cells of your being.

Take time here.

Allow the breath to reveal, kindle and nourish in you whatever is needed for you at this time.

Notice how being on the throne of your heart affects your physical body, your thoughts, your perspective, your breath, and your emotions.

When you are ready stand up and take a few steps as this majestic being. See the world around you through the eyes of this king or queen.

This month, when it comes to mind, continue to notice what it feels like to sit, or walk, or eat, or speak as a king or queen who is sitting on the throne of the heart. Notice what happens when you interact with nature or other human beings from this place. Notice what it is like to be present to your own concerns, troubles, symptoms and challenges from this compassionate radiance of the throne of your heart.

In love, respect and delight,

Din’illahi

Thank you Din’illahi

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Healing E-Class, Series 2 – Healing the Earth, The Power of Prayer (Class #17)

Toward the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty, the Only Being, united with all the Illuminated Souls, who form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance.

In a world that we are all painfully aware of climate change many of us feel helpless. Years ago, someone asked Reb Zalman Schecter what his solution was for the conflict in the Middle East. He said that he didn’t know, but he prays a lot. In essence a healing service is a prayer service. I would like to ask those of you who can spare some time for the planet to join me in a Healing Service for the planet, for the devastating changes that we are seeing in our current weather patterns. Let’s take Reb Zalman’s solution for the planet.

First, become present, and then open your heart with the power of your focused attention, the power of your presence. Let your heart be an altar that is open, spacious and receptive.

Now, close your eyes and envision a black space. As you focus your attention. Begin to see movement in the space . Like black silk veils as this movement get stronger. As the veils become visible and more defined see the image of the Mother of the World as she gives birth to the earth-the pristine earth at the beginning of time. An earth with clean water and an ozone layer that is intact. As the earth becomes clear and visible like the image of the earth that we all know from the photos from the moon taken at the first space landing.

Now let that image come towards you and enter into your heart and the altar that you have created there.

Part I

Do the Invocation: Toward the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty, the Only Being, united with all the Illuminated Souls, who form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance.

Concentrate on the Harmony, Order, Peace and the Ecstasy of Creation
Pray
Send thy peace O Lord which is perfect and everlasting that our souls may radiate peace

Part II

Do the Invocation
Concentrate on the Healing Power of God through light
Pray
Send Thy peace O Lord that our lives may become a Divine Vision and in They light, all darkness and destruction may vanish

Part III
Invocation
Concentrate on the Perfection of the Ideal of Brotherhood and sisterhood with all life.
Pray
Send Thy Peace O Lord, Our Father and Mother that we Thy children on Earth may all unite as one family. My we unite to Heal our sister, the Earth.

You may end with Khatoum
Now envision a resurrected earth in all her perfection.
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Thank-you Mahdiah, for this e-class.

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Healing E-Class #14
August, 2014

Sufi and Hasidic Healing

This healing e-class is dedicated to the memory of our beloved Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, who died July 3, 2014. He was the Pir of the Inayati-Maimuni Sufi Order,(a Sufi-Hasidic order affiliated with the SOI.)

Towards the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty, the Only Being, United with All the Illuminated Souls, Who Form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance

In the Pirke Avot, Ethics of the Fathers, a wisdom book in the Jewish tradition, Rabbi Tarfon says: “It is not your place to complete the Work; but neither are you free to abandon it.”

All of us taking this e-class have accepted part of our work as being spiritual healers, for humanity and for the Earth. The mystical view in Sufism and other traditions is that the One Being is living the One Life through the manifested universe(s), and that each of us is a sense organ of the Divine, feeding back our experiences so the Beloved can experience everything possible in the realm of existence (and non-existence).

Although our planet is a tiny speck in the unimaginably huge universe, it is unique and
special because of the life it supports. At this time, the Earth is in great need of healing, with physical (climate) environmental changes, and difficult interpersonal situations (wars, inequalities, hostility between people and peoples). Each of us in our own way, whether by doing private healing practices or participation in group healing activities, can contribute “good healing vibes” to the planet and to the totality of the energy of the Universe, which we are made of. There is no contribution which is too small!

In the Jewish tradition, (Reb Zalman was a Hasidic master and great Kabbalist), TIKKUN OLAM, or Repairing the World, is a main purpose of our lives. It is necessary to work on healing ourselves first, to be better prepared to help heal others and the Earth.
The root of healing is “forgiveness”: forgiving oneself, discovering acceptance, and finding healing. There is a blessing (prayer)that starts “Heal us, Adonai (Lord), and we will be healed”. It is asking for permanent change so that we realize that holiness is in everything, even in our illnesses and problems. When we accept that everything comes from the Beloved, we can be healed and have energy to give out healing too.
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The Sufi (and Hasidic) traditions place importance on awareness of our body experience, since we live and work right in the world. Part of the Jewish morning blessings is one of gratitude for the body’s function and healing. This is Reb Zalman’s translation from the Hebrew:
I worship you, Yah, our God, Cosmic Majesty;
You formed me, a human being, so wisely;
You created in me all manner of hollows and ducts,
Inner organs and intestines.

As I am completely transparent before You,
It is apparent and clear,
That if any of these openings would clog,
Or if any of these enclosures would seep,
I could not exist and live in Your sight,
Not even for a moment.

So I’m grateful and bless You
For healing me in amazing ways.

Try reciting this in the morning when getting up, after going to the bathroom. It brings holiness to the most mundane parts of life!
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Here is a Hasidic meditation for healing the body:

First, relax and let your mind’s eye perceive a point of light. Inhale slowly, and draw this light into your body. Feel it circulate through all of your limbs; feel it vitalizing your spirit and emotions. The light will begin to increase in clarity. Inside of your body, let it travel where it will, especially allowing it to fill the places that need healing.

Exhale, and sense the light leaving through your feet. As it leaves, it removes any tensions and negativities that you may have been harboring, either consciously or unconsciously. Feel yourself becoming refreshed and cleansed.

Breathe a few more times. With each breath, feel connected to God.
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And now, for Tikkun Olam, ready to heal the world: here is Pir Zia’s beautiful Zikr of the Earth, given as an early Muraqaba practice in January, 2005. I suggest doing it daily if possible, for one month.

MURAQABA 3: ZIKR OF THE EARTH

“The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth day we were pointing to our continents. By the fifth day we were aware of only one Earth.”
Sultan Bin Salman al-Saud (Astronaut)

“After an orange cloud—formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents—reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat.”
Vladimir Kovalyonok (Astronaut)

Instructions:

ZIKR OF THE EARTH

Sit kneeling or cross-legged, with eyes closed and back erect. (OK to sit in chair).

Watch the breath, allowing it to pervade the body, inducing deep relaxation and awareness.

Exhaling, rotate the upper body clockwise, turning toward the left shoulder, the left knee, the right knee, the right shoulder, and finally returning to the vertical position. While doing this, imagine standing above the Earth (on the Moon, perhaps), scanning its round surface with the arc of your revolving glance. The Earth appears as an iridescent pearl of incredible beauty floating in black emptiness.

Inhaling, lower your head vertically, descending toward the solar plexus. Pause briefly, then raise your head again, continuing to inhale. While lowering your head, purposefully descend from your lofty vantage point in space, to witness and participate in the drama of life on Earth, with its innumerable and conflicting conditions, encompassing the polarities of gain and loss, peace and aggression, exaltation and debasement, joy and pain. While raising your head, extend your solidarity to all of Earth’s inhabitants, and lift them, in prayer, toward the compassionate and illuminating embrace of the Divine presence, the perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty.

Suspending the breath briefly, incline your head slightly toward the heart in the left breast, relaxing into the awareness of the Unity of Being and its essential perfection. [my boldface].

Repeat the cycle eleven times.

Blessings,
Alia Eileen Yager

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Healing E-Class #10

Towards the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty,
The Only Being, United with All the Illuminated Souls
Who Form the Embodiment of the Master – the Spirit of Guidance.

We are at a transition time. What used to work no longer answers our needs. What is coming is yet unclear, although we know it has to do with all of us. The world, if looked at as a body in need, has hot spots – places of great charge. We wish to do something – to see a helpful change – and aren’t sure what to do, and if we do something… will it help?

I’m writing from New Zealand, where I was just visiting with a dear friend who is a respected elder, healer and leader of the Maori community. Her name is Rose Rangimarie Turuki Pere. She holds a place in her community, similar to that of the Dali Lama. She was found in the same way that the Lamas are discovered in Tibet. We spent the day and evening of the lunar eclipse together with two other friends. Rose sees this as a time of great change, a change that is bringing us to a new way of being together – a way that includes everyone as one human family. It gives great hope to here of this prophesy from Rose. She sees the changes that will bring us to this new more awakened place as already happening. I must say that I agree with her.

I am often asked what we can do to help this transition to occur in a graceful and healthful way. Here are some things that you can do:

When you feel fear for the future take this as a sign that the Beloved is asking you to pay attention. Notice the specific place in the world or the specific situation that concerns you. Turn to the Divine – you can use Murshid’s image if this is helpful – and ask for what is needed for this place or situation, giving thanks as if it has already come. Then go on with your life.

When you sit to do your daily meditation or spiritual practice take a few minutes to connect with the Divine. Then imagine that somehow you are holding the world, cherishing the world.

You could be aware of the place deep in your heart, where it connects with the Divine heart. From that place offer Love to the world.

Remember where you come from, and the vow you made before coming into life, to help. Remember where you are going at the end of your life. Let what you do, and what you think, be an expression of beauty.

I wish you great blessing.
Devi

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Healing Ourselves, Healing the World

Toward the One, the perfection of love harmony and beauty, the only Being, united with all the illuminated souls who form the embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance.

In these troubling times that we live in, the need for healing not only on an individual, personal level but on a Global level is enormous and often overwhelming. I often contemplate the relationship between my own inner work and healing on a global level.

Murshid tells us that all illness is a lack of life and that life is vibration, is movement. It seems to me that as we do inner work we change something of our vibration and at the level of unity, the level of the One, we are changing something of the vibration of Being itself and of the planet.

Murshid teaches that vibrations becomes manifest on the earth as the elements. He defines the elements not as they are in science but as mystics have perceived them. We all do the purification breaths daily and as such we are changing something of our elements and vibrations but also of the vibration of the planet. So our practices impact both ourselves and others. I’d like us to explore the elements more deeply from the perspective of vibration and healing.

We are told that vibrations manifest as breath then sound then color(light) and finally as the material world which is composed of the five elements. “The mineral, vegetable, animal and human kingdoms are the gradual changes of vibration.”HIK

Let’s go to the basics of the elements and see if we can trace their movement back to their vibration and then purify them with our practice of the purification breaths. We often concentrate on the colors for each element but color and sound are one and each element has a sound of its own.
So first tune into the earth. We visualize the color yellow. But as we breath in and out through our noses, listen for the sound of the earth. It is “dim and dull”. Think of instruments made of gut and wire and percussion such as drums and cymbals. If you have a keyboard play middle “C”. as you tune into the earth.

Allow your breath to shift to a water breath. It is finer than the earth breath. Visualize the color green and perhaps the Being of Khidr. Hear the roar of the ocean and the sound of running water. There is an instrument called the jalatarang that is an arrangement of china bowls or glasses graduated in size that is filled in proportion to a desired scale, more water lowers the tone and less raises it. The sound has an effect on the emotions of the heart. If you have a keyboard listen to the “D” as you breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Now let your breath move to a fire breath. “It’s sound is high pitched, it’s form curled and it’s color red.”HIK It is heard in thunder and in a volcano erupting. It is heard in gunshots and rifles and in the note “E”. Watch your breath become more refined as you breathe in through the mouth and out through the nose. Fire often produces fear.

The element air is wavering, it’s form zig-zag and it’s color blue. It can be heard in the wind. The sound of air finds its expression in all wind instruments made of wood brass and bamboo. The sound of air overpowers all other sounds, for it is living and its influence produces ecstasy. Breathe in and out through the mouth as you listen for the sound of the air, of the wind.

Ether is self contained and holds all forms and colors. It is the basis of all sounds and is the undertone which is continuous. It’s instrument is the body because it is audible through it. The body becomes a proper instrument when the space within is opened when all the tubes and veins in it are free. The sound which exists externally in space becomes manifest inwardly also. Play the “C’ one octave higher than the middle Cand experience the opening of space for inner sound.

When you have spent time with each of the elements, purify your breath and know that you are opening your body and the body of the earth to healing.

Thank You, Mahdiah

Series II, #6

Towards the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty,

The Only Being, United with All the Illuminated Souls who form the embodiment of the Master – the Spirit of Guidance

Inner Harmony

To begin the practice, sit or stand in silence, and turn your attention within, to the inner workings of the body – that miraculous configuration, the organism that is inhabited by your consciousness.*

As you settle into the silence, be present to the inhabitants of your organism: the heart, the lungs, the digestive system, the skeleton, etc. Enter into communion with each of these.**

At each encounter, express gratitude and appreciation for the work that organ, gland, or system is doing to maintain the health of the whole inner community.

The more individual parts you visit with your presence, the more thorough a response is liable to result. For instance: rather than expressing appreciation to the endocrine system, thank individually the various glands – pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, etc. Rather than the whole digestive system, the stomach, large and small intestines, the liver, the kidneys, etc.***

In an extended version of this practice, you can encourage the parts to commune with each other and acknowledge the help they receive from each other. e.g. the heart could thank the lungs for its work in exchanging pure oxygen for used up CO2 or the long bones for generating red blood cells in its marrow.

Of particular importance are any organic parts that are experiencing a challenge. Impaired function, or unwanted growths place unusual stress on their ability to work within the community, so it is particularly important to show gratitude and appreciation for the extra work they are doing, encourage them to accept whatever help is available, both from within and without.****

This practice can take as much or a little time as you have to give. I have been doing it daily for a couple of years, and I find that it has resulted in an overall “tone” to my being that feels like my inner community has an increased knowledge that their hard work on my behalf is not wasted. I think that most of us can validate with our self-knowledge that our workload seems lighter when we feel appreciated, and it becomes easier to remember that we are each aspects of a greater being, the source of the consciousness we all share.

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* I say “your consciousness,” but it would be useful to experience a state where consciousness does not seem to be created within the organism, but uses the organism as a vehicle for its evolution.

** By “communion” I mean being present to the individual consciousness of each discrete body part. If you cannot at first discern a separate consciousness of each part, proceed on an “as if true” basis with the practice. After doing the practice for several days, it may become more apparent.

*** The obvious extra benefit of this detailed a practice is a growing familiarity with the components of your own structure. It would not be amiss to learn the individual muscles or muscle groups that perform different functions, as well as their neurological components.

****This practice is not offered as a “cure,” or “remedy,” but as a means to approach an inner harmony, and to share the divine peace of the whole creation.

Thank you Sarmad, for this class.

Please see Sufihealingorder.org for the archive of E-Classes.

The Sufi Order of Rochester Center for Sufi Studies, 494 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, the Carriage House behind the AAUW mansion (Carriage House is 492).