Healing Qarina – Healing Haunted Mothers, Part 2

"And whosoever turns away from remembering and mentioning the Most Beneficent, we appoint for him Shayatin to be a Qareen to him."  ~ Surat Az-Zukhruf, الزخرف, Holy Quran, 43

In Sufism and the folk-medicine of the Islamic world we find many references to the treatment of new mothers, and how important their wellbeing is for the health of the community. In Morroco the old traditions guide healers that new mothers need to be cared for intensively to avoid post-natal depression, psychosis and the entrance of the "Qarina" demon into the women.

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Healing Qarina – Healing Haunted Mothers, Part 1

"And whosoever turns away from remembering and mentioning the Most Beneficent, we appoint for him Shayatin to be a Qareen to him."  ~ Surat Az-Zukhruf, الزخرف, Holy Quran, 43

Parallel to working on this blog, since 2014, I am also working on the blog, The Red Mother. On The Red Mother I am talking also about haunted mothers, mothers who had their children taken away by the State and have lost all contact to them.

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Artificial Intelligence vs Higher Intelligence: Homunculus & Tawkin

“I am the Stone” – Imam Ali (as)

Homunculus – Human Will vs Higher Intelligence

The idea of the Homunculus, a tiny artifically created human,  goes back to Egypt, Greek and Roman Antiquity and Aristotle. His theories of reproduction lead his followers to believe in the possibility of creating tiny humans without sexual intercourse between men and women. Artistotle attributed to male semen the role of creating form and life and to the female womb to provide the vessel. Thus, in Aristotle’s theory the major share of reproduction was due to the agency of the male semen. For Aristotle and his followers it seemed reasonable, that any kind of fertile vessel could replace the female womb to create new humans. Further it would also avoid the creation of more females, as the conception of females, according to Aristotle, was an accidental result of a surplus in purtrefied matter of the female womb. Too much menstrual blood (purtrefied matter) – in his theory – creates inferior female babies.Continue reading

The Gardens of Russell Page

I lived in East Finchley and the neighbouring Muswell Hill and Highgate in North London from 2009 – 2011. Here I met, under rather unique circumstance, Ken Pledge, a former physics lecturer and a student of the Sufism teachers John G. Bennett, Idries Shah, P.D. Ouspensky and G.I. Gurdjieff. Continue reading

The Way of the Sufi Gardener

This is a chapter from Idries Shah’s Book “The Way of the Sufi” (Penguin Books, London, 1974). It can be found under the chapter “Chishti Order” – this is as such a story narrated by Shah, but is originally a story from the Chisthi Order Sufis.Continue reading

Mental Fragmention & Re-building our Oneness: How our Digital Habits Invite Authoritarian Abuse

“When thine eye is single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” ~ Luke 11:34

“(…) He is Allah, [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal Refuge.” ~ Holy Quran, 112

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

In 2010 US Sufi Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee compared the internet with a super human global mind:

The Internet is a powerful image of life’s interconnected oneness, and how the individual can interact with the whole. It is present everywhere at the same time. The Internet is not a hierarchical structure, and despite the attempts of some companies or governments to control it, it’s nature is globally democratic. As it becomes more and more present in our collective consciousness, it is more and more able to channel life’s underlying energies in new ways. It is a power and life force of its own, able to evolve and adapt like a fast-changing organism, and, like other emerging images of our time, it is reconfiguring our consciousness, rearranging our lives. For example, social networking is just one way this living web interacts with us, bringing us together in unexpected ways.Continue reading

Immigration, Integration & Culture: The Islamic Garden as Space for Diverse Communities

Gardens, Mental Order, Social Health

In the past Summer (2017) I exhibited in Berlin, as part of an art festival “48 Hours Neu-Kölln” and “Open Gardens”. Both events mark the art world of Berlin quite distinctivly. 48 Hours markets itself as “Emerging Art/Underground”. Open Gardens is an events created by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Board.Continue reading

Dispelling Shaytan (Wétiko) – Part 1

A'udhu billahi minash shaitan ir rajim
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
I seek shelter in Allah from the accursed Satan

"Ultimately, humility is the basis for democracy, just as arrogance is the basis for authoritarianism." ~ Jack D Forbes

What is Wétiko? What are the Shaytan? Who is Iblis?

Wétiko is a word from North American Native – Cree – origin. To the Cree, and most Native North Americans, greed was a serious psychological malfunction. The Cree called this malfunction Wétiko. The phrase and collective sickening spirit it describes was first brought to wider public attention by Jack D. Forbes, a Native American healer, scholar and political activist.

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