“God sleeps in the rock, dreams in the plant, stirs in the animal, and awakens in man.” ~ Muhyī d-Dīn Ibn Arabi
“What you seek is within you, if only you reflect.” ~ Ali Ibn Abu Talib (as)
“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
Dispelling Shaytan (Wétiko) – Part 2
As long as our species is blind and numb, Iblis’ main goal, and by extension the main goal of his Shaytan and Shayatin, is to make us even more numb, and divide mankind further from the creator, Allah. Mind-games are the devils' weapon of choice.
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.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.” ~ Dschalāl ad-Dīn ar-Rūmī
Autumn (2017) – I am the featured artist for Esoteric Quarterly, an independent, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the trans-disciplinary investigation of the esoteric spiritual tradition. Thank you! Continue reading
"Books are the gardens of scholars." ~ Ali ibn Talib (as)
It is Autumn, 2017. This past summer I exhibited some art work in a garden in Berlin as part of an art festival and studied the culture and history of the Islamic garden. The Berlin garden was pretty yet somewhat chaotic (so Berlin!) and I longed for the calm composition, clarity and artistic refinement of the real thing.
المتين – The Eternal, 54th name
“If they turn away, then know that Allah is your Befriender – a Transcendent Patron, a Transcendent Helper!” ~ Holy Quran, 8:40
Days pass, I pray and I awake slowly from this strange numb dream. While diving to the bottoms of the bottomless seas to recover Inji, the Pearl, I see demons, jinns, confusion, shapeshifters, screams within screams, hardened faces.Continue reading
"O Marvel! A garden amidst the flames." ~Ibn Arabi, Tarjuman al-Ashwaq
"We are unaware of our own manifestation in this garden, the narcissus does not see it's own spring with it's own eyes.” ~ Mir Dard
When do we really see and take in the delicate beauty of a flower, the majesty and care of trees, the ever changing colors, forms and appearances of a bloom?
"During the night the Peonie spends medicine and healing, during the day the beautiful “Rose with no thorns” is protected by a jealous bird."
The Peonie (Paeonia officinalis) is known in phytology lore as “Fuga Demonica” – a repellent against bad energies and demons. It is a medical rose that came back to medieval Europe via the Islamic world from China (who imported it - via Arab, Persian and Syrian traders - originally from ancient Greece). The Peonie is a very stately flowering bush with large, lush dark pink, purple and rose tinted blooms. She is a wonderful floral gift for women.
"The graphic symbol of the Greatest Name of God (ism allah al-a'zam), is also known as the Seal of Solomon (khitam sulayman): a symbol which from quite early on plays a major part in the history of Islamic esotericism, especially in magic and the occult (...) It derives from a poem attributed to the first Shi'ite Imam 'Ali (as). * "