Skip to content

Transformation Information

silk veil, detail 4 yards 5mm

Sufi masters often say that the secrets of the Path are handed heart-to-heart, like seeds, for you to grow in your flesh garden.

In the past Winter Intensive, I said — though perhaps not as loudly as I felt — that a teaching which is not handed heart-to-heart has no Reality, it won’t contain the experience of spiritual lineage transmission. Sufis are big on experience. So, first of all, this is truth, not a bid for control or a slash of stinginess or cloud of mystique. And second, it underlines the respect with which true matters — like one’s life, one’s opportunity — are best approached. We can always approach ourselves with contempt and derision, and many of us do, but a healthier, more fruitful attitude is respect and appreciation. Practices and knowledge which cultivate greater self-awareness benefit from an attitude of respect and appreciation.

Turkish ArabesqueWhen you first meet a practice, it hovers in your shallow waters. After you’ve worked with it for a good length of time — my recommendation is 20′ a day for 90 days –until it is yours, absorbed into you, into your flesh and breath. Then it transforms your flesh and breath. The truth about transformation is that it is not information. It is you changing. It is personal, vibrating your humanness, at the same time it is transpersonal, beyond the self, dissolving you. It cannot be plucked from air with any less effort than the effort it takes to do a daily practice with sincerity and patience.

There is no getting over. And why would we want to? To avoid our pain? To avoid our sadness, our anger? Those are just energy twisted. Our Path is to untwist these and, like a chocolate poem in a crumpled paper, taste the sweet that has been locked in the folds.

Someday the paper will touch a flame, turn yellow and blue and curl and blacken and blow away into wind. That is all we are. Best to read our poem of Self before we burn.

 

Dancemeditation_LOGO_B&W

Thank you for reading and for sharing this with friends.
Not getting weekly blog notifications? Email me with ‘blog list’ in the subject line:
dervish@dancemeditation.org

 

 

 

Share the movement...
    9 Comments
    1. karleen #

      To vibrate humanness, to read my poem…..lovely…..and lovely writing…..

      February 22, 2013
    2. David Hammond #

      . . . a daily practice . . . I want to wrap my arms around it and experience the depths of my soul — the fullness of my being, the fullness of being. Indeed, there is no way around it. And why would we want to avoid it anyway ? Why would we want to avoid the fullness of our lives ? Why put it off ? For indeed, some day we will touch that flame and that is all we are. Thank you Dunya. I want to move with you. (And now I am going to start a fire — literally.)

      February 22, 2013
    3. Karleen, thank you ~
      And David I really do look forward to that burning chat…by the fire…

      February 22, 2013
    4. “We can always approach ourselves with contempt and derision, and many of us do, but a healthier, more fruitful attitude is respect and appreciation.”

      Yes. Self-respect takes great courage and commitment.

      February 26, 2013
    5. Yes, it does. It can often be a ‘fake it til you make it’ thing…

      February 26, 2013
    6. Thank you Dunya for this beautiful writing.

      It has been nearly 20 years since I met you in Atlanta. I have found your words “that a teaching which is not handed heart-to-heart has no Reality, it won’t contain the experience of spiritual lineage transmission” to be so true in my own life. You have planted a seed in my heart.

      Much love,
      Devra

      March 1, 2013
    7. Thank you, Devra. Thank you for confirming how important we are.

      March 1, 2013
    8. Ruth Brownstein #

      I am hovering in the shallow waters. Before this I was reading your emails and getting thirsty.

      I am returning to the impulses, more and more, of being a child which bring me to the cycle of being alive.

      Ruth

      March 2, 2013
    9. Ruth, what a lovely feeling that thought brings…

      March 2, 2013

    Comments are closed.