The Pain of the Heart is the Path Towards The Divine

Do not be ashamed of your pain. It shows you the way to your Heart. So now that you are…

"The Highest Thought is always that thought which contains joy. The Clearest Words are those words which contain truth. The Grandest Feeling is that feeling which you call love. Joy, truth, love. These three are interchangeable, and one always leads to the other. It matters not in which order they are placed." - Neale Donald Walsch
"Do not seek to know the Truth according to other people. Rather first come to know the Truth — and only then will you recognize its people." - Ali ibn Abi Talib (Recorded by Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazzali in his autobiography Munqidh min al-Dalal - Deliverance from Error)

Dreams and Internalized Trauma – Resolution Through Divine Meditation

Reoccurring Dreams For the past two weeks I have been having a sort of reoccurring dream. It hasn’t been exactly…

“The lover seeks the Vision in order that he might pass away from existence; he knocks on the Door of Nonexistence, for there he was once at peace. There he was both seer and seen, both viewer and viewed. Coming to be, he became the veil of his own sight and was deprived of the Vision. His existence is merely a screen to hide this sight.” - Fakhruddin ‘Iraqi

Dream of the Tiger – A Lesson on the Nature of Pain

What is this place? It’s dark. I stare into it. As my eyes adjust to the darkness I begin to…

"Love is not madness; all else is." - Abdul Hakim Murad (Timothy Winters)

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The Valued Self: Early Childhood Nurturance and Confidence

This post follows from the Devalued Self, and explains development of the Self based on the same Principles but with…

A Meditation on the House of the Heart by Rumi

Who is in the house of my heart, I cried in the middle of the night. Love said, “It is…

“When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.” - Marcus Aurelius

The Anxiety for External Validation and its Incorporation into Self-Concept Through Parental Conditioning

Our anxiety is often said to be from us wanting completion from what is external to us. This is essentially…

"The light which shines in the eye is really the light of the heart. The light which fills the heart is the light of God." - Rumi

The Paradigm Shift of Confronting Shame with Gratitude – Reversing the Spell of Māra

When we internalize shame and let it fester it can manifest externally as maladaptive and unhealthy emotional and behavior patterns….

The Devalued Self: Childhood Emotional Abandonment, Devaluation of the Self, and Anxiety

I wanted to share some thoughts on some of the key concepts that play a role in the development of…

"Your weakness is in proportion to the number of things you crave." - Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy Winters)
"Whatever disappears from your life that you thought was the reason for your happiness, be sure that God took it away from you before it was the reason for your misery." - Imam Ali
"The desire to know your own Soul will end all other desires." - Rumi

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