Starting to read Ibn Arabi’s The Four Pillars of Spiritual Transformation. And the first paragraph was:

“The wise make spiritual discipline, abandonment of this world and other such things the primary condition for their thoughts to be free enough to receive spiritual matters. For spiritual things do not impart their effects unless the place [of reception] is emptied, made ready and turned towards their standpoint of view. Those who know God know that the relationship of all things to God is [but] one single relation. Thus they witness Him in everything and nothing veils them from Him.” [The words of Ibn ‘Arabi to his close disciple, Ibn Sawdakin]

Ouch. You really need to be that direct, don’t you?

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