“… So when they have focused their hearts and their spiritual aspirations on God and have truly taken refuge with Him – giving up any reliance on the claims of reflection and investigation and intellectual results – then their hearts are purified and open. Once they have this inner receptivity, God manifests Himself to them, teaching them and informing them through the direct vision of the inner meanings of those (obscure scriptural) words and reports, in a single instant.”
– Futuhat Al Makkiyah, Ibn Arabi
Hope this note finds you well.
It is a dynamic time that we are living in at the moment. Various things are happening at a global and national level, and, one suspects, at our immediate surrounding of work, family, and friends, as well as interiorly within ourselves. Along with it, rises various challenges that may create discomfort, doubts, and perhaps preferences of how things need to be. It is indeed a time of change. One that may define how we move forward to become our honest self.
The situation begs the questions: Do I need to just accept and embrace even those that are unsettling? What does acceptance mean? How can I stay humane and still be zealously alive in the face of such challenges? Where is our place in the midst of all these? How do we respond, especially to things that do not sit well with me? What do we need to set our intention on? How does this fit to the context of the Unity of Existence? How can I stay true?
Please join us in a conversation on this theme at the Beshara SEA gathering, which will be held as follows:
Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Venue: Pakubuwono area, South Jakarta
Gathering will start with meditation at 09.30 and finish at 13:00 with lunch (Donation of Rp50,000 will be much appreciated). Would love to hear back from you so that we can arrange for logistics.
Looking forward to see you here. Be well.