to God as a tool for Healing.
Dr Suriyakhatun Osman copyright
If there is anything that
works against the vanity of the ego, it
is love. The nature of
love is to surrender. The world of variety, which has divided life
into limited parts,
naturally causes every lesser one to surrender to the greater. And,
again, for every
greater one there is another still greater in relation to whom he
smaller, and for
every smaller one there is another still smaller, in relation to
whom he is greater. And
as every soul is by its nature compelled to surrender to perfection
in all its grades, the
only thing that matters is whether it be a willing surrender or an
The former comes by love, the latter is made through helplessness,
which makes life
wretched. It moves the Sufi when he reads in the Qur’an that the
asked the imperfect souls, the children of Adam, ‘Who is thy Lord?’
of their imperfections, said humbly, ‘Thou art our Lord.’ Surrender
is a curse when,
with coldness and helplessness, one is forced to surrender. But the
same becomes the
greatest joy when it is made with love and all willingness.
Hazrat Inayat Khan Vol 5 part 4
Dear friends, the topic I have chosen for this month's class is about
surrendering our will to God's will. I have found that when I talk
surrender, there are many who feel uncomfortable with the notion of
and equate it with giving up or with being lazy. There is a fine
between lacking initiative and acting while surrendering and it is an
that we could well learn to help us heal ourselves and others!
I have often seen much misery caused by thinking that we are in charge
and we need to do things,.I have seen people become wretched and fall
ill because they feel that they have so much to do and could not cope.
The situation is difficult they say, they are unfortunate they say,
they have so much to do and ends cannot meet. There is a tool I use to
try and help them with their
sufferings and, it is a tool I myself use daily in the form of a prayer
becomes a continuous reminder to me who is really in charge.
Here is a case I had some months ago. A lady who did not earn a salary
but did a lot of volunteer work while at the same time taking
care of her children and managing the home began to have a repeat of
migraine headaches she had been having earlier but which had
resolved.The feelings she expressed was her sense of responsibility
over what she wanted to do, her fear of not doing enough and her fear
of neglecting her household duties. She was quite familiar with the way
I worked so sat with me while I held her hands and guided her to
look within herself. Let us pretend to be
the patient for a moment and do this exercise with me, just like what I
did with her.
First think of your own insurmountable problems, watch your body as it
reacts to your thinking of your problems.
Next, hold out your hands and let me hold them. Now, together we will
go into our heart space the way Himayat has taught us.
You focus first on the space of your physical heart, just above your
left breast, start observing your breathing and as the breath moves in
and out, imagine it gently caressing this spot and until the spot
starts to expand and become warm..........
next focus on the spot exactly opposite to this in the right breast,
focus on this spot and watch your breath caressing this spot .
Do this until you get a response here. The first center I mentioned is
the latifah Qalb and the one opposite to it is the Latifah Haq, next
focus on the center of the breast, the center of the sternum , the
Latifah Sirriya. Focus on the spot and caress it gently with your
breath. It may help to imagine the spot as a piece of wax that starts
to melt with the warmth of your breath. The melting wax expands and
warms the spot. Next you focus your breath towards your diaphragm or
solar plexus, and this is the latifah nafs, By now you
should be feeling your heart space. While you are doing this you may
to add this prayer that I teach my patients. It is a simple one and it
part of the prayer that is written in the Quran that Moses said it when
was to meet the Pharoah. It goes like this:' Lord, expand my breast
20 verse 25) Continue to watch your breath!
Now you continue with the Moses prayer, 'And ease my task for me' (
chapter 20 verse 26). And when you have said this once, you watch your
breath and observe what happens to your heart space. Keep
repeating these two verses of the Moses prayer with pauses in
between while you observe your own
being and perhaps you can share with me what you experience while doing
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