islam, Uncategorized

Dhikr and its practice (1)

Here, in the coming posts  I would like to discuss how the practice of “Remembrance” has turned into something people quickly run through  fingers or beads as a superstitious ritual after formal Prayer (Salat). I would also like to discuss how this act of “Remembrance” has changed from remembering God into something which can put you into a state of intentional loss of control as a type of hypnosis, usually perpetuated by Sufis in a different setting.

So on one hand it is a superstitious ritual, something people have come to do after prayer because they “have to” (and it seems for some people at least the quicker the better) and on the other hand it has been kidnapped by a bunch of mesmerists who are trying to raise our thinking to an altered state. There is also a rumour that it is permissable to mix the names with water and drink them .There is also the idea that somehow it is designed to “please” God, but yet the word in Arabic means “Remember” not “please”.

How exactly did we get to this situation, I believe it is a mixture or poorly educated leaders, superstitious ideas and misinterpretations of the writing of scholars who have long since left us. After all, a language of classical Arabic is required in order to really interpret things correctly.

May I politely mention that neither of these ways of doing Dhikr mentioned above are particularly satisfactory and I find it quite alarming that one of the Ibrahamic Religions is being reduced down to mere superstitious practices.

Firstly if reciting a name in Arabic was in any way able to bring us closer to God then we would all surely pay more attention to it, despite color, race or creed, than trying to quickly get it out of the way before we do something else. The recitation of the thing has no power or benefit, but it is the act of Love, of trying to be still and be at one with the Creator which really counts, The intention, the art of being still and listening. The names can no doubt help us to that state but the ritual of the thing is only words. Reciting of the 99 names is not even a prescribed act of worship amongst all Muslims of the world.

So how do we redeem “Dhikr” as something which can be actually useful to us? By not reciting the names but actually looking at each one and then comparing it to our lives.

eg. One name is “The Bountiful” –  so, write down what God has given you in Life, what are you grateful for today?

Another is the “Hidden” – where we can ask “how does God reveal himself to us”. How do we see or meet with him daily?

This means we can see not what to “get” from God but what we have already been given, what we already have and don´t know it.  It also helps us to get to know the character of God better.

Over the coming days I intend to write more about this very interesting subject and how hypnosis or mesmerism or any kind of altered state is NOT an act of worship.

 

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Mother Church: Language and Metaphysics

When a language changes, it affects our psychology and in turn can affect our consciousness. This is a very important point for those of us who are aware of subtle changes which come in.

During the last year, there has been a “drop” in the use of the article “a” and “the” in all walks of society.  Whilst this is not a big problem when talking about our day to day activities, it has major consequences in our understanding of metaphysics.

It is no surprise then that the Mother Church Flyer for the AGM has started to use “Annual Meeting” rather than “the” or “Our Annual Meeting”. You can see this on their phrases like “Will Annual Meeting be Interpreted in Other Languages” and in the intro which begins “Welcome to Annual Meeting” It doesn´t stop there, there also references to “Manual” and of course “Church” without preceding articles. I personally think that although it is fashionable to drop the article in society generally, it sounds stupid, as if words are missing and clearly is being done to imply Grammatical correctness.

The reason why the word  “Church” is important here, is  because the Mother Church is no longer separating itself from the definition described in the CS text book. For example if you say to someone “Come to my Church or our Church for our meeting” you are of course saying there are many Churches and you want someone to join you in yours. It is in effect referring to Institutions. However when that is dropped, you are then associating yourself simply with “Church” and its meaning and metaphysical principle as outlined by Mary Baker Eddy and her definition as “Structure of Truth and Love”.

So at the Annual meeting during their discussions they use phrases similar to “Giving Money for “Church” to move forward…..” implying that the Mother Church and “Structure of Truth and Love” is the same thing. Which it has to be said clearly isn´t. Money has no part of the definition anyway, money could not and does not help the enfoldment of God´s ideas.

After the meeting I had to ask myself:  Is paying thousands of dollars to allow pensioners calling themselves “Board of directors of Church”  to travel the world to be treated like “popes”? anything to do with the definition of Church? Have you heard phrases like “A member of the Board from Boston will be at our service tomorrow so……”

It is my opinion that The definition of Church by Mary Baker Eddy goes far beyond not only the Mother Church but all material structures, it cannot be contained by a Board or anyone else  so to try and link a material company with it is not only stupid but can interfere with people´s  understanding which should be FREE from any material shackle. Whether the Board likes it or not, changing its definition will not prolong the shelf life of the material organisation. It is Church by name but with its property portfolio, investments and sentimentality, I think that it is nothing more than another company which happens to have the name “Church”. It only takes a stock market crash for a company to vanish and there´s certainly nothing metaphysical about that. 

 

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

As #Religion vanishes…what’s left? #christianscience #mathematics

For those of you in my age group, we have seen major discomfort with the word “Christian”. In the UK, its a bit of a statement and carries so much baggage, its something we hide. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “the only sin is stupidity” and we have seen major abuses and restrictions in the name of God.

Christian Science with all its definitions for Consciousness still remains difficult. I felt particularly upset a few weeks ago trying to explain away the Bible Lesson topic “everlasting punishment” to a friend. It seems so exclusive and unfriendly.

So, as religion including denomination vanishes, what will remain? Well, Mrs Eddy started with a very broad view of her Science, she updated the textbook and released many updated editions before her death. The early ones had quotes from other religions such as Hinduism and Eastern Esotericism.

As she discovered her system more, the Bible became prominent as she discovered the Science and expanded on its idea. No doubt she was searching for Biblical links to her system from the beginning and also noting people were not ready to hear “science”.

It was John Doorly, ex president of the Mother Church, some decades later who noticed that she had written the 7 synonyms in a different order 3 times to explain 3 points and discovered that it matched three periods of Biblical history with the textbook itself representing the 4th period. He then discovered that using her key to the Scriptures, the Bible was a book of spiritual laws written about the demonstration of the 7 synonyms. Thus her system was shown in the mathematical numbers 7 and 4.

The Hebrews recognised the importance of these great numbers, the Torah has the Bereishit. (Genesis 1:1) being 7 words and 28 letters in original Hebrew and regarded as “God”s signature.

In Hebrew, each letter possesses a numerical value, working with this system is called Gematria and is used to explore the relationship between words and ideas.

I’m a bit cynical that either of them “discovered” that, I’m sure that system or framework had been around long before either of them came across it. Mrs Eddy had long been associated with freemasonry they even built a structure to honour her in the early days and one of her husbands was a member. She wrote about herself longing to be associated with them.

So, to make this treatise practical, you will imagine my surprise when I was introduced to a “tarot card” reader a few days ago, or an Intuitive counsellor as she called herself.

Her tool was this: a pack of cards:

22 cards including card 0 which matches 7 +4 and its reflection (11+11)

The further four “suits” can be seen as the four sides of the matrix. They are basically 4 sets of 14 cards so the 7 and its reflection (7+7) presented 4 times

We spoke about it in detail but it gives a clue how mathematics may be used in the future with Art outlining the same synonyms. Right now systems like Tarot cards are not understood mathematically so are lost in mesmerism.

It is likely though something will appear using these same numbers 7 and 4 within our consciousness. After all, these numbers are already all around us in perfection. This is God.