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Between divinity & a rock

Ibn Arabi spoke of a world called the world of images, or aalam al mithal. In this world of images, human consciousness can tap its essence, and in this space, realization or kashf takes place.


Each kashf, which literally translates to unveiling, leads to certain level of presence, or hodoor.


Ibn Arabi also states that the divine is both immanent and transcendent, meaning, the divine transcends the world, but also, manifests as the world.


This manifestation of divinity, or our understanding of it, corresponds to our level of presence or hodoor. The more present we are, the clearer the feeling/understanding of reality.


At the default level of human manifestation, one sees reality as purely material. So, I am a bodymind living via my senses, and that's all there is.


At the absolute level, manifestation is seen as some sort of a dream, and all there to this dream, is divinity or consciousness manifesting in different form.


A dream that happens in our sleep, is similar to the waking state. From an absolutist stance, they're both dreams. These dreams though, and as mentioned above, are divine manifestations. So each object, or activity we experience, is a representation of a subtler reality. In other words, we live in a world of symbols, and each symbol is a facet of divinity.


Whats intriguing about this is: within this framework, you the reader of these words are in a very special space.


Since divinity manifests as all things, say a rock, and human being. We, as human beings, are conscious, and therefore, blessed. If we were to direct consciousness back towards itself, and explore it all the way down to its root, we (as consciousness) would realize that consciousness is source of all creation.


Ibn Arabi referred to this state as Al Insan Al Kamil, the whole human being.


I would dwell on these ideas for some time. Specially the fact that this reality could be perceived as a dream, and within this dream, we interact with symbols, symbols that are manifestations of the absolute. And if we were to look deeply into these symbols, we'd realize that each symbol comes with its teaching.


From a sufi perspective, this is where the 99 names come into play. The names are the symbols or archetypes.


Akbarian sufism, Akbarian from 'Sheikh al Akbar', meaning: the greatest sheikh, is surely some of the most interesting and intriguing metaphysics out there.









ps. All the above words and concepts that are nothing but symbols trying to express a reality that's prior to, and beyond, the mind and all its words and concepts. Therefore, one is left with one word, silence. In silence, through silence, into silence.

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