• October 30, 2015

    In the teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, His Endlessness is very remote and not very relevant to the experience of us mere mortals. You seem to have a different view.

    In this I have a Sufi view. The fundamental concern of Sufism is to remember your relationship to God. Most of us do not know that we have one. But this view is not incompatible with Gurdjieff. In His Absolute Nature, His Endlessness is totally beyond our knowing, as Gurdjieff says. But included in His Nature is the quality of Compassion. And so He takes a form in which you can relate to Him and know something of Him, in which He is closer to you than your jugular vein.

    This is His extraordinary generosity, that He is willing to limit Himself in order to appear within His Creation as…you. Because your essence is a reflection of Him, the only Being. And your existence is how He knows Himself, thereby fulfilling the aim of creation. You are essential to the existence of the universe.

    The famous Hadith of Mohammed (PBUH), speaking as God, says: “I was a hidden Treasure and I wished to be known so I created a world to which I made Myself known; then they knew Me.”

    In the beginning there was only Him and out of this was all else made. He had no form and there was no space or time, an inconceivable state before the big bang of the creative act.

    Perhaps it is just my limitation, but I do not agree with those Sufis who say that they know God and can unite with Him. What I can know is His Expression in me, which Sufis call Rabbi, Lord. Each Rabbi faithfully reflects each vassal because that is who we can recognize. Like is known by like. Therefore, as Ibn Arabi says: ”He who knows himself knows his Lord.” Knowing yourself remains the key and it leads to relationship.

    Is this just theory, idle speculation? Or can you experience that the universe is alive, that you are sensed and felt, seen by this other? Most of us live a self-centered life. If you place yourself at the center, if you are the seeker, the one who wishes to attain, you have separated yourself from many possibilities and you must now rely on yourself. Can you decenter, become the one who is sought, the one who is seen?

    To be present is to step outside false identities. But who are you present for?

    Why is the Creator always referred to as Him?

    Because in relationship to the Creator, we are all feminine.

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