spirituality

Dhikr

When it comes to healing modalities and spiritual practices there was one practice where I had THE most profound spiritual experience, and I haven’t heard anyone talk about – it’s called dhikr. In my 20’s I was very much a seeker. I was trying to understand “why I am here?” and “what is my life purpose?” I was plagued with these existential questions very early on in my life. I was very much an avid reader and somehow, I had come across information on Sufism. If you are not familiar with Sufism, it is basically the esoteric branch of the Islamic faith. I honestly don’t know too much about any of it, other than I found that I resonated with the information that I did find. The main concept that I recall was that you polish the mirror of the heart so that the God within, reflects outward. That basic idea made so much sense to me. It really is about being a better person and working towards that inner recognition of your own divinity. Sufism is very different in that there isn’t a Church. This practice involves having a guru or spiritual teacher called a sheik. And the idea is that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. And I’ll have to say, if anyone is a Sufi and is reading this and I’m doing a horrible job at explaining it – I apologize. I feel I would never do a good job in trying to explain it – but I’m doing my best.

Anyway, eventually after I finished college and was out in the working world, I ended up meeting a lady who also studied Sufism. She and I would have conversations about it and eventually I ended up buying a few different books based on her recommendations. My focus on spirituality would wax and wane over the years. Some years later, I became focused once more on developing my spiritual side and so had begun doing one of the practices described in one of the books. A practice called dhikr.

Dhikr is basically where with every breath you think ‘God’ (for the Islamic faith – they would say Allah, but God resonated more with me). So instead of entertaining all these random thought in your mind, you just focus on God. The idea is that eventually, you won’t consciously have to ‘think’ of God, but God will just ‘sit in your heart’ and you won’t have to make an effort. I had only been practicing this for a short time – less than a week. So, one day I was driving down the road when suddenly I was overcome with what would be today – the most profound thing I’ve ever experienced. It is very hard to describe, but I would say it was like I saw everything for what it really was – and it was beautiful! I just remember I had this almost like full body orgasm go through my body and then I just experienced this overwhelming feeling of bliss. But it did not last that long, it was almost like I had a glimpse. It is hard to remember how it felt, but it’s almost like this veil dropped for a while and I was able to see the beauty in everything.

I had that experience over 10 years ago, even BEFORE my Kundalini activation. I suspect that when Kundalini is activated, and the crown chakra opens – that is the type of experience someone would have. But apparently, I like to do everything backwards! IF that is what it is supposed to feel like, then wow – what a state to be in! What I find so odd, is that even though I had that the most profound experience using that technique – I actually never engaged in the practice again.

Ultimately, I think the power in that practice is that you are actively engaging with the remembrance of your own beauty, your own inner divinity. To have just a glimpse of what that looks and feels like, was such a gift. As we walk through this life with blinders on, this false reality of what is ‘real’ I think to be able to see the beauty of life and all it’s wonder is something that we all aim to experience – real meaning. I think that is why I like to walk early in the morning and see the stars. It helps me to keep perspective and to see and remember what a vast and mysterious place that we live in.

In love, light, and gratitude,

Heather

spirituality

You as God/Source

There are many basic concepts that need to be covered to serve as a foundation on which to grow and one of these concepts is that You are God/Source.

From where I am now, this seems like simple and easy to understand, however, this concept was partially responsible for my “Dark Night of the Soul” that happened a few years into my Spiritual Awakening. In case you aren’t familiar with the Dark Night of the Soul, that is a very distressful part of the process where your ego ‘dies.’ However, mine didn’t completely die, but was one of the most painful internal experiences I’ve ever felt and it’s really hard to describe. It felt like a series of mini nervous breakdowns for me.

This concept was one of the most difficult things to accept because I had always felt like there was this ‘God being’ ‘out there’ that I could pray to for assistance.

So when I came across this concept and pretty much everyone I came across at this time was saying the same thing – then this core foundational belief changed. Until you’ve experienced a core belief shift happen within, it is hard to describe exactly how unsettling this was for me internally. (along with several other lies we have been told all of our lives). I literally remember laying on  my bed, feeling like I was falling through the bed, because I didn’t have that internal foundation to rest on anymore.

God/Source

The idea is that you and God are one in the same. The way that I look at it as, for me, like a round blob, like a Sun. That is God/Source and we all project forth from that one same source.

Part of this understanding includes that, as God, you create, you are a co-creator of God as God. So as you begin to absorb and understand this concept, you start to understand that you create your own reality. And this is where the concept of the “Law of Attraction” fits in, because you create – draw into your life i.e. ‘attract,’ through your thoughts, words, actions and most importantly – through the ‘feeling state.’

This can also lead to a sense of distress, because you start to look around and realize that you created EVERYTHING!! Now, depending on where you are in your life, this can be a harsh reality. You mean I created this crap?? Yep – you did!

This can also lead us to realize that we are not victims of circumstance. Everything we experience is a result of our own creation. So once we become awake and aware, we start to take charge of our lives and create ‘consciously’ rather than how we have before – by creating ‘unconsciously.’

This is also where you may begin to hear the term ‘sovereignty’ because once you become awake and aware – this is also knowing and standing in your own power as a creator being. It is taking back your power because you know now and realize that you have that power.

Unity Consciousness – We are All One

This was one of the concepts that I kept hearing about and was completely confused. How can we all be one, if we are separate individuals? Well eventually I began to understand the concept because we are ultimately all from the same God Source. So when you look at others as yourself, that is when you are able to recognize the God within others as yourself.

Have you heard the phrase “Namaste?” it means ‘the Divine in Me, recognizes and honors the Divine in you’. So that acknowledgement is very humbling in that you can see yourself within another.

If not God, then who?

If you grew up praying to God as I did, well then now what? Do I pray to myself?? This caused a bit of distress as I liked to feel comforted knowing I was protected somehow, that I could rely on this as a pillar of strength for me.

Well, from my current perspective, I call on different beings that I may feel would be helpful depending on the situation. I call upon my spirit guides, Jesus, Archangel Michael, etc.

I think that although we may know internally that ‘we are source’ being able to call upon these beings who are accessible to us and who have agreed to assist us during our life here on Earth has given me comfort.

Consciousness exists in everything

As you continue along this journey, you will start to become more aware of the consciousness within everything. One of the most amazing experiences I had on my spiritual journey was when I was at a plant nursery and I picked up an orchid that was on the sale rack and I heard (in my voice, in my head) “please take me home.” To this day, that was one of the most humbling experiences that I’ve ever had.

I had always felt bad whenever I planted something in my backyard and then decided it didn’t work, so I’d dig it up and take it to the trash or even trimming my plants.

There is a book called the Intention Experiment which talks about many experiments with plants. It talks about how they measured reactions in plants even when someone THOUGHT about harming them!

To me, this is where saying prayers of gratitude for our food when we eat, because they are thanking them for what they are providing to us.

So there is this consciousness, God/Source, in all things. Once we become more aware of this, I think we become more conscious of our choices in life and we have more reverence and respect for Nature.

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In love, light and gratitude,

Heather Burket