Q & A: TWIN SOULS AND SOUL MATES

Greetings of Peace,

About last week, we had a seeker who sent us a few twin soul and soul mate related questions. We found it quite interesting how the inquirer apparently had the same name as the twin soul of this site. ‘

Gratitude to the seeker who asked. We hope you find what you seek!

With love,

QH

Their lives are full of mystery
Their hearts for mankind; a treasury
Their wisdom; unsurpassed territory
Their generosity; flows graciously
Their eyes express not tearfully
Yet fill us with ecstasy
Their persona; one to melt for instantly!

-QH

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Q

1. Is twin soul the same concept as a twin flame? Asking this, as there is so much information available on twin flame concept over the internet, that it is confusing.

A
1. Yes, both the same concept.
Q
2. How do you know someone is your twin soul… like for SURE?
A
2. The TS/TF is a total reflection of yourself. You are fully seeing yourself though your twin soul. It is a full mirroring effect.
Q

3. Are twin souls and soul mates DIFFERENT?

A
3.Twin souls are different. There is only ONE TS/TF. Whereas Soul Mates belong to a soul family group. The latter come into our lives for a specific purpose and time period. Some longer, some brief, some a life time. However the soul mate is NOT your full reflection. The TF is your full reflection. The feeling one has for a soul mate is different than a TF/TS. The latter more intense, more love and more everything. The love is purely unconditional and is the highest form of love experienced.
Q

4. Can twin souls ever come together? What is the purpose of having…. and also meeting your twin, if all you get is only rejection and rejection and more rejection?

A
4. TF/TS can. Many live together while others do NOT. They are separate physically yet work in spirit. So in essence the TF is ‘together’ always in spirit. The purpose is to discover yourself on a quantum level unlike any other form of self discovery through soul mates. There are many reasons for the TF. Most of all it is to align you to a higher calling so that you may do what is needed to heal yourself and all others. It is 99% for a higher calling. It is a rare experience. It is a life changing experience. Unlike commonly believed, the TF/TS or SM is opposite gender and the context of the relationship is perceived as romantic. This is not the case for all. There are many forms of soul relationships between the above mentioned categories and are not limited to the commonly understood TS /SM relationship.
Note:
The Rumi Shams Phenomena is the Twin Soul/Twin Flame Phenomena.
The opinions shared here are subject to experience and may differ from seeker to seeker.

Talk on Mindfulness In an Age of Distraction

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Mindfulness In an Age of Distraction

Let go of your worries

and be completely clear-hearted like the face of a mirror

that contains no images…

Mv. Jalaluddin Rumi

The following is a transcript from our talk at Hope for Exceptional Needs in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Hope is the leading bilingual centre in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, founded by Dr. Uzma Raheem, which promotes the education, awareness, and success of all families with children who have Special Needs of every kind.

In an age of distraction  we aim to regain an understanding on a subject which intrigues our imagination, in theory appears to be new age wishful thinking and in reality a lost way of life.

What is Mindfulness?

According to Mindfulness expert  Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”  

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”  

Overview

When man has full awareness of his thoughts, is able to pay attention to them, without judgement, and keeps his consciousness in the now, in the present, in the moment, in the very second of right here, right now and not be distracted with the inner pendulum which swings between past and present over and over, he is in a state of mindfulness.

In a practical, no nonsense understanding of mindfulness, let us go over a few relatable instances which the majority of us face on a day to day basis.

Relationship disputes

miscommunication

misunderstanding

chaotic living

noise pollution

lack of focus

lack of stillness

insomnia

depression

negative thinking

stagnant lifestyle

sporadic zoning out

Believe it or not, the lack of mindfulness in our lives has become the number one if not the culprit of the aforementioned issues we face which cause us anything but a peace of mind.

On the other hand, when mindfulness becomes our way of life, we open ourselves to immeasurable levels of peace, joy, contentment, love, stability, order, focus and great achievements.

Origins of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is perceived to be a heavenly gift to man. Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and the majority all spiritual traditions have emphasized the concept of flow, being present and practicing mindfulness as a core discipline. Traditionally, seekers and adherents were taught the fundamentals of concentration, meditation, stillness, breath work and emptying the mind. All these disciplines lead to the state of being PRESENT.

Numerous teachings on the practical implementation of mindfulness may be found and learnt through living teachers, guides, books, self development programs, and age old traditions ranging from Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi Gong and a variety of other forms. One of the most commonly advocated practice is through breath work; focusing on one’s breath. This practice channels the distracted ‘Monkey Mind’ from past drama of the Why’s and the future illusion of the what if’s by bringing one’s attention to breath, its subtle sound, grounding our focus in the now.

Now to life, now to the moment, now to action creates reaction and keeps one aloof from the abyss of the deadly twins; past and future.

 

When man occupies his throughs in the past of future, he begins the process of storytelling, creating tall tales, fables and his interpretation of events which are only throughs and not necessarily reality. Excessive dwelling on either past or future keeps us from action. Essentially our actions  result from thought and emotion. This mental occupation of constant thought distraction fails to produce focus, concentration and significant action which are key ingredients to change.

Evidence of the Lack of Mindfulness in our Everyday Life

scattered shoes

a messy bed

open toothpaste tube

dirty dishes

disheveled appearance

un flushed toilet

scattered clothing

forgetfulness in prayer

interrupted conversations

inability to focus on what the other person is saying

loss of personal belongings

a disorganized purse where keys cannot be located

burnt meals

car lights left on

tap left running

front door left ajar

loved ones constantly saying, “you are not listening to me!”

Insomnia

Dwelling on the past

Dwelling  thoughts on the future

and the list goes on

These are some of the proofs we can find as evidence in our very environment as to where we are in our thoughts. These proofs are great clues which serve as self check reminders of what is happening internally. The interesting thing here is that it would take mindfulness to detect our own lack of. Mindfulness is not constant, it requires discipline, practice and conscious effort. Coming out of mindfulness, entering into unmindfulness and being able to decipher between the two states requires a watchful mind.

On the other hand, had we  practiced mindfulness, then perhaps we would notice shoes placed in their designated area.

Perhaps, upon awakening we would make our beds first rather than rushing into the next, next and next.

Perhaps after brushing, our kids would place the toothpaste lid back on the tube rather than zoning out taking imaginary selfies in the mirror with the tap running 50 miles an hour.

Perhaps we would eat together as a family instead of cubicle eating where every member is occupied in watching something in different rooms.

Perhaps we would eat together without the tv on and not silence ourselves like monks of a secret mystical order who utter not.

Perhaps we would offer to clear the table and put our dishes away instead of conveniently leaving it for Molly Maid or Mommy Maid.

Perhaps we would focus more on aesthetics, physical, emotional and spiritual well being and not lose ourselves to a point where we now seek help for a quick fix, a quack, or 911 tummy tuck.

Perhaps our desks would represent mental order instead of paper clutter which hinders our productivity.

Perhaps if weren’t busy on social media , our burnt dinner would of been saved.

Perhaps if the car lights or AC were shut, the car battery would not magically run down.

And perhaps life would be kinder if mom cooled off on her social networks, and actually paid attention to her child who says, ‘mom I just failed math’, or ‘mom I need help understanding past or future tense in English’ or ‘mom a boy in school is bullying me’,  yet her thoughts preoccupied her mind to a point where she responds with the classical hmm, that’s great, yeah, nice.’ ‘See mommy, you never heard a word I said did you?’ Mom is clueless, speechless and somewhat embarrassed as all she can think about is inability to recall what her child expressed only a few moments ago.

The Technology Agenda

Technology and busy life styles, rat race syndrome, societal expectations of how we are expected to live, behave, dress, act, think has robbed our inherent right to being in the now. Constant stimulation and ADD, ADHD  in adults is on the rise as much as it is in children.

Everyday technology toxins such as, gadgets, TV/Net, noise stimulation, noise pollution, information overload, video games and social media have divorced us from the ancient art of silence, an innate love for nature, meditation, focused thinking, thinking, visualization, human company, reading books and the simple pleasures of life like enjoying the scenic view on a road trip.

Conspiracy or Lunacy-  You Choose

When masses are kept busy in everything but the act of conscious thinking, then injecting information to minds which  have been conditioned to remain off guard, becomes an easy task. Mind control, subliminal programming, subjugation, suggestive ideas, imparting ideologies, influencing lifestyle choices, consumerism, infusing propaganda are media tools utilized through intelligence agencies whose agenda is more than we could possibly grasp. Let us simply ask ourselves, are we mind control candidates?

Who is Easier to Control?

When man is conditioned to be dumbed down, he lacks the ability to tap into his creative intelligence. Creative intelligence connects us through the means of our subconscious mind to infinite intelligence or Universal Mind. The exact opposite; synthetic intelligence, is what most of us use in our day to day life as it requires the use of the conscious mind which collects data from our five senses.  Is it an irony that enlightened masters, artists, poets, thinkers, philosophers, geniuses, prodigies, operate from creative intelligence? Worth mentioning, creative individuals are harder to exercise control over in comparison to individuals who solely rely on synthetic intelligence.

Practical Mindfulness Pointers

  • Seek out individuals who are trained, authorized or who embody mindfulness
  • These are usually Meditation practitioners, coaches or spiritual mentors
  • Establish a morning meditation routine
  • Practice stillness and observe your thoughts as they arise
  • Practice Yoga-join a class, find a teacher or establish a home based Yoga routine through virtual  means
  • Eat slowly, savour the flavours and pay attention to taste, texture, aroma 
  • Observe nature
  • Spend time in nature
  • Observe details in your environment
  • Give your undivided attention to others
  • Find like minded folks who practice mindfulness
  • Eat clean
  • Eat together
  • Practice empathic listening
  • Establish a calming routine prior to bedtime
  • Find a creative outlet to express yourself
  • Take pictures, avoid in excess
  • Practice making eye contact while communicating
  • Speak clearly, un-rushed
  • Slow down and know that you are perfectly fine where you are now in this moment

Research  on Mindfulness

  • 72% of GPs think it would be helpful for their patients with mental health problems to learn Mindfulness meditation skills (21% don’t know if it would be helpful; 7% say it would not be helpful);
  • 66% of GPs say they would support a public information campaign to promote the potential health benefits of Mindfulness meditation; and
  • 64% of GPs think it would be helpful for them to receive training in Mindfulness skills themselves.

Conclusion

Life is a blessing and to live in the now is to live today as if it was our last day. Express love to those you appreciate in your life, pay attention, say sorry, take up a sport, play with your kids, spend quality time with parents and loved ones, take photos, cherish moments, practice gratitude with what life brings us. Mothers and caregivers of special needs children, know that in your home lives an angel, a spiritual guide, a lantern, a beacon who was sent from above to help you become an evolved human being who transcends the barriers of  conditional love. And finally to close off with, let us keep in mind the next time we are out on a dinner with a loved one or loved ones, to shutdown all devices and give undivided attention a priority.

Recommended Reading

Mindfulness a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

Symbolism: The Khamsa and Buddha’s Mudra

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Today’s morning meditation shed insight on the symbolic mudra or hand gesture associated with Buddha’s image.

Allah, said the Awakened One. Look at Fatima, we grace all through her hand.

Vitarka Mudra : The right forearm is bent. Three fingers of the hand are bent upwards, the thumb and the forefinger touching. This particular mudra is associated with transmission of Bhuddist teachings.

hamsa

Hand of Fatima: Hand upright palm facing out, middle, ring and last finger upright represent the Arabic letters, Alif- Laam-Laam, while the closed thumb and forefinger touching represent Ha. Together, the hand forms a position of the Arabic name of God, Allah.  This hand position without closing the forefinger and thumb also forms the Khamsa.

The Khamsa is an ancient talisman which traces its origins to Mesopotamian and Phoenician roots. Used alike by Sephardic Jews, Christians, Egyptians and Muslims to ward off evil eye and harness protection, the hand symbolizes sanctified female personalities representing the Divine Feminine. Also known as the Hand of Fatima in Islamic esoteric tradition where each finger represents the “Holy Five” or the household members of the Prophet Mohammed (S); Mohammed, Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Hussayn.

Uses-Decor, on doors, architecture, jewelry, banners, poles and clothing.

Associated Prayer for Protection

‘Li khamsatunn utfi biha harral waba’il Hatima, al Mustafa wal Murtadha wabnahuma wal Fatimah’

‘These five are enough for me who are a means of removing difficulty, Mustafa, Murtadha, The Two Sons and Fatimah’.
Recommended Reading

Common Ground Between Islam and Bhuddism by Reza Shah Kazemi