Gazing at the Master an Ancient Practice

A Qudra seeker reports the following dream pertaining to the practice of gazing at the image of one’s Spiritual Master. This practice is found in all spiritual traditions and is referred to as Tasawwur e Shaikh in Sufic terminology.

 

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Dear Qudra,

Last night before going to sleep i was thinking about Mawlana Sheikh Nazim, if he is with me , i mean if i am close to him or not. Was a bit sad. Also pondered over the mission of awliya Allah and Prophet saw I slept…then i saw a dream..i am in a place or home , there is a newspaper infront of me and it has news abt Mawlana. Suddenly i see that this picture comes alive, starting from his teeth to face and he smiles at me at says, ” Remember me in your heart” In the same place you are there, you had created a sacred space, there is a small candle beside sajjadah. That sajjadah has Shaikh Nazim’s image on it. I go and make sujood on it but when i make sujood i see a flap kind of comes on the top of sajjadah and his face gets covered , it is then when i make sujood. The prayer place which you made was very simple and clean.

Background on the practice of Tasawwur e Shaikh

In the Risala Qudsiyya, Khwaja Parsa writes while on his second trip to the Hijaz, the venerable Khwaja Baha al-Din Shah Naqshband ordered him to fix his blessed face in his imagination.

Muhammad Umar Birbali writes, “When a person reaches a certain station, people’s astral bodies can appear. Someone with a connection (nisba) to the Prophet can manifest as if he were physically present”. A disciple of Khwaja Hasan ‘Attar, the eldest son of ‘Ala’uddin ‘Attar (d. 803/1400), showed signs of spiritual attraction (jadhba) when visualizing the face of his shaykh. If the disciple could not be in the presence of the master, the venerable Mawlana ‘Abd al-Rahman Jami recommended that the disciple visualize the pir’s face in the heart while eliminating any distracting thoughts. The venerable Khwaja ‘Ubaydullah Ahrar, interpreting the Qur’anic verse “Be with those who are sincere and true” (kunu ma’ as-sadiqin[9:119]), indicated that one should outwardly be in the guide’s physical presence and inwardly have a bond with him (rabita). One unites sincerely with the shaykh’s face to develop continuous companionship with the lights of his lofty attributes and beautiful character, creating continual rabita, independent of physical proximity. In this way a person can develop an affinity (munasabat) with the mentor and arrive at the goal.

Ahmad Sirhindi incorporated this practice of visualization into the Mujaddidi system, especially when he perceived that persons had not controlled their egos sufficiently. He would order them to engage in rabita and visualize his face in their hearts, causing them to show visible signs of spiritual attraction: “Khwaja Burhan, one of the shaykhs of Dahbid who had already been initiated and received permission to teach (ijazat) from the notables of his locale, asked Imam Ahmad Sirhindi for spiritual guidance. Khwaja Burhan was surprised when Ahmad Sirhindi said for him to visualize his [Sirhindi’s] blessed face. His trusted companion informed him [Khwaja Burhan] that this exercise is suitable for beginners so that they can be taught the advanced contemplation’s (muraqabat). … After being convinced, he practiced this exercise for a day and became overpowered with a connection (nisba) with God to the point that he showed signs of extreme spiritual intoxication (jadhba).”

 

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Grand Shaikh Mehmet son and successor of Mawlana Sh. Nazim

Naqshbandi elders have praised visualization of the shaykh as an effective technique for concentration, since humans cannot follow two directions at once or meditate with distracting thoughts. Keeping the picture of the shaykh in the state of recollection of God (dhikr) is the essence of causing recollection (tadhkir) because the remembered One exists in the presence of one [the shaykh] who does not heedlessly leave God for an instant.
It is much easier for beginners to concentrate on the face of the shaykh than on God. There is synergistic effect between the visualization of the shaykh and love of the shaykh which allows the seeker to open him-or herself to a trans-formative process activated by the pir’s character and actions. This in turn strengthens the seeker’s connection to God. Eventually the pir’s astral body (jism i-mithali) can be summoned.

When a living guide passes on, disciples continue the practice with the succeeding Master. Light is deposited in the new housing body, it is only the apparent that ‘changes’. The change is a veil as essentially the previous Master now ‘houses’ him/her self in body of the chosen inheritor. In the case of Shaikh Mehmet, millions of disciples now practice Tasawur  e Shaikh through his son.

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Elohim Allah HU

 

This article is dedicated in memory of Mystic Baba Khalwat Dar Anjaum, who recently returned to his Beloved. May the choicest favours enshroud Baba Anjamun who tirelessly spread the message of love.

Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Raheem

HU

The song of all, Allah HU.

The ancients of Babylonians chanted ‘Allah.’ Al- a Cannanite name of God and Elohim-God in Hebrew. HaShem is Allah; Elohim. When souls assemble  to chant; in Zikr; to remember, a commemoration takes place remembering the great primordial gathering where all souls assembled praising, proclaiming, affirming through the great Chant,  “Indeed you are our Lord.” HaShem asked in that realm, Am I not HaShem? Yes, we all replied. Allah asked, Alas tu bi Rabbikum? Am I not your Lord, Indeed (Bala), all souls replied.

Zikr means to remember.  Acoustics are a medium to reacquaints us with our original state of remembrance. Repetition in Zikr serves the same purpose as affirmations. Zikr begins with tongue and with constant repetition of a particular mantra, it makes it way into the heart engraving the same. Mantras or Zikr are Divine words and phrases formulated to impact the subconscious mind and the heart chakra. The language used in Zikr is Arabic. Arabic like Sanskrit is believed to be an ancient revealed language carrying potent vibrational properties with every sound, syllable and letter. Tradition states that an Angel is appointed for every letter and to say in the least, we are reciting syllables, words and phrases supported with Angelic energy, which in effect heal our spirit. Chanting words  for which temporal shedding of the ego through trance induced states dissolves man made barriers between body and soul.  In order to enhance the acoustic effect play a significant role in energetic healing, Zikr gatherings chant synchronized mantras which may be accompanied with instruments.  According to researcher and sound expert, Dr. Johen, chants treat ailments and mood.   Zikr creates the DMT effect where our cells become supercharged through vibrations to the frequencies created through each individual present in the chant.  We gather to praise, to proclaim the love of Ila, Elohim.

I will praise you, HaShem my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Tehillim (Psalms) 86:12

Proclaim He is One. Allah , the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born. Nor is there to Him any equivalent

(Quran Ikhlaas)

 

What more a beautiful gathering on this plane where cast, creed and tradition aside, and all come together and remembering the day we praised, proclaimed and affirmed, “Verily you are our Lord.”

 

 Let us recite Fatiha for all those who live for love and left united in Love.
Ameen, Amen.
YA HU

Meditation Outdoors

Speaking of spirituality and affinity to the Spiritual Way or holistic living holds little weight without a daily meditation practise. Nature and early hours are a preference for regular meditators. Meditation in natural, open air surroundings raises vibrations on a level which normally would take substantially longer in indoor man made surroundings. The soul requires regular recharging and naturally embraces meditation, mantras, spiritual dance, chanting and postures which still the body, mind and spirit; resulting in a deep sense of inner calm.  QH

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The Hu Global Meditation for Peace and Love

 

Global Meditation for Peace and Love

The Secret of Hu
Resides in You
The secret of Me
Resides in Thee
The secret of us
Resides in WE
The secret of WE
Resides in Hu

(Qudra Healing)

In the name of Allah, God, Yahweh; the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Inspired by the Ascended Masters of Wisdom and Light, we present for the Global Community of Light Workers, The Hu Meditation.

Background

Mantras have an extraordinary importance like the “HU”, like other Mantras is  a “word of power”. Mantras are listened to or recited for many different purposes, as a means of achieving different states of consciousness, to create resonance with specific attributes of Divine Energy, and to manifest different qualities from resonating the chakras to embodying compassion

The Supreme Being has been called by various names in different languages, but the mystics have known him as Hu, the natural name, not man-made, the only name of the Nameless, which all nature constantly proclaims. The sound Hu is most sacred; the mystics call Ism-i Azam, the name of the Most High, for it is the origin and end of every sound as well as the background of each word. The word Hu is the spirit of all sounds and of all words, and is hidden within them all, as the spirit in the body. It does not belong to any language, but no language can help belonging to it. This alone is the true name of God, a name that no people and no religion can claim as their own. This word is not only uttered by human beings, but is repeated by animals and birds. All things and beings proclaim this name of the Lord, for every activity of life expresses distinctly or indistinctly this very sound. This is the word mentioned in the Bible as existing before the light came into being, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’

Just as many traditions believe that the “OM” is the original creative sound, there are traditions that believe that this energy may be attributed to another sound—the “HU”. In the Shabd Yoga traditions, including Master Path and Eckankar and in the mystical Islamic path of Sufi, the “HU” is considered to be the highest vibratory mantra that can be sounded. Chanting the “HU” is said to lead one to transcendence—to God realization and enlightenment.
“HU” is believed to be the universal name of God, which is present in every existing language. The “HU” sound has been described as many things from the buzzing of bees to the rushing of wind to the flute of God. It is said to be present in the words we speak, in the sounds of animals; that it is the wind in the trees, the rushing of waters, the roaring of waterfalls, the beat of the sea against a beach—that it is everywhere, in every plane. “The “HU” creates extraordinary energy for balance and clearing. Many believe it activates both the heart and the crown chakras. When sounded together in a large group, it is extremely powerful and transformative.” Jonathan Goldman

 

Asana –Meditation Position

 

All positions require an upright posture keeping spine straight at all times.

  • Lotus Position
  • Cross Legged
  • Kneeling position

 

Mantra-Chant

Eyes Closed

Recite: HU (Huuu)

Breathe in through nose:  Huuu-Visualize Inhaling Divine White Light entering into your entire being and the entire Universe. Everything alighted. Absorb.

Breathe out through nose: Huuu-Visualize Exhaling Darkness within exiting your being.

 

Mudra-Hand Position

Hu Hand Position: Bring together your index finger and thumb forming a circle. Palms facing down resting on your legs, or palms facing up resting on your legs.

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Visual Guided Meditation Script

Envision yourself in the Holy Lands (however you define it) You are in a vast open grassy field. Flowers of all kinds scattered in this field of Love and Harmony surround you. You are forming a circle with the world community. Each individual representing a country forming a grand circle. In the center of this circle, we have children, mothers, elderly, young and old seated representing every place on earth where injustice, tyranny, war, genocide, and every evil imaginable is taking place. They are seated and covered with a white blanket made of the finest wool. This shawl is transparent and radiates light. The Light envelopes everything in sight and beyond. Its breadth and rays disperse in all directions, into the Universe and beyond our Galaxy. This light comes from our heart; the secret chamber. This Light resides in each and every heart. We are projecting light and asking the Creator of Light, who is Light, to heal the world. We are healed in Love, Peace, Unity and Harmony and One with every single living and non living thing in this planet and beyond. We are Love. We are Light. We are One with Love. One with ALL. Huuuu

Holding hands, we are seated upon the grass and recite HU. We close our eyes, relax our entire being, smile and inhale HU. Exhale aloud HU. We are gently swaying back and forth, synchronistic with the winds and every blade of grass. We are ONE with wind, One with Nature. One with Hu. One with Love. We are Love.

We continue to chant and gently sway back and forth holding hands and come to a halt after feeling the Sacred Light reaching every place in need of healing.

 

Closing Prayer

May we be infused with the Light of HU. May our beings be saturated in the essence of HU. May we acquire Divine Grace by the Grace of HU. May we Love All of creation with the Divine Quality of Love from HU; who is Love. Ameen. Amen

 

Participants

Instructions from the Masters of Wisdom and Light:

The Global Hu Meditation is for all, beyond race, religion, age, gender and creed, we invite young and old to participate.

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Date and Location

This meditation, like all other forms of meditation, can be done remotely or in a group setting within your respective community,  following the instructions above . There is no set date or time.

villas-in-konya---mQudra Healing is Spiritual Life Coach and Energy Healer. She descends from the biological children of Prophet Mohammed (Peace and Blessings be upon him, his companions and family). Authorized in more than one Sufi Order, she has authority from her teachers to heal, initiate, guide, impart teachings and conduct litany. She is an adherent of the Mevlevi Order of Rumi which continues to this day to draw pilgrims to Konya, Turkey from all parts of the Muslim and non-Muslim world. Jalal al-Din who is also known as Rumi, was a philosopher and mystic of Islam. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him and to his disciples all religions are more or less truth. . Looking with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian alike, Jalaluddin Rumi’s  peaceful and tolerant teaching has appealed to people of all sects and creeds. Qudra Healing’s  works transcend religious dogma and advocates Pluralism.

 

 

 

 

HU-He is He

 

HU-The Tao- The Essence-

The Secret of Hu
Resides in You
The secret of Me
Resides in Thee
The secret of us
Resides in WE
The secret of WE
Resides in…(QH)

 

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

Allah! There is no God but He,
the Living, the Self-subsisting, the Eternal.
No slumber can seize Him, nor sleep.
All things in heaven and earth are His.
Who could intercede in His presence without His permission?
He knows what appears in front of and behind His creatures.
Nor can they encompass any knowledge of Him except what he wills.
His throne extends over the heavens and the earth,
and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them,
for He is the Highest and Most Exalted. (Quran 2: 255)

 

Poem1_900The Tao that can be described in words is not the true Tao

The Name that can be named is not the true Name

From non-existence were called Heaven and Earth

From existence all things were born

In being wthout desires, you experience the wonder

But by having desires, you experience te journey

Yet both spring from the same source

And differ mostly in name

This Source is called ‘Mystery”

Mystery upon Mystery

The womb giving birth to all of being( Tao Te Ching)

 

 

 

 

In reality, however, God does not have an image because He has no form, only an emanation of power which is called HuThe practice of Dhikr is formulated o bring us back to the awareness of Hu, the Soverin , Most High, who governs and encompasses all.

“Sound is the Medicine of the Future” (Edgar Cayce)

FREQUENCY+INTENTION = HEALING

VOCALIZATION+VISUALIZATION= MANIFESTATION

 

 

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Spiritual Warrior-“HU Man”

Historic Origins of Hu

The Supreme Being has been called by various names in different languages, but the mystics have known him as Hu, the natural name, not man-made, the only name of the Nameless, which all nature constantly proclaims. The sound Hu is most sacred; the mystics call Ism-i Azam, the name of the Most High, for it is the origin and end of every sound as well as the background of each word. The word Hu is the spirit of all sounds and of all words, and is hidden within them all, as the spirit in the body. It does not belong to any language, but no language can help belonging to it. This alone is the true name of God, a name that no people and no religion can claim as their own. This word is not only uttered by human beings, but is repeated by animals and birds. All things and beings proclaim this name of the Lord, for every activity of life expresses distinctly or indistinctly this very sound. This is the word mentioned in the Bible as existing before the light came into being, ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’

The sound HU becomes limited in the word “ham”, for the letter “m” closes the lips. In Hindustani this word expresses limitation because ham means “I” or “we,” both of which words signify ego. The word “hamsa” is the sacred word of the yogis which illumines the ego with the light of reality. The word “huma” in the Persian language stands for a fabulous bird. There is a belief that if the “huma” bird sits for a moment on someone’s head it is a sign that he will become a king. Its true meaning is that when a person’s thoughts so evolve that they break all limitation, then he becomes as a king. It is the limitation of language that it can only describe the Most High as something like a king. It is said in the old traditions that Zoroaster was born of a “huma” tree. This explains the words in the Bible, “Except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” In the word “huma”, “hu” represents spirit, and the word “mah” in Arabic means water. In English the word “human ” explains two facts which are characteristic of humanity: “hu” means God and “man” means mind, which word comes from the Sanskrit “mana”, mind being the ordinary person. The two words united represent the idea of the God-conscious person; in other words HU, God, is in all things and beings, but it is man by whom He is known. “Human ” therefore may be said to mean God-conscious, God-realized, or God-man. (Hz. Inayat Khan-Mystic)

 

” The true healing power of sound comes from the chanting of harmonics”. Pir Vilayat Khan

 

The sound of the abstract is called Anahad in the Vedas, meaning unlimited sound. The Mystics name it Sarmad, which suggests the idea of intoxication. The word intoxication is here used to signify upliftment, the freedom of the soul from its earthly bondage. Those who are able to hear the Saut-i Sarmad and meditate on it are relieved from all worries, anxieties, sorrows, fears and diseases; and the soul is freed from captivity in the senses and in the physical body. The soul of the listener becomes the all-pervading consciousness, and his spirit becomes the battery which keeps the whole universe in motion.

Some train themselves to hear the Saut-i Sarmad in the solitude on the sea shore, on the river bank, and in the hills and dales; others attain it while sitting in the caves of the mountains, or when wandering constantly through forests and deserts, keeping themselves in the wilderness apart from the haunts of men. Yogis and ascetics blow Sing (a horn) or Shankha (a shell), which awakens in them this inner tone. Dervishes play Nai or Algosa (a double flute) for the same purpose. The bells and gongs in the churches and temples are meant to suggest to the thinker the same sacred sound, and thus lead him towards the inner life.

This sound develops through ten different aspects because of its manifestation through ten different tubes of the body; it sounds like thunder, the roaring of the sea, the jingling of bells, running the water, the buzzing of bees, the twittering of sparrows, the Vina, the whistle, or the sound of Shankha until it finally becomes Hu, the most sacred of all sounds.

This sound Hu is the beginning and the end of all sounds, be they from man, bird, beast, or thing. A careful study will prove this fact, which can be realized by listening to the sound of the steam engine or of a mill, while the echo of bells or gongs gives a typical illustration of the sound Hu. Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

“When the Sheik arrives at his post, he bows, sits on the post, and kisses the floor. All the turners sit, and their cloaks are put on them by those who did not turn in the fourth selam. They have returned to their tombs but in an altered state. The Sheik recites the Fathia, the first sura of the Koran, and all the dervishes kiss the floor and rise. The Sheik then sounds a prayer to Mevlana (Rumi) and Shams Tabriz and begins the sound “HU”. The dervishes join in sounding the “HU” which is all the names of God in one.” Shems Friedlander

 

Just as many traditions believe that the “OM” is the original creative sound, there are traditions that believe that this energy may be attributed to another sound—the “HU”. In the Shabd Yoga traditions, including Master Path and Eckankar and in the mystical Islamic path of  the “HU” is considered to be the highest vibratory mantra that can be sounded. Chanting the “HU” is said to lead one to transcendence—to God realization and enlightenment.
“HU” is believed to be the universal name of God, which is present in every existing language. The “HU” sound has been described as many things from the buzzing of bees to the rushing of wind to the flute of God. It is said to be present in the words we speak, in the sounds of animals; that it is the wind in the trees, the rushing of waters, the roaring of water falls, the beat of the sea against a beach—that it is everywhere, in every plane.
Like the “AH” and the “OM”, the “HU” may be perceived of as a seed syllable. Depending upon its pronunciation, it may also be perceived of as a vowel sound—the “U”. The “HU” creates extraordinary energy for balance and clearing. Many believe it activates both the heart and the crown chakras. When sounded together in a large group, it is extremely powerful and transformative. Jonathan Goldman

 

HU Chant Instructions

 

It is said that the Qalb-heart of the Hu Man has 70,000 veils. Thus the lifting of the veils is a process that is inevitable to the Seeker of Light.

 

  HuHU Meditation Chant Instructions

 

 

 

Brief Intro

Mantras have an extraordinary importance like the “HU”, like other Mantras is  a “word of power”. Mantras are listened to or recited for many different purposes, as a means of achieving different states of consciousness, to create resonance with specific attributes of Divine Energy, and to manifest different qualities from resonating the chakras to embodying compassion.

 

This sound Hu is the beginning and the end of all sounds, be they from man, bird, beast, or thing. A careful study will prove this fact, which can be realized by listening to the sound of the steam engine or of a mill, while the echo of bells or gongs gives a typical illustration of the sound Hu. Hazrat Inayat Khan

The HU inspiration came out of passion. A desire to release the Supreme Name “HU” into the universe through remote meditation bringing together seekers from all spiritual paths all embracing and joining together for the sake of LOVE. We seek Unity through common ground.

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My first introduction to the sacred name HU came to me during my early teens when I was sent to the  ancient land of India with my future spiritual mentor. Prior to this trip, I befell the teachings of Idris Shah. In it, he explained that Mystics rely not on knowledge from books, rather knowledge which is poured directly in to the heart of the seeker through Divine Grace; Heart to Heart (Owaisi Transmission).. This concept intrigued my curiosity  in what seemed odd but deeply resonated. Thus, following my heart, I recall sitting still in nature, simply observing, contemplating and awaiting for this phenomena to strike-more like an experiment which proved  true as Idris Shah explained. Jotting notes of what was pouring into my heart, I started recording these mysterious words of wisdom in my diary.. A favorite one till today was about the wise owl who remains awake at night reciting  HU  while majority of mankind  in deep slumber. Ever since, I’m simply enchanted with HU.

Easy to Follow Instructions

 

Asana –Meditation Position

 

All positions require an upright posture keeping spine straight at all times.

  • Lotus Position
  • Cross Legged
  • Kneeling position

 

Mantra-Chant

Eyes Closed

Recite: HU (Huuu)

Breathe in through nose:  Huuu-Visualize Inhaling Divine White Light entering into your entire being. Absorb.

Breathe out through nose: Huuu-Visualize Exhaling Darkness within exiting your being.

 

Mudra-Hand Position

When we connect the index finger and thumb we begin to feel the pulse of the heart, and our focus now becomes the heart, and Divine says, “I cannot be found on Heavens or earth, but I can be found in the heart of My believer.” That connection opens the flow of Divine power, what we call “Qudra”

Hu Hand Position: Bring together your index finger and thumb forming a circle. Palms facing down resting on your legs, or palms facing up resting on your legs.

Duration: Continue to inhale and exhale HU until your heart feels full of light and contentment.

 

May we be infused with the Light of HU. May our beings be saturated in the essence of HU. May we acquire Divine Grace by the Grace of HU. May we Love All of creation with the Divine Quality of Love from HU who is Love. Ameen. Amen

 

Methods of Seculsion Therapy

Methods of Seclusion Therapy

By Mohammed Bin Abbas

Nothing benefits the heart more than a spiritual seclusion whereby it enters the domain of true reflection.
– Ibn Ata’ Allah Iskandari

Nowadays people need simpler and easier methods from their environment and heritage that can be used when feeling tensed or depressed, or when one needs to face problems and stress that needs relaxation. It even necessitates reorganizing one’s own thinking and reprogramming the mind to be able to reformulate and arrange its objectives, and get rid of the psychological disturbances and negative feelings. This will make one capable of achieving social and psychological harmony in his life.

Undoubtedly, every human being needs a little bit of seclusion and privacy away from life problems and clamor to think quietly, reorganize his inside world, and reassess his experiences to set for himself a working plan.

Seclusion therapy includes training the person to get rid of his negative thoughts and annoying anxieties to reach a stage in which he can order his brain to immediately stop thinking and reject those negative ideas. He would then replace them with positive thoughts that recharge his psychological powers for a fresh start in the right direction. This method of treatment stems from our religious and cultural heritage which has proven to be effective, if not excel, the other western psychological methods of treatment. They often entail unsuitable concepts and ideas different from the nature and environment of one’s character.

The objective of using seclusion therapy is to change positive advices and thoughts into effective and active ones. They are implemented in the mind through meditation and repetition, conducted in an atmosphere of relaxation. This transforms these ethical sets and verbal forms into concepts and beliefs that constantly motivate one to the desired behavior.

Dr. Ramez Taha states ”We are sure after a number of studies conducted over the past years that Meditation Therapy is better and deeper in its results than both Meditation Transcendental and Neuro-Linguistic Programming NLP, which are widely spread in the West”. He also adds: ”I have also noticed that the person suffering from psychological problems can not, in most cases, benefit from the western methods of treatment. These methods encourage the patient’s sexual freedom which is considered one of the important bases of treatment and psychological health. This, however, disregards the social and religious upbringing which controls the behavior of the eastern patient. Thus, these western methods have led to many severe setbacks to patients who were treated with them. I, myself, have treated dozens of such cases that suffered from relapses due to these inappropriate methods of treatment.

What makes matters worse is the fact that many of the therapists were non-specialists and who received short-term training courses that lasted only for days or even weeks”.

Self dialogue – what a person says to his self – is extremely important in seclusion the therapy where the dialogue should include optimistic and positive sentences. This is an important step in the seclusion therapy where one sets and prepares correct sentences and positive phrases repeated with deep concentration. They replace the negative sentences that he says to himself and often cause tension and self defeat.

Seclusion and meditation is indeed one of the distinguished characteristics of the Arabs. Relying on agriculture and grazing pasture offers a chance for free imagination and meditation unlike the restricted industrial societies. Thus, the western societies realized the importance of developing the ability to meditate which is important for psychological health and effective in psychological treatment. Seclusion is a chance for physical and mental relaxation which is badly needed in our tensed age. It is also considered a training of self-control to reject negative thoughts and adopt positive ones as well as re-evaluating behaviors through constant practice. Thus, it is seen as an easy way that accords with one’s personality and helps it establish a moral system that will eventually become fixed customs and behavior patterns. At present, there are a lot of distractions coming from the satellites and the exciting cultures and habits that fill our lives. The only way to face all that is to train one self to reprogram the mind, and meditate by using the seclusion therapy. This is an attempt to change the duplicity of the traditional Arab culture which causes psychological conflicts that often wastes one’s capacities and abilities.

Seclusion in religious tradition denotes a number of meanings including relinquishing worldly matters, and devoting oneself to praying and supplicating to Allah. Also it means to stay in privacy in order to contemplate on one’s inner self to think of his mistakes and purify his own self. The prophet (PGBUH) advised Oqbah Ibn Amer, may Allah be pleased with him, to stay in seclusion where he said:” Hold your tongue and stay at home”. A number of Moslem scholars and jurists state that seclusion has many psychological advantages including the following:

– Avoiding the tongue’s mischief and slipping as Allahis Messenger (PGBUH) said: ”Allah have mercy on the one who was silent and thus safe or spoke and was successful”. – Staying away from hypocrisy, renouncing worldly pleasures, and having good manners.

– Examining one’s self and checking on its behavior. – Guarding one’s eyes against looking at what Allah has forbidden. – Devoting one self to praising and remembering Allah. It was narrated that Moaz Ibn Jabal, may Allah be pleased with him, said: ”Talk to people a little, talk to Allah a lot so that your heart may see Allah, the Almighty”.

– Refining manners and softening one’s heart. The prophet (PGBUH) said: ” Do not speak much except with Allah’s remembrance, talking a lot without remembering Allah is hardness of the heart. The farthest one from Allah is the one with a cruel heart”.

– Allowing prayer and contemplation; Al-Gazali describes it as a state of meditation beyond normal consciousness in which one realizes things that his mind and senses can not reach under normal circumstances. – Feeling the pleasures of supplication. In his encyclopedia Ihyaa Ulum Al-Din, Al-Gazali cites some of the views of righteous scholars who claim that there is no pleasure in this world similar to that of heaven except what people who supplicate at night feel in their hearts. Others said that the pleasure of supplication does not belong to this world but comes from heaven. Allah revealed this pleasure to His loyal people, the ones who can only feel it. – Reproaching and blaming one’s self. Allah says:” O ye who believer! Fear God, and let every soul look to what (provision) he has sent forth for the morrow”. This clearly indicates that one needs to hold himself responsible for his past deeds and to blame himself for his misdeeds constantly reminding it with the right path. Allah says:” But teach (thy Message), for teaching benefits the Believers”.

Thus, seclusion allows one to temporary get away from the noisy life to a peaceful place which gives him mental clarity and psychological pureness where he can clearly see the reasons and truth behind his problems. He can then reorganize his thoughts and plans to bravely face his worries with self-confidence, in addition to renewing his connection with Allah. As a result, one realizes that his worldly troubles are not worth worrying about for he can easily avoid them through seclusion where he lets go of his imagination. Seclusion entails meditation, imagination, and self-dialogue, all of which are mental factors which helps modify one’s emotions and behavior.

Many clinical and experimental evidences proved that the mental factors, which include thinking, imagination, deduction, and expectation, are connected to the emotion centers in the brain and immediately affect them. As a result, they secrete a number of hormones and neuro-transmitting substances which causes tension and other related physiological changes. Among the well-known hormones that cause stress and tension is Adrenalin which results in muscle tension, high blood pressure, and increase in heart beat and pulse. It also leads to the transfer of a large amount of sugar from the liver to the blood to provide energy for the conflict the body is prepared due to the order given by the brain’s emotional centers. These changes are also accompanied by disorders in the digestion and the secretions of the stomach and intestines.

Seclusion therapy helps the individual to practice the regulating and controlling of attention. The repetition of the seclusion sessions makes one more capable of rejecting destructive thoughts and thus turn his thinking to an opposite attitude that achieves serenity and peace, such as remembering and praising Allah.

After a period of practicing the seclusion therapy, the individual easily relinquish negative thinking and painful thoughts. It makes one well trained in controlling his mental readiness through concentrating on a desirable positive topic. He can then place this topic in the centre of his consciousness through repetition which is similar to self reciting that many students often use to refresh their memories. A number of psychologists claim that some individuals often achieve extraordinary abilities and skills through the repetition and mental alertness while concentrating on what he aspires to accomplish.