Developing Sensitivity to Being Human
This meditation will help us in becoming ever more sensitive to what it means to be human. We will directly and indirectly be working with what Inayat Khan calls the five bodies: our physical, mental, emotional, moral and spiritual parts of ourselves. Our physical domain is our physicality, the process of feeling our body’s sensations. The domain of the mind is our mental processes, our mind world, our thinking, our habits of thinking, or thoughts and habits of thoughts and the space between our thoughts, along with the atmosphere and tone of the mind. Our emotional body is made up our feelings and emotions and the atmosphere and tone of the world of our emotions. Our moral body is made up of and centers on our relationship to of all of the other domains in ourselves and our relationship to others and to the universe. Our moral body asks the question, “Just how connected are we to ourselves, others and to the universe?” The next domain, the spiritual domain, a place of no boundaries and flows through all our domains, through all the many universes and is our essence, our soul, and our truth.
This meditation begin with feeling the body, and moves on through all the domains, ending with becoming aware of our essence flowing and moving in all directions. This is a boundless state where in finishing the meditation you are asked to let the experience of the meditation inform you and transform you into the being you are becoming.
The Time Release Love Zikr Capsule
While sitting comfortably, with a sense of lift to your body, feel the sensations of your feet on the floor, your back against the back rest and your hamstrings on the seat of the chair. If your mind begins to be entertained with a thought other than these three points slowly steer your attention back to your feet, back and hamstrings. Stay with this intention for a minute feeling these three points and notice what, if anything begins to change.
Next, slowly say the Love Zikr, “Ishq Allah Mahbud Allah,” three times. Feel the sensations, feelings, and thoughts created by reciting the Love Zikr, and using your imagination place these vibrations into a time release capsule which you drop into your crown center. (A “Love Zikr” time release capsule is similar to the Alka-Seltzer time release cold medicine capsule that you can buy at the drug store.) Feel the gravity of the earth pulling this Love Capsule slowly down through the crown center into the root of the third eye, the space behind the eyes where the pineal gland and pituitary gland reside. Notice what changes, if any, occur as this Love Zikr time capsule slowly descends into the root of the third eye. Pay attention to physical sensations, to the atmosphere of the mind, to the movement and possible change of feelings and become sensitive the space in and around you. This is a process of becoming more and more conscious.
Now, pay attention as this Love Capsule continues to descend down past the back of nose, mouth and enters into the area of the throat center. Again, what is it you are feeling as this Love Capsule descends and comes to rest in the throat center?
As this Love Capsule begins its decent down toward the heart center, stay with whatever feelings are being revealed to you, and as the Love Capsule comes to rest in the heart center, bring all your awareness to feeling the response of the heart to these phenomena.
At this point the gravity pull of the heart begins pulling the Love Capsule deeper into the heart and on into the inner chambers of the heart. There is much being offered here, so stay in the inner chambers for a while feeling this transition. Continue to stay with the Love Capsule as it moves ever deeper into the inner chambers of the heart.
Hazrat Inayat Khan has said, “The heart is a cover over the soul.” At this time, begin to feel the gravity of the soul pulling the Love Capsule from the depth of the heart into the domain of the soul. Deeper and deeper, the Love Capsule moves, slowly dissolving into the love of the soul.
Now, if you have the time, do this whole meditation three more times, and sit for a few minutes allowing the intelligence of the meditation to inform you.