Inner Conflict

by stewart

Sufis have long held that the inner war- Jihad, the fight between a traveler’s higher and lower nature is a moment by moment struggle. Those who are somehow able to turn toward their higher self and use, in daily life, their access to spiritual awareness are on the road to enlightenment. This world is made a better place one person at a time and each person’s life is made up of small moment by moment conflicts, decisions and actions.


Within each of us there is an ancient knowing and awareness that has been covered over by the dust of living in this world. This dust is comprised of things we are taught, things that we want and things that are necessary to living in the body. This friction between the things we want and need pushes us forward and gives life both meaning and urgency. Yet those who are able to overcome this pull and somehow elect things which help others have transcended the physical reality.





What If

What if all the money, energy, thought and time Used for war and countries fighting each other Was used to feed the hungry, care for the sick And help those in dire need?   Yes, what if all across the world Soldiers, sailors and flyers Turned their attention and energy To healing and building Instead […]

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Forgetting The Magic

One of the problems growing older Is that we often cannot see The wonders of everyday life.   Daily focused on different tasks We get lost in the details; And lose sight of the magic That holds life together.   Remembering anything is possible; Only as we wear the Wizard’s Cloak. -SB  

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Chaos, Smoke Screens & Ramblings

  Generally I am not a conspiracy nut but I have to wonder about all this violence going on in our country; in my mad ramblings, I ask myself who benefits from this unrest?   As a country, we haven’t been able to make much head way with the gun control problem, the poverty problem, […]

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A Righteous Heart

Spiritual learning is in addition to all your many skills/talents. It is intended as the center of a life from which all other aspects nourish and mature. You were created to participate in the world and help make it better. That is the potential; that is the goal. Spiritual learning does not replace other skills/abilities. […]

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Violence & More Violence

Why are people shocked that the eventual consequence of violence is more violence? We see this every day in ourselves, in our community and all over the world. The NEWS has become masters of reporting and dramatizing this eventuality. Remember you cannot keep a person or group of people down economically, racially and politically without […]

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Why Don’t We Remember Past Lives?

The book of your life Is filled with many blank pages; You are free to write on them Whatever you choose. *     * People do not remember past lives for different reasons. Generally this information is not pertinent to this experience and part of our present journey. For some, this information might serve as a […]

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The Sufi Call, Making A Better World

Nasrudin was now an old man looking back on his life. He sat with his friends in the tea shop telling his story. “When I was young I was fiery-I wanted to awaken everyone. I prayed to Allah to give me the strength to change the world. In mid-life I awoke one day and realized […]

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Everyday Spirituality: Life as a Prayer

There is growing interest and dialog concerning differences between traditional religious teaching and a form of spiritual practice termed: everyday spirituality or spirituality of the market place. Surprisingly, the usefulness of spiritual practice in everyday life is an ancient teaching, and lies at the heart of human development systems like Sufism; where travelers are taught, […]

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America, Freedom & Sufism

In honor of Independence Day, I am sharing this piece again which talks to the transcendent America; the America which was founded upon a spiritual vision for everyone.   America, Freedom & Sufism          Q: What do you think would be the correct vision to meet the spiritual thirst of American people in terms […]

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