Essential Practices along the Spiritual Path
by Nahid Angha, Ph.D. To begin a journey, one must find one’s point of departure: the place where one’s feet are rooted firmly on the ground. This step, in the realm of inner journey, commences by withdrawing one’s scattered energies from the outside world and environment and directing them towards the center of one’s being. This practice of concentration is one of the most important basic practices in Sufism. The actuality of meditation consists in concentrating all of the physical, intellectual, and sensual energies in one magnetic point. In Sufism, this point is the inward heart. More specifically, it is the third point within the heart, one of the strongest magnetic centers of the human body. In a truthful meditation, when the salek (seeker) concentrates the inner electromagnetic energies into one stable point, then he develops a strong electromagnetic environment, through which the favorable spiritual waves pass, waves that are in harmony with this environment. Such a concentrative process will result in receiving inspiration and revelation. The exact sensual location of the inner heart is revealed to only those few students who are realistically capable of undertaking the journey. It is through such concentration that the essence of unity is discovered and the perishable world of multiplicity distinguished: the Face of the Beloved appears in all its grace within the heart of the lover. This gateway of the relatively small, yet stable and concentrated energy of the heart, is the location of the beginning of the spiritual journey.
Sufism: An Inquiry Vol XVI, No. 3