In the Company of Friends: Dreamwork Within a Sufi Group by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee PhD

By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee PhD

A religious team kinds a sacred and guarded area the place power can stream from the internal to the outer global. Weaving jointly goals and non secular tales, In the corporate of Friends explores the mental and religious techniques skilled inside of a bunch, and the way the strength of the trail transforms the seeker.

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Spiritual techniques pose a similar if not more dangerous threat than psychological work. In the previous chapter I described how an unsuspecting 45 In the Company of Friends eighteen-year-old was thrown into a reality for which she was totally unprepared. This was just through a simple meditation practice. Other spiritual techniques, particularly breathing practices, can awaken innerenergies. This can be exhilarating, but these energies need to be contained; otherwise they can cause both physical and psychological problems.

If we take our inner work seriously and are prepared to accept the pain of our rejected self, then we will be welcomed and helped. But it is best to stay away from any inner work, from any psychological or spiritual techniques, if we are not willing to take responsibility for what we find in the depths. THE POINT OF DESPAIR When we enter into the inner world we need to be conscious and to take responsibility for what we may find in the depths. Yet at the same time, paradoxically, we need to surrender to the unknown.

A friend of mine who composes music very rarely dreams. Her access to her inner self is through her music, and it is in music that her unconscious expresses itself. However, the woman who asked about not remembering her dreams felt that this did not apply to her. So I suggested that possibly she repressed her dreams because she did not really want to know what was in her unconscious. At first she asserted that she did want to get in touch with her unconscious. I asked her if she was really prepared to take responsibility for what she found within herself, and to put in the years of hard work, years of confronting painful and unpleasant aspects of herself, that it might take to integrate what her dreams might reveal.

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