Seclusion in Sufism

Seclusion in Sufism (eng/espanol) 1/2

… this an exerpt of Sheikh Burhanuddin’s speech in occasion of an intensive retreat in Spain.

Seclusion or Khalwat in the Naqshbandi Sufi Tradition is a kind of isolation, that can only

be prescribed by the Sheikh. Its shortest time limit is 40 days.


Pineal gland secreted METAtonin allows us to experience an enhanced dimension of

human consciousness. The first dimension of consciousness, pure unfettered self

consciousness, was experienced in the womb from about the 49 th day of gestation

until birth. Upon birth our self-consciousness is suddenly thrown into the physical

world of the additional dimensions of space and time. In this new dimension of

consciousness one is gifted with its new toolbox of the 5 physical senses, the flow of

time and the awareness of being a separate body. As we grow we become accustomed

to the parameters of this body and also develop an instinctive bodyguard awareness

of the ego.

By the time we are 7 years old our self-ego-body identity consciousness is well

formed and it becomes our basic mode of existence and binding force of our

human physical existence until we die and again return to the unfettered

bodyless state of consciousness or Consciousness Beyond Life, that is,

beyond human life.


However there is an additional dimension of human consciousness that can be

experienced during a lifetime, when, under the influence of METAtonin, the

brain circuitry is so modified that self consciousness is able to separate from

ego/body consciousness, and travel in the many levels of consciousness that

exist in parallel to the physical world including the world of dreams,

archetypes, psychological imagery, spiritual realities and parallel planes of

consciousness. The pathway to this enhanced level of consciousness is available

to all humans; it is hard-wired into our brain architecture, like a homing circuit,

although it is rarely activated. Those of us who pursue creative/spiritual

lifestyles usually learn to temporarily access or at least get a glimpse of these

alternate perspectives; this being one of the main sources of inner inspiration,

creation and illumination.

This dimension of illumination is accessed by special stimulation of the pineal

gland which then formulates the secretion, METAtonin, whose main active

ingredient, DMT allows one to enter this additional dimension of human

consciousness or OBC, Out-of-Body Consciousness. An event of this nature

rarely occurs in the course of a lifetime -maybe only once, but when it does, it

is not forgotten and in many cases it results in the development of a whole

new perspective on life.