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.