Seminar 4

Healing through Magnetism and Amulet Making

What is Spirit

[The fourth meaning of] Spirit is the source and the goal of all things; something towards which all are bound, to which all will return. It is that spirit which, in religion, is called God. … it is like the sun, the center of all life, the divine spark within us. …Then what is the sun? The sun is all. The part of the sun that we recognize as the sun is the centre of it; but the sun is, in reality, as large as its light reaches. The real sun is light itself.

Hazrat Inayat Khan - Volume X - Sufi Mysticism
Sufi Mysticism, The Secret of the Spirit

 

The spirit is living, the spirit is life itself; it only depends upon matter for its experience and not for its life; for the spirit itself is life

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XII, Spirit and Matter (2)

 

The waves are an action of the sea; the rays are a manifestation of the sun; the souls are a phenomenon of the spirit. They are and they are not. They are because we see them, and they are not because there is only one being

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XIII, Spirit and Matter (3)

 

Spirit and matter are the two names of life. The primal aspect of life developing into denseness remains spirit, and its development into dense form is called matter...

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XII, Spirit and Matter (2)

 

The inward and essential part of every being is composed of fine vibrations, and the external part is formed of gross ones. The finer part we call spirit and the grosser matter, the former being less subject to change and destruction and the latter more so. All that lives is spirit and all that dies is matter; and all that dies in spirit is matter and all that lives in matter is spirit. All that is visible and perceptible appears to be living, although subject to death and decay, and is becoming every moment resolved into its finer element; but the sight of man is so deluded by its awareness of the seeming world, that the spirit which really lives is covered under the garb of matter and its true being is hidden. It is the gradually increasing activity which causes vibrations to materialize, and it is the gradual decrease of the same which transmutes them again into spirit

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume II – The Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word
Part I: The Mysticism of Sound, Chapter II, Vibrations

 

Intelligence, Light, Love

Intelligence: The spirit is man’s own being, his real being; the spirit is his knowing faculty, his intelligence. The very intelligence that distinguishes all things is man's real being.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XIII, Spirit and Matter (3)

 

The difference between spirit and matter is that when the divine intelligence is pouring out directly it is spirit, and when it is radiating through a dense medium it is matter. Thus in both spirit and matter there is divine intelligence

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume VIIIa – Sufi Teachings
The Law of Attraction

 

Light: Spirit is ‘light in fusion’; body is ‘light solidified’.

Ibn Arabi

 

Love: Love in itself is an essence, the essence; it is the sign of spirit. All that a person touches with love will be given light and life. Lack of love causes all death and decay.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XI, Spirit and Matter

 

Vibrations

It is through vibration, through motion, that spirit turns into matter. Hindus call it Nada, and they always combine this word with Brahma, together this means God-vibration. They never call it vibration alone they always call it divine vibration. By vibration spirit arrives at two experiences. The first is that it becomes audible to itself, and the next is that it becomes visible to itself. In the Bible we read the first there was the Word and the Word was God, and then came light, visible life. This means that the first experience of the spirit is that life is audible and the next experience is that life is visible

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XI, Spirit and Matter

 

Life

What we call living is the matter which has absorbed spirit; and what we call life is that which is moving and acting through that which we call spirit… life passes away from matter and yet remains; life cannot be destroyed

What we call life is an absorption of spirit from matter. As long as the matter is strong and energetic enough to absorb life or spirit from space, it continues to live and move and to be in good condition. When it has lost it grip on the spirit, when it cannot absorb the spirit as it ought to, then it cannot live, for the substance of matter is spirit.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XII, Spirit and Matter (2)

 

Spirit and Matter

If one were to ask whether there was a link between spirit and matter, the answer would be that there is none. There is no gap between the two because, as has been said, they are not two things they are one and the same. It is simply that the distinguishable aspect of the spirit we call matter, and its finer aspect which cannot be distinguished we call spirit.

The difference between what we call an object and a living being is the difference in the degree of spirit they absorb... There is a constant outpouring of spirit on matter, which is its own substance, and according to the degree to which spirit touches matter, the matter forms into an object or into a being. Thus the difference between the lower creation and the higher creation is that of the degree of the spirit which they are capable of absorbing. There is the same difference between a spiritual person and a material person.

It is the task of the spirit to feel matter, and at the same time it is the work of the spirit to feel itself. Matter cannot feel the spirit; spirit has to feel it in order to be evident.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XIII, Spirit and Matter (3)

 

The matter absorbs the spirit in order to exist, and the spirit assimilates matter, for it is its own property. The whole of manifestation may thus be regarded as continual conflict between spirit and matter; the spirit developing into matter on the one hand and spirit assimilating matter on the other; the former being called activity and the latter silence, or construction and destruction, or life and death.

When one realizes that the source of both spirit and matter is life, then one will see that there is no such thing as death; but this one can only recognize when knows the distinction between the life which may be called the source and the life which is momentary, the life which matter shows by absorbing spirit.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XII, Spirit and Matter (2)

 

Vacuum

The spirit of every thing and of every being is to be found both within and without. Be it a metal, a stone, a fruit, or a flower, everything has its spirit within it, even if it be in a hidden form. This spirit continues to exist even after the object has lost its apparent life...

Not many are able to find the spirit in the vacuum, yet in the vacuum a phenomenon can be observed, for instance in the vacuum of an apple is to be found the essence of the whole fruit.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter X, Spirit Within and Without

 

In reality substance has arisen from vacuum, vacuum is the womb of substance. Substance has been composed in vacuum and has developed in it, it has formed itself, it has constructed itself, and it will again be dissolved in the vacuum. There can be no form without a vacuum, visible or invisible. Everywhere there is a vacuum, but we only see what our eyes can see, and we cannot recognize as a vacuum that which our eyes cannot see. Even the pores of the body are a vacuum, although we do not always see them.

The difference between the nature of vacuum and the nature of substance is that the vacuum is knowing. Therefore the prophets have called it the Omniscient God, not in the sense of a person who is knowing but of the Whole Being, the All-knowing Being. Man is so limited; he is limited because his knowledge is limited...

What makes one part of substance knowing and keeps another part without this faculty of knowing is the vacuum in one object and the denseness of another.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter X, Spirit Within and Without

 

Capacity

When the spirit is acting in a process towards manifestation then it needs capacity. Through that capacity it experiences life in a limited way, but in its true nature it is self-sufficient. It stands in no need of any experience, it is itself all experience, all knowledge, nothing is wanting in it.

That which stands between vacuum and substance is capacity. When we look at the sky we feel that it is a vacuum, it seems to be nothing, but in reality it is not nothing, it is capacity. Vacuum is all-knowing, but it is capacity which enables vacuum to know. And as the sky is a capacity for the vacuum to be all knowing, so every being and every thing is a capacity, greater or lesser, which supplies a body or a vehicle for pure intelligence to work through.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XI, Spirit and Matter

 

Holy Spirit and Angel Spirit

The Holy Spirit: Ruh al-Quddus: undifferentiated, the uncreated, the Spirit of God.

Gibrael (the root of his name is Jabbar) is the personification of the Ruh al-Quddus. He is the archetype of humanity and is associated with revelation. So he has the primary position among the angels. Resonance with Gibrael is developed through the awakening of the Latifa Ruhiya (in the right breast).

Pir Zia

 

The angelic souls who are in direct touch with the spirit of God, and who have no knowledge of the false world which is full of illusion, who live and know not death, whose lives are happiness, whose food is divine light, make around the divine Spirit an aura which is called the highest heaven.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part III: Mysticism, Aphorisms

 

The Angel Spirit: The Individual Spirit.

The created Angel Spirit of each being creates the Form of the being ie the perfection of the Holy Spirit is individualized in each object of the senses or intellect.

If one asks whether this spirit which belongs to man, which may be called an individual spirit, is to be found within or without, the answer is: that man himself is the individual spirit. The body is something which the spirit has taken for its use. Therefore just as man is dependent on his vehicle, which one calls the body, for experiencing the outer life, to the same extent or even more is he independent of the outer body in order to exist forever.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XII, Spirit and Matter (2)

 

The human body is a vehicle of the spirit, a completed vehicle which experiences all the different aspects of creation…In reality every object is responsive to the spirit and to the work of the spirit, which is active in all aspects, names and forms of the universe.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume II – The Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word
Part II: Music, Chapter III, The Music of the Spheres (Continued)

 

Once the soul realizes itself by becoming independent of the body that surrounds it, the soul naturally begins to see in itself the being of the spirit.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part I: Philosophy, Chapter XIII, Spirit and Matter (3)

 

Healing

One often wonders to what extent the spirit has power over matter; and the answer is that, as matter is the outcome of spirit, spirit has all power over matter... It is not meant for one moment that the things outside have no effect, but that the spirit has all power to cure a person of every malady. No doubt in order to cure every malady the spirit must reach a state so high that it is able to do so perfectly... We must realize that there is one life and that it is all spirit; even matter is a passing state of spirit. And spirit is intelligent; it is intelligence itself, besides being powerful and free from death and decay. It is capable of giving its life even to the dense substance which has been made out of itself, and which is matter. Therefore it is beyond words to tell to what an extent the thought, the feeling, and the attitude help one to become cured. The feeling that through the nerve-channels, through the veins and tubes, it is the divine blood that is circulating... which is perfect, which is complete, which is pure, helps one very much... The way that mystical healers have brought about wonderful cures is beyond comprehension. What thought-power can do is seen in their work. No doubt if a person is a hindrance to healing influences, then even a healer cannot do his work properly; but if a person's attitude is right, if one believes that spirit has all the power to cure, certainly one can be cured... If belief makes even the power of medicine perfect, then how much more can it do if one believes in the power of the spirit over matter.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume IV – Mental Purification and Healing
Part I: Health, VIII

 

When we become conscious of spirit, we become conscious of a mighty power hidden; and our spirit is then the expression of the Almighty Power

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume VII – In an Eastern Rose Garden
The Attainment of Power

 

Our body and mind are a battery of that power, they are made of it, we are that power. The magnetism of a human being is much greater than anything else in the world... When man's own body, his own spirit, are more radiant that anything else, then there is nothing else that can give him more spirit. He himself is the spirit.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume IV – Mental Purification and Healing
Part I: Health, VII

 

The secret of healing is to rise by the power of belief above the limitations of this world of variety, that one may touch, by the power of intelligence the oneness of the whole Being. It is there that one becomes charged with the almighty power, and it is by the power of that attainment that one is able to help oneself and others in their pain and suffering. Verily, spirit has all the power there is.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume IV – Mental Purification and Healing
Part I: Health, VIII

 

Training One’s Spirit

The mystic therefore trains his spirit; it is the training of his own spirit that enables a man to help those that come to him. The story of Ayaz gives us an example of this. That is the way to tune the spirit: to cleanse it, to purify it, to humble it, to mold it to efface whatever may have clouded it, and to raise it high…We are as great as our spirit, we are as wide as our spirit, we are as low as our spirit, we are as small as our spirit; spirit can make us all that we are.

Hazrat Inayat Khan – Volume XI – Philosophy, Psychology and Mysticism
Part III: Mysticism, Chapter XV, The Tuning of the Spirit