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Clearing Impressions

By Hafiz - Posted on 30 January 2011

One of the major focuses of our work in Zira’at involves freeing ourselves from the conditioning of both the conscious and subconscious mind.  One of the stages in achieving this entails working to clear impressions that the mind seems to spontaneously generate, which Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Khan symbolizes in Zira’at as the work involved in plowing the field.  In our last Zira’at class we focused on two aspects of this work. 

The first aspect is associated to the ability to identify the vibratory foundation of spontaneous thought with the five basic elements that compromise the movement of atoms whether they exist in physical or in this case mental forms. 

“A thought connected with earthly gain is of the earth element; a thought of love and affection represents the water element, it is spreading out sympathy; a thought of revenge and destruction, hurt and harm represents fire; a thought of enthusiasm, courage, hope and aspiration represents air; a thought of retirement, solitude, quiet and peace represents ether. These are the predominant characteristics of thought in connection with the five elements.”

 Our first challenge is the training of the mind to identify spontaneous thought with its elemental source.  Of course some thoughts are easier to classify than other, but as with any skill, our ability develops with conscious practice.  The first stage of the training is to learn which type of thoughts relate to each element.  The next step is to develop the ability to identify our own spontaneous thoughts with their elemental source.  One way this can be accomplished is to set aside some time to sit quietly and as a spontaneous thought arises make either a mental or written note of the thought and then determine the element it relates to.  Rather than becoming overly concerned about identifying the thoughts they may be more difficult to link to an element, focus on those that you can easily identify.  As one becomes more skilled in accomplishing this task one can begin to work with the process in more active situations, such as walking or eating. 

Once these impressions are sourced to the applicable element, the next challenge is how to neutralize those elements which constitute negative impressions.  Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Khan suggests five different approaches that can be taken. 

 “Purity of mind requires the destroying of all bad impressions which are already collected there or which the mind receives instantly.  One can destroy these impressions by five ways, and the way is adopted according to the impression one has to destroy.  Some impressions want to be washed off from the mind; some require to be erased from the surface of the mind; some want to be shaken off like dust from the clothes; some require burning like the wood in the fire, which, after its test through fire, turns into ashes; and some impressions must be drowned, so that they will never come up again.  Bury certain impressions like a corpse; find every way of annihilation which is suited for that particular impression, so that your mind may be clear.   The mind is not only a means of thinking or reasoning, but it is the king of one's being; and upon the condition of mind one's health, happiness, and peace of life depend.”

The method that works best may depend on a number of factors, including the elemental nature of the impression and personal characteristics.  You may find that for you one of the methods generates better results than the others.  This aspect of the practice will provide you with the opportunity to experiment.  My suggestion is to start to work with 1 or 2 impressions and envision the impression being subjected to one method (i.e. burned or flooded).  Each time the impression surfaces one using the method chosen until the impression is cleared.  Each time the impression surfaces the same method is used.  After a few weeks if the frequency of surfacing is not reduced one should try another method.  Once you have achieved success move on to another impression.       

Peace, Love and Blessings, Hafiz

 Zira’at Class and Lodge are held in Toronto four times yearly in conjunction with Spring and Fall Equinoxes and Summer and Winter Solstices.  Our next Class and Lodge are scheduled for March 22, 2011.  If you would like to join the Toronto Zira’at mailing list please e-mail Hafiz (hafiz [at] soitoronto [dot] org) 

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

From the Gayan

The fulfillment of every activity is in its balance.
— Sayings of Hazrat Inayat Khan: Gayan - Boulas