The Sema Ceremony (Whirling Dervish)

I have pulled out some excerpts from Sema: Human Being in the Universal Movement (Text by Dr. Celaleddin Celebi, illustrations by Ingrid Schaar) which will help to explain the Sema Ceremony of whirling. At the end it explains briefly how to twirl like a dervish and tap into the energy of nature, please read the full article with an in depth explanation here.

Sema is part of the inspiration of Mevlana Jalaluddin-i Rumi (1207- 1273) as well as of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture.

The fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. There is no object, no being which does not revolve and the shared similarity among beings is the revolution of the electrons, protons and neutrons in the atoms, which constitute the structure of each of them. As a consequence of this similarity, everything revolves and man carries on his live, his very existence by means of the revolution in the atoms, structural stones of his body, by the revolution of his blood, by his coming from the earth and return to it, by his revolving with earth itself.

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The Basics of Spirituality

One should not pass over these things, simply saying they are food. They are in reality a complete civilization. –Abdulhak Sinasi, Camlicadaki Enistemiz (1944)

I really like the philosophy and spirituality of the Mevlevi (a Sufi brotherhood which originated in the Seljuq period, under Mevlana Jalaluddin-i Rumi) because the kitchen is central to their philosophy and daily life. Their rituals value the importance of taking time to cook, something we are missing in the modern age. Many of our ancestral rituals, whatever culture we come from, focused around food and cooking. The alchemical mystery of fire, water, air and earth coming together to create something new that nourishes and pleasures our bodies and senses has inspired mystics and poets, around the world, for thousands of years. Food is an aspect of spirituality that we all easily resonate with.

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Three Forms of Knowledge

I would like to offer you all this to ponder upon in apology for my long absence…

Ibn El-Arabi of Spain instructed his followers in this most ancient dictum:

There are three forms of knowledge. The first is intellectual knowledge, which is in fact only information and the collection of facts, and the use of these to arrive at further intellectual concepts. This is intellectualism.

Second comes the knowledge of states, which includes both emotional feeling and strange states of being in which man thinks that he has perceived something supreme but cannot avail himself of it. This is emotionalism.

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Moon Calendar Health Horoscopes for 2010

Moon CalendarHarsha and Sufi Rigney produce a wonderful calendar every year that is full of wonderful hint, tips and tid-bits about gardening by the moon, your health and various other aspects. I have been reading Harshas horoscopes for years and they are always amazingly spot on. They live in New Zealand so the calendar they make is geared towards the Southern Hemisphere. As we are now living in Canada I am hoping to generate enough interest in this wonderful Moon Calendar that they will make a version for us in the Northern Hemisphere as well. To further this aim, I am posting Harsha’s health horoscopes for 2010 from this years calendar. If you like what you see, please send Harsha and Sufi a message begging them to make a calendar for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. You can contact them through their website www.astrovision.co.nz. The following is taken from the Moon Calendar 2010 and is written by Harsha Rigney. I have added in the details of this years solar and lunar eclipses of which there are four this year. Please read more–find your sign and learn what you can do to help yourself stay healthy and strong.

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