The Sufi Trail is a long-distance hiking trail from Istanbul to Konya.It would take an average person 40 days to complete the Sufi Trail. That our consciousness really is Presence, Stillness and Love - this is our natural state and this is the key I've found to be the most profound.
I consider myself a Sufi, which of course there are many sects with a wide variety from strict Islamic to new age universalist. A world where effect comes before cause and silence is the key to being heard. On Death Kahlil Gibran You would know the secret of death.When I lived "elsewhere", I was able to attend the "Dances of Universal Peace"...a system of meditation drawn from Sufi idealism. Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.I never have been able to find a space that better defined me or released me. I dont follow, study, adhere to, nor practice anything. I have a deep spiritual sense of the world in which I live. Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king? For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? The disciple was in charge of taking care of the camel. It was the disciple’s duty to tether the camel; he didn’t bother about it, he left the camel outside. He said to God, “Take care of the camel,” and fell asleep. And I am not responsible either, because I had told Him, and very clearly! Now don’t look at me with anger.”The master said, “Trust in Allah but tether your camel first–because Allah has no other hands than yours.” If He wants to tether the camel He will have to use somebody’s hands; He has no other hands. The best way and the easiest and the shortest way is to use your hands. Is God fearful, powerful, protective, loving, or infinite? Whoever its new partner was going to be, things were going to be different. One day, it caught itself in exactly the same kind of behavior that it had sworn never to engage in again. You ask God, because I had told Allah to take care of the camel, and I was too tired, so I don’t know. And you go on teaching ‘Trust Allah,’ so I trusted. The horse was ashamed and resolved to lead a different life in future.
I tend to see my self on the its my own individual path which is an inward journey to the beloved and the Divine which manifest itself in all things but only through an alter of consciouness that transcends the individual ego can the divine (I actually prefer the word Allah due to its meaning, that the Divine really cannot be even comprehended, but unfornutaly alot of stereotypical images are entangled with the word today so Divine seems to be a better context and really what ever you call "water" its still "water") be precieved. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?