INSPIRED BY THE GREAT HAFEZ

Only ecstasy can understand

ecstasy

INSPIRED BY THE GREAT HAFEZ

Only ecstasy can understand

ecstasy

I was recently listening to a YouTube lecture on the great Persian poet Hafez. When referring to Hafez’s work, the speaker Richard Rudd said, ‘only ecstasy can understand ecstasy’. It blew me away. I instantly knew what he meant but had never heard anyone vocalise it like that.

 

He was referring to the ecstatic states or deep sense of joy felt by highly sensitives. The opposite is deep sorrow and pain.


Since last autumn, I haven’t been very active online compared to maybe before when I was regularly active. There has been a reason for this.


As you know I have been doing inner work for the last eight years. Exploring my inner life, bringing my shadows to the surface, shedding conditioning, healing traumas, and integrating them into my life so that they don’t manifest in unconscious behaviours and limiting beliefs.  

 

To say last year was extreme work would be an understatement. I was taken to the darkest parts of my soul, having to confront deep pain. The deepest work I’ve done to date. I say I was 'taken there' because I did not choose to go. Who would??? It wasn't pretty! Instead chaotic, and messy. I was forced to question my attachments and ego. I learned through this process that my ego had still been running the show despite me ‘thinking’ I was now ‘conscious’.

 

This, in fact, is the spiritual path, the constant dance between consciousness and unconsciousness and I’d been here before but this time it was different. Different because I thought I was on the path I was 'meant to be on'. I realised however there was still work to do and my ego was forced to face some harsh truths. I realised that my worldly desires were 'still' misaligned with my soul which yearned for purity and simplicity.

 

After this, I reduced my exposure to social media for a while because something inside changed. Following what felt like a loud traumatic experience, a quiet resided. A stillness. I craved anonymity which isn’t realistic when you ‘have’ to be in the world. The spiritual life isn’t about removing yourself from the world entirely but rather taking your learnings and using them to serve your human family, without attachment and ego.

 

Another profound occurrence also took place. I felt a desire to immerse myself in Sufi teachings. 

I was recently listening to a YouTube lecture on the great Persian poet Hafez. When referring to Hafez’s work, the speaker Richard Rudd said, ‘only ecstasy can understand ecstasy’. It blew me away. I instantly knew what he meant but had never heard anyone vocalise it like that.

 

He was referring to the ecstatic states or deep sense of joy that highly sensitives feel. The opposite to that is deep sorrow and pain.
Since last autumn, I haven’t been very active online compared to maybe before when I was regularly active. There is a reason for this.


As you know I have been doing inner work for the last eight years. Exploring my inner life, bringing my shadows to the surface, shedding conditioning, healing traumas, and integrating them into my life so they don’t manifest in unconscious behaviours and limiting beliefs.  

 

To say last year was extreme work would be an understatement. I was taken to the darkest parts of my soul, having to confront deeply embedded pain. The deepest work I’ve done to date. I say I was 'taken there' because I did not choose it. Who would??? It was not pretty! Instead chaotic, messy and scary. I was forced to question my attachments and ego. Through the process I learned that my ego had still been running the show despite me ‘thinking’ I was now ‘conscious’. This, in fact, is the spiritual path, the constant dance between consciousness and unconsciousness. I’d been here before but this time it was different. Different because I thought I was on the path I 'was meant to be on', but I realised there was still work to do. I realised that my worldly desires were completely misaligned with my soul which desired purity and simplicity.

 

 

They say, ‘your vibe is your tribe’. This felt like my vibe and my tribe! Maybe it had always been, but I just didn’t know. Three years ago, I felt a call to attend a session called ‘Rumi and friends’ at the Study Society in West London. I had no idea then that my work would become so closely associated with Sufism. 


Sufi teachers are known as ‘the scientists of love’ and have an innate ability to communicate deep human emotion and experience through the beauty of words. When reading Persian couplets, I feel a cocoon of love around and within me. The ecstatic, states of intoxication are a reference to the divine. You may hear the term 'being impregnated by the divine'. Of course to reach those ecstatic states one has to address their own shadows. As my own shadows have come to the surface over time, it has given rise to the love in me as well as an evolved direction in my life's work. I must add that the love state is not sustainable unless you’re conscious (or fully enlightened) which most of us slip in and out of.

After that, I reduced my exposure to social media because something inside had changed. Following what felt like a loud traumatic experience, a quiet resided. A stillness. I craved anonymity which isn’t realistic when you ‘have’ to be in the world. The spiritual life isn’t about removing yourself from the world entirely but rather taking your learnings and serving your human family without attachment and ego.


Another profound occurrence took place. I felt a yearning to immerse myself in Sufi teachings. They say, ‘your vibe is your tribe’. This felt like my vibe. Maybe, it always had been, but I just didn’t know it. Three years ago, I felt a call to attend a session called ‘Rumi and friends’ at the Study Society in London. I had no idea then that my work would become so closely associated with Sufism. 


Sufi teachers are known as ‘the scientists of love’ and have an innate ability to communicate deep human emotion and experience through the beauty of words. When reading Persian couplets, I feel a cocoon of love around and within me. The ecstatic, states of intoxication are a reference to the divine. You may hear the term 'being impregnated by the divine'. Of course to reach those ecstatic states one has to address their own shadows. As my own shadows have come to the surface over time, it has given rise to the love in me as well as an evolved direction in my life's work. I must add that the love state is not sustainable unless you’re conscious (or fully enlightened) which most of us slip in and out of.

 

For months I immersed myself in the teachings and therefore removed myself from client work. I couldn’t do it. I needed solitude.

Ironically, what I am now able to offer as a coach, comes from the most powerful place it ever has. This was proven recently in a Wellbeing, Spirituality, and Introspection session I delivered to the members of staff in the educational establishment where I work. Individuals later reported that they were able to release suffering which had been carried for months (unconsciously). Now that they were conscious of it, they could make the necessary changes to nurture themselves going forward. This is transformation.

Ironically, what I am now able to offer as a coach, comes from the most powerful place it ever has. This was proven recently in a Wellbeing, Spirituality, and Introspection session I delivered to the members of staff in the educational establishment where I work. Individuals later reported that they’d been able to release suffering which had been carried for months (unconsciously). Now that they were conscious of it, they could make the necessary changes to nurture themselves going forward. This is transformation.

Feeling joy and pain in extreme measures can be lonely. It can set you apart from the world but what I’ve learned is that the more I embrace my ecstasy and my despair, leading me to my truth, the more it allows others to embrace theirs, leading them to theirs.

Saima x

Feeling joy and pain in extreme measures can be lonely. It can set you apart from the world but what I’ve learned is that the more I embrace my ecstasy and my despair, leading me to my truth, the more it allows others to embrace theirs, leading them to theirs.

Saima x