For many years now I have been storing a few books regarding the human psyche and several self-development books. I came to the decision that it was time to take those books out of storage. Many of the books I had actually given away due to the lack of space, thankfully I have kept some of the really good ones.
I am truly excited to inform you about the one of the books I have begun reading, I am sure there are a lot of readers out there who know about The Enneagram of Personality. The Wisdowm of Enneagram is a complete guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for Personality Types by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson. For those who are not familiar with this, The Enneagram refers to nine different types of personalities an individual can hold and the determining factors behind this and how this has been contributed to us. This includes the spiritual growth that you would or have undertaken and are currently undertaken.
I feel like I have picked up this particular book at a crucial point in my life. From all of the books that I could have read; I selected this one as I feel that the spiritual journey I am undertaking has led me to this particular book. There are various elements of the book I would like discuss with you but the process will take little longer than some of my other entries as there many topics that will be covered. Also, one topic often stems to several other topics that are of interest.
For now, I will leave you with some information about Sufism; the inward spiritualism of Islam.
“Sufism is a school for the actualization of divine ethics. It involves an enlightened inner being, not intellectual proof; revelation and witnessing, not logic. By divine ethics, we are referring to ethics that transcend mere social convention, a way of being that is the actualization of the attributes of God.” (http://www.nimatullahi.org/what-is-sufism/sufism-defined/)
I leave you with a poem from Rumi.
Longing is the core of mystery.
Longing itself brings the cure.
The only rule is, Suffer the pain.
Your desire must be disciplined,
and what you want to happen
in time, sacrificed.
(Rumi. The Essential Rumi, Coleman Marks)
What I have read so far of Sufism has truly touched me deeply. I am Muslim from birth but never the teaching were explicitly taught to me. Religion is taken upon us in several guises and for myself it is purely a moral guide to keep strong values and beliefs. After reading Sufism; I feel that my parents as Muslims have taught this to me innately but I am a little disappointed in how they have not really brought Sufism alive as it deserves to be understood. I will explore this further another time; as I am truly quite taken with it. In the meantime, I wish you a fantastic Monday and an exceptional start to the week.