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Wed Feb 19, 2020, 02:43 PM

Whirling through life: Reflections of a female whirling dervish

From the article:

This anchoring is crucial because the dervish straddles the Unseen and the Seen realms. The right arm is directed toward the sky, with the palm cupped upward to receive seeds of blessings from the world of Spirit. These blessings pass through the heart and are dispersed through the left palm arched downward, like a spout scattering the seeds into the earthly realm. The whirling dervish’s face, tilted toward the left hand, is a symbol of the importance of rooting oneself in this world.

Whirling unites the mind, heart and body in a way that no other form of worship achieves for me. Sometimes in the midst of turning for a long time, I feel as though my body and mind are revolving around my heart, like planets orbiting the sun. They all engage in the practice, surrendering to the motion of the universe and the knowledge that the heart is the portal to Haqq, Truth.


To read more:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/livingtradition/2020/02/whirlingthroughlife/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Islamic+Wisdom&utm_content=49

This article, and the theme, reminds me of a Shaker hymn called simple gifts.

The words,

Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free
'Tis a gift to come down where I ought to be
And when I am in the place just right
I will be in the valley of love and delight
When true simplicity is gained
To bow and to bend I will not be ashamed
To turn, to turn will be my delight
'Til by turning, turning, I come 'round right.

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guillaumeb Feb 2020 OP
calimary Feb 2020 #1
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #4
TygrBright Feb 2020 #2
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #5
abqtommy Feb 2020 #3
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #6
trotsky Feb 2020 #7
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #11
edhopper Feb 2020 #12
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #13
trotsky Feb 2020 #14
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #15
trotsky Feb 2020 #16
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #17
trotsky Feb 2020 #20
edhopper Feb 2020 #8
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #9
edhopper Feb 2020 #10
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #18
edhopper Feb 2020 #19
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #21
edhopper Feb 2020 #22
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #23
edhopper Feb 2020 #24
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #25
edhopper Feb 2020 #27
Skittles Feb 2020 #26
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #28
Skittles Feb 2020 #29
guillaumeb Feb 2020 #30
Skittles Feb 2020 #31

Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 02:58 PM

1. Love those lyrics.

Such an important reminder.

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Response to calimary (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 06:39 PM

4. The parallels are interesting.

And the lyrics, "when true simplicity is gained, to bow and to bend..." resonate for me.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 03:02 PM

2. Fascinating, thank you for posting! n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 06:39 PM

5. You are welcome. eom

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 03:51 PM

3. My first awareness of the Whirling Dervish was when I saw a Bugs Bunny-Elmer Fudd cartoon

as a youngster. The cartoon was set in some mid-eastern desert and featured a song about The Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish.

Now I know about Rumi and Sufi, too. A Sufi group and mystic were featured in the movie Jewel of the Nile.

more at link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dervish

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Response to abqtommy (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 19, 2020, 06:40 PM

6. So many ways to pray.

And much prayer is repetitive, like the dance motions.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2020, 01:07 PM

7. Some Muslims think it's heretical for a woman to do this.

I hope she stays safe.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 21, 2020, 06:28 PM

11. Imagine if this hijab wearing woman was a Uighur living in China.

She would be in a concentration camp for daring to identify as an observant Muslim.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:51 PM

12. Or an atheist in Saudi Arabia

and sentenced to death.

Whataboutism is FUN!!

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Response to edhopper (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:14 PM

13. Intolerance is not fun.

No matter who practices it.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 09:37 AM

14. #whataboutism n/t

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Response to trotsky (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 06:01 PM

15. Irony 101. eom

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 09:17 AM

16. Wait, so it's OK for you to do it if you claim others do?

How Christian is that behavior, g?

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Response to trotsky (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 12:49 PM

17. Diversion 101.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #17)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 03:56 PM

20. Correct, your post #11 above was a great example of diversion.

Now about holding yourself to a different standard...

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Thu Feb 20, 2020, 07:52 PM

8. That's how we felt when we went on

the whrligig at the playground.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 20, 2020, 09:04 PM

9. Nice.

Not quite the same thing, however.....

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 20, 2020, 09:24 PM

10. why not

Biophysical response to stimuli.
Blood pushed to extremities, while inner ear affects balance.
People can interpret these physical effects in different ways.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 12:50 PM

18. Meditation can affect the body as well.

And these activities are purposeful activities, as opposed to simple physical exertion.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 03:37 PM

19. I didn't say they weren't worthwhile

just that they are biophysical and not mystical.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 08:06 PM

21. Understood. eom

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #21)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 08:22 PM

22. I think this, chanting, meditation

are all beneficial.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #22)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 08:24 PM

23. Exercise can be as well.

It releases beneficial hormones.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #23)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 08:33 PM

24. Very true.

it's benefits go far beyond muscles.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #24)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 08:34 PM

25. I try to exercise my brain here at DU.

When I get a cramp, I watch television.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #25)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 09:17 PM

27. LOL

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 08:58 PM

26. I saw a whirling dervish display at school in England

........it was creepy beyond belief. My dad had to call the school to find out why I was so spooked.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #26)

Tue Feb 25, 2020, 09:47 PM

28. Why did it bother you? eom

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #28)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 07:55 PM

29. different way of looking at things

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Response to Skittles (Reply #29)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 08:17 PM

30. One of my relatives entered a cloistered order when she was a young woman.

Silence and meditation were the rule, and she accepted those rules gladly as she felt it allowed her to reflect on her relationship to the Creator.

One of my second cousins was a teaching Sister. She wore the veil all her life, as a sign of her religion.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #30)

Wed Feb 26, 2020, 08:19 PM

31. interesting

I do admire devotion to something not destructive to others.

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