Naturmeditation

Zenith Sommercamp im Tessin

Woche 3:  04.-09. August 2014

Das innere Leben und die heilige Erde (Ziraat)

 

"Obwohl das Wesen der Seele göttlich ist, auch nachdem sie die tiefste Tiefe der Erde berührt hat hat sie, um das göttliche Element in sich selbst zu verwirklichen eine Aufgabe zu erfüllen, noch nach der Erfahrung des Menschseins. Es ist die Art und Weise, in der diese Aufgabe erreicht wird, und das Objekt welches gewonnen werden muß, was Ziraat genannt wird." 
– Hazrat Inayat Khan

Firos Holterman ten Hove

Firos Holterman ten Hove will lead daily walks through nature in the footsteps of Hazrat Inayat Khan. "In these walks we will experience nature in new and fresh ways. We will feel our feet on the soil. With all our senses and with our intuition we will meet beings from the other nature kingdoms: stones, flowers, birds, gins and angels. We will understand how the elements work together in all of them and we will be astonished about the splendor of the play of God in creation. And as a natural outcome we will feel the urge to take responsibility for this beauty."

Das Heilige Buch der Natur von Firos Holterman ten Hove

Das Heilige Buch der Natur - Die Natur, das sind wir!

von Firos Holterman ten Hove

Die Rolle des Menschen in der Schöpfung wird sich wandeln. Noch lange nicht haben wir das Ziel erreicht, wofür wir gedacht sind. Wir werden lernen, die Natur als Ausdruck von uns und uns selbst als Ausdruck der Natur wert zu schätzen. Hazrat Inayat Khan legte am Anfang der Moderne großen Nachdruck auf die Bedeutung der Nachhaltigkeit für die neue Zeit. Firos Holterman ten Hove erörtert aus unter-schiedlichen Blickwinkeln, wie der Sufi-Meister die Natur erlebt und begriffen hat.    (mehr lesen)     


Ziraat - Attunement to the Holy Book of Nature

“We live at a time where we are confronted with a great responsibility. None of our predecessors in any period of human history has been so challenged to say "yes" as we have now, driven by the very impulse which brought us into life. We are asked to say "yes" to life in all its manifestations, really become a community, one body, a microcosm of all that exists, excluding nothing, never separating”.         
Pir Zia Inayat Khan

The goal of Zira'at is a person who is in tune with the elements, nature, with her own inner centre and with the One. This inner centre is the heart, which connects all, heaven and earth, above and below, within and without. And where could we better experience this coming together than at the camp, surrounded by the purity and strength of the Swiss Alps? And where could we better express our thankfulness for all the beauty we receive in life, remembering that gratitude is not only enhancing our deep connection to nature and the Divine? As Pir Zia says, “Gratitude immortalises one's experience because in gratitude one lives life vividly. That for which you are grateful engages your full attention and comes alive in you.” At the same time healing our mind is a key task of Ziraat; as Sharifa Norton says, “This work must begin inside of us, because our psyches, like our rivers and seas, are polluted. Until we truly heal and restore ourselves, we will continue, even with the best of intentions, to damage the life around us.”

Members from the Ziraat activity will be involved in offering Morning Meditations and be part of the Evening programme, plus there will be a daily Ziraat ritual.
Core offerings are the daily lunch sessions. The overall theme of these Zira'at sessions is the experience and exploration of the elements. “Air, water, and fire are God's servants. To us they seem lifeless, but to God living”, says Jalaluddin Rumi. For this to happen, and to learn to master the elements, we have to attune to them, to respect them and to be in harmony with them.

The first stage of ploughing is dominated by the earth element. The rigid must be loosened, the ground of our heart be prepared. Through harrowing the earth is further refined, the broken heart becomes able to receive the divine seed (with help of the water element). At the stages of sowing and reaping the fire element dominates. Here the divine spark finds its way into the heart, and the light becomes manifest and radiates to the surrounding. Unconscious projections are taken back, all becomes conscious and is seen. The stage of threshing corresponds to the air element, the ability of the clear discernment of the mind to separate desirable from undesirable “fruits” or behaviours. In the act of garnering we bring the essence of our reaping, the ether, into the storehouse.

And the Zira'at ritual brings this inner process to realisation. In a rhythmical back and forth the Zira'at dialogue at the core of the ritual tells us in form of questions and answers, how the work on the field of life can be fulfilled. We enter into a dialogue between the limited (Ego) and the unlimited (the Divine) in us. This ‘back and forth’ also mirrors the process of agriculture in which: “the physical laws and natural forces are harmonised with the human mind and its sense of order; ecology and psychology are reconciled. Neither nature or humanity acting alone can produce the crops which yield ‘the bread of life’ “ Pir Zia

With love,
Zak Maumud Waterman and Nurunnahar Ingrid Dengg

Ziraat Offerings

Aeostra Beatrice Balke will offer two sessions with clues to experience the elements inside and outside, individually and as a group, and as aspects of relatedness. She is also open in her teaching to respond to the needs and questions arising during the week concerning other topics and themes of the Zira'at. "Let all the great elements bless the dawning day: Earth with its smell, water with its taste, fire with its radiance, air with its touch, and sky with its sound." Vamana Purana 12.26

Aeostra has been on the Sufi path since 1981, she led the Cologne group and now a group in the black forest. Since 2008 she serves as the national ziraat coordinator in Germany. Her emphasis is on a joyful, playful, related and creative spiritual approach.

Faza'l Maï-Anne Lecomte dedicates her two sessions to the theme of gratitude for nature. She offers a nature walk with concentration on sacred words, wazifas, and then sublimation by contemplation. In a second session she will propose an emotional approach to the elements via pieces of world music and poetic texts. “Gratitude : When you order a plant to grow and to produce, the result will not be very good. But if you ask it calmly and without constraint to develop itself for its own joy, very often the spectacular result is impressive. Perhaps this it what we call the green hand?”

Faza'l Maï-Anne Lecomte has been working with Pir Vilayat since 1978 and now she works with Pir Zia.

Firos Holterman ten Hove will lead daily walks through nature in the footsteps of Hazrat Inayat Khan. "In these walks we will experience nature in new and fresh ways. We will feel our feet on the soil. With all our senses and with our intuition we will meet beings from the other nature kingdoms: stones, flowers, birds, gins and angels. We will understand how the elements work together in all of them and we will be astonished about the splendor of the play of God in creation. And as a natural outcome we will feel the urge to take responsibility for this beauty."

Information on Firos Holterman ten Hove and his Books on nature can be found at: www.Verlag-Heilbronn.de

Latifa Shahab offers in her session 'Experiencing the Circle' an opportunity for participants to experience something of her "Zira'at wheel" which she has been experimenting with and developing for the last few years. "The exercise evokes an inner and outer experience of turning in the cosmos—and it can be seen as a Zira'at activity because it relates to the nature cycles expressed within the Zira'at dialogue. It also expresses turning with the unfolding world and turning within."

Latifa Shahab facilitated the London Zira'at group for three years until 2012. She is a sculptor in her spare time and her work is often inspired by the Sufi Path.

Maumud Zak Waterman, the head of Ziraat, in Europe will be offering morning meditations and working with the Ziraat team and Aziz Dikeulias on an evening programme.

Maumud Zak is the recently appointed head of Zira'at in Europe. A Zira'at initiate for eighteen years, he has enjoyed leading a Zira'at group and working with Zira'at colleagues in Europe for many of those. He has found Zira'at to become the context for his work as a transpersonal psychotherapist and his spiritual life, seeing both as one journey.

 

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Es ist Gott, der durch die Hand des Menschen Seine Pläne in der Natur entwerfen und ausführen lässt. Hazrat Inayat Khan. Zentrum Agrikultur