Village View – Month of March
Upcoming Classes & Events
Thursday, April 1 | 7:00 PM EDT
Expanding Our Awareness of Awareness in Mushahada Practice
During the next two Thursday Message classes – April 1 and 8 — Nur Gale and participants will continue exploring the underlying principles of mushahada — cultivating our awareness of Presence — and practices to settle the mind in its natural state in order to sustain meditative stability and stillness, tranquility, luminosity and clarity, and to lay to rest the coarse mind’s conceptualization. Again, we will draw from examples that arise during the course of our 24-hour day cycles of common waking states and the nighttime states of dream and deep sleep.
A wonderful and very challenging teaching by Shihabuddin Suhrawardi, which finds remarkable commonality with quantum mechanics, may guide us to better understand the dream-like nature of the coarse mind’s activity and the luminosity and cognitive knowing of the subtle mind after we unpack it: “Matter encompasses everything that depends on perception by the senses for its existence…. It is important to realize that the intelligence and the soul, which are invisible, are dependent on matter for their perceptible manifestation. Matter enlightened by intelligence and the soul may point to its existence.”
During our past sessions we worked with awareness of awareness. Now, we will investigate how we may increase the meditative stability of our conscious awareness with Open Presence. While we have been working with passively observing the rise and fall of mental appearances on the empty space of the mind, Open Presence in addition inverts our awareness towards our retrospective subjective impulses that habitually attach themselves to these mental appearances; the consequence is the arising of emotions such as grasping, craving, aversion, fear, hopes, desires, etc We will also further consider the nature of intuition as an impulse, or a type of precognitive knowing, which is not analytical, inferential, syllogistic nor based upon reason; how are we understand precognition as something that perhaps filters up into the coarse mind from a higher source, the Divine or Primordial Consciousness, beyond the confines of past, present, future, location, time and space? Finally, and time permitting, we may question whether or not what we are consciously developing in mushahada will be reexperienced during the early stages of dying after we fully release and surrender our final breath and our body no longer provides the gift of a new breath in return.
A Six Part Series with Naima & Yaqin
April 6 @ 11:00 am – May 11 @ 12:30pm
The Lataif are related to various centers in our body and are portals into subtle realms of being. Through this six-part series, we will explore primary spiritual practices which unfold, awaken and develop our experiences of these subtle centers, awakening us to the wholeness of life.
This course is open to all those with a sincere interest in the practices of the Inayatiyya Inner School.
Advance registration is required. Our recommended donation is $50 with a sliding scale available.
The Lataif is the second in three offerings from Naima Brown and Yaqin Aubert, advanced teachers and practitioners within the Inayatiyya. In February and March, we explored The Elements and this fall we will explore Zikr, October 5-November 9, also on Tuesdays from 11-12:30 pm EDT & 5-6:30 pm CET.
The Abode is a retreat and spiritual center situated in an 19th century Shaker Village on Mount Lebanon, NY. Each year, the Abode welcomes visitors to its historic campus for contemplative and rejuvenating activities.
The Abode service team is a group of dedicated people helping to tend a facility and land that have been considered sacred since the land’s earliest known stewards, the Mahicans. The Abode’s spiritual and service focus is the basis for offering sacred hospitality to all who cross our threshold.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Abode has been closed to guests, and has been working on a rejuvenation of its campus structures and facilities.
As 2021 arrives, and we plan for a Spring opening, we are seeking to recruit experienced maintenance and facilities folks to help us undertake day-to-day care and upkeep and to facilitate upgrades. If you are looking to apply your skills and experience to preserving and rehabilitating something worthwhile, and to belong to a service-oriented team, please see the position descriptions below and connect with us!