How to do the Sufi Remembrance
The Sufi Remembrance
Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe refers to the Sufi Remembrance as “one of the core and essential Sufi practices that will help you to open and access the light of love within your heart.” When used correctly, the Sufi practice of remembrance is like a fine brush that goes in and polishes every single facet of your heart’s inner jewel. The Remembrance can help you to clean your heart from any illusions, pain, or suffering that you may be holding onto. When you learn and practice the Remembrance, your heart will steadily become illuminated with more and more Divine Light. This Divine light is what feeds and nourishes our souls, and it is a key component to true health and well-being.
The University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism gives a simple instruction on this process below.
How do you do the Sufi Remembrance?
It’s simple and here are the steps:
- Sit comfortably in a quiet place with your feet on the floor. Make sure you are thoroughly grounded, feeling well-supported by your chair.
- Close your eyes and breathe gently and deeply. Take a few minutes to feel what is happening with your body. Become aware of the tender place two inches below your collarbone and in the center. This is your energetic heart space. Breathe in and out, keeping your awareness of your heart. Sometimes it helps to put your hand over your heart.
- When you are ready to start, select a name of God which symbolizes the Most High for you. Repeat, aloud or silently, the name of God as if you are saying the name right into that heart space. However you choose to address God is okay. Say the name as if you are saying it right into that heart space. As Sufis, we use the name “Allah”, which means “The One” in Arabic. The vibration of the “ah” sound opens the heart and the vibration of the “lah” sounds goes into the heart. Use the name that resonates deeply within your own heart and spirit. Don’t worry about any stray thoughts you may have. When you have a thought, just let it go, and return to your heart and your breath. Don’t push or try to make anything happen. Let your heart space open gently. You may notice that the space softens, becomes warm, or feels fluffy.
- Repeat the name of God softly. Continue to say the name of God, and let the name carry you beyond where you are now. Let your thoughts and feelings go, and let your whole being resound with the spirit of the Divine. Let your heart fill and overflow.
Start with ten to thirty minutes per day, eventually working your way up to an hour or more. If you do this exercise daily, you will notice a new sense of peacefulness and connectedness with the Divine. You will be in a new reality. Consistently practice, and this new reality will become your constant reality over time.