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Living Life like an Adventure

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Life is an adventure. Its sometimes rough and tough, sometimes bliss and love. Whats the point of being on an adventure of live if you aren’t having the ups and downs and a full experience of life? Far too many people live life in a ordinary way and then wonder why they feel bored and meaningless. If you’re life is boring, it’s because you’re not living it fully.


An Adventurous life is all about actions that are brave, bold, daring and courageous and those that make you feel alive and earn the bliss of purposefulness and meaningfulness of continuously living it fully to the core.

What can a man learn from rocks

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What can a man learn from rocks in the wilderness. A man can learn from a rock to stand his ground, be confident, unshakable and concrete in his deep authenticity. Be his true self and create his own destiny. Be wild, open, down to earth, humble and free. Grow into being the magnificent boulder of any shape or size he wants to be. Learn to be self-reliant, seek no approval or permission of others to be himself. Be complete and enough by himself with no need to impress others. Learn to be resilient, courageous, passionate and persevere in the face of life's challenges just like how the rocks bear the wind, the sun, the rain.

Explore his own primal experience with other men to define, know, and claim who he is just like how rocks are always found to be around together. A man can learn to live his deepest, fullest wholehearted and sacred self, just like how the rocks are themselves forever.

SelfCraft - A Quest for Self Discovery

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SelfCraft - A Quest for Self Discovery
Facilitator: Diyanat Ali
Dates: 21 Dec - 29 Dec 2019
Place: Nasik Dist, Maharashtra, India



About the Selfcraft Journey:
The self, is our unique way of being in this world and Selfcraft is a 9 days quest in the wilderness, a journey designed to reconnect, rediscover and craft anew the so far forgotten and unattended to, self. Set in the beautiful wilderness of the forts and villages of Nasik district, Maharashtra, the odyssey of self discovery, using specially curated practices, exercises, rituals and ceremonies that are secular and invitational, will focus on connecting with the inner world through the body, emotions, mind and the spirit and finally the question, buried underneath, who am I? What is my true Nature? What is my purpose?
Who is it for: The transformative expedition is for Wo/men 21 years and above. It will appeal to men and women in any life stage but more importantly to those who intent to take the inner journey within or are alre…

Total Destiny

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Belief in total destiny is oppression against ones free will as this belief states that everything is governed by God and Man has no Role in it due to lack of choice and freedom of will, that Man is not a free agent and is a helpless tool in divine hands like a toy.



An absolute belief in Destiny is Absurd as it makes life aimless and Vain. if Destiny is true then there is no merit or demerit in any mans action, and if everything is destined the very concept of Divine Justice becomes Null and Void as God himself destines and then punishes or rewards based on his chosen Destiny.

Divine Justice itself demands no compulsion and any action for reward or punishment has to be of a free agent, done out of own free will and choice.

Therefore Man is created by God but is a free agent and has complete free will and choice and can choose whatever he wants to do in Life.

Masks of Identity

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unaware we wear many masks or roles in life that define us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. These masks become our identity. 



The masks that are most difficult to detach from are of being a parent, son, daughter, employee, boss, student. Such masks tend to limit our potential and growth when we fail to grow out of them long after their roles are over.

Offering Help with Kindness and Respect

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The very act of offering help to someone creates a temporary loss of power, status, self esteem and independence for the person receiving help and gain in power, status for the person offering help, leading to a power imbalance in the relationship.

its utmost important that when we help someone we practice good etiquette, establish a connection first by appreciating and acknowledging the person seeking help for their courage and show your humbleness. always seek the consent to offer help even when asked to help, create a safe space, engage with care, kindness, empathy and compassion. and most importantly always help with an intention of being in service to the other with gratitude.

Self Realisation and the Egoistic Self.

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On the sufi/irfan path of self Realisation, the seeker is never safe from the egoistic self which wants to preserve itself and its needs and desires. During the first stage of conquering nafs-e-ammara(the commanding self) there is a intense struggle against the egoistic worldly desires and the seeker finds some success with self control and self discipline. 



The ego then eases this journey and helps the seeker see some more success in terms of good behavior and more self control. This is a essentially a trap by the ego. And as the seeker prematurely proceeds towards the second stage of conquering the nafs-e-lawama(the blaming self). 

The ego self  waits here with another trap and injects hypocrisy, arrogance and anger into the mind of the seeker against the teacher/master: “It says You are now as good as your master; not only do you know as much as he does, the way you behave is better. If he were able to apply what he teaches in his own lives he wouldn’t be half of what you are. 

You do…

Union and Seperation

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In Union there is fear of Annihilation.
In Separation there is hope of Union
The Sufi is not concerned with either
He only seeks the Beloved.

Trusting the Unknowing

The difficulty of understanding anything arises because we are uncomfortable with the unknown. Many of us have identities built around our “knowingness” There is a great contentment in the beingness of knowing that you’ll know what you need to know when you need to know it and the wisdom that there are things that can just be felt and not known ever. Trusting the unknowing

Divine Love

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For those who love Him,
He alone is their joy and sorrow,
He alone is their recompense and reward.
If anyone other than the Beloved is seen,
Then that is not love, it is mere passion.
Love is that flame which, when it blazes up, 
Consumes all but the Beloved Himself.


union with the divine

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The human soul was in the vicinity of Divine presence, but later got separated. The soul now laments due to the pain of separation and is greatly eager for reunion; it is always moved by the desire of returning to its origin irrespective of the path or ambition it chooses. 




This attraction is due to the force of love (Ishq) which is only means to achieve union with the Divine.

Our Nurturing Presence

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When we are centered in the consciousness of our nurturing presence, we are able to accept everything about ourselves and other people and embrace them in our wholeness and in their essence, as creative, resourceful, and capable of wholeness.



By embracing ourselves and other people in wholeness, we create the conditions within which we and they can change, heal or mature.

Egoistic False Self

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The egoistic false self is the result of existential angst which is unable to trust in life. The false self sees through distortion of what it perceives and induces bias against seeing the perfection of what reality actually is.
This is basically a problem of perception and awareness, because the false self is unable to perceive the meaningfulness of life events and is unaware of the divine mercy operating in every detail of existence.
Masters of the various traditions have witnessed this reality and tried to communicate sometimes through metaphysical principles and sometimes through mystical poetry. Through the work of the path, the self becomes aware of its qualities and meanings that it had not been aware of. The spiritual path work is a methodology based on the principles and insights of educating the human heart so it realizes the true nature of it's own self as an inherent part of and living in a creative, abundant, meaningful and beneficent reality.

healing through Wholesomeness

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Wholesomeness is a state of presence in which one is being consciously aware and compassionately loving in the present moment with the self, another person or others, believing in and affirming their potential for their wholesomeness, whoever they are and wherever they are in life.

Healing through wholesomeness presence is a natural force from within that gives purpose, meaning and wholeness to life. It is not a process that can be done to another person but comes from that person uniquely because of their own potential of innate wholeness.

Fear Courage and a Drawing

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Tried my hands on drawing and noticed that it was my fear of the thought that the drawing will be judged that had stopped me from trying it earlier.

Once I was open to the outcomes and didn't think about what others will say, the drawing came naturally.

I also realised it's not the absence of skill or technique that stops me from trying things  but the presence of fear and judgement.

This is is also applicable to many other areas of life, like for example learning to communicate has less to do with the method or technique and more to do with dealing with the fear of not being understood by others.



learning to speak publicly has less to do with content, body language and more to do with dealing with the anxiety of performance, being judged and passing out unconcious on stage.

what stops us from learning to drive a car has less to do with the method or technique and more to do with  the fear of injury and causing accidents.

in life it's mostly fear that stops us from trying…

My Personal Bill of Rights

My Personal Bill of Rights

I have numerous choice in my life beyond mere survival.

I have a right to discover and know my Child Within.

I have a right to grieve over what I didn’t get that I needed or what I got that I didn't need or want.

I have a right to follow my own values and standards.

I have a right to recognize and accept my own value system as appropriate.

I have a right to say no to anything when I feel I am not ready, it is unsafe or violates my values.

I have a right to dignity and respect.

I have a right to make decisions.

I have a right to determine and honor my own priorities.

I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.

I have the right to terminate conversations with people who make me feel put down and humiliated.

I have the right not to be responsible for others’ behavior, actions, feelings or problems.

I have a right to make mistakes and not have to be perfect.

I have a right to expect honesty from others.

I have a right to keep things con…

The Journey

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The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do –
determined to save
the only life you could save.
- Mary Oliver

A mans deepest yearning

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There lies a deep longing in every man. A longing to discover the secrets and mystery of his masculine world.

To find his own unique way of belonging to this world. To find his sacred true nature. To yearn for the personal meaning takes him into the wild nature and into the dark earth of his deepest yearning.

The yearning is to seek the treasure that he was born to bring to this world and to experience the world by being in its service.

Along side the yearning lives an equally great fear of finding the very thing he seeks, the thing that will irreversibly shake up his life, sense of belonging and the relationships he hold familiar and dear.



Deep within he knows that saying No to his deepest desire will mean self imprisonment in a life too small.

A far off small inner voice within insists that the inner treasure is well worth any sacrifice and difficulty and he ventures into the dark mysteries of his inner world to find his treasure. A call to Adventure.

- The Vision Quest - A mans jo…

The Right of the Mother.

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The right of your mother is that you should appreciate that she carried you [in her womb] as nobody carries anybody, and fed you the fruits of her heart which nobody feeds anybody, and protected you [during pregnancy] with her ears, eyes, hands, legs, hair, limbs, and with her whole being, gladly, cheerfully and carefully; suffering patiently all the worries, pains, difficulties and sorrows [of pregnancy], till she gave you birth.

Then she was most happy feeding you forgetting her own hunger; clothing you, even if she herself had no clothes; giving you milk and water, not caring for her own thirst; keeping you in the shade, even if she had to suffer from the heat of the sun; giving you every comfort with her own hardships; lulling you to sleep while keeping herself awake. And [remember that] her womb was your abode, and her lap your refuge, and her breast your feeder, and her whole existence your protection; it was she, not you, who was braving the heat and cold of this world for you…

What a Man can learn from rocks in the wilderness.

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What can a man learn from rocks in the wilderness. A man can learn from a rock to stand his ground, be confident, unshakable and concrete in his deep authenticity. Be his true self and create his own destiny. Be wild, open, down to earth, humble and free. Grow into being the magnificent boulder of any shape or size he wants to be. Learn to be self-reliant, seek no approval or permission of others to be himself. Be complete and enough by himself with no need to impress others. Learn to be resilient, courageous, passionate and persevere in the face of life's challenges just like how the rocks bear the wind, the sun, the rain.

Explore his own primal experience with other men to define, know, and claim who he is just like how rocks are always found to be around together. A man can learn to live his deepest, fullest wholehearted and sacred self, just like how the rocks are themselves forever. Excerpt from the upcoming Vision Quest - A Mans Journey to his Real Self. - Diyanat Ali.