Mystic, philosopher, poet, sage, Muhammed Ibn ‘Arabi is one of the world’s great spiritual teachers. Ibn ‘Arabi was born in Murcia, Al-Andalus, in 1165 and his writings had an immense impact throughout the Islamic world and beyond. The universal ideas underlying his thought are of immediate relevance today.
Ibn Arabi speaks of “seeing with the eyes of the heart”, this is when each and every atom of creation are said to reveal their secrets, their spendour, not just their emptiness but their fullness (Sat Chit Ananda). how many of us see this way all the time, without projection, are prepared to dissolve into such “purity” of seeing”. rare is this natural born mystic. ‘quality’ of seeing appears to gain clarity, Direct perfect Seeing is revealed to many through Grace, yet how often does one appear to rebound into a murkier way of perception and left with the idiom to “polish the mirror further” (“if thine eye be single, thy whole body (world) shall be full of light”). there is more to the illusion of just sitting in the “now” in its semi illumined mediocrity, enlightened consciousness is the travail of the Soul.