Photos by Enrico Pietracci – Berlin 2017
Whirling has always been a fascinating act to me. Watching the Mawlawi dervishes spinning through the space, sometimes faster, sometimes tranquil, would push me into a floating space where I was spinning and journeying in dreams.
It has been more or less three years period on the Earth now, and I remember, one day, a great will force inside pushed me suddenly and I left that couch where I was reading, thinking, wondering, reflecting by writing, and began to suffer for a long time and I found myself whirling in the room. That moment, I entered a garden, maybe the paradise in me, and since then I visit this garden whenever I want to meet myself one-to-one.
Whirling practice has been one of my greatest masters in my life; I got much divine light through it. It started by simply discovering my body of which I wasn’t even aware till then. It brought my joy again. My childly joy, I forgot long before..
The more I enjoyed, the more it opened doors in and to myself.
The more I watched myself wondering, the more I fell into ecstasy.
The more I lost my mind in ecstasy, the more I found myself in love.
The deeper I spinned into the love, the nearer I felt the Truth.
I learned how to listen to the harmonies in the music,
and that deep listening doesn’t only happen through ears;
I experienced how my body synchronises to the rhythms and tunes,
heard the music in the life
and danced to it.
Whirling taught me, how to pray,
showed myself to myself,
brought laughter and tears without and for a reason,
whispered to seek the whole discoveries out in the universe in me,
took me beyond space and time,
and gifted me with wisdom which I now try to apply in my life.
Now.. since every existence from the atoms to galaxies and beyond is spinning, my life is also spinning, all the happenings are floating fastly into each other in front of my eyes, my sight is getting blurry, and I cannot say what is what. I remember how I achieved not to get dizzy and feel the calmness while my body is whirling.. I stop thinking, judging and calculating about all the possibilities, let and welcome anything coming.
How beautifully Rumi describes…
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
Whirling connects higher wisdom to dark wisdom. So maybe I can describe it like going into a dark room, turning on the lights and getting surprised while watching it turning to a paradise garden.
I believe in a soul and that we should meet our souls in their purity while still alive, yet I don’t believe this is the purpose and goal to achieve in our lives, since we are not in all these physical and material circumstances without a reason.
My body is not without a reason.
Gravity is not without a reason.
The food we eat, the water we drink,
the emotions we feel,
the choices we make,
all the people we meet,
the words we speak
and the void inside we cannot describe..
So what does all this mean?
What does it really mean to be a human?
So what does it mean to have a body,
to move our body parts,
how do we control our body,
do we even have its control in our hands?
What does it truly mean to have control?
Where does our bodies limit us
and what does our bodies offer to us?
What can we do with the chances we have?
How does it really feel to feel dizzy?
And what is the truth in this chaotic times we are going through?
Who am I and where am I going?
Where is God in these difficult times we need Him/Her the most?
Where do I meet this soul of mine?
In my heart or up there in the head?
When whirling, we simulate a stress state for our bodies and practice to find our balance in continuous motion and to keep calm in the chaos.
Through physical experience between body & mind and body & soul, we are more and more able to transfer this knowledge we gain through our physical system into our lives. Sufis believe that the home of the soul lies in the heart. We open it by singing mantras and dive into practicing deep listening, exploring, analysing and understanding by focusing on our hearts. We find our answers to all the questions above and more by cycling, we learn the language of the nature (of the things).
So above, so below..
I feel honoured to share my experiences with you and this is all I can. I cannot tell you your Truth but show a way to explore it. I cannot walk on your path, neither you on mine but we can exchange & journey through space and time together.
Let’s join the whirling circle &
get some dizzy!
Let’s breath some freshness &
Find our lost bodies and senses..
Let’s turn back to ourselves..