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November's Theme: "Secluded"
Volume 11 Issue 1 ISSN# 1708-3265



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The Sacred Inner Sanctum
by Julie Hoyle

Secluded: a place not seen or visited by many people; sheltered and private.

It is said that when Alexander the Great traveled to India, he heard about a Master Yogi who was revered by many. Intrigued, Alexander ordered one of his men to bring the Yogi to him. However, the Yogi refused to be taken anywhere.

In turn Alexander sent the soldier back, with orders to tell the Yogi he would be killed if he did not come. The Yogi laughed and told the soldier:

"The place in which I live can not be touched by a sword. It is a sacred place, found only by those who have the eyes to see and the courage to set out in search of that which is hidden."

On hearing this, Alexander went to the Yogi. He went like a beggar. He realized that even though he had attained worldly power and wealth, there was something missing.

This story belongs to everyone. When we wake up and realize accumulation will never make us happy, we go in search of that which is hidden.

We discover the inner dimensions. We grapple with the work of transforming the psyche. We bring Light to the darkness.

This alchemical process brings us home. We realize that while the state of the Self appears to be hidden and is difficult to access, it is always right here. We just have to know where to look.

Rumi puts it this way,

"I am so close, I may look distant. So completely mixed with you, I may look separate. So out in the open, I appear hidden. So silent, because I am constantly talking with you."

A lucid dream I had in early 2001 mirrors this paradox. In the dream I found myself walking along the dusty streets of an old Turkish town.

The sun was setting, casting a warm, orange glow in all directions. As I walked I peered closely at the buildings. I was intent on finding a secret doorway. Through that doorway I knew I would find a Master.

I also knew that this Master lived right in the heart of the community. He would go about his business in plain sight, yet he would never openly reveal his enlightened state. Only those with the eyes to see could recognize him.

Continuing on, I stopped trying to figure out which way to go. Instead, I let my heart lead the way.

With this intention, I began being pulled by an unseen force. It carried me through narrow winding streets until eventually I was taken up several flights of stairs leading to a flat rooftop. Standing in the corner of this wide, open space was a tiny dwelling.

Carved into the simple stone structure was an arched doorway. It was hidden in shadow and less than four feet high.

On seeing the doorway, I immediately understood that to be allowed in, finding the entry point was just the first step. The second and most integral step was the willingness to bend deeply, which required surrendering the intellect to the Light of the heart.

Knowing I had discovered the home of a Sufi Master, I took off my shoes, covered my head and sat cross-legged, outside the doorway. A few moments later through a small window to the right of the door, I saw the Master.

He walked softly, carrying a candle in one hand and a book in the other. Taking his seat on a small, wooden platform, he smiled gently. Then he beckoned me to come inside.

As instructed, I bent low, entered and took a seat on my knees. With my head bowed and waiting in silence I knew the Master was going to share his teachings. I was filled with gratitude.

Shortly after this dream encounter I was visiting a library. Not knowing which book to choose I invited a book to choose me.

A book fell from the shelf. When I picked it up I saw the author was Irina Tweedie. I immediately took the book home and discovered, Chasm of Fire, was a chronicle of Irinas intense training with Sufi Master Bai Sahib.

I was captivated. Word by word, her story mirrored my own journey. Her intense struggles to transform the Shadow aspects of the psyche reinforced the teachings the Sufi Master had shared in the dream.

Her experiences also inspired me to go deeper. I felt compelled to take full ownership of the darkness and the Light.

What about you? Have you found that which is hidden? If you have, are you being shaped into a beautiful doorway through which those with the eyes to see can find their way home?


Julie is a natural intuitive, writer, artist and transpersonal hypnotherapist who lives on Grand Bahama Island. Her profound spiritual awakening and the unfolding of unity consciousness is detailed in her book, 'An Awakened Life - A Journey of Transformation'. To claim a free copy and for information about online courses, soul purpose readings and energy retrieval go to: www.truealignment.org

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