Pt 2. The Truman Show: A Letter to the Distracted Traveler

If you have watched the film The Truman Show you will have observed that all the actors in the life of Truman observed a specific unwavering routine. A certain driver in a car would pass, he would greet the same neighbours at the same time every day. Every eventuality in every day of his life would occur on time. This dance would transpire until the penny dropped in Truman’s mind that his life had been meticulously orchestrated. It was too perfect.

Have you realised dear reader, that you are Truman and your life is not yours?

Every night through the centuries desert dwellers have seen through the light of the stars. Century after century. They have passed now, but the stars continue to loyally observe their purpose. For you; and your children; and your children’s children. If you wake up at the crack of dawn the chorus of the birds begin, day in day out. At sunset the birds flock together and migrate only to repeat the sequence of events the following morning. They do not waver. Again the birds submit to and observe their purpose…right on schedule.

The earth has remained turning for millenia day in day out, darkness to light, light to darkness and repeat. Accommodating your sleep. Accommodating your body clock. Your heart beats without fail and the body grows in stages: held upright while most of us don’t even know the names of the structures and nerves that allow for this to occur. There is power in naming. We have no power because we cannot even name the substances that comprise and sustain us. The body is not ours therefore.

Every 150 years the earth’s population is renewed like wheat in a harvest without delay or question. The planets are kept in loyal orbit and the seasons elapse month after month. Year after year. The human is suspended in the womb and birthed into the world: there is only one way in. And similarly the human must one day leave the earth: there is only one way out. These doorways, entries and exists are a fact of your time here. Year in year out everyone of us passes through both doors. The seed sprouts; the plant one day wilts. Day in day out. The routine is concrete and unwavering. Like the routine Truman observes. Too perfect.

These are certainties that we simultaneously know and don’t know. The mind knows it but you have not thought on it via your innermost core / pure intellect (lubb). These certainties occur without disruption whether or not you realise what is happening.

Traveller, these certainties elapse in your life and you wade through existence absentmindedly immersed in one form of entertainment only to seek out and latch onto another. You are Truman and the penny has not yet dropped. And most will never hear the penny clattering to the ground. Think to yourself as Truman did “what is really happening here?” then crack the code and allow your eyes to pierce through a tapestry of shadows.

The universe exists because you do. It is there to accommodate you. It is at your service because it was created to sustain you for a brief moment of Divine observation before you are sorted and allocated to your actual life.

Today wake up, take action and see into the world through the eyes of your heart….

Peace and Blessings, A Soulscape

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You are so safe

You cannot operate outside of the divine grid and divine will. It is not possible. I didn’t previously understand what was meant by “no fear no grief” in Islam. I think I do now.

You are encompassed by Allah. He is with you and closer than your jugular vein, around you beside you and situated on a throne above you. His power is such that your life is not your life. You are suspended on a string hanging from His will. Nothing belongs to you; everything you own including your body and everything you lay eyes on, hear and touch are His materials.

You can do what makes you afraid therefore, fundamentally because you are surrounded and propped up by safety and power. Likewise there is no grief…nothing is a loss, everything is a gain…in a spiritual ecosystem we can’t see. Nothing to grieve about disproportionately…You are so safe.

Power and consequently safety is before, behind, above and below you and you breathe it in and out. No fear no grief. Only divine unbreakable power when you make the All-mighty Allah, Light of the worlds your shield and refuge.

I am pretty sure this is the state Malcolm attained: “I have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything”.

“No fear no grief” is a divine promise and taxonomy depicting the righteous human’s condition in relation to worldly circumstance…an objectively factual equation explaining our reality once we relate dialectically and eventually operate in harmony with the mysteries of the created universe. It provides a framework for what is happening behind the shroud of matter which we can adjust and ascend to in order to live as Allah intended us to. Without fear. Without grief.

Sheikh Moutasem al hameedi

Trusting in Allah is consequential. The universe will unravel around your trust in Him

Usually reality is unfinished business Allah gives you the choice on how to finish it.

Things will turn around and work out for you unexpectedly

Dhikr is a journey into another world

There is a spiritual ecosystem of values and truth and that violation has ripple effects. The main impact is coming back to you

The Truman Show

It’s dua and intentions that make the world go round good or bad. Life unfolds around this and creates our current social, political, economic and spiritual reality. I’m brought back to the story of Abraham’s actions causing rain to fall.

This shows our connectedness. How many of our duas and intentions change the world in a positive or negative way structurally or at a personal level?

The frameworks taught in International Relations are helpful in giving names to things and phenomena we see but they are just that: frameworks and names, all subjective, culture bound and rooted in a particular epistemology.

Looking at the world through the framework of the diseases of the heart is far easier to understand and closer to the truth.

Understanding why things happen on the international stage beyond power struggling helps us to diagnose the root cause: us. We are to some extent wielders of each other’s and our own realities. I say to some extent because we do not comprehend or manage the logistics of this, only God does.

I call this managing of logistics ‘The Truman Show”:

– Nothing belongs to you, not even your name

– Your life is not yours

– The people that have been placed in your life are bringing you closer to self awareness and self realisation if you efface the ego

– You are dust God has willed to animate to worship Him

– Nothing you say or do is original

– What you lay eyes upon is a frame that was painted and decreed before your existence to bring you an understanding of something

– Everything you hear is a soundbite to give you a greater understanding of something

– You are utterly powerless

– God is always trying to smother you with love if you just opened your eyes beyond circumstance

– All your features have been planned to discern your character

– All your experiences have been curated to form your current understanding, character and conduct

– You truly cannot escape God. Even your body will betray you: God can cause your darkest secret to tumble out of your own mouth

– The body is an illusion, you are nothingness, completely annihilated but flesh keeps up a pretence that you are here. You will realise this when you die.

– Your thoughts are not yours

– You live in an echo chamber

– The circumstance is a mirror of the heart as is your company

– Synchronicity is a brief moment in which you become partially aware of the Truman Show. As time elapses, most label this ‘coincidence’.

– There is nothing and nothingness no time or space and everything has perished except for His face.

Life

Life hurts sometimes. I guess we have to remember that this is just a basin to bathe our hearts before we’re fit to enter eternal bliss.

Clay

Don’t snag

on the teeth of the form reality has taken

clay can only hold for so long

Add water and spin yourself

don’t dry out

Pass through quickly

soon you will come to know

when destiny decrees the day

tired clay cracks, relinquishes

and eternity begins.