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Invitation: The Golden Path, The Superhighway to God

By Stewart Bitkoff

The following piece is taken from Servant of God (Golden Path Press); which is a first hand account of a meeting with a modern Sufi Saint (Sam). Later, material in this book was used to help write Sufism for Western Seekers and The Ferryman’s Dream.  If you are searching for a Path, as God Wills, this may be the Path for you.

It is interesting to note that Sam rarely referred to Servants of God as Sufis.  He was the first person I ever heard use this term “Servant of God” in referring to a holy man or woman.  Also Sam never used a specific Holy Book and encouraged us to read all of the books.  All he ever said was become a better Christian, Muslim or Jew.  The Servant of God points toward God.  It doesn’t matter what their specific creed may be; all creeds are one on a spiritual level.

Sam claimed that the Path he was teaching was the Golden Path, The Superhighway to God.  It was the same Path that had been passed down from the beginning and was the same Path that Moses and Mohammed offered to humanity.  This was the original religion, and humanity had turned this religion into something else.

Sam called this Path, The Superhighway to God because it was the original way for the traveler to reach the Beloved.  All the other occult traditions and various religious sects were outgrowths of this primordial tradition.  Sam claimed this method had been perfected a millennia ago and there was no better system.

Sam characterized the progress a traveler could make toward God by stating – “as you take one step toward God, God takes ten steps towards you.” This was particularly true with the Golden Path since the traveler had the guidance of the teacher to help avoid the pitfalls.

If you would like to learn more and begin traveling The Golden Path, The Superhighway to God familiarize yourself with my written materials and contact: drbitkoff@yahoo.com.

May God/Light Bless your efforts.

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Check-out my two books: Sufism for Western Seekers: Path of the Spiritual Traveler in Everyday Life and The Ferryman’s Dream.  Both books are available through Amazon.com or local bookstore.

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Thoughts Are Energy: “The Dark Knight Rises”

By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

For spiritual travelers, it is taught and stressed: personal thought creates reality, and what we think about strongly influences our personal and collective physical, mental and spiritual world.

As beings of pure conscious energy, on many levels, we are what we think about: both individually and collectively.

In our country, again, there was another man made tragedy, where a crazed, gunman killed and wounded many innocents in a local movie theater. Ironically, the unknowing victims had come to view a late night showing of a new Batman movie entitled:’ The Dark Knight Rises.’ In this real life drama, a crazed, gunman assumed the role of Darkness; shooting, killing and harming many.  For personal reasons, rising-up and creating, through deadly force, a night of tragedy, terror and death for many people he did not even know.

Across our land, because of the NEWS coverage, many more are affected and will continue to be affected; this negative energy and pain attached to this event, spiraling upward, growing personal fear and anxiety for millions. Many, now afraid to attend a local movie with their family.

From a mystical or spiritual view, this incident is yet another reminder- that whatever we think about- can and will become reality. For clearly, this gunman’s action was the accumulation of many dark thoughts, experiences and patterns; both personal and collective, influencing his growing personal darkness, exploding into a night of horrible destruction.

Thoughts Are Energy

Mystics teach, each thought has a vibration or energy level attached to it; this energy becomes either a personal action or thought form which moves/vibrates out into the world seeking to attach itself to a similar vibration or action. If this thought form cannot find a similar thought or create personal action- this thought returns to the sender: that much stronger, influencing subsequent thought, personal experience and future action.

On an energy level, this is how we create personal action, thought and collective realities. Either through creating a physical action or a thought form that seeks expression, as vibrating energy; individually and collectively, we are creators of our own reality, every moment of every day.

Now when many people think the same thing, collectively, each creating a thought form and set of vibrations; this potential physical motion and thought expression, becomes that much stronger and physically alive. Continually, these thought forms, either personal or collective, seek a vehicle/opportunity to express themselves in the physical world. Because of this energy pattern, many people working together, physically, mentally, or spiritually can change a society and planet. Raised consciousness, causes a higher energy vibration, which results in higher collective thoughts and action. Law of the Universe.

Mystics offer: that is why it is so important to continually monitor our thoughts, and control and use them positively. Or said another way, using computer terminology, ‘garbage in- garbage out.’ And most people wonder why these are dark times; because many are deliberately thinking and creating dark energy thought forms (lower vibration) and actions.

How Thought Forms Work

Now, on a personal level, when travelers are repeatedly thinking about their fears and worrying, these repeating thought forms/patterns become stronger; seeking physical expression or if unable to physically express- return and slam us- mentally that much harder.

Consider the common example of trying to stop smoking. The urge to smoke comes to us and we try to fight it mentally; this thought and energy to smoke seeks a conduit to express itself physically, but is not able too because we resist mentally, at least initially. However, to keep constantly fighting this thought to smoke is exhausting, because it keeps returning to us and building its effect. When fighting a habit or addiction, that is why, people are taught to change their thoughts (switch attention), and do physically something else; by filling their minds with other more tranquil thoughts, positive physical activity or calling another person for help.

Mentally, you cannot take on directly- a very strong thought form: when you have been engaged in an action/habit for a long period (smoking cigarettes); in our brains, the thought to action pathway is much too strong and we require different techniques to disarm this repeating pattern. Particularly, if the thought/urge to smoke is combined with a physical addition to a strong drug like nicotine. Often, that is why both physical and mental techniques are required to disarm the thought/urge to smoke.

How To Disarm Dark/Negative Thoughts

Here are some techniques and exercises to help you learn to monitor and control your negative thought forms, destructive mental patterns and actions.

1)      Inner Recognition Technique. Teach yourself to recognize when you are thinking negatively, and learn to stop creating harmful thought forms. You can do this by giving yourself an inner suggestion to call to your conscious attention, each time you have a negative thought, make a negative remark, or take negative action. Request to your Higher Self, to present an inner stimulus, in the form of an energy impulse, that points out each time you create negatively. Gradually, over a period of time, you will recognize and gain control over the negativity within. Give yourself the following suggestion: morning, evening and once during the day. Try offering up: ‘O Higher Self, help me to recognize my own negative thoughts and actions. Please, help me and call to my conscious attention, each time I do this; please fill me with a gentle, inner energy reminder, that I need to create more positively.’ Try this inner suggestion/recognition technique for 3 weeks and see what happens.

2)      Positive Expression/Creation. Always express thoughts and desires positively; create energy that will work positively for you and others. How we phrase intentions is very important. For example, ‘I will control and stop my smoking;’ instead of stating, ‘I must try to stop smoking.’ There is a big difference between trying and doing.

3)      Switch Attention. When thinking negatively, switch attention to another subject/topic. In a healthy mind, we can only think of one thing at a time. Think about something more positive or get-up and do something helpful, physically for another person.

4)      Pray for Help. When in a negative zone, say a prayer to help yourself and help others. This prayerful, personal energy seeks to attach itself to another Higher Form of energy. This Higher energy is in everything.

5)      Monitor Your Thoughts. At end of day, take an inventory of all the things you did and write down, list which thoughts or actions bothered you most. Identify, why these thoughts bothered you? Consider, how you can change individual action or thought? Then, as pure conscious energy, send out these positive, change filled  affirmations into your world. Hopefully, the next time, you encounter a similar situation, this affirmation will be waiting and help you change how you operate.

Media & Thought Projection

Clearly, we are living in an electronic age and many of our thoughts, actions, fears and goals are influenced by what we see and hear on television, internet and through our cell phones. All of these messages are thought forms which are seeking similar vibrations and a conduit to create reality. Remember, this is how thought and action work together.

Individually and collectively as a society, if we are to survive, one day we must realize that it matters what we think about; because this leads to action or stronger returning thoughts that seek to create reality. When will we realize that it matters what message is being projected through our video games, movies, parents, teachers, clergy and government officials? All creating thoughts, desires, vibrations and energy that seek opportunity, or a  conduit, to grow stronger and express self.

Dark Knight Rises

What happened in Colorado with a lone, crazed gunman going into a movie theatre and randomly killing people- is a tragic, horrible expression of one person’s dark/insane thought patterns; and the over lay of a collective accumulation of dark patterns, thoughts by many others, all around him. Yes, we all are influenced by what is going on around us; these are dark times: with many dark messages in the world; all these thought/desires seeking physical expression, vibrating through us; and personally we must be strong enough not to let these dark patterns and their vibrations destroy us.

That is why, so many terrorist leaders, work on the mind of their companions, trying to convince (brain wash) them into taking a dark, sinister action.  Control thoughts: control actions, individually and collectively.  Law of the Universe.

What To Do About It?

While it is very difficult for the average spiritual traveler to control, physically, what takes place in the larger world; we do have much control over our self and what energy (thought forms) we project out into the world. The following suggestions are offered to help you take back the control you do have and send out positive energy/affirmations across this planet.  Hopefully this positive vibration and energy will combine and create, through meaningful action, a new world of Light.

1)      Control Your Consciousness. First work on yourself; learn to control what you think and consciously (mentally/physically) expose your mind too, on a moment by moment basis.

2)      Help Your Children. Teach your children to do the same thing. It matters if they play or think about violent, sexually oriented videos for hours; or if they rise higher and contemplate and express personal beauty. These energy choices affect them on many levels.

3)      Monitor External Energies. Daily, monitor your electronic habits and control what you expose your awareness too. Seek only those patterns that are pleasing, positive, joyful, and useful to self & others; this will help you create the positive reality you wish to live in.

4)      NEWS Holiday. Moment by moment, take personal steps in the physical word, to control what thoughts/realities you experience and allow around you. In the electronic and written media, shut-off negative NEWS reports and monitor how much violence, negative thinking you watch and consume. Stop watching the NEWS for a week and see how you feel.

5)      Create Affirmations. Daily, spend time thinking positive, affirmations for a healthier more loving society and planet. Start with yourself and create positive thought forms that lead to positive action. Remember help self and others. Eventually, all of these positive, Light filled thoughts and actions will take effect, creating a more positive Reality for every one.

6)      Advocate Positive Reporting. Contact you local electronic media provider and request that they stop telling so many negative, excitement oriented stories. Tell them to stop reporting sensational, horrific, dark events that take place in the world. This reportage contributes to their creation.  Tell them to focus on more positive stories or you will change your provider. Clearly, we have learned that media coverage seems to contribute to the frequency of terrorist attacks.

7)      Shut-off Horror Shows. Stop watching movies, television shows and videos that feature crazed killers; particularly if these scenarios bother and upset you. In this area, you can control what you watch and think about. Remember, all these negative thoughts have energy that seeks to express itself in the physical world.

Heaven & Hell

Hell is within the imagination and heart of men/women.
Moment by moment, it is a Reality we help create.
Similarly heaven is within our reach.
Daily, we are faced with this choice.|
Today, which Reality do you choose?|
-SB

Check-out my two books: Sufism for Western Seekers: Path of the Spiritual Traveler in Everyday Life and The Ferryman’s Dream.  Both books are available through Amazon.com or local bookstore.

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Must I Join an Order to Become a Sufi?

By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

You may follow one stream. Know that it leads to the Ocean, but do not mistake the stream for the Ocean.
Jan-Fishan

Q: To study Sufism, do I need to become a Moslem and convert to Islam, or join a Sufi   Order?

A:  NoThis is not necessary. While some westerners find joy in following this Path; the seeker after truth or spiritual traveler does not have to change their birth religion to sip of this ancient wine. A form of Sufi learning exists for everyone, because the Teaching is always being updated into a modern form. The seeker can learn from the Sufis, even become one and yet remain independent of these specific religious trappings.

An account of this sort of learning is available in: Sufism for Western Seekers; a copy of which may be obtained from the author. This book describes learning in 2 modern western mystical Sufi schools, which were independent of Islam and the traditional Sufi Orders. What was offered was a generic spirituality that is the birth right of all humanity.

Consider the following points.

  • The label Sufism was first given to groups of ascetics, who were distinguished by a robe they wore which was made out of wool ‘sooof;’ this label was given in the late 1800’s and according to Idries Shah comes from the German word for wool. Consequently, this label speaks only to the outward form and does not discuss the inner reality or spiritual experience of Truth that is the goal of all Sufi seeking.
  • Long before the name/label of Sufism was applied, seekers sought ultimate connection and experience of Truth through different spiritual forms. What the seeker wishes to do is unite and become one with ultimate Truth; experiencing this reality, daily, as they live every day life.  All religions and Paths have their mystics; those who seek the inner Reality.
  • The Reality of the seeker is a spiritual reality; this reality goes beyond outward religious form. My teacher used to say if you follow this Path, which is the Golden Path, you will go back to your birth religion and become a better Christian, Moslem, or Jew.  This is the religion before there was religion; when Abraham refused to bow down to the Moon and Sun; what was the religion?  At this time, there was no outward form, none of our modern religions existed, it was an inner reality.
  • Of the great religious forms, Islam is the last. Consequently, it is quite natural that Sufism, or inner mystical experience, is expressed through this vehicle. It is the inner teaching; a spiritual reality that transcends individual form.
  • All of the current Sufi Orders were founded after the death of a great teacher; this teacher came to offer the ancient path of spiritual learning to a specific group of students. Over time, his/her students adopted these teachings into a formalized outward/inward spiritual presentation.
  • As indicated, according to some authorities like Idries Shah, none of the present Sufi Orders were started by their original Teachers, they were started by students after the teacher passed.  In order to avoid this sort of phenomenon from occurring after his own death, Shah indicated that his corpus of written work was to be his legacy. He did not designate a Deputy and indicated that all activities of the Society for Sufi Studies were to cease.
  • The Perennial Philosophy indicates that there is an inner core to all religious and spiritual experience.  This inner core, or spiritual reality, must be perceived by the traveler and is the basic life giving force in the universe.  This Force has expressed itself in many different forms, throughout history; because travelers were different and in order to comprehend, required a varied outer presentation.
  • In our Sufi learning, we did not have to join a Sufi Order or become a Moslem. In fact, it was 3 years into our learning that we realized that our teacher Sam was a Moslem and we began to read the Koran. Sam did not tell us to do this. Prior to this, all references in our discussions to what wise man/women said were indicated by the designation, ‘Servant of God.’  When we were directed to read some of the Sufi classics, very little was made of the fact that the author was a Moslem.  Always we were directed toward God/Absolute.  In our studies, we were encouraged to read any of the great religious books and ask questions about them.
  • In order to follow this ancient Path of spiritual learning, what is required is a burning in your heart to merge with God/Absolute/Truth, study the available materials, and make your way to a Teacher. The Teacher may teach in any form; as long as it is united in the experience of Truth.
  • The materials that are offered by the various Sufi Orders and in the Koran itself can benefit the traveler.  However, keep in mind that this way of learning in part is dependent upon a living guide or exemplar; also, this way of learning can be independent and exists outside this presentation as well.  This is a situation where many forms work and the traveler must find a way that is most consistent with their own inner reality and will help them reach the goal: experience of Ultimate Truth. The different spiritual forms exist, because across time travelers and cultures are different.
  • Use of the designation Sufism confuses people, and in our western culture is most readily identified with Islam and the Sufi Orders. Besides confusing westerners,  this scares them as well, because of the growing social phobia against Moslems.  In our writing, we have tried to designate Seekers after Truth, as Spiritual Travelers. Perhaps, we should call this: The Path of the Spiritual Traveler; which is independent of all religious form and tied to the inner transcendent reality.
  • Islam, the Sufi Orders and traditional accounts of the great Sufis of the past, offer the modern western Spiritual Traveler an abundance of riches.  From our perspective, these are to be enjoyed, studied and left behind as the Spiritual Traveler advances to their own experience of Truth.

Most of humanity is asleep. They are drifting in this world aimlessly. They build synagogues, mosques, and churches in order to glorify themselves. They do not know where they came from or where they are going. Some of them are awakened and are trying to awaken others …”  A. Hussain, MD, Psychiatrist

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Save The Date: Hear my guest appearance on Godspeed Institute Radio Show, with hosts Carol and Michael Hallunbaek, Sunday, December 11, 2011, 2-3 pm.

Topic: I will be discussing, The Path of the Spiritual Traveler in Everyday Life and my new book Sufism for Western Seekers.

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End Day Scenarios

by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff

OK. It seems that I made it through the night and somehow “The Rapture” set for 5/21/11 was delayed or postponed.  If it occurred, I worried that I probably wouldn’t have been called and left behind.

Anyway as a spiritual traveler, this moment is a great opportunity to discuss a few traveling principles about prophecy and end day scenarios.

  • Many of the things we learned about religion/spirituality were those things/ideas that others wanted us to know about. Much of this information/doctrine was purposefully selected and intended to manipulate through fear.
  • For many, organized religion is a business and power tool; the more travelers you can control with specific ideas- better for business and specific personal agendas.
  • When the earth will end; no one really knows. Scientists tell us so far there have been six extinction events.
  • The Mayan Calendar which ends in December 2012 discusses the end of a great cycle: with the potential for another era of peace and enlightenment. It is up to humanity, collectively, to create this future. It is a potential.
  • We are living through a period of great unrest, natural disasters, and unprecedented use of drugs and exploitation of youth, citizens and populations by travelers in power. Yes, this is happening even in the great USA. These are indeed troubling times and as caretakers of the earth we are doing a terrible job.
  • The future is not fixed; always it is a potential. A reality we create individually and collectively.  Any prophecy is just a potential, a possibility.
  • Will humanity destroy itself and help create a seventh extinction?  No one knows. All each traveler can do is work to make themselves the highest possible version of self; reaching higher in each action and moment. This collective energy can counter the spiritual darkness.
  • We have made a mess of this planet and have lost the balance. Our food, with all the man made chemicals is poisoning us-creating unheard of disease; many of the waters are dying, the polar caps are melting, and terrorists are again using the ‘old saw’ to start a Holy War. Seems we don’t learn the lessons of history or perhaps we do . . . Anyone, remember the Crusades?  It was really about trade routes, power and wealth.
  • Millions die each year from hunger, disease, and the inability of governments to serve its citizens. Even in the USA we can do better helping the abused, hungry, infirm and elderly.
  • As a spiritual traveler, in every moment the divine plan is revealed.  The moment is here, we live it, and then it is gone. Use each moment to embrace the highest possible potential and the more travelers who do this- the better our collective experience.
  • With each moment, we create the future and it is time for the man/woman of the soul to arise, conquer their personal darkness, and claim our rightful heritage.

For the spiritual traveler, it is important to remember that reality and our daily life is something we create, each moment. We have free will and can work toward improving self and helping save this planet. In every moment, we can reach higher or just let events happen around us.

The book of your life is filled with many blank pages. You are free to write on them whatever you like.

Our hours in this realm are O so precious. Yet most travelers spend them like they are on holiday trying to impress the airport baggage handler.

Everything you ever wanted or ever dreamed is waiting within. All you need is the key.  Pick it up!  It too is within reach.

If you take one step toward God, God will take 10 steps toward you. God’s Mercy exceeds his/her wrath tenfold.  Traditional Sayings

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