The Green Latifa | Essential Presence - weekend
Essence is the very fabric of our Soul. When we experience our Essence we have the sense of wholeness. In contrast, the lack of contact with our Essence gives us a sense that we have lost our way home, that we have lost our paradise. We are born full of Essence and free of any conditioning. As time passes and childhood programming settles into our system, we gradually lose the connection to our Essence. We then live in a paradoxical state of existence: we are Essence and yet we do not know it.
The Lataif are the first manifestations of Essence. They are the texture, the material from which the Soul is made of, our Essential qualities. The word Latifa (singular) in Arabic means the oil that burns in the lamp. These fountains of Essence are located in different parts of our body. They are our innate resources that we come in touch with when we begin to experience ourself beyond our conditioned mind and ego defenses. They are fundamental human virtues such as love, compassion, courage, wisdom, joy, presence, innocence and others. If we picture our True Self as a shining sun, then the Lataif are like its rays, each ray a different quality the sun is emanating. There are five major Lataif and several minor ones. Each Latifa is associated with a color and has different aspects to it.
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