TOPIC: Practice With the Mind
Sufi Practice with the Mind is generally of three kinds:
* Practice with states of awareness
* Practice with patterns of thought
* Practice with knowledge and understanding.
Practice with each of these has the two aspects found in Practice with all domains of
the Personality:   relaxation of disproportionate emphasis on certain patterns (which
develop during the Human "Arc of Descent") . . . and development of new patterns
(in the "Arc of Ascent").
Practice with states of awareness includes focused attention, panoramic awareness,
clarity, identification and dis-identification, altered states, non-duality, etc.
Specific Lataif underlie these various states:  Presence, Awareness, Focus, Immersion,
Clarity, and Identification, for example.   Practices that explore them include:
* Body sensing
* One pointed concentration
* Psychoactive drugs.
Practice with forms of thought includes exploration of the nature and uses of thought
and language.  Practices that explore them include:
* Koan study
* Cognitive therapy
Practice with knowledge and understanding is a component of virtually every aspect
of Sufi Spiritual Practice.   It includes exploration of:
* the nature and meaning of Reality
* the nature and meaning of being Human
* the nature and meaning of Spiritual Practice
* the Enneagram.