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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
* Mindfulness
* 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
* Semantics.

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.