The Most Subtle (Painting)

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Al Latif 8″x10″ oil & acrylic on canvas © 2015 Aïda Touré

I completed this small painting “Al Latif: The Most Subtle” that evokes a highly spiritual attribute that is inherent to the soul. Subtlety is the very quality that is found in all spiritually awakened ones. This attribute brings healing, solace and lightness of being to self and to those who come across the recipient of this grace. Read amore about this painting here. Below is the poem that accompanies the painting.

~ The Most Subtle ~

O effusive Light
that fashions our becoming,
we read Your vertical signs
with the sun and the moon in chorus,
we praise You in infinite ways!
O You who are not exhausted
by Your Attributes
as You pervade
the black holes
of the Heart that
relentlessly contemplates
on you; expanding, giving,
throbbing with anticipation
of being in the gentleness
of Your Presence anew!

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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Love’s Unconditionality

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~ Love’s Unconditonality ~

There is grace in relinquishing
what does not belong to us.
Letting go for a deeper purpose
implies preparing oneself
for some deeper fulfillment;
in everything there is a gift,
even in the heart broken in pieces,
there is Love’s unconditionality
sowing its infinitesimal seeds
as it chants:
“Let me BE!
In my octave there must be fluidity only,
all these irreverent attempts
to imprison the sacred
are the surest way to lose me.

I say let me BE!”
You see, Consciousness is supreme
and as such it reigns macro-royally~
The act of dissolving to allow space
for that which is greater is what
the soul, in its deep wisdom,
does best and we must follow~
This is Surrender: Islam by excellence!

© 2016 Aïda Touré

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True Triumphant Beauty

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Love is an Art which is divine. Through creativity I learned that expansion occurs naturally when our higher self is nurtured, honored and loved… from there, our innate qualities unfold and spread their fragrance for all, defeating fear, greed, ill intentions and negativity; this is the quintessence of true triumphant Beauty.

The process of receiving such Grace is filled with long pauses before and during activity so the ability to understand balance between being still and acting out of that intensity at the appropriate moment is gained. It takes tremendous patience and humility to develop this degree of service to the Beloved where the ego is annihilated through endeavors so that solely the Majesty of the Divine reigns supreme during the process: this is the dimension of Love we must allow more room for as its cosmic purpose is to be fulfilled for the collectivity’s evolution.

© 2016 Aïda Touré

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Lightful 2016

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~The First Realm~ 30″x40″ oil & acrylic on canvas

All my best wishes for the new year to all my readers~ May 2016 introduce us to even more Love, more Harmony, more Light and more Soul delight!

Thank you for your support of the Visual Sufi Poetry blog throughout the years. In 2016, I hope to share more of my creative journey in this great time of Shift and Awakening of our collective self, inshAllah~

© 2016 Aïda Touré

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Caress of Nur

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~ Caress of Nur ~

Bismillah,
when I interact with you
it’s truly you that I see,
not the external things
that envelop your form
like your hair, your skin,
your age, your clothing,
I see you, your inner being;
its spark, its triumphs,
its struggle to still rise
amid the layers of illusion
that make up this earthly life~
When you speak with me,
it’s you that I hear,
not the verbosity that counts
in this superficial society,
I listen from inside you
and feel your pulse
that calls your attention
to your self-sabotage patterns,
I see your kindness sometimes
eroded by your ego’s cruelty~
My dear, our peripheral synch
was for the effect of Mirroring
so you could visualize
how you are in the way
of your own Grace.
Between this Caress of Nur*
and its divine workings,
rub this Love balm
upon your breathing
and break wide open as
your function has done
for hundreds of wo/men!

© 2015 Aïda Touré

* “Nur” in Arabic means “Light”.

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The Lover’s Ambrosia

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~ The Lover’s Ambrosia ~

The lover wants a sacred love
that reflects his soul’s grace,
not the world’s dysfunctions
with its inordinate ego projections.
Why would such a vast being
relinquish the exquisiteness
of his inner ambrosia in order
to embrace some monotonously
mundane finite romance?
Everyone desires a deep lover
yet rare are those who are spiritually
refined enough to keep him near.
Such a love is an elixir solely
offered to those with pure lips~

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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The Gift of Divine Love

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When the feminine and masculine principles harmoniously relate and come together naturally, without any of them exerting the energies of force, possessiveness nor control, they have the opportunity to experience the fluidity of balance and to thus experience divine Love. As our consciousness (Taqwah) of the Divine grows, so our capacity to give/receive Love in the healthiest ways.

This sacred approach to Union is observed by those who have acquired a more spiritual understanding of life, it takes egolessness to reach such a state of understanding and to apply it on a daily basis. Wherever the ego dominates, it’s certain that the interfering energies like control, fear, possessiveness, force will be present therefore as long as these tendencies are pronounced, a healing, deeper Love cannot manifest as such a Love only finds expression between two whole souls (of integrity) who have overcome fragmentation, the result of external conditioning based on illusion. These two souls have become conscious channels for the subtle, higher Flow of existence that transcends all materiality with all its superficial considerations~

The inner work on self bears its fruits best in the context of relationships that act as a mirror to the soul’s splendor and challenges yet known and unknown to us. Once we patiently work on ourselves, mastering our ego, we become aware of our personal issues that can be resolved as they impede the quality of our Love experience. This process creates the necessary space for reception of the Gift which is Love. This profound Love is liberating, comforting as it activates our full potential and helps us become even more conscious of the Divine Source of all Gifts.

© 2015 Aïda Touré

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