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Silence, Light, and the Heart in Dark Times

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

One of the largest mental health crises facing the world today is the loss of identity and purpose. Without a strong ideological foundation for our identity we lose purpose and our life becomes meaningless. A person who experiences existential dread arising out of the psychological crisis of meaninglessness will spiral downward until he or she is in a state of self oblivion. We were created for a purpose. People worship God or the secular ones are in awe of the Divine to progress towards their ultimate purpose of gaining proximity to God / Divine.

In order to gain proximity to God / Divine we need to actualize our potential to be perfect and awaken to our fitrah, Arabic for innate disposition. We have learned humans have the potential to be better than angels or worse than animals. Therefore our purpose is to become perfect. To withstand the internal pressure that seeking to be perfect gives rise to, we need a solid ideological foundation.

To become perfect we do not lose ourselves in anger. To become perfect we do not spend large chunks of our free time scrolling on our phones, computers, and tablets. To become perfect we do not spend our time telling other people how we feel on social media. To become perfect we have to turn inwards and self-reflect, so as to grow our awareness of our innate self-awareness vis a vie our fitrah.

We are aware there have been many horrible tyrants who did animalistic things from thousands of years ago until the present. Where are those horrible tyrants who did these animalistic things and their empires now! They are no longer with us. The horrible tyrants of the present day will also no longer be with us in the future.

In order to gain strength and knowledge for how to act and when to act and to what degree to act we must drop into a deeper space of silence. When we drop into this deeper place of silence we drop out of our thoughts and can then sit more deeply with our emotions with regard to what is going on in the world today.

Although man has the potential to be perfect, one of the 15 deviations which lead to failure on the path to perfection is self-alienation. Self-alienation is distancing oneself from one's activities and feelings. Self-alienation leads to detachment, loss of meaning, and furthermore when we are self-alienated we do not make decisions for ourselves or embody self-agency. Sitting deeply with our emotions so as to become more aware of them allows us to be more dynamic and effective in meeting our goals. We do not need to break our silence in order to take the edge off our emotions in response to these dark times with chatter. Our emotions are a sign of a living heart, so if through silence we can feel them more authentically that is what we need to do.

There are a couple types of reasoning. There is practical reasoning which helps us know what to do on a practical level and there is theoretical reasoning which is concerned with what to believe in order to fulfill our purpose. Self-efficacy is our beliefs about our ability to control our behaviors, thoughts, emotions, and physiological states in order to reach a goal. In other words self-efficacy is the reflective component of self-agency and it is a product of theoretical reasoning.

In order to increase our self-efficacy one of the things we need to do is reflect on what our beliefs about ourselves are. From there we change our beliefs to align with our purpose. The less we react to what others are doing, the less we argue with others we disagree with, the less we share what is on our mind in an unsolicited manner, the more we are able to self-reflect and increase our self-efficacy, the more effectively we ignite our agency to take accountability for our actions and roles.

When we comment on the world and the things in it this is an exercise of acquired cognition. Acquired cognition is non conceptual and objective. It requires an intermediary between the knower and the known. That intermediary can be from a media source or the mental concept in our head from our 5 senses. Due to the intermediary positioned between the known and the knower this type of cognition is prone to error. It is necessary at times but insufficient.

The second type of cognition is intuitive cognition. We seek silence because silence facilitates intuitive cognition. With intuitive cognition there is nothing in between the knower and the known. There is no separation between the one who knows truth and truth, between the one who knows beauty and beauty, between the one who knows happiness and happiness. This type of knowledge by presence is how we create the light to see and move in the dark.

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Wishing you success in all stages of life and education.

Dr. Azadeh

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