Sufi Mysticism and Spiritual Healing

Mystic or Gnostic ideas tend to be somewhat similar across religions, which is not very surprising. They all encourage a direct experience of nearness to God (Allah), and use a variety of guidance and religious practices to get there. This inner experience is a “state”, however a “station” is a more permanent affair, the highest of which are associated with concepts of enlightenment. It is assumed that for most people, the path to such a station is a long one, which few seekers achieve.

One of the requirements of spiritual progress, is to recollect experiences in life, and then to detach from them. This process has a strong healing and cleansing effect on the mind and soul, since it releases pent-up energies, frustrations and associations. A general improvement in mental health, physical health, and self-awareness is to be expected.

The advantage of a spiritual context at this point is that it gives a new focus for new-found energy. Non-spiritual attempts at such healing tend to have more limited success due to a lack of any meaningful new reference framework.

This holistic process of releasing the energy of your spirit with the help of a “healer” or “guide” can be helped with many forms of ritual. The most obvious methods used by this Naqshbandi group are traditional muslim prayer, vocal chanting (dhikr), and sacred dance (or Sema, the dance of the Whirling Darvishes).

Additionally, there is a great deal of accumulated herbal and other practical knowledge that has helped earn a reputation for Sufis as healers.