"Get into the Know"
Do this experiment for yourself. As far as consciousness effecting reality experiments this is so easy (and cheap) to do. Rice, jam jar and label. If you doubt this in any way DO the experiment for yourself. Spend 15 -- 20 seconds a day focusing 'love' energy at one and 'hate' at the other and see the results for yourself.
As a human being, you are participating in a “physical reality”, specifically on this planet we call Earth. Basically, who you really are is a stream of non-physical awareness that’s focused on this physical reality through this temporary physical form you identify as your human body. Before something becomes physical, it is non-physical – just like ice is the solid form of steam, in this analogy ice would be what I “physical” and steam would be what I call “non-physical”. So basically physical is created when non-physical “condenses” into solidity – scientifically, the vibration of non-physical energy condenses into solid matter by vibrating in a dense manner.
“Thought” is non-physical, and when thought is given awareness it starts condensing into physical – that’s how this world got created, through a thought/intention in the non-physical energy (who we essentially are) to manifest as this physical universe, including the living and non-living physical objects. Everything was a thought/intention at first, before it started condensing into solid reality, and it keeps moving forward in that intention – it’s a time line, a sequence of events, that has created our present physical reality as it is.
Non-physical realm Vs Physical realm
Though thought is non-physical, it can still be experienced and felt. Just think a thought, like for example imagine walking on the beach, and you can immediately “experience” it based on your past experience with it – however, the experience is not the same as what you would actually experience when you are “physically” at the beach. So, there is a difference between physical and non-physical experience of a thought, when a thought becomes a physical reality, which can be seen, tasted, heard and touched, it gives a totally different experience than when you experience it in “thought” by thinking about it.
In the “non-physical” realm, everything is experienced as “thought” in all its fullness (much deeper than we experience thought in this body), and if you are just a non-physical being you can keep experiencing different thoughts as per your wish while staying in your natural vibration of wholeness because there is no contrast present in the non-physical, and you will constantly feel satisfied in this experience because you don’t feel hunger, thirst, aging etc – you are rooted in wholeness and you can experience any thought you desire from this place, in a non-physical manner. When this body dies you will be privy to your consciousness returns to its non-physical wholeness from where your new intentions can bring forth new physical forms.
In the physical realm, you want your thoughts, of desire, to be manifest as a solid reality so that you can taste, see, smell, hear and touch it. To just experience a reality as a thought is not satisfying enough, and it cannot gratify your physical need. One wants to experience its “solid” form – that’s our deal as physical beings, we want “physical realities”, we can’t only be satisfied with its thought, because we feel a physical hunger, thirst and drive, which can only be satisfied with something physical. This is the basic difference between non-physical being and physical being – as this body, we are physical beings.
Thought takes time to manifest into Physicalness
Just like steam takes time to become ice (first it has to condense into water, and then it has to condense into ice), it takes time for a thought to become solid reality. And the time would also depend on the reality you wish to manifest – for example, the reality of this present earth, with all its internet technology, has taken a few years to manifest (compare it to where it was 5 years ago). In the same way, the realities that you desire (in thought) takes time to manifest into solid physical realities. And the less “resistant” you are, the more quickly it can manifest – but no matter how free of resistance you are, it will still take time to manifest.
Of course, there is such a thing called “instant manifestation”, I am sure all of you would have experienced at least a few instances when you desired something and it got manifested within a few minutes or a few hours. This happens because things were already in place for the manifestation, and a thought just got “placed” into your mind about it (this is done by the totality of your life stream just for your enjoyment of the physical reality, what we call small coincidences and surprises). The more aligned you are the more “small pleasantries” that take place every day.
Some realities are easy to manifest because things are already in place for it, like for example if you desire an empty parking space it can be manifested immediately if a possibility for it exists in that moment as per the sequence of events – small alterations are easier to make. But your other desired realities may take more time to manifest because they need to “fall in place” in the totality of things as they exist now. And if you stay resistance-free to your desires, they can manifest in the quickest time frame possible – so the best thing you can do is to stay resistance-free, so that your resistance is not delaying the unfolding further.
Some impatience is natural
As a physical being, when you are required to wait for a physical reality to manifest, it’s natural to feel impatient. This impatience can go into higher intensities and take the form of frustration, anger, irritation, restlessness, desperation, helplessness, worry, anxiety, stress and depression – if one is not conscious. This is the difference between someone who understands the principle of creation on this physical realm and someone who is unconscious of it. A person who is unconscious of the principle of creation, would unconsciously create a lot of “resistance” to his/her desired reality through staying identified with resistances, in the form of various faces of impatience mentioned above, and thus delay the manifestation further, sometimes for a life-time. Also their resistant vibration (lower vibration) would cause the creation/attraction of some negative reflections in their reality depending on the intensity of resistance.
Once you understand the working of physical realm, you can bring awareness to all the patterns of resistance in you and gradually dis-identify from them in a “conscious” way. This is how you become a deliberate “allower” of your desired realities. You will need to make peace with the “truth” that it will take some time for physical realities to manifest, and this period of waiting would only increase if you feel “negative” about it. This is the catch 22 of physical reality – if you feel negative about the time it takes for a physical reality to manifest, this negativity only serves to make the manifestation slower, which makes you even more negative leading to a catch 22 situation.
Some level of impatience, in the mind, is very natural and it’s totally fine, as long as it does not enter into higher intensity. The mind obviously wants to experience physical realities as quickly as possible, and no matter how enlightened you are, the mind, being physical, would naturally want to see physical manifestations happen more quickly. Of course, you can unnaturally suppress your mind, and pretend that you don’t care about manifesting physical realities for yourself, but that’s just a “fake” state of being and this suppression leads to a lot of resistance within, and also a loss of aliveness. So allow your mind its moments of impatience, but also be aware enough to not intensify its lower vibration thoughts, the more relaxed you are the faster your desired realities can unfold on this physical realm.
Also, though physical manifestations of your desired realities are absolutely essential for an enjoyable experience of physicalness, this journey is not “only” about manifestations – it’s also about “self-realization”. You can enjoy manifestations as they happen, but also realize that the wholeness of your being is present right now and it’s not dependent on a manifestation. Staying connected with your inner wholeness allows you to stay more resistance free, and thus allows for a faster manifestation of your desired realities – but in one sense you cannot fake this state of being, it just comes forth naturally when you understand the dynamics of physical realm and your true nature as the “conscious energy” being that you are (whose natural vibration is already rooted in wholeness/joy).
Today, many Muslims and non-Muslims find West African methods of Qur'an schooling puzzling and controversial. In fascinating detail, Ware introduces these practices from the viewpoint of the practitioners, explicating their emphasis on educating the whole human being as if to remake it as a living replica of the Qur'an. From this perspective, the transference of knowledge in core texts and rituals is literally embodied in people, helping shape them--like the Prophet of Islam--into vital bearers of the word of God.
"Full of original ideas and interpretations, Ware's model of embodied Qur'anic learning is an important contribution to our understanding of Islam in Africa."
--Nile Green, University of California, Los Angeles
"Ware's astute historical analysis of the teaching and memorization of the Qur'an in the wider Senegambia region, stretching over the second millennium C.E., serves as a lens to rewrite the story of Qur'an schooling and West Africa, offering new and compelling perspectives on the social, political, economic, and religious history of the area. This book will do a great service to and have a lasting impact on the field of African history and the study of Islam in Africa."
--Ruediger Seesemann, University of Bayreuth
"Ware truly throws down a gauntlet in this bold and brilliantly argued volume, clearly practicing what he preaches along the way. No one who reads this important book will fail to lament the stubborn boundaries between Islamic Studies and African Studies that continue to deny us the fullest riches of both."
Sherman A. Jackson, University of Southern California
"Ware's treatment of the body and bodily encounters in the transmission of knowledge and construction of authority in Islam is truly path-breaking. This book is a major contribution to African history and Islamic epistemology."
--Ousmane Kane, Harvard Divinity School
In this video Rudolph 'Butch' Ware of the University of Michigan talked about his forthcoming book, The Walking Qur'an: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa. Dr. Ware led us through the chapters and arguments of his book, focusing on Qur'anic schooling and what it can tell us about Islamic epistemology. Emblematic of the West African Sufi traditions of education is the alluwah or wooden writing board. The use of this board for learning to write Qur'anic verses is not nearly as prevalent in Islamic communities outside of Africa. Yet it continues an older tradition dating back to the early days of Islam, a tradition, argues Ware, that is grounded in a theory of knowledge that is not only discursive but embodied. Through memorization, practice, discipline, and even 'drinking' verses washed off the alluwah, one comes to hold sacred texts and knowledge in one's very body.
While Ware noted that this tradition of embodied knowledge is often (though not always) at odds with educational approaches of Salafist movements that have arrived on the scene more recently, he underscored the profound tenacity, resilience, and adaptability of these older ways of knowing and being within Senegambia.