The White Latifa | Essential Presence - weekend
Essence is the very fabric of our Soul. When we experience our Essence we have the sense of wholeness. In contrast, the lack of contact with our Essence gives us a sense that we have lost our way home, that we have lost our paradise. We are born full of Essence and free of any conditioning. As time passes and childhood programming settles into our system, we gradually lose the connection to our Essence. We then live in a paradoxical state of existence: we are Essence and yet we do not know it.
The Lataif are the first manifestations of Essence. They are the texture, the material from which the Soul is made of, our Essential qualities. The word Latifa (singular) in Arabic means the oil that burns in the lamp. These fountains of Essence are located in different parts of our body. They are our innate resources that we come in touch with when we begin to experience ourself beyond our conditioned mind and ego defenses. They are fundamental human virtues such as love, compassion, courage, wisdom, joy, presence, innocence and others. If we picture our True Self as a shining sun, then the Lataif are like its rays, each ray a different quality the sun is emanating. There are five major Lataif and several minor ones. Each Latifa is associated with a color and has different aspects to it.
The White Latifa has to do with our Essential Presence. It gives us the capacity to surrender to the flow of life within us. We feel grounded and solid. This gives us self-confidence and as a result we feel relaxed and don’t need to struggle or make unnecessary effort in life. It also gives us endurance, purity of mind, basic grounding and the will to meet challenges with our own authority. When the White Latifa is absent, we feel weak in our guts and we hold onto our fears and anxieties. The absence of the White Latifa is connected to issues of presence and lack of support.
In this retreat, we will explore the White Latifa and experience the solidity, groundedness and inner support that this quality brings. The White is a resource for healing the splitting and fragmentation in our sense of self caused by trauma experienced in our childhood. When the White flows back into our system, we move towards becoming one unified Self once again and maintaining the unwavering presence that the reconnection to our Essence brings.
Vedanta Aspioti (1965) is currently leading the Power of Light Institute in Athens and the Diamond Logos* Academy in Greece. She specialized the last 25 years in childhood work, couple work and Essence work and is training psychotherapists. She is a trained body oriented psychotherapist and has published several psychological studies.
*A pathway leading us to the Essence of the Soul