The Yellow 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 nature of the Yellow Essence is joyfulness. It brings us a sense of celebration and happiness. We feel lighthearted and carefree. It brings laughter to our lives. Our heart becomes childlike once again, full of innocence, simplicity and joy. We feel spontaneous and playful. The Yellow Essence also brings us a feeling of devotion to Being. It removes the seriousness that was once imposed upon us as children and the restrictions on our joy and naturalness. Our entire system feels sweet.
The absence of the Yellow Essence brings depression and we experience a lack of joy in our lives. When we block our wants and desires due to the programming of our personality, we block the flow of this quality in our system. The Yellow Latifa can be one of the great resources in our healing process. The Yellow brings us in touch with the magical child, which is an aspect of the soul child inside us, the blueprint that has remained of who we truly are. The magical child is that impression of ourselves from the last time that we were in touch with our soul. For this reason, the Yellow Essence has a profound healing effect and can bring us away from the sphere of the ego into directly recognizing the quality of our soul.
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