By Leona Thomas
This year I have been inspired to take part in the Muslim traditional fast known as Ramadan. I will be fasting and praying, following the tradition as accurately as I can.
I am not a Muslim. In fact, despite working with The Divine, I am not religious at all. I was baptised a Christian when I was 5 years old and my family didn't practise the religion. This has been helpful for my work - I didn't have to unlearn any dogma.
Although I don't follow any religion, I do have an intimate connection with the Angels and all that is Holy. And I have been guided to explore various religious practices along my journey.
In Nepal and Thailand I have done the Vipassana meditation retreat. In Canada I did a 40 hour Vision Quest in Northern Ontario and a 3 hour Vision Quest in Pennsylvania, USA! Some of these practices had a deeply spiritual side and others were more scientific.
Personally, i prefer the invitation to meet The Divine. And I love to experience The Divine through different cultures. From Nepal and India through Europe and America and Canada, finally I find myself in Africa.
Many Moroccans are relaxed about their religion. Certainly it is not strict like in Saudi Arabia. The women here may choose if they wish to wear the djellaba and can decide for themselves if they want to cover their head. However once Ramadan arrives, most Moroccans observe the full tradition and actually look forward to the Holy month of Ramadan.
I cannot say I am super excited like the Moroccans because I observe a little uncertainty rising inside me. What will I feel like if I cannot eat or drink anything at all day after day from sunrise to sunset? I have no practice of doing this. Indeed, I intensely dislike being thirsty...
Another thing that causes some concern for me are the Rituals. I am not familiar with them as I am not Muslim. I will be observing Ramadan as authentically as I can. But there will be some differences...
Firstly Allah will have to show great patience as it will likely take me a while to perform the Ritual Cleanse each of the five times before I pray. Then there are the positions during the prayers themselves. And finally, the prayers are Arabic. My mouth does not know how to make those sounds.
The main point of praying to Allah is to get out of your head and approach the Holy One with a humble open heart and honour him. So I shall speak the prayers translated into my native English language. This way I can go deep into my heart and speak knowing what I am saying, avoiding mis-pronunciations of Arabic that likely turn out to mean something terrible. Allah is patient and loving and kind. Of that I am sure. And he will need to be as the Muslims will complete their prayers much faster than I will.
I don't have a copy of the Quran either but I was privileged to stay with a family briefly last year at the start of Ramadan. I didn't touch their Holy Book as it is special to them but I can honestly say I could feel the Holy energy coming from it! That was a first for me.
So I am intrigued to experience praying to God as instructed in the Quran. This Holy Book was brought to Muhammad by Archangel Gabriel. He is one of the Angels that works with me in Integrated Energy Therapy. But we first met in 2006 in Sedona. Maybe that story will be blogged during Ramadan.
Because of the effects of fasting during Ramadan I will be unable to offer my usual work but the Angels have recommended that I make some new things available to you all during this special Holy celebration.
I will keep all things Muslim private as they are personal to me and in honouring of Allah and the customs of Islam. However I may share some of my experiences and observations when it feels right.
The Angels are keen to work with me during this Holy month, however, because the huge prayer field that is created is fertile ground for miracles. If you know how to use it you can transform your life. The Angels know what they are doing!
Ramadan starts on Thursday 17th May 2018 and My Ramadan 2018 will begin.
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