Just like too bright a light can cause one blindness, the very antithesis of light, so can too high an intelligence cause a complete loss of one’s mind. The receiving faculty must be strong enough to hold the source lest it be completely annihilated by it.
Imperfection denotes capacity for growth but also deterioration. Something imperfect that started out insignificant can never grow into perfection. Perfection is a constant state that either is or isn’t. It’s the source and originator of all that’s imperfect.
Allaah is the perfect One who causes things to come into existence and withdraws His provision at His own will.
We are mere recipients of His provisions and were we to be left to our devices we’d return to our innate statelessness.
When things don’t work out for us it’s not because Allaah is causing these things to happen to us, rather it’s because He simply withheld the enabling power that gave us abilities and opportunities before. So lack of money or health isn’t a punishment but signify that Allaah has left us to our own devices.
Truth is, His is an infinite source of power and sustenance, so when He withholds it’s not to ration but it’s to provoke thought and make us realize through the contrast between the two situations that we aren’t the cause nor do we affect any impact on our own. Our only power is our consciousness to witness this cosmic wonder and reflect. Our self-actualization lies in understanding what is as opposed to forcing our own desires into existence. It consists in enduring fears and anxieties to go through the valley of uncertainty that’s scarier than death because each step is an agonizing death of all that we were and knew , in our consciousness, and we’re born again in the next step.
The only way we can grow is through that harrowing, gutwrenching valley of uncertainty, and this only happens when we’re deprived of a state of abundance. So the fortunate one isn’t the one stuck in one state for that is death of consciousness and a waste of life, but rather it’s when we are exposed to contrasts so as to intrigue our consciousness and allow for growth.
Introspection is a devouring monster. You have to feed it with much material, much experience, many people, many places, many loves, many creations, and then it ceases feeding on you.
— Anaïs Nin