Perhaps you can tell me the meaning of the following dream, from which I have just awakened, but don’t be too quick to figure it out, and wait until it speaks of its own accord. May the Mystery ripen this seed into fruit in our lives.
I have been taken prisoner by a follower of Islam who seems a bit angry with me. We are standing in the desert sand, yet there is a lake next to us with gentle waves lapping at the shore. He calls a younger man to come over and show me how to kneel down and bow in the sand, until my face is in the sand and my arms outstretched across the sand in prostration.
Both men leave as I practice this prostration in the sand several times. Instead of this being some difficulty, I find joy arising within, and whisper the name “Allah.” The young man returns and we embrace as brothers.
When I awaken from this dream, the joy from the dream is still with me. This form of prayer prostration has been part of my practice for years, and we share it in our sacred yoga classes. The practice seems right at home for the contemplative, and is mentioned in my book, Monks in the World.
I learn that the word for the five times a day prayer of Muslims is salat. I read that about 50% of Muslims practice this salat in prostration five times a day, wherever they are around the world. So I will stop here, and invite your response, as I go practice my salat on the carpeted floor of my bedroom.