With proper education and rehabilitation of our mind, we can bring about great awareness. In Arabic it is dhikr. The root of this word means to remember. What is meant by ‘remember’? It means remember yourself, take stock: in other words, if you freeze the action of this complex dynamic in one photographic frame, for one second, it makes you concentrate on it, be aware of it, see it as it is. When awareness occurs in the mental zone, the intellect begins to shed its own spontaneous light onto it. This is fikr, to reflect or think. It is discrimination.
The higher we move, the more we become alive, aware, awakened. This is the same awareness which brings about discrimination.
By Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri from the book “The Sufi Way to Self-Unfoldment”