Everything in this creation is spinning counter-clockwise, from our atoms and the electrons that spin around the nucleus to the earth which spins around itself and moves counter-clockwise around the sun. As everything is spinning in that love of the Divine and in submission to the Divine power that is powering all of creation, Mystic Masters were teaching us to mimic that reality.
Therefore, in Mystic whirling the body represents the earth and the heart represents the sun. As the earth rotates around the sun, the Divine is showing you that when you are moving towards that process of enlightenment you will find God present in your heart
It means we govern our life by our heart and not our head. Our physicality should follow what our heart wants, but most of our lives we actually do the reverse. We are making the heart to follow the body and its desires. The heart wants to sit and meditate but the body wants to go to Las Vegas. To reach towards those realities of light, however, All of our physicality and all of our desires must submit to the light, must submit to the heart. It is the same reality that Yahshua (Jesus) was teaching because all Prophets taught the same reality, just as all Mystic Orders are teaching the same reality in different ways.
“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Thy will be done, not my will be done.
So then the secret of whirling is that the Id is being crushed in its whirling, grounded in its whirling, and all of the contemplation is now focused on the emanation of the Divine light that is coming to the heart.
The focus in Mysticism is always on the heart. Other systems focus on different chakras and different endocrine, but these are all of secondary importance in comparison to the heart . If the heart is sick, the whole body will be sick because the heart is the source of all power and energy in the body.
That is why many people who are clinically brain-dead live for many years in a coma because the heart is their real source of power. If the heart is purified, it will send that energy throughout the body and the entire body will become purified and the other parts will activate. But if you focus on activating the other energies while the heart remains in a contaminated state, then the heart is continuing to send its negative energy throughout the body, and the result is that you will be unable to reach the spiritual stations that the Saints want you to reach. So Mysticism comes to teach us that as you begin to seek that light, forget about these distractions and focus your energies on purifying and perfecting the heart. It means that you must stop making your heart follow your body and instead make your body to whirl around your heart and follow the desires of your heart.
Then the Seeker begins to turn on their left foot, which is the axis of their earth, and begins the process of spinning, which means that you are beginning the process of busying yourself with knowing yourself.
Who knows themselves will know their Lord, and this is the process of self-realization. You are spinning around yourself in the process of trying to understand yourself and wanting to know “what is my purpose in life? What am I supposed to do and why am I here?” With the Sufi whirling we are trying to unlock that reality and understand ourselves and our Creator.
As the Whirler spins on their left foot, he/she is making their body spin around the heart, which is the source of Divine love and Divine grace (mercy). The whirling is, therefore, a reflection of a spiritual reality; that what deserves to be worshipped and respected is the Light – not the Id’s desires of the animal self. It is this understanding that is most important because whirling is not about speed, it is about understanding that my body must submit to my heart. When we realize this, then the physical movement of the whirling is now making that understanding manifest, because there has to be an action involved in our quest.
There are many phrases in English which express the relationship between the hands and a charitable act, such as phrase “to give a helping hand”. When someone falls down they request help by extending their hand, saying “I am in a difficult situation, could you please help lift me up?”
In everything we do in life, we need such support. To graduate from college, for example, requires the support of many people other than ourselves. It requires the support of family, friends, teachers, and councilors, all of whom contribute to guiding us on our path to graduation. If this is true of the material world, it is truer of the spiritual realm. When a person seeks the path they need Heavenly support. It is not a path that can be walked alone – even Prophets were supported by the Angel Gabriel – so what about regular people? Therefore, as the Whirler begins to spin, he/she raises their right hand asking for Heavenly support and guidance.
Yahshua taught his disciples that when you give of charity, the right hand shouldn’t know what the left hand gave, and the left hand shouldn’t know what the right hand gave. (see Matthew 6:3)
In the teachings of whirling, this understanding is represented by the left hand, which faces down in service to creation so that the flow of angelic energy which begins to dress the individual actually flows right through them and is distributed throughout the room.
In doing so, the Whirler makes the intention that, “my Lord, whatever you send me I am freely and openly giving that back to creation” because that energy, that emanation and Divine blessing is coming, but coming for whom? For the benefit of all creation!
Then we find our whirling to be physically balanced by outstretched arms, and our spiritual growth to be spiritually balanced by the understanding that everything which comes to you is for the benefit of other people.
The right hand has another major importance – it symbolizes the reality of the moon in our creation. Recall that the sun is represented by the heart, so the whirler looks to their right hand because it’s showing you that you can’t look directly into the Sun or it will blind you. It is the Source of power for our creation, and you can’t look at the Source, you can only look to its reflection – the moon – which is represented by the right hand. It means that as we are trying to reach enlightenment, and we begin to ignite the power and the energy of the heart, the heart is actually energizing and reflecting its light to the moon. That light and that power is in the hands, so as the whirler is whirling and ascending towards the Heavens, the focus is on the hand. The energy is opening in the heart and shining onto the hand, and the hand is reflecting that light to the holy face.
The Moon is the Light and Perfect representative of The Source of Light emanating from the Sun or Shams. The Sun is the Fire and The Moon is The resulting Light.
You look to the right hand because the moon is a symbol of guidance. The moon has no light of its own, but it has no Id, so it is able to perfectly reflect the light of the sun. The moon has polished itself to such a degree that it is able to reflect that light. Similarly, the perfected guide has faced and subdued their Id, and serves only as a vehicle for the Divine light to guide seekers back to God. No one can ever claim to be a source of that light. You cannot say you have become “one” with the Divine, but in seeking to be one with our Source, you can witness the light of Divine Presence. (the sacred, creative power of God)
Then the Whirler will quickly realize that looking to the right hand provides balance and guidance. If we take the focus off the hand and tries to look around the room, we become dizzy and fall down.
Why? Because the Divine is showing you the importance of maintaining your focus on your spiritual guide and on your path, rather than on the material world. If you keep your focus on the guide you will find yourself in that ascension, quickly moving towards the Divine Presence. However, if you become distracted by the allurements of the material world, you will lose your connection with the teacher and fall away from the path. It is a constant battle against the Id, symbolized in the hunger of the eyes to see what is happening in the room instead of focusing on their hand.
So the Whirler is raising their right hand asking God to open that mercy and dress the Whirler in that attribute of mercy, which is then given freely back to creation.
16. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. (Grace for Grace aka Mercy for Mercy)
It means that the secret of whirling is to receive that peace. When you truly submit, and begin to follow Yah/God’s will instead of your will; when you begin to live a spiritual life and leave the distractions of the material world, God’s attribute of mercy will dress your soul with a feeling of peacefulness that cannot be conveyed with words. And what happens when you receive peace?
God blesses the person who will reach that reality. In his hand is dominion over all things, and if we reach to that reality, we will be dressed with those secrets. That is why Saints have Heavenly power. Because they opened their hearts to that reality, they were dressed from the Divine heart with the secrets of Yah, and were given divine power. If they intend something, they need only say “be” and it is, because they have a direct line to Divine Presence. No in-between person, or entity is needed.
So Mystic teachings, where all of the secrets of whirling can be found, is also describing the relationship of the sun and the moon, which is the relationship of the right hand to the heart:
In that communication with the Divine, the Whirler is pleading, “O my God, do not reject me until I reach the place I should be in you.” Therefore, the right hand represents the need to reach the sacred presence to unlock the power of the heart, because when we find that Divine love and nourish that Divine love within the heart, it nourishes all of the organs and brings spiritual healing to all of the physicality. That has to do with Mystic healing. We don’t need to focus on different points on the body. The most essential point to fix is the heart. If we fix the heart and energize the heart and bring the Divine Presence into the heart, then all of the being will be fixed; all of the being will be nourished and filled with the light of that Divine love.
This whirling dance activates divine and sacred power in the dancer
The Jewish don’t record and broadcast our Whirling Dance, but the Mystics (Sufi) of Turkey do.
These Mystics (called Sufi) of Turkey has adopted the Jewish Whirling dance as their own. Here they are on You Tube
Here are the Sufis on PBS, I think you have to register with PBS or sign in with your Facebook, and/or maybe Twitter account