Researcher of Political Science & Classical Islam. Initiated by the Khwajagan i-Naqshband.
Q: Is there something more I can do in order to progress towards the point of spiritual unveiling more quickly?
A: You can do nothing except to follow. Follow your Guide: his orders, his examples, his manners. If you concentrate on following him you will precede along the path with him: to follow is important, nothing else.
Even if you can only manage to connect to and remember your Sheikh once a day, that will be enough for you to be written as his follower. It means you have boarded that “train” and are still riding on it. As long as the train continues on towards its destination you will move towards yours as well. Even if you are not working as hard as you should for your spiritual life, it doesn’t matter so much, for you are still aboard the train- and be you asleep on the floor on the third class car: the train is moving and you are on it. What is important is to take a train.
Yes, even if you are asleep day and night you may progress if you just keep up your connection with your Sheikh. Pointing to this fact is the saying of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, that on the Last Day everyone will be raised up with his loved ones. So the more you love your Sheikh, the more you should be able to follow his orders and examples in obedience to Allah Almighty and His Prophet. But even the laziest follower will not be left behind until he reaches his station. For if he is asleep the conductor will come and wake him up, saying “wake up, wake up, we have arrived at your station.” Then he would groggily reply “What? Have we really arrived?”, “Yes, take your baggage and go.”
Source: Mercy Oceans: Pink Pearls, By Sheikh Nazim Al-Qubrusi, p.50