SUMMER SCHOOL 2010: 26 June - 3 July
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Steps on the Path:
Travelling a Deeper Way of the Heart
- Introduction to the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Murshid Samuel Lewis and Murshid Moineddin Jablonski - especially for beginners and those exploring taking up Sufi practice;
- Classes for those already on the Sufi path - beginners, middle and more advanced (including Sufi guides);
- Guided retreat processes using Dances of Universal Peace, Sufi zikr and wasaif (mantric practice), walking meditation, body awareness and contemplation, Sufi Soulwork, Sufi healing practice, silence and Sufi teaching stories;
- A way to experience and share practice with the main Ruhaniat Sufi guides in Europe;
- Joyous community with seekers from a dozen countries and languages - "eating, dancing and praying together"
Life often presents us with many challenges, to which we feel the need to respond immediately, with as much grace and wisdom as we can manage at the moment. At the same time, once we enter the spirirtual path, much of what we experience is not driven by outside affairs, but by the inner impulse of our hearts to expand. In essence, life conspires to help us grow, and grow towards more love and life.
The spiritual path is not only about mastering tools to "fix" life, a sort of first-aid approach, but also about taking a wider heart-view of where we are in life, and where we're going. The teachers of the Ruhaniat Sufi lineage have reflected on these "steps on the path", and offered spiritual practice to help us see with the eyes of the heart. A full description of the classes is below.
These are some of the themes we will be exploring in 2010 at our Ruhaniat Summer School in Europe Since the school's beginning eight years ago, we have focused increasingly on providing advanced training for Sufi mureeds and those ready to explore more deeply the Sufi teachings.
Our summer school is dedicated to the service of peace and for the benefit of all living beings. Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (1896-1971) was a mystic schooled in both Zen and Sufism, recognized as a teacher in both traditions, who felt that spirituality should be a matter of living experience, not division and conflict. His spiritual successor, Moineddin Jablonski (1942-2001) believed that spirituality was not fully realized until fully embodied, with all elements of the personality - light and dark - included in a life of joy and compassion. Both lived and taught in the tradition of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927), who brought a tradition of universal Sufism to the west. On this path we recognize equally all the different spititual traditions of the world and honor them as an expression of the Holy.
Whether you are considering beginning a spiritual practice in the Sufi way, or have been travelling awhile, you can find here both guidance and a company of fellow travellers with open hearts and arms ready to embace you. We hope you can join us!
Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti, Director
Classes offered in 2010
Featured Teacher and Summer School Director:
Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Scotland):
Steps on the Path:
Travelling a Deeper Way of the Heart
- based on the papers "Fana-fi-Sheikh" and "Sadhana (Mastery Through Accomplishment)" of Murshid Samuel Lewis and Hazrat Inayat Khan:
This all-school class will take up practice--wasifa, walking meditation, guided contemplation and zikr--that aims to help us progress in life--both outwardly and inwardly. Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis both describe the way of "mastery through accomplishment"--meeting life's challenges, choosing a goal and developing heart-power through reaching it. In addition, both relate the outer journey of life to inner progression in the qualities of peacefulness, joy and love. In the Sufi way, one does not avoid life but meets it with open arms. We do not travel alone but arm-in-arm, in a larger community of heart.
Murshid Saadi will also conduct a smaller class for Sufi guides and advanced students and co-lead a daily session of zikr movement and meditation practice with Khalif Tansen.
Murshida Sophia Gita Onnen (Germany):
The Healing, Integrative and Peaceful Power of Sufi Soulwork
- after the teachings of Murshid Moineddin Jablonski, "A Gift of Life" and "Mental Purification" from himself and Murshid Samuel Lewis:
This work serves as support on the spiritual path of "Unity in Diversity" and "Diversity in Unity." We get to know ourselves better and by "Knowing yourself, you know God." In the meditative Soulwork, we connect with the High Self, our individual "Door to the Divine," which has its own wisdom in guiding and protecting us. At our inner "Table of Holy Wisdom" we embrace all the different inner aspects and voices. Through this inner contact and communication an ever-more integrated "I AM"--and inner peace develops. This helps our will in unison with the Divine will to serve our own growth and that of our communities: for more peace, wisdom, joy, compassion and the ability to love.
Each soul comes to earth in this body with a goal: the real purpose of life. The longing of our soul guides us to the spiritual path, to get to know our human nature better and unite with the divine essence. This path is a personal "wrestling," a process in which we can look at life's challenges like a school. Everything serves learning, and in this sense is a great gift. Old wounds need to be healed, if we want to fulfill our full potential for spiritual growth, and we also need to let go of old behavior-patterns, which no longer serve us. Courageously we learn to look at our inner conflicts and contradictions in thought, feeling and actions, to accept and respect them.
Practices in the class: meditative soulwork, wazaif, prayer, walks, dances, Zikr, Fikr, silence and the Absent Healing Ritual of Hazrat Inayat Khan.
Murshida Baraka von Kügelgen (Germany):
The Art of the Walks: Meditation in Motion and Healing Tools on the Path
- based on selected texts of Murshid Samuel Lewis and Hazrat Inayat Khan:
With various spiritual walking meditations, Murshid Samuel Lewis gave us a singular, most effective instrument to help us in many ways on the spiritual path. Through the Walks we can explore our personality and develop it further; we can feel our body, integrate it and sense it as a divine temple, and we can tune in with higher energies and melt our self-consciousness in God's consciousness. In everyday life the Walks can provide a "quick restart" when we lost our balance, bringing us back to the right rhythm and attunement. In this class we will experiment together with the different types of Walks: the Walks of the centers, the elements, the symbols, wazifa walks, astrological walks and the walks of the masters, saints and prophets. We will also use them in turning and in combinations with one another.
Khalif Tansen Philip O'Donohoe (England):
Spiritual Evolution by the Power of Sound.
- based on "The Metaphysics of Sound" and "Spiritual Training through Music" as well as a number of other writings of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis:
Tansen will present a series of classes primarily, but not exclusively, for Sufi mureeds who have been on the path for awhile and who would like to deepen their practice. Working with sound has been the central core of Tansen's own spiritual development for over thirty years. He will share in an accessible, experiential way what he considers to be some of the most effective sound practices for the journey towards self-realisation. He will explore in some depth the vibrational effects and creative potentiality of such practices as Zikr, wazifa, walks, spiritual dance and the sound of silence itself.
"Therefore the wise have taken sound as the most important science for use in every condition of life; in healing, in teaching, in solving, in accomplishing all things in life, and on it the foundation of zikr was made by Sufis... but by zikr I do not mean one particular phrase; by zikr I mean a science of words. The best use of the science of sound is made in spiritual evolution; by the power of sound or word one can evolve spiritually and experience all different states of spiritual perfection."-- Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.
In addition Khalif Tansen will co-lead a daily session of zikr movement and meditation practice with Murshid Saadi.
Khalif Wali & Sheikha Ariënne van der Zwan (Germany)
The Path of Initiation & Discipleship
- based on the paper of the same name by Hazrat Inayat Khan with commentary by Murshid Samuel Lewis. Through movement (dance and walk), meditation and breath, we 'translate' all to our own everyday experience:
Initiation is taking a step into the unknown, shooting an arrow at an unknown mark. So why take bayat (initiation)? Do I have to stop my bad habits? And what happens if I choose the 'wrong' teacher? On the Sufi path there are no secrets, but no one can tell you what your experience will be once the silsila (chain of initiators) becomes alive in you. Guided by the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis, we will enter these and other questions, living in us, about the Sufi path, initiation, the first stages, the questions or doubts that may arise later on and so forth. As long as we continue, for in the end, as Murshid S.A.M. says, bayat may "open the doors to humanity on earth, to hierarchy in heaven and to Allah in all aspects and planes of existence."
Sheikha Alima Stoeckel (Germany):
Bestowal of blessing:
Receiving, Holding and Sharing the Power of the Heart
- based on the writings of Murshid Samuel Lewis "Bestowal of blessing:
Baraka comes from the heart of the divine. It is positive, live-giving and increases vitality. We will explore and experience how we can receive it, how to hold and increase it and how to be a blessing for the world. We will work with walks, dances, atunement and rituals from the rich treasure of the Ruhaniat transmission.
"The great work of the initiates henceforth will be to spread Baraka. By so doing they will purify the general atmosphere, and by that the message which belongs to the sphere itself will gradually touch the hearts and minds of all who pass through it, who breathe the air or go to the places where the seeds of Baraka have been sown. The spreading of Baraka upon earth will do much to heal the wounds of the earth." --Murshid Samuel Lewis.
Khalif Hauke Jelaluddin Sturm (Germany):
Practical Alchemy for Mind and Soul
- based on Hazrat Inayat Khan's "Philosophy, Psychology, Mysticism" as well as commentaries of Murshid Samuel Lewis on "Mental purification":
Psychology can be a higher alchemy, says Hazrat Inayat Khan, as long as we not only study but also practice it. Through his teachings on psychology, Hazrat Inayat Khan shows himself to be a very sensitive, but also very keen explorer of human behavior. He knows our small problems as well as our deep conflicts, our strengths and our weakness. He brings all of this empathy and wisdom together when he offers practices, in meditation, sound and breath, to awake our hearts and souls. How can we fullfil our purpose in life without knowing ourselves and others? The starting point for him is our everyday life. Every day offers enough material for growth and learning. This deep longing we share to understand life, he says, is the basis for our self-realisation, for the "alchemy of happiness."
Sheikha Rahmana Dziubany (Germany):
Helpers of the Soul: Wazifa and Prayer
- based on the Githa Papers "Ryazat" by Hazrat Inayat Khan with commentary by Murshid Samuel Lewis, and on "The Sufi Book of Life" by Murshid Saadi Shakur Chisti.
For ages, Sufi mystics and poets have seen the heart as a clear mirror that reflects the divine image through our own being. Life as a teacher with all its challenges can leave traces of shadow or rust on our hearts. Following the rich transmission of our sufi lineage we will meet helpers of our soul--wazifa and prayer--as tools for our daily ilfe. We will explore the world of the sifat-i-Allah (the beautiful names of Allah), getting to know them, learning how to work with them and how to use them as a first aid kit in times of need, a process that can be guided by the teacher-friend. Besides this very practical and impersonal approach to wazifa work we will explore the very personal, intimate and individual experience of prayer--creating an atmosphere of surrender, letting go and letting God with the main concentration on our Sufi prayers and the Fateha.
Sound, dance, body prayer, poetry and silence create a space of practice and devotion that help polish the heart.