Sufism is both the mystical inner tradition of
Islam and the aquifer of spiritual depth that exists beneath the surface of life, taking different forms in different times, places and cultures.
The dervish, or Sufi student, is a door between the worlds - the inner and the outer, the seen
and the Unseen, the self and the Self. Inshallah
(God willing), our Center is also such a doorway.
A spiritual practice intensive with Murshida Tasnim Fernandez on the Element Breaths, Walks, and Turns
Sometimes we need to flow like Water. Other times require the stability and balance of Earth. Then again, the pulse and heat of Fire may serve, or the unforeseeable swirl of Air. The Element Breaths and Walks can present exactly the right tools for the varied conditions of life.
The Element Breaths and Walks are part of the body of practice that underlies the Dances of Universal Peace, but these Breaths and Walks can have a much wider application. Each Breath contains both transcendence and practical utility. Each human being is a unique lens for the experience of the Elements. Hazrat Ali says, ”Know thyself and thou shalt know God.” Join us to move strongly and directly toward self-knowledge, toward skillful ease in relationship, and toward comfort of being.
In 1971, Murshida Tasnim was initiated by Hazrat Pir Vilayat Khan into the Sufi Order of the West. Tasnim co-founded the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace with Saadi Neil Douglas-Klotz in 1982. She has studied Spiritual Dance and Walk with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer including the Element Walks, the Astrological Walks, Centering Walks, and Walks of the Masters, Saints, and Prophets. She is an ordained Cherag (minister) and a Siraj (authorized to train and ordain new ministers) of the Universal Worship of the Church of All. She is an inspired and inspiring speaker.
When: September 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2014. This is the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the last weekend in September.
Where: Friday night and Saturday day will be at the Triune Masonic Lodge, 1898 Iglehart Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Saturday night and Sunday morning will be at The Light Upon Light Sufi Center, 3754 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55409.
Can I Come For Part Of It? People always ask this.
Friday night - $15. All of Saturday day - $100. Saturday night - $20.
Coming for part of Saturday day is not an option. Coming just Sunday is not an option. The building of the group consciousness is an integral part of the experience. Too much coming and going interferes with its building, so we don’t encourage coming and going.
What Will I Eat? We are responsible for our own food with the exception of Saturday lunch for which we will have catered box lunches. If you have special needs in regard to food it's best to both let us know and bring or buy your own supplies. We have restaurants and co-ops of all kinds. There will be an extra charge of $8.00 (we think, we haven’t priced it out yet) if you want a box lunch.
The regular Sufi Ruhaniat International zikr is changing names. It will now be called Dervish Class. It will meet at the usual time, Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Dervish Class will still be a zikr, but it will also include practices of mastery that support the zikr. These practices illuminate the nature of Soul and help build a spiritual toolbox to meet the needs of Life. This begins in September. You can expect to work hard in this class. Visitors are welcome but should come prepared to exert themselves.
A seminar at the University of the Real and a bath in the Fountain of Divine Love, both at once. Most traditional sufi orders do a litany of this kind. The form varies, but the words are taken from the Qur'an, prayers of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and the founder of the particular tariqa (sufi order). We use both Arabic and English. This is an advanced group for diving deeper and experiencing some of the hidden treasures within the Indescribable Ocean.