The Sufi Ruhaniat International is an open spiritual school, based throughout the world, grounded in ancient lineage of Sufism, through the transmission of Pir Hazrat Inayat Khan, Pir Samuel L. Lewis (Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti) and Pir Moineddin Jablonski.  The present spiritual director is Pir Shabda Kahn.

We represent the living tradition of Sufism, the Path of the Heart, through Dances of Universal Peace, Walking and Breath Meditation, Healing, Spiritual Music, Zikr (Remembrance), Art, Spiritual Psychology, and more. For more information about Sufi Runiat visit the international website at www.ruhaniat.org

About Us

John Hakim Bushnell has been a Sufi since 1990. He is a certified Dances of Universal Peace teacher and is a teacher in a Western Sufi order, the Sufi Ruhaniat International.  He is an experienced group facilitator and an accomplished guitarist. His last release was “Love Songs, Chants, and Sufi Blues”. He leads Dances of Universal Peace regularly in the Twin Cities and recently completed a three year training by his teacher, Murshid Saadi/ Dr. Neal Douglas-Klotz in the traditional foundations of Middle Eastern Mysticism. He combines friendly informality with a strong leading style that helps people to feel both comfortable and included.

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Our Practices

John offers teaching and training in the areas of zikr, Dances of Universal Peace and the Aramaic Sayings of Jesus.

The practices of many religions involve sound: prayer, song, chanting. These practices can be approached as reflections of, and connections back to, the First Vibration, the Primal Cause, God in his/her many names.   These three areas are an approach to the mysticism of sound that is modern, rooted in tradition, and genuinely the width of human religious aspiration.  One definition of mysticism is that it is direct, unmediated experience of Love (as in 'God is Love'). To paraphrase the Sufis: Mysticism is based on experiences, not on premises. This is strongly experiential. 

Contact Us

Light Upon Light Sufi Center is located at 3754 Pleasant Avenue in South Minneapolis. For information call Karima at (612) 229-1231 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Most events are free or request a small donation.


Wednesdays7-8:30pm — Ruhaniat Dervish Class
7-9pm — Nur Ashki Jerrahi Zikr
4th Sunday2-4pm — Dances of Universal Peace
4:15-6pm — Potluck