2004 Sufi Conference
May 13 - 16, 2004

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Uniting Inner and Outer
A Sufi Conference, May 13 - 16, 2004

Lecture and Session Descriptions

On Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon there will be a variety of Sessions offered. These Sessions will provide an experience of Sufism through lectures, meditation, music, dreamwork, zikr, and other mystical practices.

 If the eye of the heart is open
In each atom there will be
one hundred secrets.

- Attâr

The Journey of the Soul
Shahabuddin David Less
Friday 2:30pm - 4:30pm and Saturday 2:30pm - 4:30pm

This workshop introduces the Sufi view of the soul's journey, from the Limitless to this world of form and the return journey. Shahabuddin uses short meditation, humor, group questions, movement and storytelling to awaken the soul's memory.

What Kind of Human Being is Needed Today?
Kabir Helminski
Friday 2:30pm - 4:30pm and Saturday 10:00am - noon

Sufism is a process of becoming totally, comprehensively human. The human ego cannot teach humanness, but something in us knows. Sufism grows out of the state of Insan al Kamil, the comprehensive human being, the living revelation, the word made flesh. Rumi is one of those who speaks profoundly to our time from this state. Today time moves fast and our humanness is under assault in many ways. The compression of time, the advance of technological powers, the intensity of life requires nothing less than the development of true humanness.

Conversations with the Beloved
Camille Helminski
Friday 2:30pm - 4:30pm and Saturday 2:30pm - 4:30pm

As we journey, the Beloved is continually calling us Home. How do we listen? How do we respond? We will explore together the Way of the Sufi, friend with friend, friend with Friend. During our time together we will touch upon the living examples of several Sufi women and men who lived in Unity and in profound relationship, among them Rabi'a, Umm Abdallah at-Tirmidhi, Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, and Shams of Tabriz. We will also explore the process of the Mevlevi sema (whirling ceremony) as a metaphor for the journey of the soul, and immerse together in contemplation and zhikr.

Abide in the Silence and She will Come
Ma Lynn Barron
Saturday 10:00am - noon

Hear the invitation to enter the quiet stillness so that the sacred truth can speak Itself. In meditation one is watching, waiting for the approach to Beauty. She is: a radiant source of Light, the eternal, unveiled. Join Lynn in meditation. We go into the Silence where the Divine Reality secretly reveals Itself.

Dancing for Joy: Dances of Universal Peace
(Sufi Dancing)
Khatiba Grais

Saturday 10:00am - noon and 2:30pm - 4:30pm

We come together to sing our praises to God and to experience our divine nature through prayer in motion where every movement speaks to our embodiment of the essence of the Only Being. We will share in the practice of various zikrs and partake in dances which draw from diverse religious traditions, supporting us in our quest for Realization.

Sufi Meditation
Pir Zia Inayat Khan

Saturday 10:00am - noon

Our subtle faculties remain dormant until stimulated by presence. The primary object of meditation in Sufism is the awakening of consciousness and conscience in the heart.

Catching the Thread:
Dreamwork as a Spiritual Practice
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Saturday 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Sufi dreamwork helps us to understand the spiritual guidance of our dreams, and to grasp the golden thread that is our own inner path. This thread, hidden within the heart, reveals itself in dreams. Finding this thread we learn to follow our deepest destiny and weave it into the fabric of our life.

Remembering the Beloved -- Zikr Allah
with Imam Bilal Hyde

Introduction: Friday 4:45pm - 5:45pm and Zikr: Friday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The Sufi recites the Beautiful Names of Allah in order to polish the heart, purify the soul, balance the emotional body and illuminate the Eternal Light of the spirit. Calling upon the Beloved with the "breath of divine compassion" increases the heart's longing for the Face of Allah, so that the fire of Love is ignited deep within the soul, illuminating every atom of one's being.