Crewe Feb 2015

Recordings of the 2015 Annual Retreat at the Oblate Retreat Centre, Crewe

Friday – Sunday, 27 February – 1st March 2015

Oblate Retreat Centre, CreweDancing from the Heart into the Stillness of the Mind

With
Saadi Neil Douglas Klotz and
Philip Tansen O’Donohoe

How can we learn to listen to our inner voice?

Many people these days seem to be busy all of the time yet end each day with so many things still left undone. The emphasis in life is always on doing rather than being. The mind is constantly active, the body often tense and people wonder why they get ill. Though they may realise this not a healthy way to live they have forgotten how to create enough space to relax and revitalise the mind, body and spirit. Amidst all this activity the inner voice can rarely if ever even be heard let alone acted upon.

We most likely get our cars serviced regularly otherwise they will break down. We wouldn’t think of not doing so. Yet our human vehicles also need regular maintenance, physically, mentally and spiritually yet many people neglect to take care of themselves in such ways often until its too late.

Meditation, Sufism, Yoga and other spiritual disciplines are all forms of regular maintenance we can give to our human vehicles, our bodies, hearts and minds. Many of know this yet we can still choose to ignore our own needs.

Once you give yourself the time to experience a sense of spaciousness you will then be in tune with your whole being. You will be more receptive to your inner voice. You will then naturally take the time you know you need for yourself.

“The real middle path is not to adhere to popularity or unpopularity but to watch for the divine signs which are in us and by listening to the heart with the inner ear, one can find the divine guidance every moment of one’s life.”

Murshid Samuel L. Lewis

The art of silence: When we develop the art of silence we will find a whole universe of vibration operating there. This silence is not empty it is filled with all potentialities. As we calm the agitations of the mind we can draw from this sea of potential each present moment.

The art of Spiritual Dancing: Spiritual dance can be a healing balm for the heart and the mind. The refinement and quality of atmosphere created through such movement and sound practices enables one to become more quickly receptive to the inner planes of consciousness.

Our emphasis on this weekend retreat will be both on the deeper aspects of dancing and meditative practices. As we really cultivate the heart and engage the whole being more fully in the dances this creates a more conducive inner environment to help us develop our own deeper insights. Such insights and intuitions will begin to shed more light on how we can live our life, inner and outer, more fully.

As we travel further on this inner path of awakening we develop a greater sense of inner freedom and equanimity of mind. Whenever we need to act there is always spontaneous right action. We live more in the present moment. We learn to trust and act upon our intuition. Our focus is more on being rather than doing. We come to know a harmony of body, heart and mind.

“There is no end to the variety and outward appearance of spiritual souls in life, but at the same time there is no better way of living in this world, and yet living the inner life, than being one’s self, outwardly and inwardly.

Whatever be one’s profession, work or part in the outer life, to perform it sincerely and truthfully, to fulfill one’s mission in the outer life thoroughly, at the same time keeping the inner realization that the outer life, whatever be one’s occupation, should reflect the inner realization of truth.”

Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan

RECORDINGS:

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Friday 27th Feb 2015

Evening Session Tansen: Welcome and Invocation
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Tansen: Dance: Shalom
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Saadi: Dance: Abwoon
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Saadi: Talk; Chant: Ya Wali.
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Tansen: Dance: Sri Ram Jai Ram
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Saadi: Dance: Dervish Bismillah zikr cycle.
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Saturday 28th Feb 2015

Morning practices Saadi: Exercises, healing breaths
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First morning Session Tansen: dance: Estaferallah
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Tansen: teachings
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Second morning Session Tansen: dance: Bhairava
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Saadi: dance: Alastu bi-rabbikum
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Saadi: teachings on Ya Dayin
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First afternoon Session Saadi: dance: From Sura Fateha: Bismillah
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Tansen: dance: Ishq Allah Maboudlillah
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Tansen: teachings
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Saadi: dance: From Sura Fateha: Alhamdulillah
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Second afternoon Session Tansen: dance: Mahamrityunjaya Mantra
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Saadi: dance: La hawla wala quwata illah billah
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Saadi: teachings
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Evening Session Saadi: dance: La ilaha illa anta subhanaka
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Tansen: dance: Custom Zikr
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Tansen: meditation
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Saadi: Story
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Tansen: dance: Kalama
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Sunday 1st March 2015

Morning Practices
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First morning session Saadi: dance: Bismillah (from sura Al Iklas)
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Tansen: dance: Bismillah
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Saadi: dance: Abba Abada
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Tansen: teachings
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Tansen: dance: Haimanutki
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Second morning session Saadi: teaching (Subuhun Kudusun)
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Saadi: dance: Subuhun Kudusun
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Tansen: dance: Alaho Akbar
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Notices
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Afternoon session Saadi: dance: Det habwoon hud l’hud aykana d’ena ahebtakhun
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Tansen: dance: Kalama
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Tansen: meditation. Sing: May All Beings Be Well
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