Allanton May 2019

Murshid Saadi at Allanton

The Beautiful Names of Life

A Sufi Retreat with Neil Douglas-Klotz (Saadi Shakur Chishti)

 

 

Dances of Universal Peace, walking meditation, contemplation, chant, spiritual practice, body awareness and teaching stories from the world’s rich treasure chest of wisdom.

Life presents us with many faces of blessing and unripeness, with challenge and
opportunity. How do we witness it all from a heartfelt place, discovering in the signs
of life the activity of one Heart, one Beloved?

This retreat will continue to explore the original spirituality of the Sufi tradition, the
remembrance of our “original nature,” called fitrah. We will dive into the “beautiful
names,” feeling in them processes that constantly go on within and around us. While
based in the original prayer and spiritual practices of Hazrat Inayat Khan, we will
also explore the ancient nomadic human traditions that underlie all of the world’s
religions. This ancient strain of awareness reveals the earliest remembrances of our
human ancestors, messages in a bottle they left behind to help us understand
ourselves and our world better. When we strip away what is unnecessary from our
hearts and minds, we find the Real within, the more living Life.

This retreat is open to all.

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Thursday Evening:

First evening session:
Standing breath practice.
Round of names.
Introduction to the themes for the retreat.
Seated chant: Alaha nyach.
Dance: Inana lachma d’hayye.
D: Bismillah (first part of Al Asr zikr).
Seated meditation: Al Asr, Ya Rachman, Ya Rahim.
Sufi teaching story: Nasruddin fixing his roof.

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Friday:

First morning session
Healing breaths.
Teaching: Saadi’s work with recovering addicts in San Francisco using Healing Breaths (Water breath helped alcohol addicts, etc.). Wilhelm Reich a big influence on Saadi’s work.
D: Alaha nyach.
T: Concepts of time. Praying with forehead on the earth.
Practice: prostration but while sitting, with minimal movements.

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Second morning session
T: Handout with five suras. Suras 112, 113, and 114 cover ‘the human condition’. 113 & 114 are for ‘taking refuge’ from forgetfulness because if we feel guilty we become ineffective in the now. Sura 103 is Al Asr.
Chant: Inal insana laafi khusr.
Dance: Inal insana laafi khusr.
Silent meditation: Inal insana laafi khusr.

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First afternoon session
T: Wordless words (e.g. ‘Hmm’). Hochmah. Light and dark in time. Nuhra , aor, nur = light/fire. Platonic idea of light = good, dark = bad. Story of Desert Wisdom’s publication.
Wasifa chant: Hu km ah.
Silent meditation: On undertanding, knowing, light.
Chant: Ya nur (leading into silent meditation).

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Second afternoon session
D: Hochmah allatu.
T: Kahlil Gibran’s ‘Jesus’ book is good (get hardback for pics too). Saadi has been editing 4 books of collections of Gibran’s writings.
Practice: Aramaic prayer with movements.

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Evening session
D: First half of Aramaic Prayer cycle.
Silent meditation.
Sufi story.

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Saturday:

First morning session
Healing breaths.
Walks: Sun, air, and Haqq.
Walks: Ya Haqq, Ya Sabur, Ya Iman, Ya Salik.
T: Illallazina aminu wa amilus salli hatti (third line of Sura Al Asr).
D: Illallazina aminu wa amilus salli hatti.
Silent meditation: Illallazina aminu wa amilus salli hatti.

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Second morning session
T: Salik = to give blessing/be of service/openness as a channel for what’s coming through.
Q & A – What do you take from this life to the next? (‘The soul, whence and whither’ by HIK covers this)

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First afternoon session
D: Inana inana nuhre.
T: Interiority ideas of Matthew Fox, Brian Swimme, etc.
Wasifa chant: Ya Fatir, Ya Nasir, Ya Bashir. (Fatir = seed opening/breaking through process. Good for when you are feeling ‘stuck’. Nasir = sense of a new path opening up. Good one to do before doing the ‘making a decision’ practice. Bashir = an extension of Nasir. To send an urgent message, that could change the direction of a person’s life.)

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Second afternoon session
Q & A: How do the Essenes fit in with Mohammed, re. timescales/possible contact? Is there a link between Bashir and Basir?
Chant: La illaha illa hu, kullu shayin haaliqun.
Dance: La illaha illa hu, kullu shayin haaliqun.

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Evening session
D: Al Ikhlas zikr.
Silent meditation: Al Ikhlas.
Sufi teaching story: Sufi of the year.

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Sunday:

Morning session 1
Healing breaths.
Element Walks: singly, then combined.
Q & A: Is the suggested breathing pattern always used when doing the Walks? A: It’s important to incorporate them.
Practice: Prayers – Aramaic prayer, then Mohammed Prayer.
Silent meditation.
T: Early nomad breathing – knowing the difference between held breath and flowing breath. ‘Nf’ sound, as in nephesh/naphsha (held), ‘Aah’ sound, as in ruha, ruach (flowing). Importance of music and language in human development.

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Morning session 2
Chant: Hu Allah.
T: Wa tawasaw bil haqqi, wa tawasaw bis sabr (last line of Al Asr zikr).
D: Wa tawasaw bil haqqi, wa tawasaw bis sabr
Silent meditation.

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