Dear Treasured Community of East Bay Sufi Camp and the Berkeley Dances,
As Charles Dickens said, "It was the Best of times, it was the worst of times" and per Hazrat Inayat Khan "life is an opportunity!" so we have our individual opportunities and our collective ones, and we are perpetually faced with how to fulfill all the gifts we have been given to optimize our very time limited lives into marvelous contributions to existence that our great opportunity allows before we drop back into the ocean of oneness full time. So wishing you all the very best as you ride the crests of the waves of life and fly up amid all the turbulence into the glory of your moment in the air. May we sparkle our most brilliant and also fulfill our highest destinies--- for ourselves and each other.
And Happy Soulstice! We continue to keep our home fires burning with our monthly Zoom dance circle, next Dance circle will be this Saturday 6/27 at 7PM. details below. Also below, check for special upcoming Tapping Zikr event, and a bundle of encouraging resources for learning more how to heal what is broken due to racism in Favor of Oneness.
Dances of Universal Peace Zoom Meeting:
SATURDAY 6/27 at 7:00 PM--9:00 PM Meeting will open at 6:30 PM for those who wish to chat or work out any techy issues in advance.
Sharifa Karen is kindly hosting this zoom session for us:
Topic: Berkeley Dances of Universal Peace
Time: Sat June 27th 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
We will mostly have all muted except the host for most of the time, but we will have a chance to chant some Huus and other sacred sounds together that do not require unison and so are unaffected by audio lag.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 380 178 3512
Meeting ID: 380 178 3512
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcJJ6N44MD
Happily Sharifa Karen and Sadaya are co-hosting this dance circle together and per positive feedback received, for most of the program there will always be one of us demonstrating dance moves while the other is singing and playing an instrument.
Special Tapping Zikr Event Saturday 7/6 at 6:45 PM:
Dear all, many of you may already be aware that I am a certified Emotional Freedom Technique "tapping" practitioner/coach and that I am a great enthusiast for what is one of the most amazing research proven helps for everything from anxiety, trauma, pain, to performance and more. And Then all of you know how much I love the Dances of Universal Peace, and the intensive specifically Sufi form of Divine Rememberance that is called Zikr.
Well, it has come to me in an inspiration this week re: what if we combined those things and could do them at the same time? The natural body percussion could provide the same soothing rhythm and mentally focusing patterns of our movement in zikr but with the added mental and physical health benefits of acupoint tapping, which is like acupressure for mental health.
Those who would like to participate in this grand experiential experiment, are welcome to join me for about 45 min. This will be seated and a combination of spoken and melodic zikr with tapping on acupoints and okay to know absolutely nothing about what that means to start. Please plan to shoot me and email afterward to let me know how it was for you. I will be using free conference call (not zoom, but should be just as easy for you to access):
Here is log in info:
Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-5111
Access code: 333886#
International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/sadaya9
Online meeting ID: sadaya9
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/sadaya9
For additional assistance connecting to the meeting text "Call Me" to the Dial-In number above and you will be called into the conference. Message and data rates may apply.
Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by the exigiences of the age we live in? Trying to make sense of the most recent call for our attention to be part of remedying the pain and suffering imposed by pervasive racism? Perhaps even wanting to feel more closely the connection between Universal Sufi inspiration and this arising impetis and imperative?
The Inayati sister sufi order has been having substantive forums on Race, Equity, and Love which have juicy details such as how did it come to be that a brown skinned south asian man ended up starting a mostly white movement? and how was Hazrat Inayat Khan actually treated when he came to this country? How does this more perverse human condition of racism and the also historically related colonialism relate to the aspirations of the spirit and our heading Toward the One? Pir Zia calls in experts and the forums are a blend of true education with spiritual practice as well as a lot of Grace, Compassion, and Kindness. they are all recorded. Enjoy!
Then on our own front, in the Ruhaniat (the sufi order that started the Dances of Universal Peace so lovers of the Dances are welcome as well), The Next Gen or Youthish set are taking over our next Ruhaniat family gathering, to help support our community in engaging in this vital healing work. This is bound to be a heartful and dynamic way to deepen in both practice and understanding. May the way be Open! Ya Fattah!
|Join Pir Shabda & Friends
Ruhaniat Family Zoom Gathering
Holding Hands in Virtual Space - Part VIII
Video Link to all past Ruhaniat Family ZOOM Gatherings
Audio Link to all past Ruhaniat Family ZOOM Gatherings
Leilah Be's Dances/Zikr Booklets in PDF now available!
PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org - your love offering ~ Dana contribution
Radiant heart love
and then send her an email directly with your request or you can forward me your proof of donation and I will send you copies of the two booklets.
Latest Newsletter from the Dances of Universal Peace of North America:
June 15, 2020
Quarterly Concentration: Racial Justice & Healing
Beloved Dance Community,
The world has seen so many changes in the past few months, with the most recent being the intense uprising against racial injustice triggered by the reprehensible act that led to George Floyd’s death. There is so much pain pouring out into the streets, in the hearts of all people who recognize the urgent need to address this injustice, and now is the time!
Standing in solidarity with those whose hearts and actions are working toward and envisioning the healing of racism in this country, and throughout the world, our quarterly concentration for this summer is on Racial Justice and Healing.
We ask that you bring this concentration into your dance meetings. May we create a new world of love, peace, and harmony for All.
Love and Blessings,
The Board of Dances of Universal Peace North America
True Peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of Justice.
~~~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~~~
Sarvamangalam: Happiness for EveryOne
Blessings and Best Wishes Always
May the Way be Open--
Ya Fattah Ya Fattah Ya Fattah