USA – DHO 2016 is now a loving and powerful memory. Mashallah!
The atmosphere, ambiance, location, weather, superb food and open hearted communion of souls was transcendent. Some folks were so energized they actually radiated visible light.
We had such an easy time there, the group voted to return to Portland in 2017.
Alton Collins Retreat Center
June 18 (Sunday dinner) to June 24 (Saturday lunch)
— block these dates —
Inshallah! Lama will be ready for us in 2018. And, our family on the ground at Mt. Shasta, are also looking for a new, different gathering place. It will be sweet to re-visit Jiu Kennet Roshi, and Mother Mary once again.
Many thanks to all who presented, with special kudos to both Jude and Murad for making it smooth, and uplifting.
The theme of our 2016 gathering was Peace in the World: Sending, bringing, creating and holding peace – within and without. This is not the peace of the cemetery, but rather a living and vibrant energetic. One cannot give what one does not have. As Murshid Sam clearly stated “I would like to see a peace demonstration, where the demonstrators demonstrated peace.”
The homework given was intended to facilitate this ideal. You may take on this practice if it touches your heart. Please note: This is a five night practice.
Each night, as you lie down to sleep –
Start with the invocation, and feel the Divine Love within your own heart. Expand this love. Reach out and feel your heart connection to all our brothers and sisters: Those who are with us, those who have already left this incarnation, and those who have not yet manifested.
Feel this shared and joined love as a cradle. Holding, enfolding, and supporting you as you float within this cocoon of loving kindness and surrender.
- First night: from this place of inner peace and love – ask GOD what God wishes you to do – so as to manifest and share peace.
- Second night: from this place of inner peace and love – ask one of the Rasuls what they would have you do – so as to manifest and share peace.
- Third night: from this place of inner peace and love – ask one of the departed Pirs of our lineage (Hazrat Inayat Khan, Murshid Sam, Pir Moineddin Jablonski) what they would have you do to manifest and share peace.
- Fourth night: from this place of inner peace and love – ask your personal initiator what they would have you do to manifest and share peace.
- Fifth night: from this place of inner peace and love – ask your high self what they would have you do to manifest and share peace.
You may write me a report if it feels appropriate to do so.
In late August I leave for Russia and Turkey. Light a candle.
hugs and love,
So many helped us in making this a memorable gathering –
to Aslan, who offered choir, evening dance, and gave a loving report on the just concluded Federation meeting in Berlin (with our living Godparents – now 99 and 94, and still wowing them with the depth and clarity of the transmission);
to Ahura, who stepped in when needed, and led a number of dances;
to Siddiq, who held the early morning silent sit; to Siddiq and Sakina who offered formal tea (yummy);
to Richard Mann, who led us in morning yoga and shamanic drumming;
to Sarfaraz, who offered Healing 101 and 102 on a daily basis (still needed, and well received);
to Murad, who led us in a webinar, a daily class and an evening of the Healing Zikr (great juice);
to Noel Hanuman, who organized and led a presentation of the Ramayana;
to Fadhilla, who led the Loving Kindness-Meta Meditation;
to Michael Endlich, who offered both a seminar on amulets, and a meditation on light;
to Katherine/Sophia for her first presentation of the Universal Worship, since being initiated as a Cherag by Saadi;
to Ayesha for her mandala sohbet;
to Shalimar for her soul collage;
and, of course to Nasruddin, who once again showed us the power of healing through laughter.
With special kudos to Shamcher Steven – who helped uplift and update the wifi system at our wonderful retreat center-Alton Collins. And we donated to repair their ancient dish washer and their wifi system. All to the good for next years gathering.
I hope I haven’t forgotten any one. If so, Ghafur! Ghafur! Ghafur! May the forgiveness of God manifest for us all.