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C-H-A-N-T Devotional, Spiritual Peace Dances, Ecstatic Dance, and Zikr
C-H-A-N-T Peace Dances, Sacred Chant, Music, Meditation **Now in Central Phoenix, Led by Gaile Rahmana and John Nazir THIS IS A CO-ED EVENT and repeats the 3d Saturday of each month. ** Join us for an evening of community chanting. This practice of awakening the heart with meditation, chant and live music brings a softening and polishing of the heart, using the breath, music, and chanting sacred phrases. And it is just a lot of fun! No experience necessary. All welcome! Similar to the Dances of Universal Peace, or Sufi Dancing, this Zikr evening has a leader who teaches words, melodies and movements. Different from the Dances, the movements tend to be very simple and repetitive in order to inspire unity, deepening into One Heart, One Breath, we are One People. Gaile Rahmana is a Sufi teacher, certified leader of the Dances of Universal Peace, and group facilitator of sacred chants, mantras and movement as meditation. She has offered classes and nature ceremonies for over 30 years. Her approach is loving, playful, intuitive and experiential. An elder in the path of the heart, she shares a depth that arises from years of spiritual practice and brings warmth, joy and enthusiasm to the path of awakening. Zikr is a 1500 year old form of ecstatic chanting that utilizes sacred words and phrases, drawing us toward awakening the heart, enlivening of spirit, and deepening awareness, compassion and joy. Zikr is a moving meditation, with chanting or singing, often enhanced by evocative rhythms and melodies with or without accompaniment of drums or musical instruments. Zikr has a deeply spiritual basis, yet there is no sermon, no dogma, nothing to join. The Zikr offers each person the freedom to learn and develop their own spiritual values at their own pace in their own way. Bring an open mind and a friendly, embracing heart with a desire to stir the soul. Invite folks you know, and let’s renew our friendships, expand our hearts, and bring joy and clarity to the path of awakening. Please join us! $10 donation gratefully accepted "Forget yourself, get into the spirit of song, rise and fall on the waves of ecstasy, and express your pure being. Then you escape all differences, all divisions, all duality, all pain, all sorrow". Murshid Samuel L. Lewis, founder of the Dances of Universal Peace

Creative Living Fellowship

6530 North 7th Street · Phoenix, AZ

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This Meetup is for anyone who likes to dance, sing, and learn about and celebrate the world's spiritual traditions while enlivening the heart and awakening the spirit!

The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances using sacred phrases from the world’s spiritual traditions, joined with live music and movement, to create embodied prayers that allow us to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves, and recognize it in others.

Celebrating our interconnectivity in furtherance of the cause of peace and understanding, this multi-faith meditation of body, mind, and spirit enlivens awareness of the essential unity we share.

Circling to share and explore, uplift, and celebrate the essential unity of the people of all cultures, we embody prayer through movement, walk, chant, and song. Participants report that these joyous, easy-to-learn dances serve as a transformative spiritual practice, opening the heart, bringing joy, mindful awareness, a feeling of community, and a deep sense of peace.

The Dances of Universal Peace are as old as human history. Representing an ancient lineage, they emerged in their current form and name in the early and middle 20th century, grounded in the teachings of Indian Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan and his American student, interfaith mystic Samuel L. Lewis. The Dances (also known as "Sufi Dancing") have since spread all over the world with more than 1,000 Dance Leaders guiding circles in 35 countries and are a living celebration of the “Unity of Religious Ideals” that exists at the core of all spiritual and wisdom traditions.

Embody your commitment to justice, non-violence, and peace with this moving meditation and body prayer practice that honors and celebrates the beauty and truth immanent in all beings. Come sing and dance with new and familiar friends from all faiths and creeds, recognizing and feeling the sacred heart connection that unites us all. The Dances help us cultivate inner compassion, awareness, openness and acceptance, which foster a lived theology or ethic of peace, inspiring outer action toward nonviolence, understanding and care for all of creation.

Earth-centered dances are an important part of the Dance tradition and help us integrate this wisdom at a deep level. The simple yet radical act of becoming more present, grounded in, and aware of our bodies through breath, voice and movement facilitates within us a deep spiritual knowing that reveals and honors our unity with Mother Earth and all beings. The Dances by their very nature promote an experience of wholeness that cannot be bought, derived through consumer actions or secured by the accumulation of wealth. This leads to outward commitments, on individual and collective levels, that are grounded in the mutually supportive goals of sustainability, respect, justice, love, and peace.

Live music and simple steps joyfully touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and all beings. All dances are taught by certified leaders. There are neither performers nor audience and the simple songs and dances are taught as we go along. No musical skills or dance experience of any kind are required and everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes and come dance!

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