What we're about

From the outside it looks like we are holding hands, singing the Names of God from all around the world, and doing easy round dance forms.

From the inside we are having quick and radical shifts in awareness as an entire group. The Persian poet Rumi speaks of "the Wine of Love". Jesus speaks of "the Peace that passes understanding." The Buddha speaks of "the Emptiness", not as absence but as potentiality. These and more are available, not as poetic ideas but as direct experience. Easy and direct, all dances are taught as for beginners each time. We really work at not having an in-group and an out-group.

We believe that all religions can lead to direct experience of our Divine Source. We do not honor any particular path over another, letting effectiveness determine what is right for each person. What works is what's right. If you are interested in the adventure of the vast inner life of the Spirit then this is one of the many good ways to begin. For more info: www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org

Upcoming events (5)

Zikr-The Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of Divine Unity

The Light Upon Light Sufi Center in the Center for Performing Arts

There will be an open Zikr this Wednesday. Open means anyone of any experience level is welcome. Zikr means the Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of God, a traditional ecstatic practice of the Sufis, as observed by the order of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. We will be singing very old sacred phrases in Arabic, some of which mean: "We begin in the Name of Divine Unity" "All of Reality is contained within Divine Unity" "Divine Unity is constantly vibrating into all forms, in all times and places." This practice is noted for producing good feeling. It was one of the central practices of the Persian poet Rumi, allowing him the Divine Expansion and Insight from which he wrote his poetry. Both beginners and those with experience gain enormous benefit. The Sufis frequently refer to Divine Unity as "The Friend." The Friend, who is always happy to see us and who we are always happy to be with. Come. . . make friends. This event is free and open. The Zikr now begins at 7 PM with basic orientation to practice, history, and the stories of the teachers and people of the Ruhaniat Sufi Order. This will be mostly practice and stories, with very little lecture. Sufism is vast and a little information at the beginning can be of great help in navigating it.

Zikr-The Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of Divine Unity

The Light Upon Light Sufi Center in the Center for Performing Arts

There will be an open Zikr this Wednesday. Open means anyone of any experience level is welcome. Zikr means the Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of God, a traditional ecstatic practice of the Sufis, as observed by the order of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. We will be singing very old sacred phrases in Arabic, some of which mean: "We begin in the Name of Divine Unity" "All of Reality is contained within Divine Unity" "Divine Unity is constantly vibrating into all forms, in all times and places." This practice is noted for producing good feeling. It was one of the central practices of the Persian poet Rumi, allowing him the Divine Expansion and Insight from which he wrote his poetry. Both beginners and those with experience gain enormous benefit. The Sufis frequently refer to Divine Unity as "The Friend." The Friend, who is always happy to see us and who we are always happy to be with. Come. . . make friends. This event is free and open. The Zikr now begins at 7 PM with basic orientation to practice, history, and the stories of the teachers and people of the Ruhaniat Sufi Order. This will be mostly practice and stories, with very little lecture. Sufism is vast and a little information at the beginning can be of great help in navigating it.

Zikr-The Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of Divine Unity

The Light Upon Light Sufi Center in the Center for Performing Arts

There will be an open Zikr this Wednesday. Open means anyone of any experience level is welcome. Zikr means the Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of God, a traditional ecstatic practice of the Sufis, as observed by the order of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. We will be singing very old sacred phrases in Arabic, some of which mean: "We begin in the Name of Divine Unity" "All of Reality is contained within Divine Unity" "Divine Unity is constantly vibrating into all forms, in all times and places." This practice is noted for producing good feeling. It was one of the central practices of the Persian poet Rumi, allowing him the Divine Expansion and Insight from which he wrote his poetry. Both beginners and those with experience gain enormous benefit. The Sufis frequently refer to Divine Unity as "The Friend." The Friend, who is always happy to see us and who we are always happy to be with. Come. . . make friends. This event is free and open. The Zikr now begins at 7 PM with basic orientation to practice, history, and the stories of the teachers and people of the Ruhaniat Sufi Order. This will be mostly practice and stories, with very little lecture. Sufism is vast and a little information at the beginning can be of great help in navigating it.

Sufi Dancing

Holistic Gateway

"Dances" of Universal Peace (AKA Sufi* Dancing) (on Zoom) Sunday, 7:00 - 9:15 pm (1st sunday of each month) Come and weave a circle of sacred presence through the ethers to support all beings in this strange time. Honor and open to the heart of wisdom in all the spiritual traditions of the world by singing sacred songs and dancing simple steps in an attuned "circle" of universal prayer. No former experience is necessary. you'll learn the words, songs and steps we'll be using (and you can always use your own) in a comfortable setting, and be nourished by some good company in the middle of the evening (bring your own refreshments this time). All are welcome. Click here to get your free ticket and access info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dances-of-universal-peace-tickets-103853312052 Saleem's a certified dance leader who's been participating in the dances since 2010, and has been on a program of intensive spiritual and musical study with mentors since 2014. Now he's learning how to offer more and more rewarding practices to dance-lovers online, and it's a very interesting journey. Please feel free to call or email with any questions Saleem [masked] [masked] *"Sufi" The mystical side of Islam is often what this word refers to, but in the universalist lineage which birthed the Dances, we find a different meaning: "The Sufi movement is a group of people, belonging to different religions, who have not left their religions but have learned to understand them better; and their love is in life, as the love for God and humanity, instead of for a particular sect. The principle work that the Sufi movement has to accomplish is to bring about a better understanding between East and West and between the nations and races of this world. And the note that the Sufi message is striking at the present time is the note which sounds the divinity of the human soul – to make human beings recognize the divinity in the human soul." "There is one Holy Book, the sacred manuscript of nature, which truly enlightens all readers." -Hazrat Inayat Khan For more info on the dances: Dances of Universal Peace (https://dancesofuniversalpeacena.org/) And the universalist Sufi order they come from: Sufi Ruhaniat International (http://www.ruhaniat.org/index.php/aboutsri/welcome)

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Zikr-The Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of Divine Unity

The Light Upon Light Sufi Center in the Center for Performing Arts

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