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The Esoteric School

In Sufism, there is no dogma; there are no creeds. However, there are assumptions.  There is the assumption that there is a great and glorious Reality that we can’t see with our ordinary eyes.  There is also the assumption that each person can attune him- or herself to that Reality, until it becomes a daily, living Presence.  This is the path of the mystic. This is the path of the Sufi.  


One Sun San Diego Sufi Circle meets once a month to explore the teachings of Universal Sufism.  The focus is on the development of a mystical awareness through the heart which transcends religious differences, while respecting the diversity of religious beliefs. Seekers of all faiths are welcome.


Practices include zikr, Dances of Universal Peace, song, poetry, prayer, breath practices, sound practices, teachings from the mystics and the religions of the world, as well as the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis.


For more information, call Louise Jacobus 619.415.3568.  (This is her office number. Please leave a message.)


Sufism is the wisdom of the heart that is purified of egoism and dogmatism.  It is the essence of religion. The ideal of the Sufi is to recognize God’s spirit in its manifestation and to become conscious of the divinity of the human soul.


One Sun San Diego Sufi Circle is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, as a local affiliate of Sufi Ruhaniat International.



Dances of Universal Peace




The Dances of Universal Peace were first offered by Samuel L. Lewis in the 1960's. Murshid Sam, as he is often called, was deeply influenced by Hazrat Inayat Khan,  the Sufi teacher who brought Universal Sufism to the West in 1910, and by Ruth St. Denis, a pioneer of modern dance.

Murshid Sam studied deeply in the traditions of Sufism, Zen Buddhism, esoteric Christianity and Judaism, as well as the wisdom traditions of India.  He was recognized as a Murshid, master, Roshi or teacher in many lineages.

More important than any formal recognition, however, was his ability to convey a living experience of the Spiritual Presence through the practices and dances he taught. By incorporating spiritual teachings of breath, walk, energy and sacred sound into these simple dances, he created a form of joyous and transformative spiritual practice available to all.

Since their humble beginnings in a garage with a few students, the dances have now spread around the world. Currently, there are over 500 Dances of Universal Peace, and there are dance circles meeting regularly all over the globe.

Our dance circle in San Diego is part of this world-wide network of dance meetings. 

For information about the International Network, go to:
 http://www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org

For information about activities in North America, visit:
http://www.dancesofuniversalpeacena.org/

Many Dances of Universal Peace can be found on YouTube. 

Here are a few examples:

Shiva's Drum 

Om Namo Amitabhaya  

Da Pacem Domine 

Kalama

My House Shall Be A House Of Prayer For All People

 
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