Posts Tagged ‘Sufism’

Devotion + Dedication = Enlightenment

December 16, 2010

A religious or spiritual path that demands that I  follow an external set of rules based on the experience of others does not appeal to me. I value paths that encourage me to seek my own experiences through inner exploration and discovery.

Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
Kahlil Gibran

Sufism is one such path. Guidance is required but it is up to the spiritual seeker to do the work necessary to gain enlightenment. Click here for my video interview on the principles of Sufism with Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe, the leader of the Shadhiliyya Sufi order in the United States, and the founder of both the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center and the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism.

Self-Realization Fellowship is another path that demands much of its followers. As founder Paramahansa Yogananda said in a Thursday evening talk at the Self-Realization Fellowship temple in Encinitas, California, some sixty years ago:

Most religions try to hold followers by rousing their emotions or intellect, or insisting on blind belief in theological dogma. But the Masters of India hold you by (more…)

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe’s Minneapolis Lectures and Workshop SEP 23-26

August 30, 2010

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

Sufi healer Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe will be in Minneapolis from Thursday, September 23, through Sunday, September 26, to lecture and conduct a weekend workshop. All the events are designed to introduce participants to Sufi teachings.

He will be speaking at All God’s Children Metropolitan Church in Minneapolis Thursday evening, September 23, and then presenting a weekend workshop Friday night through Sunday at Unity Christ Church in Golden Valley.

Click here to register for these events.

Ibrahim is a licensed medical doctor as well as a spiritual (more…)

My Video Interview With Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe on Principles of Sufism

August 29, 2010

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe

It was my pleasure, privilege and honor to interview Sufi healer Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe about the principles of Sufism. I’ve known Ibrahim for a dozen years and I always enjoy our discussions. He is a man of great love and wisdom and I am always happy to share his insights and loving energy with others.

The following interview was conducted on August 25, 2010. I asked him six primary questions about Sufism. Because we wanted each of the questions to function as a standalone video, each video begins with an introduction and an opening prayer.

Here is Ibrahim’s bio:

Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe is a licensed medical doctor, as well as a spiritual teacher and a gifted master healer in the sufi tradition. He is the leader of the Shadhiliyya Sufi order in the United States, and the founder of both the Shadhiliyya Sufi Center and the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism. Ibrahim lives in northern California, where he continues to teach, travel and work on his forthcoming book.

I was fortunate enough to attend one of Ibrahim’s weekend workshops back in 1998 and I can attest that the experience was life-changing. The lessons I learned about love and healing in those three days still resonate deeply within me today and inform much of my work.

if you are interested in learning and studying with Ibrahim, or wish to schedule a one-on-one healing session with him, click here to visit his website. You will also find free audio downloads.

Click here to visit the website of the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism website.

Many thanks to Pat Aylward, Ibrahim’s loyal devotee in Minneapolis, who arranged the interview and supplied the questions. Thanks also to Steve Walsh, who provided the video equipment and technical expertise.

Here are the six videos, which range in length from nine to sixteen minutes. Also included is a two-minute bonus video in which Ibrahim shares a story that illustrates the inherent perfection in apparently less-than-perfect events. (more…)