Rudramandir: A Center for Spirtuality and Healing @ 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
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If you have ever wanted to learn about Sufism and its universal message to an individual, group, society or the world, here is a beautiful opportunity.
"WORSHIPPER, WARRIOR, LOVER, THIEF..." / MYSTICAL THEATER OF ARCHETYPES(There is a Series Description below this description of the session)
In your spiritual quest, are you a Worshipper or a Warrior? In your close relationships are you a Lover -- or a Thief? Or are you a Fool, a Reformer, an Arsonist, a Saint? Do you despair that you are stuck as you are, flawed, incomplete? Or can you see yourself as an unfolding, a verb, a becoming?
Our first session is about archetypes and roles. Putting it simply, we are born into or inherit an archetype; we adapt to or play, enact roles. As if this were not enough human bondage, we are usually playing given scripts. Possibly scripts that have run for generations in our families.In this session, we look at some of the archetypes and how they make themselves known to us, what kind of potentials they offer. Also, we'll talk about how, by deeply filling a role, we may be able to transcend what we think are its limitations. We'll look at the positive in, for example, the Thief archetype, or the negative in the Saint archetype, and how to add choice in our behavior and responses. In the creative play experiential, celebrated Bay Area theatre director and Commedia del Arte expert Bruce Bierman will lead us into a deeper understanding and an embodiment of mystical archetypes. And give us the taste of the fun that we can have with them.
From July to December 2018, Bay Dervish will host monthly evening gatherings at Rudramandir in Berkeley, a 6-session series called Sufism & the Art of Living. Each evening will be in two parts: a talk/conversation with space for questions, followed by a creative play experience or experiential. The talks will be given by Murshid Kiran Rana; different teachers and artists will guide the experientials.
Sufism is, essentially, a search for and an opening to love, asking us to find our wholeness in our humanness. Associated for a long time with Islam, Sufism is increasingly universal in its expression, embracing many traditions, teachings, lineages and schools.
The phrase The Art of Living is a seed idea; its purpose is to help us understand that we can bring grace, style, creativity, authenticity and spirit to how we live. Rather like the chakras of yogic mysticism, the six talks address aspects of life that are active in each of us: knowing ourselves; sensing the inner life; having fulfilling emotional and sexual relationships; nurturing imagination; moving with confidence; responding with heart to the planet and all beings. The seventh chakra, the crown, is the integration we make of all this, a vision of Oneness.
All are welcome. The talks may be provocative. They may be dreamlike. We will also explore insights and actions that can liberate us, lift us up when we feel incomplete or helpless. There will be time for questions and suggestions for deeper inquiry and those who want to follow-up personally with Murshid Kiran can arrange times to do so.
The creative play experiences, the experientials, are a way for the ideas from the talks and discussion to find a home in your body, in your physical knowing and doing. Each experiential is led by an expert guide and developed jointly with Murshid Kiran and other friends. They will be complete in themselves but could also become the beginning of a whole new journey.
About Murshid Kiran Rana
Murshid Kiran Rana is a mystic, a teacher, a storyteller, and a friend. Born and raised in India, in 1973 he traveled to the West where he met the Sufi mystic, Fazal Inayat-Khan, and joined his Khankah (residential Sufi community). He spent the first seven years of his Sufi training living and working in close proximity to his teacher and was rebirthed in the fire of that experience. In 1981, Kiran moved to California where, for 35 years, he published books on physical and emotional health, dealing with trauma, becoming whole. He also led workshops on poetry and music, often teaching through the Sufi musical form called qawwali. During that time he also became a Murshid (guide) in the Sufi Way, the progressive Sufi order started by Fazal Inayat-Khan.
In 2014, Kiran gave up publishing and devoted himself full-time to the practice and teaching of Sufism. In addition to regular zikr and qawwali gatherings at Bay Dervish, he currently teaches an online webinar called A Taste of Sufism, interacting with participants who range from absolute newcomers to long-time Sufi teachers.
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