When someone says "Be present," what comes to mind? Be mindful. Be here now. Pay attention. To be present, for many, is a mental act. On the spiritual path, however, presence is something much greater.
Presence enables us to enter a more conscious relationship with Divine Love. It is our passport to spiritual reality. It is an awareness that allows all our human functions — thought, feeling, and action — to be known, developed, and harmonized. Presence shapes our self-image and emotional tone, and it determines the degree of our alertness, openness, and warmth.
Presence is what makes the difference between our being nominally awake and being truly conscious and alive. But how can we develop this precious capacity and discover how it can enhance our self-awareness, self-knowledge, intention, will, contemplation, relationships, and love? How can presence help us develop our relationship with Divine Love, Spirit, God? Through practice.
Kabir Helminski is a Sufi Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order, which traces its inspiration to Jelaluddin Rumi. He is profiled as a Living Spiritual Teacher at Spirituality & Practice. His book Living Presence has become a classic of contemporary spirituality. First published in 1992, well before the recent proliferation of teachings on mindfulness and presence, the book has spawned study groups not only within the Sufi tradition, but in many Christian congregations and seminaries as well.
For this e-course on "Presence - Relationship to Divine Love" he draws upon fourteen centuries of Sufi wisdom to present presence practices that are universally relevant across spiritual traditions. Revisiting concepts first presented in Living Presence, the e-course offers both clarity and depth, and should be satisfying to beginner and mature seeker alike. Themes include the education of the soul, consciously being here, connection to the Divine Source, embodied being, balancing the outer and the inner, balancing self and selflessness, and receptive emptiness.
This e-retreat consists of:
• Twelve emails by Kabir Helminski offering ideas on presence and how it can operate in your life.
• Short audios guiding you through traditional practices for developing presence.
Discover how to use presence to develop a relationship with Divine Love. To register, click on the "Subscribe to E-Course" button below.
(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
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