Sufi Healing Circle

Healing altar with amber representing the magnetism of the earth, water for purity, incense for prayer and aspiration rising, and flowers for life. Click here for the symbolism of the winged heart, halfway down the page.

Monday was our first healing circle in the Dome. We reviewed the altar and the attitude for the healing service, shared some voice and breath practices together, and then did the healing ritual.

This healing service was brought into the world by Hazrat Inayat Khan, who brought Sufism to the west, teaching in Europe and America from 1910 until 1926. His tomb is in Delhi in the Nizamuddin Basti, and is well worth a visit if you have a few hours in town. More information is available on Tsukina’s primary Sufi lineages through the Inayati and Ruhaniat orders.

Inayat Khan’s European students wanted to be spiritual healers, and he was concerned that some of them had developed neither a strong breath nor a mild ego. To channel the desire to offer healing, this ritual was born, for in a group, the ego more easily recedes, and the individual breath rhythms even out in the group breath.

The healing ritual consists of three invocations, three meditations, and three prayers, in which we offer ourselves to be used as a channel for the divine healing power. The names of those who have requested healing are read. After the names, a space is held for other known and unknown beings who need healing, and for the earth, followed by a final prayer.

People must request to be on the healing list, for by asking one makes oneself open to the energies. While the names are being read, the ritual participants hold a sacred phrase on the breath and concentrate on the highest unfoldment of the person’s soul. We do not know what healing looks like for a person, and we are simply allowing the divine healing to act upon them, rather than offering any direction of our own.

While we try to hold the widest conception of the Divine and recognize that all concepts ultimately fail to encompass the Divine, it’s also true that there is God-language in these prayers, and if you have a strong reaction against the word, you may find this is not the place for you.

At the healing circle yesterday, it was asked – Will we be healed? Will all our aches and pains and illnesses go away? We open ourselves to be channels of the divine healing power, and just as fire hoses get wet, so we, too, will receive healing energy. But we don’t know what form healing will take for ourselves, whether the disappearance of symptoms or a reconciling to them or something completely different. One need not be in perfect health oneself in order to offer healing through this ritual, but it is also true that if one is unable to concentrate or if one’s breath is holding an imbalanced rhythm that does not come into balance in being in the group, then it is unwise for that person to participate in the ritual.

I’m looking forward to exploring some of the Sufi healing teachings on magnetism next Monday. Why magnetism for healing? Because it is our human birthright to access this property of the soul, and it is the source by which humans can offer healing.

[I]t it must be understood that the magnetism of the self-realized soul is greater than any magnetism one could ever imagine. It is power. It is wisdom. It is peace. It is intelligence. It is all. It is this magnetism that heals, heals bodies and heals minds. It raises those who had fallen into difficulties, in pain and sorrows. It brings others out of their confusion, their darkness.

~The Sufi Teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Volume IV – Mental Purification and Healing, Part III: Mental Purification, Chapter XIII: Magnetism

Come on Monday at 10:45 to join us! We’ll start class at 11 sharp!

Finding the dome – just below Heena Cafe

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