Category Archives: News from ARC

Registration now open: “Light of Success” in Columbus, Ohio

The Light of Success:

Achievement in the World

and the Spiritual Life

How to attain our earthly goals and still be happy

 

A workshop with

Neil Douglas-Klotz and Natalia Lapteva

October 26-29, 2017

 

Place: Martin dePorres Center, Columbus, Ohio

Time: Thursday evening 7pm until Sunday 12 noon, Friday and Saturday evenings included.

 

When we embark on the spiritual journey, we often put aside our more ‘mundane’ and ‘common’ desires and purposes, or begin to consider them as being on a ‘lower plane’ altogether. However, it is important for us, as beings of flesh and emotion, to develop, tend and bring to fruition all facets of our lives.

On the path of the inner life, how can we find a way to live harmoniously in the ‘real world’?  If we over-focus on success, we risk being sucked into an endless round of activity—there is always more to achieve—and we can become trapped by what we have manifested. If we suppress our desire to create and achieve, the self usually reacts negatively. Down either path can lie depression and ill-health. How do we find the balance and the joy that can arise from it?

We will use as tools: Dances of Universal Peace, walking and sitting meditation, Sufi wasifa and zikr, practices from world spirituality and modern psychology. Inspired by the teachings of Murshid Samuel Lewis and Hazrat Inayat Khan on “Sadhana—the Path of Attaintment.”

“The love of power, wealth, status and influence are inherent in us. Our conditioned consciousness drives us towards acquiring these assets. As these ideas have no definable end, their quest will inevitably produce some discord, violence and brutality towards oneself and others. Conditioned consciousness and curbing the lower self or ego leads to potential resistance and even depression, unless it connects with the higher self and soul.” –Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

Registration and Information here.

New Offerings from the Abwoon Network and ARC Books

Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce the following new offerings at the Abwoon Network store site. My thanks to a number of friends who helped make these possible, including Richard Abdul Haqq, Jelaluddin Sturm, Katie Shroth, Jim Gentles, Jannat Granger and Farid Granger.

Love and blessings for the New Year!

Neil

Audio Downloads:

25% discount on all audio downloads at the site until 6 January 2017.

Use this code (once per person):  NEWYEAR17

Vectors of Love

Vectors of Love Live Workshop

A weekend workshop from April 2015 with one of the early trials of the ‘Nomad’s Way’ theme I have been working with. Also includes: the relation of our earliest human memories to some of the “Beautiful Names of Allah’–qualities we already possess, but may have forgotten. Also: the four Daroods that were given to Murshid Samuel Lewis by Sufi Barkat Ali, taught as both chants and Walks. 12.5 hours total: 

http://abwoon.org/downloads/vectors-of-love-workshop/


Sufi Stories LiveSufi Stories Live, Volume One

I have gone rummaging through my archives and begun to unearth some of the best live recordings of Sufi stories and world wisdom tales that I have shared over the past decade. The first volume contains: Mullah Nasruddin’s Jobs, Mullah and the Parrot, The Goldsmith’s Daughter, Mullah’s Missing Donkey, Sufi Stories of Mariam and Jesus, The Shaykh and Halva and Jonah’s Zikr and Story.

http://abwoon.org/downloads/3075/

New Books:

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Original Meditation:

The Aramaic Jesus and the Spirituality of Creation

By Neil Douglas-Klotz

A new paperback edition of  “Genesis Meditations” with original cover art by Murshida Fatima Lassar and cover design by Jelaluddin Sturm in Berlin. “One of the best spiritual books of the year”–Spirituality and Health

Today apocalyptic predictions and images dominate popular culture and social media. Yet for most of our history, human consciousness focused on the mystery of beginnings, not endings. Our ancestors felt that the most powerful energy and clearest vision for the future  could be found at our inception.  They meditated on stories of the Great Beginning as the way to go forward.

http://abwoon.org/originalmeditation/

 

A Book of Self Re-education

By Raden Ayou Jodjana

Foreword by Neil Douglas-Klotz

A Book of Self Re-education is a treasure house for all who wish to explore the creative essence of life in the substances of their bodily form. Raden Ayou Jodjana (1888-1981), beloved student of the Sufi Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan and devoted wife of Prince Raden Mas Jodjana, the great Jananese dancer, here expresses the inexpressible teaching of these two great masters as a step-by-step guide to waking up fully inside our human bodies.

http://abwoon.org/a-book-of-self-re-education/

Resurrection of Life: New Course Available for Download

Resurrection of Life: Easter with the Aramaic Jesus

This recording of a retreat which took place in Northern California over the Easter weekend of 2014 has three main themes. The first one is the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus (‘Lord’s Prayer’). The second theme covers Neil’s recent in-depth study of the Gospel of John, and the third theme is that of ‘Jesus and the Sufis’ – this refers to the interface between early Syriac and Arabic Christianity, and Islam; both similarities and differences.

Listen to meditations, chants and Dances of Universal Peace using the words of Jesus to experience his timeless wisdom. Hear Neil’s teachings about the Last Supper, the importance of both light and the breath to Jesus, the link between Jesus and Holy Wisdom, and theories surrounding what really happened at the time of the resurrection.

13 tracks – over 14 hours in total $15.

Available here:

http://abwoon.org/downloads/resurrection-of-life-workshop/

Estate Planning and Abwoon Resource Center

by the Rev. Sherron Corneen

Columbus, Ohio, USA

 

Dear Friends,

I believe that Neil Douglas-Klotz’s work is very important. It has been life-changing for me and has the potential to be life-changing for many others. Chances are, Neil’s work and teachings have similarly impacted your life as well. You can help make make his work available for generations to come, even after we have transitioned to a new place in the caravan! We have the power now to leave a legacy for future seekers on the spiritual path. Neil’s unique contribution that has meant much to many already, can be gifted and available into the future.

You might think that leaving a legacy is only for the wealthy, but everyone has an estate. Even you. Even me. Please consider sharing the richness you have experienced as a result of Neil’s inspiration, teaching, and dedication. The process of doing this is called estate planning or planned giving.

I recently updated my will. I included a provision for a percentage of what I leave behind to go toward the perpetuation of Neil’s life work. I hope it will be a lot of money, but in reality it may not be exceptional. No matter what it will be, it warms my heart and brings me joy to know I have helped pass on what has meant so much to me.

To help you pass on your values, I want to share how I did it. First, I asked around and found a lawyer who seemed trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reasonably priced. Some kind of consultation with a professional advisor is good. Be sure to use the correct language when professing your intention. The laws and rules for charitable giving differ from place to place, country to country. It is important to make sure your activism accomplishes your wishes. I contacted Neil about my intention and here is the wording I put into my will. This was corrected by my lawyer to comply with the state of Ohio, USA, where I live. I am part owner of some real estate in the province of Ontario, Canada, and the wording in that will is a bit different as it complies with different regulations:

“I direct that all the rest of my real and personal property of whatever kind, including gifts that fail through lapse or otherwise, be distributed as follows:

1. Xx percent (xx%) of the residue to the Shalem Institute, located in Worthington Ohio, or its successor, to be used for the benefit of the Abwoon Resource Center in support of outreach, publishing and furtherance of the Aramaic Jesus and Native-Middle Eastern peace-making service work begun by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz. In the event the Abwoon Resource Center is no longer in existence, then this gift is to be given to the Edinburgh International Centre For Spirituality and Peace, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, to be used for the support of outreach, publishing and furtherance of the Aramaic Jesus and Native-Middle Eastern peace-making service work begun by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz.”

Of course, I put a percent in the document.

If I can help you in any way, feel free to call me at 614-600-7800.

May Sacred Unity bless you and grant you peace,

Sherron Courneen

Chants, Meditations, Teachings, Stories–New Index to Audio Online Now

Dear Friends,

An amazing new resource went online today in the Library section: an index with live links to audio of some the major chants, meditations, teachings and stories that I have shared in seminars over the past five years.

This volunteer project was accomplished  by Jannat Granger in the UK, assisted by our own webmaster Chris Granger. The current index includes the three retreats currently available for sale in the online store (Green Sufism, Aramaic Jesus and the Sufis and Way of Renewal: Healing Pathways of the Heart) as well as the class on  healthy boundaries and self-protection I led in 2014 at our Ruhaniat European Summer School (Walking Our Path with Strength and Peace).

There are free live links to the audio in the Summer School class. Just click and listen, or download.

The links to the three classes in the online store take you to the page for that e-course, each of which also now features a contents list for the workshop. We have reduced the cost for all three courses today by $10, so each is now only $15. Three for less than the price of two.

The plan is to add more free and paid content to the index in the next few months. Stay tuned….

To find the index, go to our Library section here.

All the best,

Neil

New Volunteer at Abwoon Resource Center: Meet Patricia Hume

New Volunteer Position at Abwoon Resource Center for CD and DVD Legacy Fulfillment

 

We are happy to introduce Patricia Hume who will be handling the fulfillment of CD and DVD orders beginning in February.  This “legacy fulfillment” service will be handled once per week (generally on Wednesdays).   

Contact Patricia at her email address:

legacysales@abwoon.com.

As a result of the technological age changing the face of the delivery of both printed and audio media, the Abwoon Resource Center will no longer be selling printed books.  There will be click through links at the Abwoon website (all the books are still listed, with images and descriptions) to take you to Amazon.com for online fulfillment for book orders.  It is no longer possible for small booksellers to compete with the large online retailers, however if you use the click through link to make a book purchase, a small donation will be made to Neil Dougals-Klotz with your purchase.  CDs can be purchased via digital downloads at the Abwoon website.  Hard copy CDs and DVDs that are Abwoon produced can still be purchased by contacting Patricia until they are sold out.