Hearing the Voices of Desert Wisdom – New Podcast Posted

Dear Friends,

I am preparing to return to South Africa in early March for the annual conference of Academy of Self Knowledge (see the Workshops calendar for my schedule). Together with Natalia, I have enjoyed sharing some of the work at two previous conferences in 2011 and 2012 and am grateful to the community of Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri for inviting us again this year. The topic of the conference will be “World Religions and Spiritual Illumination.” We are looking forward to another rich offering of wisdom and deep mystical devotion from many traditions, rooted within a spiritual community of  Muslims who live according to the true meaning of the word islam, surrender to the absolute source of unity of being.

Here are a few words from Shaykh Fadhlalla about this year’s conference:

‘As long as thousands of years ago, early humans wondered about the origin of life and what comes after death. There is archaeological evidence from about twelve thousand years ago in Turkey of regular seasonal gatherings held around man-made stone structures, which could be considered as the focal point for early worship or pilgrimage. 

‘As human beings spread out through Asia and Europe leaders, chiefs and later on kings and emperors exercised outer physical strength, as well as wisdom, insight and even clairvoyance. Shamans, priests and prophets proliferated. The advent of major earthly cataclysms, such as earthquakes, volcanoes and floods brought about influential prophets and messengers whose message spread beyond their tribes.

‘In today’s world, through accumulated research, scholarship and the Internet we can discern that outer differences in religions are mainly due to cultural norms, language and the need for stability and survival. In essence, most world religions were attempts to connect Supreme Consciousness or the God head with personal, evolving or conditioned consciousness of the individual self. All human beings are propelled to experience a zone of awareness that is not confined to space or time. This is often described as the soul or spirit. Thus we can say that the ultimate purpose is to experience this state.’

Since part of my current research is devoted to what I would call ‘nomadic spirituality’ or the ‘nomadic mind,’ how could I say no!

As part of my preparation, I have just edited and posted a podcast of my talk at the ASK conference from 2012, entitled “Asking Life’s Big Questions: Voices of Desert Wisdom.”  See the Library menu above to access this and other free downloads there.

Yours in peace,


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:


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.