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Simple Presence: Dancing “I Am” with the Aramaic Jesus

Native Middle Eastern Chant & Devotional Music

The “I Am” statements of Jesus from the Gospel of John, as viewed from Jesus’ native Aramaic language, point to a state of “simple presence”—a connection to the “I Am that I Am.” Each feeling or experience mentioned is a doorway to this connec tion.

This recording of Neil Douglas-Klotz’s music feathers of a live recording of the chants and music to a sequence of Dances of Universal Peace that use seven of these “I Am” statements in Aramaic. Listening to, chanting with and contemplating these chants can take the listener into the shem of Jesus—his vibration or atmosphere—and fulfill his advice to pray b’sheme (“with my light-sound-atmosphere”). Recorded in 1998 and 1999 in Quebec, Canada and Camp Miminagish, Montana, USA.

“The music for these chants was inspired by the process of doing multiple translations of the Aramaic words of Jesus for the book Desert Wisdom: Sacred Middle Eastern Writings from the Goddess through the Sufis (Harper SanFrancisco, 1995) between 1992-1994. Except for the last chant (Inana gepeta) all of the music and most of the Dances of Universal Peace that can help one to feel them came during this time period, while on personal retreat.  While finishing the book Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus (Quest,1999), I returned to a meditation on the “I am’s” and was inspired to finish the other chants and group dances.  I am grateful to all of my friends who share this work through the various Abwoon Study Circles around the world and pray that releasing it in this form will help us all come a bit closer to our own sense of Simple Presence.” –Neil Douglas-Klotz

Contents:

1. Inana raya thauba (John 10:11): “I am the good shepherd.” The “I Am” leads our flock of needs to fulfillment, at the right time and the right place. Open to being led, simple presence guides us to the ripe experiences for our lives. (Time: 11:43)

2. Inana lachma d’hayye (John 6:35): “I am the bread of life.” The “I Am” provides living food for all levels of existence. Simple Presence offers the bread of energy that feeds all beings. (Time:9:55)

3. Inana nuhre d’alma (John 8:12): “I am the light of the world.” The “I Am” illuminates all realms of being. Simple presence provides the understanding of life—physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. (Time: 10:25)

4. Inana nuhama wa hayye (John 11:25): “I am the resurrection and the life.” The “I Am” raises us from the dead and gives living energy. Simple presence is the renewal after rest that revivifies all. (Time: 9:38)

5. Inana urha shrara wa hayye (John 14:6): “I am the way, the truth and the life.” The “I Am” provides a place to walk, shows us the right direction and gives the energy to travel. Simple presence is the road, the map and the fuel.

Followed without break by:

6. Inana thara (John 10:9): “I am the door.” The “I Am” is the door between the worlds. Simple presence conveys us through all changes of existence. Concluded with “Eth-phatah” (Mark 7:35): “Be opened! ”  from a healing of Yeshua. (Time: 15:41)

7.  Inana gepeta wa aton shibishta (John 15:1): “I am the vine and you are the branches.” The “I Am” is what gives and what receives it. Simple presence is both the flow and ebb of existence. (Time: 8:08)

 

Listen to samples:

Inana Raya Thauba

Inana Lachma D’hayye

 

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Original Meditation chant audio

 

This audio download is a companion to the book Original Meditation by Neil Douglas-Klotz (originally titled The Genesis Meditations) and allows the listener to learn to say and chant the words to 14 chants in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek and Arabic related to our shared cosmic creation stories. Each phrase or word is repeated several times, with space for the listener to repeat it, which allows for easy memorization and/or use in conjunction with the meditations in the book.

“While completing the translation and commentary work involved with Original Meditation, I went on a series of spiritual retreats between 2000-2002. Like other Middle Eastern spiritual traditions, the Sufis teach methods of chanting sacred words, which sometimes, during certain spiritual states, result in melodic chants that can be shared with others. The following chants arose through this process and are offered to help readers of Original Meditation find their own way into these shared stories of blessing and hope. I have done the rendering of the ancient Hebrew words according to a pronunciation that I feel is the closest to the way that the ancient Hebrew of these stories was originally chanted, before it changed due to later influences.” –Neil Douglas-Klotz, 2003

Contents:

Part I – Bere’shith (Genesis 1:1-4a). This part of the story celebrates our shared beginnings—unfolding in heat, vibration and expansiveness from a mysterious “before.” On an inner level, whenever we begin something new, we can proceed through these states: beginning in blessing, breathing into what is unknown, seemingly chaotic and confused within, the birth of a new consciousness (the light), and celebrating and dancing this new insight into reality.

Before the Beginning (Genesis Meditations – chapter five, p. 108,111,113)

Bere’shit bara’ ’elohim ’et hashamayim we’et ha’aretz

1. Words 0:48      2. Music 3:26

Exploring the Germ of the Seed of Self (chapter six, p. 122)

Wa ha’aretz hayeta tohu wa bohu

3. Words 0:59      4. Music 3:15

Playing with Resistance, Confusing the Confusion (chapter six, p. 126)

Wa choshekh ‘al-penei tehom

5. Words 0:46      6. Music 2:19

Breathing into the Flow (chapter seven, p. 137)

Wa ruach ’elohim mera-he-fet ‘al-penei hammayim

7. Words 1:54      8. Music 2:52

Birth of a New Consciousness (chapter seven, p. 144)

Wayyo’mer ’elohim yehi ’or wa yehi-’or

9. Words 1:08      10. Music 2:47

Celebrating the Light (chapter nine, p. 172)

Wa yar(a)’ ’elohim ’et-ha’or ki-tob

11. Words 0:50    12. Music 2:07

 

Part II –  The Dance of Holy Wisdom (Proverbs 8:22-24) (Genesis Meditations – chapter eight, p. 156-157). This story describes the role of cHochmah, Holy Wisdom or Sophia, at the beginnings of creation. She unites with the Ever-Living Life, pours herself out and dances the birth of all that is. On the inner level, this describes the way in which we attract and are attracted by anything (or anyone): life-energy arises, we pour ourselves out or toward the “other,” and we dance together. When we do this in a conscious way, Holy Wisdom helps us gather a new voice of our selves to the shared table of consciousness, that is, our “I am.”

Embracing the “New”

Ya qanani re’shith darko qedem mif’alaw me’az

13. Words 1:27    14. Music 2:58

 Pouring Out the Self:

Me’olam nissakhti merosh miqqadamei aretz

15. Words 1:44    16. Music 2:34

Dancing Together into a New Unity:

Be’en tehomot cholaleti be’en mayonot nikhbaddei mayim

17. Words 1:47    18. Music 2:40

 

Part III. The First Remembrance (Quran Sura 7:172) (Genesis Meditations, pp. 196-198). The Quran describes a day in primordial reality when the One Being reaches into the depths of the First Human and asks the following question of all future human beings, male and female: “Do you agree to reflect the fullness of consciousness of all beings who have gone before you, and do you agree that there is only One Reality that we all share, One Being behind all of the abundantly diverse forms of being?” The Quran reports that we answered, “Why not? We agree to experience and live by this!” According to the classical Sufi Muhammad Abu Bakr Kalabadhi (d. 990 CE), this was the first dhikr, the first remembrance of divine unity.

19. Words 1:24    20. Music 2:47

The Question:

Alastu bi-rabbikum

Alastu bi-rabbikum

Alastu bi-rabbikum

La illaha illa ‘llah

The Answer:

Ba’ala shahidna

La illaha illa ‘llah

Ba’ala shahidna

La illaha illa ‘llah

  

Part IV. First Humanity (Genesis 1:26, 28) (Genesis Meditations, p. 188; Desert Wisdom, p. 180-181). This part of the Genesis story describes the creation of the First Human in the “image” or living reflection (betzalmenu) of the One Being, holding within us the awareness of all the beings that have gone before us in the caravan of life. There is clearly some divine ambivalence to taking this step in the independence of consciousness. The First Human contains both male and female, but also the ability to “forget” that it is part of one Reality. In the second chant below, from Genesis 1:28, the storyteller tells us that the collective consciousness of the human, being a very centralized fire of the entire cosmos, could override its older interior structures—subconscious, instinctual self, reptilian intelligence, and all the prior developments that it received as a heritage. And yet the blessing given to the First Human is that it should have “dominion” along with all previous beings (wa chi-beshuha wa redou b’), not “over” them as the Hebrew is often mistranslated.

In the Image of Unity

Nahaseh adam be-tzalle-menou

Nahaseh adam chi-de-mouthe-nou

21. Words 1:21    22. Music 3:38

 

Unfolding, Mixing, Rolling—For Better and Worse

Pherou wa rebou wa mila’ou et ha’aretz

Wa chi-beshuha wa redou b’ …

23. Words 1:35    24. Music 4:27

 

Part V. Seventh Day – Renewal and Return (Genesis 2:2) (Genesis Meditations retranslates the following, similar verse, 2:3 at p. 220; Genesis  2:2 is retranslated in Desert Wisdom, p. 221, as below). As we look toward and re-feel our shared beginnings, at the head of a moving caravan of creation, we sense the real meaning of peace. “During the seventh and consummating period of its intelligent action, the Universe realized the fulfillment of part of its own dream. The establishment of ruling principles and visions was complete. The story line of the Universe, the direction of its own creative destiny, was fully initiated. A clear ‘I can!’ had resounded from the heart of the Universe in response to the questioning void with which the whole process began. Nothing would return to the way it was, no matter what happened.  Because this was so, the Universe permitted itself the most mysterious creative act of all. In addition to full engagement in the experiment of creative being and becoming, which happened in the first six luminous periods, it also restored to itself the awareness of its own origins. When the Universe embraced what had been ‘before the beginning,’ something even more complete rippled through its being: empathy with everything which drops its form and returns to the other side of being, with all that ‘dies.’”

25. Words 2:26    26. Music 3:34

 Wa isheboth ba-yom ha-shebihi

Wa isheboth elohim

mi-chol mila-chetho

asher ha-shah

 

Part VI. Genesis Now! – Creative Word Resounding On (John 1:1) (Genesis Meditations, p. 158). “In the very Beginningness was, is and will be existing, the Word-Wisdom of the One, the ongoing Word and Sound, the Message and Conversation that has not stopped and has never started because it is always Now.” Both the Aramaic and Greek versions of the first phrase are included in the chant. The story of creation that we share continues…

27. Words 2:39    28. Music 6:02

Aramaic:

B’rishith a’itawa hewa melta

 Greek:

En arche eimi ho logos 

 

References

Original Meditation: The Aramaic Jesus and the Spirituality of Creation (2016, ARC Books)

Desert Wisdom: Sacred Middle Eastern Writing from the Goddess through the Sufis (2011, ARC Books).

Chants and music by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz copyright 2003 all rights reserved.

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Bere’shith (words)

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Original Meditation Live: A Guided Meditation

 

(original title: Genesis Live: A Guided Meditation)

A live, guided meditation with music and chant led by Neil Douglas-Klotz. Over the 45 minute session, Neil guides the group through the 14 chants and associated meditations connected with his book Original Meditation (originally titled The Genesis Meditations).

In addition to being a wonderful individual meditation, this is an excellent resource for Abwoon Groups, who can follow the meditation and chanting session together. It is a also an invaluable resource for Dances of Universal Peace leaders and musicians learning the chants, as they can clearly hear the guitar and drum work of Neil Douglas-Klotz and Matin Mize respectively.

45 minutes.

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Native Middle Eastern Cycle

Native Middle Eastern Cycle

Native Middle Eastern Cycle: Seasonal Invocations to the Goddess

 

This recording contains the music to  a cycle of eight chants  and Dances of Universal Peace drawn from the ancient Middle Eastern Goddess traditions. The chants use sacred phrases reconstructed from the Old Canaanite, Old Hebrew, Egyptian, Sumerian and Babylonian languages and are accompanied by flute, guitar, dumbeck and tar drum. The Dances were composed by Neil Douglas-Klotz and Kamae Amrapali Miller. This recording is dedicated to a reconnection with and embodiment of the deep feminine as expressed by the sacred names of power of our ancient ancestors.

I. The Chants

1. Belit Mati Malkatu / Rahm (Canaanite / Old Hebrew) 3:18

2. Shaddai (Old Hebrew) 5: 22

3. Hochmah/ Alatu (Old Hebrew / Canaanite) 4:42

4. Innana / Damuzi (Sumerian / Babylonian) and Eyeh Asher Eyeh / Asherah (Old Hebrew / Canaanite) 7:54

5. Ast Amenti / Usari Nepra (Egyptian) 2:40

6. Nintu Mami Ninhursag / Lulu (Sumerian / Babylonian) 3:57

7. Anat Amenta / Uma Amenta / Hathor Amenta (Egyptian / Old Hebrew) 4:26

II. Learning the Chants (pronunciation, music, explanation)

8. Belit Mati Malkatu / Rahm 2:59

9. Shaddai 1:32

10. Hochmah/ Alatu 2:24

11. Innana / Damuzi 2:01

12. Eyeh Asher Eyeh / Asherah 3:21

13. Ast Amenti / Usari Nepra 4:09

14. Nintu Mami Ninhursag / Lulu 3:59

15. Anat Amenta / Uma Amenta / Hathor Amenta 7:59

Listen to samples:

Teaching:Hohmah/Allatuh

Hohmah/Allatu

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The Opening: Surah Fateha

The Opening: Surah Fateha

The Opening: Surah Fateha

A Prayer for Peace

A recording of a sung version of the first sura of the Quran, emphasizing its message of love, unity and surrender to the One Being.

“These melodies came through while on a personal retreat during the passing of my own Sufi guide, Moineddin Jablonski, in February 2001 and are dedicated to him. He embodied the way of the Sufi with a self-effacement that embraced both the shadow and light in the being of every person, with joy and acceptance. As his teacher once remarked about one of his Sufi guides, ‘He was the most perfect ordinary human being I ever met.’ I encourage these melodies to be used as a chanted prayer for peace and for peace meditations.” —Neil Douglas-Klotz (Saadi Shakur Chisti), March 2002.

Recording in Germany in September 2001 with the participants of the NdL Advanced Dance and Walk retreat.  Violin: Fatima Barbara Kung. Recording and Mastering: Ali Michael Stoeckel. With many thanks and Ya Shakur to the German Network for the Dances of Universal Peace, NdL Secretariat, Am Schoelerpark 26, 10715 Berlin, Germany: www.taenze-ndl.de

For information on the Sufi Ruhaniat International: www.ruhaniat.org and in Europe: www.ruhaniateurope.org

Contents:

1. Sura Fateha (spoken) 0:25

2. Bismillahir rahmanir rahim 5:23

3. Alhamdulillahi  rabbi-l‘alamin arrahman irrahim 6:11

4. Maliki  yaumadin 5:50

5. Iyyaka n‘abudu wa iyyaka nasta‘ain 5:49

6. Ihdina sirat almustaqim  7:42

7. Sirat alladhina an‘amta ‘alayhim

ghayril maghdubi ‘alayhim wa laddalin 4:36

8. Sura Fateha (spoken) 0:25

Listen to samples:

Bismillahir rahmanir rahim

 

Ihdina sirat almustaqim

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Remembrance

Remembrance of Light

Remembrance of Light: Zikr Nur-i-Muhammad

Sufi Devotional Music for Healing and Contemplation

This ceremony of Zikr from the Chishtia branch of the Sufi tradition was given to help awaken the human senses to the light of consciousness in nature and the entire manifested cosmos. This light, which the Sufis call Nur, points to the Unity of Being, beyond individual names and forms.  When the human being awakens to its capacity to contain the consciousness of the cosmos, then it awakens to its original, ecological self and fulfills the purpose of life.

History:

“The music and arrangement of this zikr came to this person while on an extended personal retreat during the last days of 1981, during a concentration upon Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.  The state of awareness entered was what the Sufis call fana–effacement in the consciousness of a teacher.  As such, there is no sense of personal ownership, only a responsibility to share what has been given for the benefit of all beings. During the same retreat, this person received music and a transmission of movements for the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus. He reported these experiences to his teachers and they confirmed them. Unlike the Aramaic Prayer, he waited more than ten years before he began to share the Nur-i-Muhammad Zikr widely, because he did not feel that his inner preparation was sufficient.  It may still not be sufficient, but while co-leading a group peace pilgrimage to the Middle East in September 1993, he was prompted to share it to help bring peace between humanity and the earth, beyond the sectarian divisions of religions, natures and cultures.  All praise is due to the One and Only Being!”

–Saadi Shakur Chishti (Neil Douglas-Klotz), December 1999

The six parts include:

  1. Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim: We begin in the Name, Sound and Vibration of the Sun and the Moon of Love.
  2. Basir Allah, Sami Allah: Celebration of seeing and hearing the One all around us.
  3. La illaha illa ’llah hu: There is no reality but the One.
  4. Hu Hu Hu Allah: From the center of sound there is only Unity.
  5. Allah Huma Salle Allah Nuri Mohammed: Blessings of Unity on the light of the perfection of humanity.
  6. Peace and Blessings on all Prophets and Lovers of the One and Illa ‘llah Hu Canon – Only Unity Exists.

Listen to samples:

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

 

Hu Hu Hu Allah

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Aramaic Jesus and the Sufis

Aramaic Jesus & the Sufis workshop

Aramaic Jesus & the Sufis: Shared Paths of the Heart

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This two-day workshop introduces, with chant, meditation and movement, the shared prayers and meditations of the heart that connect the Aramaic Jesus and the Sufis. As we explore this relationship, we aim to help build bridges between the differences we perceive within and between us. Jesus’ wisdom teachings are still as relevant today as when he first said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We love the neighbor within as we become more fully human, exploring the full potential of our power and love. This naturally expresses itself in a more vivid and enlivened daily life.

15 mp3 tracks.

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Way Of Renewal workshop

Way of Renewal workshop

The Way of Renewal: Healing Pathways of the Heart

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This three-day public workshop selects healing resources from the rich treasure of the “pathways of the heart” found in the Sufi practice of the 99 Beautiful Names. The focus for this workshop is on the many pathways that deal with strength, renewal, releasing, trust, being at home in the body, and increasing clarity in relationship with one’s inner healing guidance. As resources we use chant, heart meditation, walking meditation, body prayer, whirling and other forms of sacred movement and body awareness. The retreat aims to guide participants through a process that promotes freedom, growth and joy along with better understanding of oneself and others.

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Green Sufism workshop

Green Sufism workshop

Green Sufism: Deeply Ecological Pathways of the Heart

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This three-day workshop focuses on resources from the “99 Beautiful Names” (as contained in The Sufi Book of Life) that invite us into a deeply ecological experience of the human soul and its purpose in consonance with the whole natural world and all beings. Included is Sufi stories and teachings from Inayati and classical Sufism, from the Quran and Hadith, as well as Dances of Universal Peace, Sufi zikr (remembrance practice), walking meditations, silent meditation and guided ‘journeys’ through a selection of the “pathways of the heart.”

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