With Beloved Mary and Mevlana
A Celebration of Love: Mother Mary and the Way of True Being

A very special evening online with Camille Helminski
Thu 8th Sep, 11am PST/2pm EST/7pm BST

Join The Meditatio Centre for the birthday celebration of Beloved Mary as Camille Hamilton Adams Helminski shares from her newest book The Way of Mary: Maryam, Beloved of God. She will share with us how Beloved Mary is a ready companion of Loving tenderness and strength, during these intense times, encouraging us all to resonate from our deepest, truest self, in alignment with the Heart of Creation. One never knows when we will be called Home; Beloved Mary can assist us in readying ourselves and in simultaneously living our life most fully now, with vibrant Truth and Love.

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Sunday Meditation

Sep 4th: Shaikh Kabir will be at this year’s annual UK retreat in Dorset, he has asked Khalifah Khadim Chishti to stand in for him and Camille.  He has also prerecorded a conversation with Jeremy Henzell-Thomas on Jeremy's experience of bringing the 99 Names into daily life.

Join us for a monthly online meditation and sohbet with Shaikh Kabir and Camille, and special guests from the Threshold community. Held on the 1st Sunday of every month at 12pm Eastern Time (5pm UK).

Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/435138208
Zoom passcode: threshold

Watch last month's meeting below and see all our videos here.

September Theme

Embody Patience.
~ Shaikh Kabir Helminski

We welcome your reflections on this theme.

Reflections on the August Theme: Claim nothing; let the Divine do.

~ Sabina Pačariz [London, UK]

The recitation of the shahada is the first of the five basic pillars of Islam, and is often considered, by itself, a sufficient basis to call oneself a believer of the Islamic faith. It reads “Ashadu an la ilaha ill-Allah, wa ashadu anna Muhammadan rasulullah” and means “I bear witness that there is no god but God and Muhammad is the Prophet of God.” For someone born as a Muslim, I often took this for granted and focused more on the other pillars. It is only in more recent years that I realised the depth of tevekul (trust in Allah) and tawhid (handing over matters/surrendering to our Lord) that we are called upon when uttering the shahada. It is a subtle yet omnipresent invitation to presence with the Divine. 

The final stage of my PhD was a sublime assessment of my tevekul and tawhid. Funnily enough, this stage is called “submission”. While it seemed like a completion of an education degree, in essence it turned out to be a ticket to witnessing my attachments and weaknesses. My vulnerability surfaced so clearly, luckily together with my ultimate dependence on the Doer. And did I ever struggle to submit!

I was raised in a family where being hard-working and well-educated was constantly emphasized as vitally important. “Especially because you are a girl,” my father used to say, “You never know whether your parents will die young or will have to change country, or...” The never-knows all came to pass, as did my own exercise of self-reliance. It served me well over the years and I was grateful for it. God was very generous on this journey—solutions emerged in the least expected places, wonderful people were sent my way, many dreams were fulfilled. However, I was also so blind as to believe that these characteristics belonged to me and defined who I was. No wonder I needed a lesson in submission.

For many years I worked diligently on my doctoral thesis. I spent endless hours in the library, completed elaborate research, and wrote all my chapters. But the thesis was not coherent—the theory did not correspond to the empirical data, undermining many other aspects. Just a few days before the submission deadline, my faculty advisors told me that I was simply not ready to submit. 

It felt like I had been hit by a train. For weeks afterward, I could not move, let alone think or write. My mind could not make sense of anything—I had worked hard, done zhikr with the appropriate Great Names, played by all rules… When I would eventually manage to leave the sofa and stagger to my praying corner, I would silently sit there for hours. I did not even know what to pray for. I would think to myself, “God, just do whatever you want.”

Little did I know that I had to be broken to be emptied. The rigid framework of linear logic, the attachment to my own actions and expectations—all had to drown for me to realise my own fragility. My once-treasured self-image was now a speck of sand, nothing belonged to me. My academic endeavour was not who I am. Mevlana’s invitation to die before death came closer to heart, as whatever I thought I had, became a stark reminder of the Divine gift I was entrusted to host. My wings were broken, yet I was offered a safe rock to rest my head. And breathe.  

After stripping me of all that I thought I possessed, the Generous One prepared an incredible, almost humoristic plot. From a semi-depressed couch potato, I moved into a hyper-productive mode. I started writing for 16, sometimes even 20, hours a day—something no amount of coffee or other substances could help with today. I rewrote the entire thesis in a month and a half. My advisers gave me the green light to submit it, even telling me that the difference in clarity was unbelievable. Do not ask me how I did it, I claim nothing. The words of Kharaqani now ring loudly in my ears:

In the beginning you have Him only, and so it will be at the end, and in the middle, there is no one else. One who claims this place as his, won't find his way There.

[The Soul and a Loaf of Bread, Sheikh Abol-Hassan of Kharaqan]

The encouragement of our teachers for daily zhikr is indeed such a tender invitation to remembrance and gratitude. Our egos are very complex phenomena, layered in thousands of subtle veils, even when we confidently claim the shahada. A continuous remembrance of the breath, turning and returning to tevekkul and tawhid, to that safe rock inside our hearts where everything becomes silent…

To claim nothing and to let the Divine do seems to beg one to embrace a new cycle of maturing in this life. The first cycle is the obvious growing-up according to parents’ standards—becoming honest, independent, hard-working, etc. The second one is a far more subtle journey—growing in God. What does it mean? I am still learning and endlessly grateful for the generosity of this path. The wise Kharaqani might have a short answer though:

Choose Surrender and your journey home will be short.

[The Soul and a Loaf of Bread, Sheikh Abol-Hassan of Kharaqan]


~ Sabina Pačariz is a seeker on the Sufi path.

Mevlana's Birthday

September 30th is Mevlana Rumi’s birthday. May his light be blessed and continue to shine down upon us.

Didn’t I say, don’t sit with sad companions?
Don’t sit with anyone but those whose hearts are glad.
Since you are in the garden, don’t cosy up to thorns.
Sit amidst the roses, jonquils, and jasmine.

[Divani Shamsi Tabrizi, Quatrains 1518]

Follow our Medium publication, Awakening with Rumi.

The Threshold Society

The Threshold Society, rooted within the traditions of Sufism and inspired by the life and work of Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi, is a non-profit educational foundation with the purpose of facilitating the experience of Divine Unity, Love, and Truth in the world. Sufism is a living tradition of human transformation through love and higher consciousness. Our fundamental framework is classical Sufism and the Qur’an as it has been understood over the centuries by the great Sufis. The Society is affiliated with the Mevlevi Order, and offers training programs, seminars and retreats around the world.

Each month we intend to highlight an article about our lineage and its principles. This month we offer: Love in Islam by Mahmoud Mostafa


Love in Islam
~ Mahmoud Mostafa

Bismillah ar Rahman ar Rahim

Praise be to Allah. We bear witness that there is only one God who has no partners beside Him, and we bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger.

Praise be to Allah who blessed us with the guidance of His prophets and messengers. Praise be to Allah whose Mercy encompasses everything. Praise be to Allah who knows our needs and answers our calls and brings peace to our hearts.

Praise be to Allah who breathed into us of His Spirit and placed the light of His guidance in our inmost being. Whomever Allah guides, no one can misguide, and whomever Allah misguides, no one can guide. We put our trust in Allah and seek His forgiveness, aid, and support.

A man once came to the Prophet (puh) and asked him about the hereafter. The Prophet asked him, “And what have you prepared for that time?” The man replied, “Nothing, except that I love Allah and I love you.” The Prophet (puh) answered him, “You are with the ones you love.”

Dear brothers and sisters, the guidance of Islam is the guidance of love. The innate, natural and ancient religion that is Islam is the religion of love. The Prophet (puh) came to guide us to love and to make clear the love that is at the core of all religion. Our purpose as human beings is to consciously manifest Allah’s love in our lives. This is the most significant meaning of Khilafa and Ibada that can bring purpose to us and transform our lives. When we reflect upon the history of the Prophet (puh) and the spread of his message we will realize that Islam could not have taken root in the world without the love that filled the heart of the Prophet and was clearly manifest in his way of relating and interacting with people that brought out their own deep and profound love for him. Without this mutual and abiding love, none of us would be here today. Without this love Islam would not have been possible.

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1st Sunday of every month: Online Meditation, more details    (KC)

Sep 8: A Celebration of Love: Mother Mary and the Way of True Being, register now   (C)

Sep 30: Mevlana's birthday


Events with Kabir (K) & Camille (C)

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