The Mysterion Begins
Introduction to The Mysterion School

Shaikh Kabir speaks to Tazeen Dhunna about The Mysterion School which began last month and is running all year. Watch below for more details on this new live course that is accessible to beginners on the Sufi path and a way for seasoned travellers to deepen in their journey.

Living Presence: Audio

This classic work on Sufism is now available as an audio book, narrated by Iman Mortagy.

Sufism is a centuries-old spiritual psychology leading to presence in life. Presence is our capacity to be whole in the moment, in alignment with our deepest wisdom. With unusual clarity, this book describes how presence is different from ordinary habits of mind, and how it can be developed. Drawing on the words of the great Sufi, Rumi, as well as traditional material and personal experience, this book integrates the wisdom of Sufism with the needs of contemporary life.

Get the Audio
UK Retreat Aug 18-21, 2023

The UK annual retreat for 2023 will be changing venue to Broughton Sanctuary in North Yorkshire. The dates are August 18-20/21. Registrations will be opened in May and will close mid-July. We hope to share more details soon.

Feb 5th

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:
Zoom passcode: threshold

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

Listen to the full audio recordings from an interspiritual retreat with Camille Helminski from 2008, sharing the Living Tradition of Rumi.
Listen here.

February Theme

The spirit is gladdened by an I-ness without “I” and springs away from the I-ness of the world.
~ Rumi

We welcome your reflections on this theme.

Reflections on the January theme: Purified attention is the light the soul casts on existence.

~ Tazeen Dhunna [Surrey, UK]

“You’re beginning to see how much of your life has been wasted seeking personal gratification, going from one path to another, avoiding the truth more often than committing to it” (The Mysterion). These lines felt like cold water being splashed over me as I sat contemplating the purity of my attention and the state of my soul.

In January’s monthly meditation, Camille Ana offered the following questions:

1.    Who are you?
2.    What is my essence?
3.    Why have I come here and where am I going?
4.    Where is my Origin?
5.    What am I involved in right now?
6.    To what must I turn my face?

I reflected on the familiar past and the predictable future that govern my inner world. This mind-body clinging to the unhappy “known,” stuck in the cause-and-effect cycle where I’ve believed outside people and events have “effected” my inner state. Yet, over the years there have been moments of purified attention. I recall one Ramadan, when the physical emptying and daily remembrance starting with an early morning vigil and cycle of heartfelt astaghfirullahs lightened the load of habitual thinking. Feeling so absorbed in Allah, there was a deep state of tranquillity and deep desire to serve those around me.

In last October’s monthly meditation, Dede recommended being aware of 11 cycles of breath throughout the day. For this one, this simple exercise continues to reveal the deep entanglement with her nafs-progammes. Given the miracle of our breath-limited lives, gratitude to Dede’s reminder that, “if these breaths are breathed unconsciously then we are only nominally alive, but we want to be consciously alive…. Each breath has a potentiality to be a vehicle to awaken consciousness within and to bring forth the latent qualities of the Divine buried in the depth of our being.”

Alhamdulillah for the Mysterion School. The first session helped in understanding the importance of purifying our attention and its effect on the soul and beyond. Dede reminds us how the soul is perhaps our truer identity, more essential than the body. “Within the context of Sufi metaphysics, “soul” can be understood as the result of the union of self and Spirit. Spirit is our innermost consciousness (Ruh)” (The Mysterion). We’re also reminded that this indeed is our work: “Sufism, tasawwuf, means ‘the process of purification’… polish the mirror of your heart, be thankful in every circumstance, be aware with every breath.”

Physicians of the Heart shares:

Ya Quddus – The Purifier requires us to take leave of what we cling to, in order to experience intimate union. Al-Quddus allows the spiritual traveller to transcend the lower self and keep going towards the One. It is a force that constantly cleanses us from the conceptual mind and its differentiations. It is continuously purifying our experience of the world through inward intimacy and union with the absolute. What is constantly moving towards Allah is al-Quddus.

Dede informs us that the self that only has an intermittent, weak relationship with Spirit will be more forgetful and easily distracted, and he encourages us to imbue ourselves with Spirit to sustain awareness and intention. For this one, the disconnection from this inner being, which has impacted the digestion of the human experience, has come to light in recent years. Having grown up with worshipping the God outside, I can only hug our teachers in deep gratitude, for the direction to commune and discover for oneself the Ruh within.

Knowing this is simple but not easy, Dede and Ana’s reassuring guidance for our souls is a blessing indeed.

The spiritual teacher is very familiar with the ploys of the false self, how it interferes with peoples’ spiritual intentions, distracting and subverting them. Yet without giving priority to such intentions, there is little chance of transforming the false self and developing the soul. The remedy for the insincerity of the scattered self is himma, the spiritual resolve to focus all of one’s faculties and efforts toward attaining intimacy with Allah, the union of self and Spirit.

You ignorant of the marrow, deceived by the skin,
be aware. The Beloved is at the centre of your soul.
The essence of the body is sensation
and the essence of the senses is the soul.
When you transcend body, senses, and soul,
all is Hu. There is only Hu.
(Quatrain 332)

[The Mysterion]

From zhikr to the 99-Day Program, from the Wird to turning and prayers such as the “Inner Ablution”, or my favourite prayer of the Prophet’s, “The Light Prayer”, the blessings in this tradition are immeasurable.

Over a decade ago, Dede had asked, “Which Name of God is best associated with salah?” The answer was Ya Nur, the Essence of Light, which provides continual spiritual nourishment for our soul. Interesting to note that hell, naar in Arabic, has the same root as nur and is the “burning heat… lacking in light” (Physicians of the Heart).

Deep gratitude to this month’s theme which has renewed the desire to empty, increase remembrance and purify the attention, trusting fully in “there is no power nor strength but with the Divine” (The Mysterion). Alhamdulillah for the gentle, loving and firm guidance of our teachers, and blessings upon this community for the mirroring, friendship and love. May each of our hearts through God’s Grace, the intercession of our Prophet (pbuh) and with the beauty and light from this path of purification, allow us to realise Mevlana’s guidance on each soul’s potential.

Be empty, give your lips to the lips of the reed.
And when like a reed, you fill with God’s breath
Then you’ll taste sweetness.

Sweetness is hidden in the Breath
that fills the reed.
Be like Mary – by that sweet breath
a child grew within her.

[The Pocket Rumi, trans. Nevit Ergin with Camille Helminski]


~ Tazeen Dhunna is a mother of two with a media and finance background. She has been part of the Threshold Society since 2008 and currently presents on spirituality, healing and growth and coaches clients in media impact as well as transformational life coaching.

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: Practical Aspects of Dervishood.


Practical Aspects of Dervishood
by Mahmoud Mostafa

For me, dervishhood is a total commitment to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet, Mevlana Rumi, Shams, and all the blessed ones who traveled the way of love. There are many aspects to this following and over the years it has been shown to me that the sincerity of commitment to this path is manifest in knowing that one is a servant and living one’s life in this truth. What are the practical aspects of this way of living? For me there are several dimensions, there is a state of being, an active practice, a quality of self-reflection and self-knowing, and a way of conduct in daily life.

State of Being:

When I reflect on how this path has changed me over the years I see a definite shift in my perspective. The meaning of my life has changed, my understanding of the events and interactions that I live every day is very different from what it used to be. If I were to describe how my perspective was before I would say that I saw things as if I were the center of existence; it was all relative to me. I saw things in the context of what I wanted, what I liked and disliked, what I thought I should be like, what I imagined people thought of me, how I wanted them to see me, and what I thought they expected of me. Now my perspective has shifted to what can best be described as being in love with the tremendous and beautiful divine manifestation that is life. It is a state of seeing my life as part of a much greater whole, that my life is an integral part of a oneness that pervades everything and that is conscious and alive. This shift has enabled and empowered me to have the resolve and courage to let go of many of the attachments and conditioning to which I was shackled and to learn to accept, trust, and find joy in what is. Some of the attachments that I am aware have largely left me are: my religious identity, my professional self-image, my desire for social and economic status, my sense of national identity, my relationships and what I want them to be for me, and my self-projections upon my children. I find that I am loving more often, less worried, more forgiving, more compassionate and less anxious and hurried about life. I find myself more aware of the inner dialogue that tries to trap me into fear and worries about acceptance and lack of abundance. I’ve gone through some big stressful experiences recently and this state of being has helped me to not only cope with these major stresses, it has made the difficult experience a blessing and gift from God. By no means do I see myself as truly free of attachments, I still face some major issues with my ego and the road is filled with surprises! What I do see is that I am relating to my being in a different way and from a different place.

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Ramadan: Mar 22 - Apr 21

Eid al-Fitr: Apr 22

Aug 18-21: UK Annual Retreat at Broughton Sanctuary, more details soon  (K)


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