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into  

the  one

an interfaith journey into the heart of the mystical love tradition

First program completed fall 2023.

I will offer this program again in fall or winter 2024.

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"The experience working with the Beloved Sila has been beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  We laugh, we pray, we burst into smiles as the over flowing Sufi love washes over us.  We may be physically apart, but we are spiritually connected, and I am so grateful for her guidance and love.”

-Tomás

"I found Into the One to be a truly beautiful and collaborative journey into mysticism, with enough time and space for the concepts introduced to simmer inside me and merge each into the next. The course helped me begin a different relationship to the Beloved / God that is more beautiful and more challenging and more Real than I've been exposed to previously. There is no dry dogma here - only experiential questions to be explored and be curious about, and for that I'm eternally grateful. I've loved the exposure to images and stories from other cultural perspectives, and ones from within Christianity that surprised me, finding the common and shared truths. Thank you for an amazing journey Sila!"

-Benedek

This is....

  • a 9 week deep dive into the sufi mystical tradition, with content and inspiration from mystics of all backgrounds

  • a sacred space for you to start or deepen your relationship with the Beloved

  • a chance to come to know yourself as you really are, which is also Beloved

  • an opportunity to explore God with zero dogma, judgement, or expectation

  • an open hearted community of seekers to worship with

What we'll do....

  • read LOTS of ecstatic poetry from the greats such as Mirabai, Rumi, Hafez, Rabia, St. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Thomas Aquinas, and more

  • reflect and discuss in an open hearted and curious space together

  • laugh and cry!

  • pray and meditate together 

  • write our own ecstatic poetry (and share, if you want!)

  • study and bask in the beautiful teachings of sufism and the wisdom of the mystical traditions

  • explore concepts like the 99 names of Allah, and expand our imagination of God

  • learn practices such as chanting (that you can continue far beyond our time together)

You are.... (at least one of the below)

  • On a spiritual path already or eager to start

  • Wanting a place to worship and discuss God, but don’t feel you fit in at any church, mosque, synagogue, new age circle, etc.

  • Desiring a deeper & more intimate,  personal relationship with the Beloved (God, Goddess, Source)

  • Struggling with feelings of low-self worth and negative beliefs about yourself,  even though you know on a mental level you should “love yourself”

  • Unsatisfied with the spiritual traditions you’ve explored or experienced so far - something is missing

  • Feeling heavy when you think about God and/or spiritual practice

  • Wanting to heal from religious or childhood trauma that taught you harmful things about yourself and God

  • Craving a heart-first, love-first experience of God

  • Seeking a spiritual tradition that holds space for all of the human experience, from dark to light and everything in between

  • Interested in entering deeper into the mystery of Life and God, rather than getting answers

You will receive....

  • ​​compassionate mentorship and space holding to support your unique path to the Beloved

  • a community of like-hearted souls to stay connected with

  • timeless wisdom from the mystics you can return to always (all class material will be available to you via the class portal, which you'll have access to for life)

  • guided meditations and prayers included in every session

The logistics....

  • we will meet for 9 Sundays in a row at 12pm EST for 1-2 hours

  • each session will consist of a presentation on a certain topic, open discussion, and a guided meditation to give you an embodied experience of what we're learning

  • all sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the class portal for you to revisit

  • all other material and slides will be uploaded each week for you to return to

  • you will be able to talk to the group, and to me privately, in the portal between sessions

Join the mailing list to get updates on the next launch of this program, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you!

Come, come, whoever you are,
wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving,
it doesn't matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times.
Come, come again, come.

Rumi

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"The mystics are children in god's lap"

 

shebli

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