Doorways to the Divine- Live Webinar – June 11-12, 2022

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Emotional Freedom and Physical Wellness

Doorways to the Divine is not about learning anything. It’s not about doing anything. It’s not about developing skills. It’s about showing up, being held, and letting out hearts be re-oriented in the direction of healing— come home, come home from wherever you are. Little Boy Blue is blowing the horn. Come on, let’s come back and reorient towards healing. We orient beyond that as well— to the moment of your death, but right now.

The actual practices and methodology will include a lot of Sufi healing, with chanting, singing, reading, and some journaling.

The Sufis say “Die before you die.” What they really mean is an opening up of the spacious orientation of the heart not outward towards the world of the senses, but inward, deeper than the self, through the doorway where the heart goes to meet the Big Heart—and, if it wishes, starts taking a few steps closer to that light.

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About Thea

Thea Elijah, LAc, has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for over 30 years. She is the former director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at Tai Sophia Institute and the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She has apprenticed and studied with some of the most influential Chinese medicine teachers in the West. Thea is also a Muqaddam of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order.

Perennial Medicine’s Commitment to Social Justice

At Perennial Medicine, we are committed to addressing the roots and manifestations of socially constructed power imbalances without shaming, blaming, or oversimplification. We understand that social justice is a very complex topic, and we welcome people who are at different stages of exploring all the ways that we might create a more fair and equitable world together.

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There are no words for what happens when we do that. Even if we take just a few steps towards that light, it changes us very deeply, in ways that we cannot name at first. Sufis say, veils burn away. False ideas burn away. Old adhesions to identities and pain complexes that seemed incredibly important and life-defining burn away as we stand in front of that light, dying before we die.

It is as though our soul is asking our heart, “If I am done with my life, and I am just coming home now, how much of this luggage am I going to take with me? I am remembering the time that this happened, and the time that that happened, and how it still feels like a knife in my gut…” Am I ready to respond, “You know what, on second thought, I do not care about that? I care about feeling the love that made me with every single cell of my body. I just want to come back to the Big Love as quickly as possible.”

Except that it isn’t actually, inshallah, the moment of your death. It’s the moment of your returning. Sufis call it fana, the disappearance, the surrender into the Unity.

Let’s stay there a little bit in that place where dust motes are moving in light.

Then there comes this other moment, after we’ve been inhaled into the divine. At a certain point, when we’ve had our fill, when we’ve really drunk very, very deeply, there’s a natural moment, much like the moment when the baby is done nursing, where it naturally lets go, and turns away from the breast. Perhaps it takes some nap, or perhaps it gets interested in something else, but in any case, it comes back to, “And now, how shall I live my life?”

After a Doorways to the Divine workshop, the answer to that question is, “Differently.” Often it takes a few days to figure out, “How am I different? What actually happened?, and then you start noticing, “Oh, I’m with my boss differently. I’m with my daughter differently. My art work, my painting–it’s different.” It unfolds over time.

This workshop is for anybody, not just practitioners. Practitioners can come to Doorways, too, but don’t come expecting to act like a practitioner. Come expecting to receive, to drink and drink and drink and drink and drink until the milk runs down your face.

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