Sufi Questions – Live Webinar – July 2, 2022

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If you’ve been wondering about some of the Sufi terminology I use… 

Many people who come to my classes hear me say, “Alhamdulillah” and “Inshallah” along with other references to Sufism. Nobody needs to be on the Sufi path in order to get a lot out of my Whole Heart Connection and Chinese medicine classes, but it is an important part of my background, and so a few references filter in here and there.

Have you been curious about it?

This is an opportunity for people who are unfamiliar with Sufism to ask me general questions: “What is this? What is that? What are you really talking about?”

It is also a time and a place for people already on the Sufi path to bring Sufi questions – especially people who are newly on the path who might be thinking, “You know, I’ve heard people say this-or-that, but what do they mean?”

I know from my own experience of having been a newcomer on the Sufi path that not everyone’s metaphors are equally accessible to everyone. Early on, it is important to find teachers who speak your natural language, because there is a lot of experiential inner territory for which it is difficult to find words. We are different map makers mapping the same territory.

When a bumblebee looks at a flower, it sees colors that we do not see. When a mule looks at a flower, it just eats it. Within the infinity of Sufism, I make an offering of my expressive style – coming up with words and metaphors and maps in order to navigate that otherwise unspeakable existential territory.

Come join us – as a curious person, a seriously interested person, or as a deeply committed person. I hope to see you there.

I’ve been very much appreciating all of the online content Thea has made available for practitioners regardless of their location. It’s been a joy to discover and begin to engage her writings and videos — truly, it’s rare to find a teacher offering the material with such freshness, nuance, and creative excitement. Her way of teaching herbs is opening my mind in new ways, and her writings and videos on Sufism have brought me to tears unexpectedly. I am so grateful to have come upon Thea and her website.

Andrea Penagos Spirit of the Herbs and Sufism Online Resources September 13, 2016

About Thea Elijah

Maryam Thea Elijah is a Master Teacher of the Shadhuliyyah Sufi Order, and a teaching assistant at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism.  She draws upon both Sufi skills and practices as well as understandings from Chinese medicine. She brings lots of exercises and practical embodied experiences, so that participants will leave feeling nourished and supported.

Perennial Medicine’s Commitment to Social Justice

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