“I am touched again and again by a constantly moving balance between powerful energies, of which one, the harder one, is truth, the other, the tender one, is love.”
—Werner H. Engel, founder, C.G. Jung Center Clinic, New York
“... a log of self-discovery, striking in its blatant honesty... proof the eternal flame of the soul still can be awakened in people of the modern age,
like it has been in others since the early beginning of consciousness.”
Little did Irina Tweedie know that her trip to India in 1959, at the age of fifty-two, would mysteriously lead her to a Sufi Master, and set her upon a journey to the "heart of hearts," the Sufi path of realization.
Her teacher's first request of her was to keep a complete diary of her spiritual trainingeverything, all the difficult parts, even all the doubts. He predicted that one day it would become a book and would benefit people around the world.
This diary spans five years, making up an amazing record of spiritual transformation ... the agonies, the resistance, the long and frightening bouts with the purifying forces of Kundalini, the perseverance, the movements towards surrender, the longing, and finally the all-consuming love.
From a psychological viewpoint, the diary maps the process of ego dissolution, gradually unveiling the openness and love that reside beneath the surface of the personality.
Mrs. Tweedie is the first Western woman to be trained in this ancient yogic lineage. Her story and experience testify that this teaching system can still be powerfully transformative today in our modern world.
First published in its abridged form as Chasm of Fire (which has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into six languages), Daughter of Fire is a unique account of a spiritual training with a Sufi Master and is the most detailed account of the relationship between disciple and teacher that exists in Western Literature. Written in diary form, this title has already sold over 30,000 copies worldwide and is now being published through The Golden Sufi Center.
“I hoped to get instruction in Yoga, expected wonderful teachings,
but what the teacher did was mainly to force me to face the darkness
within myself and it almost killed me.... I was beaten down in every sense
until I had to come to terms with that in me which
I kept rejecting all my life.”
from the Foreword by Irina Tweedie