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Biography

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. Born in London in 1953, he has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was nineteen. In 1991 he became the successor of Irina Tweedie, who brought this particular Indian branch of Sufism to the West and is the author of Daughter of Fire: A Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. He then moved to Northern California and founded The Golden Sufi Center. 

Author of several books and articles, he has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of Jungian Psychology. Since 2000 his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and an awakening global consciousness of oneness (www.workingwithoneness.org). More recently he has written about the feminine, the anima mundi (World Soul), and spiritual ecology. He has contributed to several other books, was featured in the TV series Global Spirit, and was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey as a part of her Super Soul Sunday series.

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Press Release
Book Cover: Seasons of the Sacred
Paperback: ISBN 13: 978-1-941394-46-5, 96 Pages, US: $14.95, ebook $9.99

New Book: 
Seasons of the Sacred: Reconnecting to the Wisdom Within Nature and the Soul

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Seasons of the Sacred weaves together poems, images, and stories of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, reconnecting us to our roots in the cycles of nature and our own soul. As our world appears more and more out of balance, our destruction of the natural world increasing, there is a vital need to remember what is essential, simple, and sacred.
 
Likening Spring to falling in love, Summer with abundance and spiritual awakening, and Autumn with fruition and wisdom, this book continuously reflects the profound resonance of humanity within nature. Never more relevant than now, the chapter on Winter helps the reader remember what is most essential, showing how there is meaning and even peace amidst the most devastating losses, and how all life belongs to these deeper patterns of change.
 
The book draws from such a variety of sources, such as Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Rabia, Julian of Norwich, T.S. Eliot, and others. Each chapter opens with a unique woodcut or engraving image, further illustrating the beauty of our seasons.
 
Vaughan-Lee adeptly connects the reader to the deepest envisioning of contemporary challenges. Climate catastrophe, refugees, cultural degradation, and political divisiveness are all contextualized within natural cycles of birth, loss, and transition, and the reader is guided to listen through the fear and anxiety of our age to the deeper ground of belonging that calls from even the most destitute inner and outer landscapes.
 
Seasons of the Sacred is Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee’s fifth contribution to his spiritual ecology series, which places the human story within the story of the Earth and compels the examination of attitudes, beliefs, and habits in relation to the ongoing desecration, ecological devastation—and potential restoration—of our common home.
 
“Vaughan-Lee encourages reconnecting with the Earth in this heartfelt compilation of essays, poems, and illustrations…. Suitable for readers of all spiritual persuasions, Vaughan-Lee’s soothing observations will inspire a more mindful contemplation of Earth’s rhythms.”

Publishers Weekly, April 2021

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eBook, 55 Pages, Free PDF Download [3.14MB]

New Book: 
A Handbook for Survivalists: Caring for the Earth, A Series of Meditations

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

This little book is about the real nature of survival at this pivotal moment on our shared journey together with the Earth. Can we really “survive” as human beings without reconnecting with the soul of nature, the living presence that has sustained us for millennia? What would our world be without wildness and wonder, without beauty and magic of the natural world, without a dawn chorus or a meadow of wildflowers? 

How can we return our awareness to the light of our soul and the world soul, and so help to bring our world back into balance? Returning to this light, this primal song of creation, is a first step in our journey of survival. Without it there is no journey, no place of belonging. 

“Written while under wildfire evacuation, the great Sufi master, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, offers us a timely real-world primer on how the light we call Spirit is our greatest tool in rebuilding the world. This book is, at once, personal and universal and deeply insightful and immediately practical. To quote Llewellyn from a chapter on chaos, 'Generosity may be more valuable than stockpiling food, kindness to others more potent than force. These values will determine what world we create, what is born from the ruins.' I urge you to drink here. This book will quench and sustain and bring us closer together.”

—MARK NEPO, author, The Book of Soul and More Together Than Alone

Contact

Barbara Romanoff
The Golden Sufi Center
415-663-0100, barbara@goldensufi.org


Video Clips

 

WATCH: These clips are from the Interview "Open Your Heart" with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Oprah Winfrey for Super Soul Sunday on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, which premiered March 4th, 2012

Under the oaks at Oprah's home in California, Sufi mystic Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee defines Sufism and explains why it's about love and the heart.

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This clip is from the event Spiritual Ecology held at the Mercy Center in 
Burlingame, California, December 2011


"We hear the cry of the world and we respond to that cry." Creation itself is now calling to us, sending us signs of its imbalance. If we acknowledge our sacred role as guardians of the planet we will see the power of our prayers, our capacity to reconnect the earth just as we have cut it off. We are the connection between the creator and the creation. This is the special role of human beings.

See the companion article, A Morning Prayer and the Call of the Earth, on Huffington Post.
Audio from this clip is taken from a talk on Spiritual Ecology given in December 2011.


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MARCH 2013
Spiritual Ecology: Published in the Interspiritual E-Zine, The Coming Interspiritual Age, page 71.

"As we stand at the edge of the abyss of climate change, species depletion and other effects of our continued ecocide, there is a vital need to make this shift into oneness: to relearn how to live in harmony with the whole with which we are so interconnected. We cannot afford to continue our present self-destructive behavior that is pushing us towards the "tipping point" of an ecological imbalance with unforeseeable global consequences."


Additional Video Clips

"In our prayers and devotions, we need to reconnect with the sacred substance in creation. We need to place the earth within our hearts, and nourish it with our love, and offer it in remembrance of God."

Excerpts from chapter 6 in Prayer of the Heart in Christian & Sufi Mysticism, a new book by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. See the companion article, Mystical Prayer: Opening a Door to Silence and Love, on Huffington Post. Audio from this clip is taken from a talk on Spiritual Ecology, December 2011.


This clip is from the event Spiritual Ecology held at the Mercy Center in 
Burlingame, California, December 2011


 

This clip is from the event The Sufi Path of Love & the Secrets of Mystical Oneness 
held in Tiburon, California, Fall, 2009


This clip is from the event Spiritual Ecology held at the Mercy Center in 
Burlingame, California, December 2011


You are Oneness (4:18 min)

This clip is taken from a series of talks on the Consciousness of Oneness given in 
Mill Valley, California in Fall, 2006


Prayer (3:18 min)

This clip is taken from a series of talks on Prayer from an event held at 
The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York, June 2011

See the companion article, Praying for the Earth, on Huffington Post.

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JULY 2012: Interview with Rev. Carole Hallundbaek on the Godspeed Institute programSubjects discussed include Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee's newly published Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism; what inspired this book; what defines "mystical prayer"; the common ground between the two through mysticism; St. Teresa of Avila, Attar, St. John of the Cross, Rumi; the necessity of prayer; the stages of prayer; the silence within the heart; the mystery of divine presence; oneness; the need to pray for the Earth; the Jesus Prayer and the dhikr; and much more.

CLICK TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD: 
July Radio Interview on the Godspeed Institute 
(54 min, 14 mb) or you can find it in their show archives at Godspeed Institute on Progressive Radio Network.

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MARCH 2012: Radio Interview with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on Speaking Freely with Dennis Raimondi, KRUU FM, Fairfield, Iowa. About Sufism, Spiritual Ecology, and his new book Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism.

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Radio Interview with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and Dennis Raimondi, 26 mb (30 min), or visit his show archives at www.dennis.tv

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JULY 2011: In this interview, Carole Hallundbaek of the Godspeed Institute speaks with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on topics including: what Sufism is, the ancient wisdom of the heart, archetypes, Love, how we can apply these principles in daily life, Oneness, ecological disaster as catalyst, sacrifice, returning to the sacred, and more. The Godspeed Institute is a secular program on all the world's religions, belief systems and spiritual practices made available on the Progressive Radio Network.

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GodSpeed Institute Interview: 13.4 mb (1 hour)

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About The Golden Sufi Center

The Golden Sufi Center is the vehicle for the work of the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Order of Sufism. The purpose of The Golden Sufi Center is to make available the teachings of this lineage of Sufism. In the United States, The Golden Sufi Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and publishes books, video, and audio on Sufism, mysticism, and the awakening consciousness of oneness. There are also offices in the UK and Europe. For more information about this Sufi path, please read: Neither of the East nor of the West: The Journey of the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya from India to America by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.


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About Working with Oneness

Begun by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee in 2000, Working with Oneness is a site which offers a body of teachings on the spiritual dimension of oneness, by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee and others. It is dedicated to connecting with individuals and spiritual groups of all types who are working towards the emerging consciousness of oneness that is central to our human and planetary survival and evolution. At this time there is a vital need to recognize the spiritual dimension to our present ecological crisis.  Consciousness of oneness is an awareness of the unity and interconnectedness of all of life.