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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Including the Earth in Our Prayers: A Global Dimension to Spiritual Practice
by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
“As we enter the Anthropocene era when no part of the world remains untouched by the human imprint, the need for action is urgent. Any talk now of contemplation or spirituality might appear to be self-centered, and much of what passes for spirituality has fallen into this quagmire. But as Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee shows us, ‘Real spiritual practice is never for ourself alone, but always for the whole, always for the sake of the Beloved.’ Drawing on the deep tradition of Sufi wisdom, Including the Earth in our Prayers is a call to place the wellbeing of the Earth at the center of our spiritual practice. With lucidity, grace, and wisdom, Vaughan-Lee has given us a cleverly disguised resistance manual for our time.”
—FRED BAHNSON, author Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith, and director of the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program at Wake Forest University School of Divinity
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.
"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.
"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."
"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.
JULY 2012: Interview with Rev. Carole Hallundbaek on the Godspeed Institute program. Subjects 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.
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
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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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.
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.