Jamila Knox 


I was introduced to Zikr dances and Sufism in the Kalalau Valley on the Island of Kauai under a tree canopy in the full moon light.  The magic of the moment changed my life.  I took initiation as a Sufi with Leilah Be twenty-five years ago and been practicing daily and been involved in Zikr and DUP ever since.  According to Hazrat Inayat Khan, who was responsible for bringing Sufism to the west: "Sufism is the religion of the heart, the religion in which one thing is most important, and that is to seek God in the heart of mankind." Zikr is "meditation in movement" and focuses on "participation, not presentation". 

The DUP, or Dances of Universal Peace are also a spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. This taste of our true nature - as Universal Peace - opens to the possibility of a deep spiritual revolution within the person

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