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Dances of Universal Peace

Saturday, September 24, 2016
at Dancing Peacock Paradise

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A bit of Meal Etiquette
Samuel Lewis taught us to "Eat, Dance & Pray" together.  At Peacock Paradise, we have the luxury of sharing a meal every month between the afternoon dance and the evening zikr, and, for those who stay overnight, breakfast as well.  It gives us a precious chance to get to know each other and build community.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to elevate the atmosphere.
* Let's keep our meal time, as all other times here, positive, choosing subjects that uplift or illumine the conversation.
* Include everyone at the table in one group, drawing everyone in, giving equal time, and avoiding side conversations.
*  Bring healthy vegetarian food, preferably that you have made yourself.
* On your way through the buffet line, move quickly, and take only a little of each dish, so there is enough for everyone to try everything. 
(25 people = 1/25th!)  After all are served, you are welcome to go back for seconds.
*  Volunteer to help set up in advance, or clean up afterwards.  Pack up leftovers to put in the refrigerator for people who are staying over night.
*  Try to meet everyone, especially new people, with a welcoming spirit, perhaps sitting beside someone you don't know well.
When we practice Loving, Harmonious, Beautiful manners as we connect,
We let our inner light shine!
Sufi Study Circle
Wed. Oct 12, 7-8:30PM
Notice that Kim & Joyce are present by Skype on the ipad, along with Khalika's baby Isobel, Patrick, Cyd, DiAnahita, Nancy, Konnie, & Taleeb
Readings of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Sufi Poetry, Practices & Prayers
on the theme of Life Purpose II,
followed by tea & conversation

at  the  home  of  Nancy  Starrett, 8620 NW 13 Street (Turkey Creek Forest)   Gainesville, FL   32605
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I am happy to see our Sufi community grow & deepen in its commitment & its appreciation of the spiritual life in all the forms & expressions that it may take in this world.    Patrick
The class was really nice.  Konnie
A new song of Lila's
Allow me to serve Thee
what is my purpose but this
My voice will always praise Thee
For what is my purpose but this
From my heart to yours
seeing the Light of your Being
leading toward your Life’s Purpose
If you are from out of town, & would like to spend Saturday night at Dancing Peacock Paradise: $25 person / night or $15 your own tent or RV.   To reserve a bed or space, Please   RSVP
The Life, Love & Laughter
of a 20th century Sufi
Illuminating the Shadow  collects the Sufi writings of Moineddin Carl Jablonski (1942-2001), spiritual successor of Samuel L. Lewis, founder of the Dances of Universal Peace & originator of a branch of the Chishtia Sufi lineage called the Sufi Ruhaniat International.
The book weaves autobiography, interviews, letters, articles and poems, in a unique glimpse of an illuminated Western-born mystic. Jablonski faced enormous inner & outer challenges as he sought to establish an authentic, living Sufi tradition in the West.
Guadalajara, Mexcio Dancers

Hopefully DiAnahita will bring home some new dances!
"Thy Light is in all forms
Thy Love in all Beings"

Hazrat Inayat Khan
from the prayer "Salat"
 August Dance
Gainesville Retreat Center
Our enthusiastic group included children!
Shana with Benny & Grace
The Camel & the Mouse skit
Responses to the GRC Dance
I had a wonderful time & it seemed that everyone there, down to the smallest child, enjoyed it. Most especially, I liked the welcoming atmosphere of the Gainesville Retreat Center thanks to our hosts Shana Smith & friends & family. I hope that we can have events there like last evening on a continuing basis.  
as ever, Patrick 

Dearest Diana,  What a wonderful time you created for us last evening!  I felt utterly blessed, yet again, to share the joy of the dances.  Your thoughtful attention to include the children added such pure delight to our occasion! My landscape has enlarged to discover the rich resource of Shana's offerings at the inspiring GRC. Her song with Rebecca was truly transporting! Their voices together are glorious.  I floated home a thoroughly happy being. 
Thank you & Bless you,  With Love, Barclay
        Thank you again for a wonderful dance & for letting me experience the reflection of my body in the clouds in your lake.               Love, Kathy

We LOVED it & seeing you & spending time with a genuinely lovely sangha.  Thanks for sharing your gifts with us, Diana.  Hope to see you soon!  Warmly with lots of hugs,                  Shana
Florida Sufi & Dance Retreat
Nov. 10-13, 2016
with Murshida Leilah Be

Montgomery Conference Center
Stark, Florida
Register with Suzy Stoner - suzyheartsong222@gmail.com
Info from Sukaynah Holly -  holly@thc-hal.com
"From Heaven Pours the Light"

by Lila Flood

It’s always here, you only need to ask
It’s always here, you only need to call
From heaven pours the light,
Into the heart of all

From heaven pours the light,
Into the heart of all

Govinda Jaia Jaia, Gopala Jaia Jaia
Radha Ramana Hare,
Govinda Jaia Jaia
Govinda Jaia Jaia, Gopala Jaia Jaia
Radha Ramana Hare, Govinda Jai
From heaven pours the light
Into the heart of all

From heaven pours the light
Into the heart of all
Double Rainbow at Beauty Lake after Hurricane Hermine passed through (mostly wind)
The Sufi Invocation
in Spanish

Hacia el Uno

la perfección del amor,
la armonía, y la belleza
el Ser único,
unido a todas las almas iluminadas
que forman el cuerpo
del Maestro

el Espíritu Guía
We dedicate our September Dance to Peace & Positive Transformation in Colombia. 
Sending Light & Love from the Florida Dancers 
Regular monthly 4th Saturday  Dances of Universal Peace are resuming at Peacock Paradise on September 24. Mark your calendar:  Oct. 22,  Nov. 26,  Dec. 25 or 24 TBA, & the Global Peace ~ New Year's Eve Dance in Gainesville on Saturday, December 31 at UCG.  Come & replenish your Light!
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