Sufism & Spiritual Healing
Leah's recent teaching on 'Humility as the Gateway to Love':
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
What is Spiritual Healing?
There exists a way of being, a way of viewing life and looking at problems, embracing the full smorgasbord of our experiences and leading to a life packed with adventure, joy, and richer than we could imagine.
The Sufi's say that we 'explode the mountain of our existence'. Offering a unique, organic, kind of healing, Sufism helps us to heal in a complete way...one that includes and transcends the physical. Healing our bodies, hearts, and spirits, Sufism leads to the development of a bedrock of deep inner peace that allows us to ride the river of our lives from an almost magical place of love, compassion, and wisdom.
The 'Heart' is the healer, it's a hologram for our entire body, affecting every area of ourselves from our physical states to our emotional and spiritual wellbeing. If there is grief stored in one area of our heart, it may manifest as anger, chronic sadness, shame or despair-creating an energetic vibration that bogs our systems down. Swamping our energetic flow, we gradually develop states of illness or dis-ease.
By learning how to open our hearts and shower those wounded places with a deeper love than we've ever known or felt, the healing lights of 'God' or 'Universal Consciousness/Energy/Divinity' penetrates into our physical cells. We receive a first hand taste of this profound experience of transformation and become eager for more!
How Spiritual Healing Works
Excerpt from The University of Sufism and Spiritual Healing
Perhaps the best and most effective way to explain how spiritual healing works is to use a metaphor that we’re all familiar with: your computer.
Spiritual healing is like removing the viruses, old files, cookies, and other software you may have downloaded along the way, believing that it would help you, but it only made your system run more slowly and caused unexpected consequences because of incompatibilities with your original programming.
You don’t need new software, you just need to clean up your hard drive. There is nothing wrong with who you are, but you may have picked up some troublesome behaviors, beliefs, attitudes, and fears along the way. Spiritual healing doesn’t change you as much as it helps refine, clean up, optimize, and restore your original emotional, physical, and spiritual “operating systems” so that you need never experience the crashes, data loss, and frustrations of a poorly functioning life again.
When you were born, you had your original “operating system.” As you grew up, you may have learned that it was not safe or acceptable to feel in this way or that, and as a result you learn to live your life behind a façade.
For many of us, living behind the facade has become intolerable. We wish to live authentically but not seem "out there." You will know you're living in your spiritual truth when you embrace these three qualities.
Faith: We are not talking about belief or theology. Belief has to do with the mind and trusting that something may or may not happen. Theology is a subset of belief in that it deals with the mind and one’s ideas about God and spirit. Faith has to do with an in body knowing. There is faith in gravity because you know that you are stuck on the planet surface. Faith in God is not a belief about doctrines or concepts. You have faith in God because you have experienced God moving through you. It is an experience. It is not quantifiable. It is the kind of experience that you cannot prove to anyone else but you know that you know that you know.
Sincerity: Sincerity is being real and honest with whatever is genuine for you in the present moment. This can be challenging as you may have learned from childhood that it’s not safe or acceptable to feel in this way or that and as a result you learn to live your life behind a façade. When you learn to go behind the façade, acknowledge your feelings and needs, and connect with the love of God, you have begun to embrace the totality of your humanity. Sincerity is a quality that is connected to the yearning and calling of your heart. It’s that place inside that knows there’s something more and you’re not sure how to fill it or how to satisfy it. Sincerity and your passion are deeply connected. As you embrace the totality of your humanity and accept the love of God, you begin to unleash the passion that God has placed within you.
Self-examination: Self-examination requires personal responsibility. You choose to own your feelings, thoughts and look at what the message is to you. You look at your life with pointing to yourself rather than blaming or judging others for what may or may not have happened. What is your lesson? You begin to see your life in the context of meaning and purpose as you examine the needs and lessons behind your experiences.
The key is to integrate all three qualities within the context of your life. Most of us have not had opportunities to learn how to combine all three. It’s not taught in school and has usually not been modeled in our families. This results in continued searching for the right answers to fill the void in order to live fully and to heal the pain of your life. How do you bring all three qualities within the context of any situation of your life?
Faith, Sincerity, and Self-Examination come together through Spiritual Healing.
Spiritual Healing is the process of connecting your needs and pain with Divine love through your spiritual heart. It is the journey of relating to God within your heart and knowing this essence as compassionate, loving, gentle, and peaceful. It’s a journey of becoming who you really are, who you were created to be. You learn to see your life and its lessons from the eyes of Divine truth.
As a result, you experience more, clarity, strength, and confidence. In short, your body heals, your mind has a fresh perspective, and your heart lives in joy and peace!
Have you ever wished that you could start your life over and wipe the slate clean? Spiritual Healing washes the ego of its attachments and old memories that no longer serve you. When these beliefs are cleared, what remains is the truth of who you are. You see a Divine perspective that adds wisdom, strength, and certainty. It’s like wiping a hard drive and reloading a new software package! As you see your life from Divine truth, your paradigm shifts and you are a new creation!
Spiritual Healing will clear the ego of all the pictures, beliefs and memories that no longer serve you. Your heart overflows with gratitude and love and you then learn to give to another the same love, acceptance, truth, and wisdom. You relationships and work take on a whole new meaning and purpose. Your heart feels fulfilled and satisfied. You are living your spiritual truth and continuing your professional success. Your life makes a positive difference in the world around you.
As you continue to live this life connected to God within your heart, you will embody these qualities of compassion, truth, strength, peace and love. No matter what circumstance life shows you, you know how to return to the Divine connection within your heart and see the Divine perspective and then share that in a way that brings consensus where there was division, creativity where there was confusion, solutions where there was fear and doubt. You are seen as a person who leads by example.
If you desire to deepen your heart in a way that applies to your profession and the entirety of your life, taste for yourself what the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism offers. We have helped thousands of people find the richness of wisdom, peace, and love within their hearts and helped them heal and then become people who help heal the world.
"Exploring a new spiritual path is exciting!
It's like embarking on a wonderful new adventure, you never quite know what to expect until you find yourself in the midst of a wondrous moment...one that had been unimaginable before.
Many of the experiences I've had are indescribable...The evolution of opening to Divinity involves Surrender, Love and Commitment. Much like any relationship! Sufism has been paramount in my life...enrichening the moments of the day as well as bring a new depth to my Christian heritage, Faith, religion, and Buddhist practices.
The kind of Sufism that I teach is called Shadhiliyya Sufism, which helps us to heal on a deep heart/soul level. As we gain experience and grounding in God, Divinity, or Universal Consciousness, we discover our personal gifts and reason for being that allow us to build confidence and take our unique talents into the world to live a life of service to others.
These practices are based on the 1500-year-old spiritual tradition of Sufism. The word “Sufi” literally translates to “wool”. The student of Sufism strives to be like the 'wool in the hands of God,' living in complete trust and surrender to God and in every moment.
Sufis are mystics who have devoted themselves to serving and developing a direct experience of God while on earth. They 'die before they die' and are renowned as world servers, helpers, and healers.
The Sufi message is one of beauty and peace...honoring, cultivating, and purifiying the Qualities of love, mercy, justice, and freedom for all the people of the world. They espouse unity and non-separation, embracing all cultures, religions, and people as equal.
Each of us holds tremendous potential in our hearts for healing, learning, experiencing and wisdom. Shadhiliyya Sufism teaches it's students life-changing skills and spiritual practices in order to heal themselves and others through the 'lights' of divine love.
You will gain tools that teach you how to cleanse your heart quickly and effectively of fear, pain, anger, sadness, anxiety, and other draining emotions, leading to physical, emotional, and spiritual healing."
Leah Rifqa Savage leads workshops throughout the US.
Please contact her to come to your area!
Sufism Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Teaching
Surrender: The Art of Letting Go
Conscious Living: How to Be the Architect of Your Life!
Awakening The Healer Within
Self Empowerment through Love and Forgiveness
Deepen Your Relationships: A workshop for Couples