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H&WAll beliefs are simply degrees of clearness of vision. All are part of one ocean of truth. The more this is realized, the easier is it to see the true relationship between all beliefs, and the wider does the vision of the one great ocean become.

­ Hazrat Inayat Khan

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The Light of Guidance Center is the New York City Center of The Inayati Order (www.Inayatiorder.org), formerly known as the Sufi Order International, an international organization dedicated to spreading the Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, who first introduced Sufism to the Western world in 1910. The Sufi Message proclaims the knowledge of divine unity—of all peoples, all religions, and all existence—and the religion of the heart awakened to the beauty in all creation.

The Inayat Order affirms spiritual liberty, and the One Truth behind all names and forms, and all authentic spiritual and religious traditions,  a Living Reality that exists and manifests through our lives.  Our classes emphasize the cultivation of the heart and the bringing of spirituality into everyday life. All classes and retreats are open to all.

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The Sufi teachers at the Light of Guidance Center are Kainat Felicia Norton and Muinuddin Charles Smith.  They are authors of An Emerald Earth (please see below), and senior teachers and retreat guides within the Inayati Order International and the Ziraat tradition. Kainat serves as International head of Ziraat (www.ziraat.org) for the Inayati Order and is on the faculty of Suluk Academy.  They travel internationally, offering retreats and workshops on the Sufi path.

An Emerald Earth- A Guidebook to the Natural Self

 

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AN EMERALD EARTH
by Felicia Norton and Charles Smith
ISBN 978-0-6152-3546-2
Price: $19.00
trade paper, 6 x 9, 192 pages

An Emerald Earth expresses universal teachings of the Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan on the “natural self,” likening  the unfolding of our being to the process of cultivating a field or garden to bring forth fruitfulness. Our natural state is one of resonance with Nature, receptive to the beauty and creative of the harmony that ever seek expression in our lives. Incorporating meditation practices, rich teaching stories and poetry from Sufi, Buddhist and other mystic traditions, An Emerald Earth affirms the infinite power of the heart, pointing the way to an uplifted world and a spirituality that is grounded in service to all of life.

“The word ‘mysticism’ often brings to mind suspicions of an obscure hobby having little or nothing to do with real life. What the reader of An Emerald Earth will discover, however, is exactly the reverse: a mystical orientation that is accessible, relevant, and eminently natural. —Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Inayati Order International

“With the environmental crisis finally recognized throughout the world, is it too late? No! An Emerald Earth celebrates Sufi wisdom that, since its very beginning, has held the sacred green earth at its center. Today this wisdom guides us toward restoring ourselves and our relationship with the natural environment.”  —The Very Reverend James Parks Morton, pioneer in sacred ecology, Founder of the Interfaith Center of New York, Dean Emeritus of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

“This book is filled with much gentle wisdom and its message is one of peace and service. I hope that the authors’ call for a life devoted to doing what is beautiful will find its way into many hearts.”   —Tom Cheetham, author of “The World Turned Inside Out,” and “Green Man, Earth Angel”

“An Emerald Earth is an open invitation to those who are longing to re-discover the primordial harmony of the human soul and the natural world, both mirrors of each other and helpers to each other, both woven from the same cloth by the same Weaver. This wonderful book is constructed as an actual spiritual travel, using the stepping stones of meditation practices which guide the reader to experience how contemplation of the creation reveals human reality, and conversely how awakened humanity protects and elevates the creation to its own divine potential.” —Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi, Spiritual Guide of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order

For more information:  www.anemeraldearth.org      Full review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat at:  www.spiritualityandpractice.com/books/books.php?id=19397

To purchase An Emerald Earth:  Cultivating a Natural Spirituality, please click here.

 

For information on Ziraat, Sufi teachings on sacred cultivation, please see www.ziraat.org

 

SUFI TEACHINGS
Practices and teachings in the Sufi Tradition
of Hazrat Inayat Khan

Sundays 3:00-4:30PM

2018    December 9, 2018

2019     January 6, February 10, March 24, April 14, May 26. June 9

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All above classes/events are held at:

223 2nd Avenue – between 14th & 13th St, Manhattan, NYC
Apt 5J  buzzer on the right, 48#

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SPECIAL EVENT January 27, 2019

5.00pm -7.00pm

Spiritual Sounds Concert With East Village Faith Groups

Town and Village Synagogue

344 East 14th St. (Between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

 

 2019
Upcoming Retreats and Programs

 with Kainat Felicia Norton & Muinuddin Smith

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2019 

Organization of Nature Evolutionaries
Sacred Activism Teleseminar @ 3:00-4:00PM
with Felicia Kainat Norton & Charles Muinuddin Smith

 

The call in number for all seminars is 1-805-309-2350 or 1-800-309-2350 (toll free) and access code: 5771624#.  Click here to find the correct teleseminar time for your local time zone.

May 3-5,  2019
Emerald Earth Ziraat Retreat
Abode of the Message
New Lebanon, NY
Abode Website: https://www.theabode.org/

Contact via email: ingridw@theabode.org

or call 518-794-8095

 

 

 

Recent Past Events & Retreats

with Kainat Felicia Norton & Muinuddin Smith

 September 8, 2018
Cultivating Life
and the Alchemy of the Heart
33 Woodbine St, Cranston, RI 02910
Inayati Order of RI (401) 791-9068
or email NAB518@cox.net

Click here for flyer and more information

WILD WOMAN FEST

August 22-26, 2018
with Kainat Felicia Norton & other facilitators
Sufi Meditation & Mystic Relaxation
Mountaintop at New Lebanon, NY
http://wildwomanfest.com/

 

August 6-10, 2018
The Mystic Heart of Sufism
Mystic Heart Program
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, NY

June 23, 2018
Ziraat Retreat
Rochester, NY

June 2, 2018
Emerald Earth Ziraat Retreat
Baltimore, NY

May 4-6, 2018
Emerald Earth Ziraat Retreat
Abode of the Message
New Lebanon, NY

December 7, 2017

‘NOOR’-a 45 minute solo dance/theatre work
performed by Felicia Norton (Kainat)

Sarah Lawrence College
Suzanne Werner Wright Theater
Bronxville, NY

Performance of ‘NOOR’, a 42 minute solo dance/theatre piece, performed by Felicia Norton (Kainat) tells the story  of Noor Inayat Khan,(1914-1944), poetic daughter of Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, musician, who served as a wireless operator, secret agent in WW2, and who lived her ideal of spiritual liberty for all.  Felicia has toured ‘NOOR’ to Paris, London, Edinburgh, NYC, and in the US.