“Begin with yourself. Help yourself first. Send love and mercy to yourself. After you have helped yourself, then you can send mercy and love to another. You cannot send mercy if you do not see the mercy in every face.”-Sidi al Jamal, from Music of the Soul
Why do so many of us have difficulty loving ourselves? Deep inside we carry emotional wounds that have lead us to believe “I am not good enough”, “I am unworthy,” or “I am unlovable.”
In the deepest level of our heart we are in unity, but life experiences wound us and turn our focus toward our egos that vie for power, superiority, and control. Our egos create veils of illusion that manifest from the wounds of experience. We do this out of a need for protection, but the cost is our internal selves cannot find peace.
If we are not at peace in ourselves, we cannot bring real peace to our loved ones, our families, our communities, our countries, or the world. Real peace in the world starts with the inner state of the individual, and the inner state of their self love.
Using Sufi prophetic healing modalities and Sufi spiritual practices, we can remove these veils of illusion. Once they are removed, our innate, unified nature is revealed, and we can experience our own divine inner peace-and begin to create peace in the world.
“Everyone needs peace and love – the birds, the animals, the people – everything needs love. If you do not know the meaning of love, you have lost the meaning of life because from this love you can see the true picture of God.” –Sidi al Jamal, from Music of the Soul
ABOUT THIS COURSE:
The name of the course is based on Sidi’s book He Who Knows Himself Knows His Lord. While the course title refers to women, both men and women are encouraged to join.
She Who Loves Herself Loves Her Lord is a 12 session course wherein each participant will learn to walk through the different aspects of the issue of loving the issue of loving herself or himself–loving the individual God created when He created each of us. We will all walk these aspects together and be a support team for one another. The structure of the 12-week course includes six (6) 90-minute webinar teaching classes and (6) 60-minute Qualities/practices teleclasses. All classes will be recorded.
Webinars are Thursdays, 5:00-6:30pm US Pacific time:
September 29, October 6, October 20,
November 10, December 1 and 15
Teleclasses are Thursdays, 5:00 -6:00 US Pacific time:
October 13, October 27, November 17,
December 8, 22, and 29
WHAT YOU’LL STUDY:
- Self-healing, Veils and Iman (Faith): Overview of these 3 topics with focus at the end of the class in establishing Iman in our lives.
- Examination of the Steps of the Self-Healing Process: Presentation and initial practice of the steps of self-healing with a focus on deepening into our hearts and increasing our awareness of our inner world.
- Finding the Roots of the Issue: Presentation and initial practice of steps to discover the root of lack of self-love, honor, and respect.
- Walking through the Veils: Discussion and practice of different approaches to break through false beliefs, fears, darkness, and other barriers one may face when walking through the veils.
- Purification of the Veils: Presentation of the power of the Divine Qualities to purify
the veils, and continued practice of specific Qualities that are needed during class time.
- Embracing the Truth of Ourselves: Exploration of the Truth behind the purified veils and the meaning/teaching for our further walking.
MEET THE INSTRUCTOR:
Judith Sharifa Keith (Stuhr), PhD, M.Div., RN is a graduate of the University of Sufism with a Master’s of Divinity in Spiritual Ministry and Sufi Studies. Additionally, she is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program in Spiritual Peacemaking and has served as a TA for the past 3 years at UOS. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Registered Nurse. She has worked with people with physical illness and related psychological issues and her realization that all illness stems from a spiritual level lead her to Shadhiliyya Sufism to study ancient spiritual healing practices, which she integrated into her clinical practice. Through her studies, Sharifa found the deep love and truth of God that has transformed her life and lead her to develop a spiritual healing practice and Sufi Center in Atlanta, GA. She feels honored to be able to share this path, its practices, and its teachings to her clients, students, and community.
We hope you will join us for this very special offering beginning this Fall.