Healing Sounds of the
Abrahamic Faiths

Master of Divinity Program

Enter a world of Sacred Sound…

Sound was used as medicine in biblical times by the Hebrews, early Christians, as well as by Sufi master musicians in the Ottoman Turkish Empire. The invocation of Sacred Sound in ritual and prayer is central to all three Abrahamic Faiths. A deep spiritual experience of the sacred music chanting, mindfulness practices, and sound breath meditations from the wisdom traditions of the three Abrahamic Faiths, often result in heart opening, increased compassion, deepening of inner explorations, and have been shown scientifically to impact the structure and function of the brain in ways that enhance memory, cognition, and awareness.

These sacred sound practices also promote healing by lowering stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. Recent discoveries in the field of neuroscience are confirming the impact of sound on the brain, well-being and health. In this fascinating and elevating Master’s program we will explore the inner world with the healing power of sacred music of the Abrahamic Faiths. Transform your health, enhance your emotional wellbeing, and unlock deeper spiritual connections through the power of ancient wisdom and modern sound healing practices from diverse global traditions that fine-tune your brain’s frequency.

Healing Sounds Info Session

May, 2024 – 3:00 p.m. Pacific / 6:00 p.m. Eastern

The University will offer a virtual “meet and greet” information session with Yuval and Laila on May 20, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific / 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

The session will be recorded. Please fill out the form below to register:

 

Program Information

Participants in the Healing Sounds program will achieve:

  • An increased sense of inner peace, improved health, and well-being. Improved sleep, patience, wholesomeness, mood and immune system function
  • Increased awareness of the Divine in you and in all creation—“Wherever you turn there is Allah”
  • Increased sense of compassion, harmony, and beauty inward and outward
  • Sacred sound healing tools to help self, family, friends, and community improve health and well-being
  • Tools for achieving states of deep spirituality, connection to the One and ability to heal

All are welcome to take part in this program. This program can be taken as part of our Level 3 Master of Divinity track or as a standalone course.

Class sessions are held on Zoom and are recorded.

Program Dates

Healing Sounds of the Abrahamic Faiths consists of five six-day sessions, running Sunday through Friday.

Module 1: Islamic Sufi Sacred Music and Sound Healing
June 23 – 28, 2024

Module 2: Hebrew Kabbalistic Sacred Music and Sound Healing
October 13 – 18, 2024

Module 3: Early Christian Sacred Music and Sound Healing
February 2 – 7, 2025

Module 4: The Expression of the ONE through Diversity: Dialogue, influences, and sharing among the healing sacred sound traditions of the Abrahamic Faiths
June 22 – 27, 2025

Module 5: Neuroscience confirmations of the impacts of sacred sound healing practices of the Abrahamic Faiths
October 12 – 17, 2025

The enrollment period for this class is February 15 – June 1, 2024.

Financial Assistance applications must be submitted no later than June 1, 2024.

Applications will be accepted after June 1, 2024, however, this could result in a delay in your starting the program on time.

Tuition

$9,500 if registered on or before May 1, 2024

$9,900 if registered on or after May 2, 2024

If you would like to learn more about whether this is the right program for you, schedule a personal call with our admissions director!

Rahma Tracy Caraway
1-800-238-3060 ext 701
admissions@sufiuniversity.org

Faculty

Yuval Ron

Yuval Ron

Yuval Ron is an award-winning composer who has been involved in the world of music therapy since a commission in 1990 from researcher Robert Monroe of the Monroe Institute for hemi sync music composition using binaural beats. He has collaborated with neuroscientists Mark Waldman,and Dr. Andrew Newburg, psychotherapist Dr Sanjay Manchanda, pioneer healers Dr. Richard Gold and Gail Lynn, Sufis, Kabbalists and Ayurvedic healers and is the founding director of the record label Metta Mindfulness Music which produces quality intentional healing music for use in clinics and treatments centers worldwide.

Yuval was invited to perform meditative music for the Dalai Lama, the Sufi Sheikh Sidi Muhammad, collaborated with the Sufi leaders Pir Zia Inayat Khan and Pir Shabdah Khan, with numerous master musicians including Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Estrella Morente and Deva Premal, and with the Zen Buddhist priest and master artist Hirokazu Kosaka. Yuval has been invited to speak at numerous schools including: Yale, John Hopkins University, UCLA, Middlebury College, MIT, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago, and has given keynote addresses at the Pacific conference of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, and at the Quantum Institute, in New Delhi, India. Yuval’s book Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom won Gold Medal Award for Best book in Spirituality Category in the Indie Book Award 2015.

He has composed scores for the Oscar winning film West Bank Story, PBS Nova documentaries such as Breaking the Maya Code, art house films such as Proteus, and scores for site-specific installations at the Getty Museum, Japan America Center, LAX, and more. He is the founder and executive director of the charity non-profit organization Inspired Sound Initiative, dedicated to providing free-of-charge educational performance arts programming to under-served communities and youth-at-risk worldwide.

Laila Brady Walzer, M.Div.

Laila Brady Walzer, M.Div.

Laila Brady Walzer, M.Div., has studied and taught music, sound, and healing for decades. She has personally healed from chronic illness, and opened to a life of joy and fulfillment through Sufi-based healing, Qu’ran recitation, and herbs; and ultimately through opening her heart to Divine Love. She holds the rank of Muqaddim Mirrabi-Rouhi in the Shadhuliyya Sufi tariqa brought by Sidi Muhammad al-Jamal.

She has a B.A. from Swarthmore College in both Music and Sociolinguistics and a Master’s in Divinity from the University for Spiritual Healing and Sufism (now the University of Sufism) She has explored various healing and spiritual growth disciplines, including Quakerism, The Pathwork of Self-Transformation, and Polarity Therapy, to name a few. She’s a graduate of Grammy Award-winning David Darling’s Music for People improvisation facilitation training, and has studied with Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon, and John McCutcheon, among others. She has lived in Africa, Ireland, and Germany, actively engaging in musical pursuits in each place.

Laila feels enriched by her cross-cultural exposure over the years and is actively engaged in interfaith work. She loves to reflect on the mirror of divine Truth in the beauties of nature.

She rejoices in using her love and experience of God, her Sufi Islamic training, her varied musical background, and her joy of life, to celebrate and honor the unfolding of the first Holy Word; and to guide people into deep healing and inner wholeness.