Ancient Practices That Stand the Test of Time

Sep 2, 2016 | Sufism

Our world continues to change at rapid rates that sometimes boggle the mind and can certainly disconnect us from the peace, love and purpose that exists in our hearts and souls. However, God has given us many tools to continue to seek Him and know Him. No matter what has happened in the material world, these gifts have remained the same throughout recorded history, because God’s reality does not change. We come from one soul, from the Pre-existent Source of Being that manifests and expresses through each of us, like the ocean is present through each of its drops. The Sufi mystic and poet Jalal id-din Rumi wrote:

“You are not a drop in the ocean, You are the ocean in a drop.”

You have an opportunity to dive deep into the depths of your own heart to access the well-spring of divine love and healing for yourself – to rest in the infinite eternal ocean of God’s love and compassion – to receive from God’s wisdom and beauty. The Sufi mystics have used ancient rituals to access the secrets that lie deep within the heart. These have been handed down from generation to generation, withstanding the tests of time – because they work! We teach many of these at the University in the Masters of Divinity programs. Our faculty have studied directly with our guide, Sidi Shaykh Muhammad al-Jamal, to learn and embody the rituals and the secrets they reveal, so this University can become the unique opportunity for true transformation that comes only from dissolving into God’s love. Many of our faculty have extended their studies, traveling abroad to study with Sidi and other teachers of Sufi mysticism. Salima Adelstein and Kamila Shenmen, the Co-Presidents of the University, both have traveled extensively in the Jerusalem, Morocco, Syria, Vienna, Mecca and Medina.

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They’ve studied personally with our guide in Jerusalem, with his daughter-in-law, Rosina Fawzia al-Rawi, teacher of Sufism and feminine mysticism, and with other Sufi mystics in the Shadhiliyya way. Salima and Kamila are now offering a rare opportunity to receive personal instruction and guidance into some of the rituals that go beyond what is currently offered in the Masters of Divinity programs. They are offering an exquisite experiential retreat that condenses a 40-day retreat into 4 days and nights to guide you on an intimate journey of healing and personal transformation. In this retreat, you will receive:

  • an individual evaluation,
  • tailored teachings,
  • jewels from personal journeys,
  • teachings of the divine feminine,
  • experience of ancient rituals,
  • and you will leave with a personal map outlining the path for your success.

This retreat is called The Presence & The Essence. You are invited to join Salima and Kamila for this first-of-its-kind event. The dates for the program are September 30 – October 3. It will be held at the Farm of Peace retreat center in Warforsburg, PA. In order to give the individual attention to deliver on these promises, we can only open the program to a small number of participants. So, if this calls to your heart, register or connect with us personally as soon as possible. Please CLICK HERE to learn more about the program and register. If you have any questions at all, please contact me, Mastura Graugnard, by replying to this email ( or by phone at 301-514-0113. I am excited to receive your call. May God’s peace and blessings be upon you. With love and gratitude, Mastura Graugnard on behalf of all your friends and family at UOS