“I was introduced to Sufism at a time in my life when I was very much trying to find better ways to become closer to God. As I started to learn about Sufism it resonated with me as being the best of anything I had encountered. Basically I’ve been Christian/Catholic. I had also looked at Buddhism in terms of meditation practices, and Centering Prayer as a way to get closer to God.
I’m so sold on Sufism that I can’t imagine going back to anything else.
It has provided me specifically with what I was looking for in terms of ways and practices, to become closer to God. I was particularly taken by the practice of remembrance early on.
Learning about Sufism and developing the practice of remembrance have allowed me to access my heart and soul so I now can connect with God in a way that I never have before. This has been an evolving process since I’ve been at school (the Sufi University). The school enhances and supports my practice and makes it invaluable to my life. I feel more strongly guided when now I have questions or need to make decisions.
I’m getting good at asking God every day at asking for what I want. Now I have a list, so now I’m in daily conversation about specific issues and am getting answers. I always got answers, but I didn’t ask much! It provides me with a way to access communication with Allah at any moment I choose, middle of the night or sitting at my desk and thinking about an issue I need guidance on. That has been a powerful way for me to experience a new level of closeness with God. It’s become so important in my life that I can’t have a day without it (remembrance).
~Eileen, UOS student