A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

Education in Unitive Spirituality

An Artisan of Beauty and Truth

Etel Adnan in conversation with David Hornsby and Jane Clark

“What we call love is a relationship that never ends; it is like a wave that keeps bringing you back to it, so we are like surfers who run after the perfect experience.”

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A Thing of Beauty…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France.

The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. At the heart of their mystery lies a spiritual quest for understanding…”

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The Engaged Contemplative Spirituality of Thomas Merton

By Jim Griffin

There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy.

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Getting Back in Time

Richard Gault on technology and our relationship to time.

“Lewis Mumford designated the clock as the most critical invention for our civilisation.”

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Mysticism in Comparative Perspective

“Mysticism is not necessarily something weird or wonderful: it consists of a certain kind of attention to reality in all its facets.”

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An Artisan of Beauty and Truth

Etel Adnan in conversation with David Hornsby and Jane Clark

“What we call love is a relationship that never ends; it is like a wave that keeps bringing you back to it, so we are like surfers who run after the perfect experience.”

Read Article

A Thing of Beauty…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France.

The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. At the heart of their mystery lies a spiritual quest for understanding…”

Read Article

The Engaged Contemplative Spirituality of Thomas Merton

By Jim Griffin

There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy.

Read Article

Getting Back in Time

Richard Gault on technology and our relationship to time.

“Lewis Mumford designated the clock as the most critical invention for our civilisation.”

Read Article

Mysticism in Comparative Perspective

“Mysticism is not necessarily something weird or wonderful: it consists of a certain kind of attention to reality in all its facets.”

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In the Footsteps of St Cuthbert

Two personal recollections of a study tour in the footsteps of St Cuthbert, the 7th century Christian, led by Kathy Tiernan last autumn.

Performing No Thingness

Charles Verey reviews an exhibition featuring work by Dom Sylvester Houédard and curated by Nicola Simpson, who recently wrote about Houédard for Beshara Magazine.

Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat: The Secrets of Voyaging

July 8 – 15, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

‘In reality, we never cease from journeying from the moment we and our origins are constituted, ad infinitum.’

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Yurt retreat

Woodland Yurt Retreat

August 12 – 19, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Discover the essential free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland and cooking over campfires in the company of fellow students and facilitators.

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Yurt retreat

Woodland Yurt Retreat

August 26 – September 2, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Discover the essential free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland and cooking over campfires in the company of fellow students and facilitators.

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Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat: The Ground of Beneficence

August 26 – September 2, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Meaning and relevance in the ‘Twenty-Nine Pages’ and the chapter on Loqman from the ‘Fusus al Hikam’

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Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat: Abraham and Isaac

September 4 – 10, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Study of chapters from Part One of the new, fully annotated translation of the ‘Fusus al-Hikam’ (2018).

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Seven Days of the Heart

‘Seven Days of the Heart’ Study Retreat

September 30 – 7 October, 2017
Armagh, Melbourne, Australia

An intensive, non-residential study retreat, led by Stephen Hirtenstein.

Application deadline: June 30th, 2017

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Discovering Unity Evening Course

April 27 – June 15, 2017
Oxford, UK

“Who in the world am I. Ah, that’s the great puzzle” Lewis Carrol. A seven week introductory evening course with weekly meetings.

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View from Chisholme House retreat centre in the Scottish Borders

40 Day Intensive Winter Retreat

October 16 – November 26, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

A retreat for anyone who wishes to look deeply or further into their complete human potential and find a means and orientation to help on the road to realising it.

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Discovering Unity in Awareness: One Year Online Course

Beginning August 14, 2017

A one year course combining two residential retreats, home study and practice, online training, regular Skype contact with course facilitators, integration into your own daily life.

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Jelaluddin Rumi

One Light: Jelaluddin Rumi

May 4, 2017
The Nomads Tent, Edinburgh, UK

An informal evening dinner followed by the poetry and stories of Jelaluddin Rumi with storytellers Ashley Ramsden and Flora Pethybridge.

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Ibn Arabi and the Philosophers

Ibn ‘Arabi & the Philosophers: Reason, Revelation and Inspiration

Saturday May 6, 2017
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London, UK

A day symposium jointly organised by the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society and Professor Stefan Sperl (SOAS).

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Scilla Elworthy

Building Peace – how can we be useful?

May 27 – 29, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Peace can be built – here’s how to do it. A TED talk and workshop with Scilla Elworthy.

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Poetics of Science: Through Itself

Poetics of Science: Through Itself

June 23 – 25, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The second of three seminar weekends – interactive presentations and workshops with speakers from diverse backgrounds, films and music nights.

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Poetics of Science: Global Human

September 15 – 17, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The third of three seminar weekends – interactive presentations and workshops with speakers from diverse backgrounds, films and music nights.

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The Future of Food and Farming – theory and practice

September 17 – 24, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

A week intensive course with Colin Tudge, exploring the meaning and possibility of Enlightened Agriculture.

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WHAT IS BESHARA?

Beshara is a name for…

the perspective that there is only one unlimited existence, expressing itself infinitely as a gift of love.

the realization that self-knowledge from such a unifying point of view results in an understanding of the whole, by the whole.

this wisdom, which is at the heart of all the great spiritual and religious traditions.

Beshara.org is an online platform for promoting and discussing these ideas.  The site is managed by the Beshara Trust, a UK-based charity established in 1971 with a mission to provide education in light of this perspective. The Trust is supported entirely by philanthropic donations and voluntary work by people supportive of its aims.

Not Trapped in one belief

Chapter 1 of The Kernel of the Kernel, by Ismail Hakki Bursevi

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I see myself as other than God

From Know Yourself, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi  or Awhad al-din Balyani

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Three Friends of God

From Sufis of Andalusia, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

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Adam

From the chapter ‘Of the Divine Wisdom (al-hikmat al-‘ilahiyah) in the Word of Adam’ in The Wisdom of the Prophets, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

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I want to speak about what can’t be said

From ‘Hu’, Chapter 10 of Intimations, by J.G. Bennett

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Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt

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