A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

Education in Unitive Spirituality

A Thing of Beauty…

Dante’s Paradiso

“Let us say that beauty is a divine vibration which sings in poet, poem, reader and listener. But its essence is nevertheless indescribable.” – Barbara Velacott

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A Thing of Beauty…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

“The circumference of architecture is changing with astonishing rapidity but its center remains unchanged – the human heart.”

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Understanding Strangers

Inspire Dialogue 2016

“Conversation is an existential ‘turning-towards’ the other in recognition of what it means to be human.”

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Three Transitions

Richard Twinch on Cultural Change

“The past is not just as a heap of outmoded algorithms, but a valuable resource to be archaeologically unpicked and valued.”

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A Caravan on a Spiritual Silk Road

Warren Kenton
“Kabbalah is the Jewish version of the eternal teaching that you find in all the spiritual traditions”

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A Thing of Beauty…

Dante’s Paradiso

“Let us say that beauty is a divine vibration which sings in poet, poem, reader and listener. But its essence is nevertheless indescribable.” – Barbara Velacott

Read Article

A Thing of Beauty…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

“The circumference of architecture is changing with astonishing rapidity but its center remains unchanged – the human heart.”

Read Article

Understanding Strangers

Inspire Dialogue 2016

“Conversation is an existential ‘turning-towards’ the other in recognition of what it means to be human.”

Read Article

Three Transitions

Richard Twinch on Cultural Change

“The past is not just as a heap of outmoded algorithms, but a valuable resource to be archaeologically unpicked and valued.”

Read Article

A Caravan on a Spiritual Silk Road

Warren Kenton
“Kabbalah is the Jewish version of the eternal teaching that you find in all the spiritual traditions”

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In the Footsteps of St Cuthbert

A paragraph introducing the news piece. Toes curled over the wet ridges of slippery mud as we followed the marker poles guiding us to the distant shore at Chare Ends. We had dispensed with socks and shoes in order to follow the Pilgrims’ Path across the sands to Holy...

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.

Discovering Unity Introductory Weekend

January 27 – 29, 2017

Explore deeper questions in the light of the unity of all existence at the Chisholme Institute. Guided group study of wisdom texts, meditation and more…

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Discovering Unity Introductory Weekend

March 10 – 12, 2017

Explore deeper questions in the light of the unity of all existence at the Chisholme Institute. Guided group study of wisdom texts, meditation and more…

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Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat

January 21 – 28, 2017

An opportunity to study Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus Al Hikam in a group setting at the Chisholme Institute, led by Rachel Gordin.

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Lightning Flashes and the Heart’s Yearning

February 4 – 19, 2017

An intensive retreat fortnight at the Chisholme Institute, led by Peter Young. 

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Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat

March 11 – 18, 2017

An opportunity to study Ibn ‘Arabi’s Kernel of the Kernel in a group setting at the Chisholme Institute, led by John Brass.

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40 Day Intensive Summer Retreat

May 6 – June 16, 2017

A retreat for those who aspire to uncover their complete human potential. Held at the Chisholme Insitute.

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View from Chisholme House retreat centre in the Scottish Borders

40 Day Intensive Winter Retreat

October 16 – November 26, 2017

A retreat for those who aspire to uncover their complete human potential. Held at the Chisholme Insitute.

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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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The Impassable Mountain Pass

Saturday February 18, 2017

A seminar exploring the heart as the midpoint between the sacred and the mundane in the teachings of Ibn ‘Arabi at the October Gallery, London.

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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.

Three Friends of God

From Sufis of Andalusia, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

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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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Not Trapped in one belief

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

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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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Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt

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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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