A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

Education in Unitive Spirituality

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. We can try to explain them in modern academic terms, but 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. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.

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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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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…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France.

The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. We can try to explain them in modern academic terms, but 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. It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being.

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.”

Read Article

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

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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.

Seven Days of the Heart

‘Seven Days of the Heart’ Study Retreat

September 30 – 7 October, 2017

An intensive, non-residential study retreat, led by Stephen Hirtenstein, held in Armagh, Melbourne, Australia.

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Discovering Unity Evening Course

April 27 – June 15, 2017

A seven week evening course in Central Oxford. “Who in the world am I. Ah, that’s the great puzzle” Lewis Carrol.

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The Chisholme Institute

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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Mystics and Scientists Conference

40th Mystics and Scientists Conference

April 7 – 9, 2017

The continuing quest for unity and integration. How we are reconciling science and spirituality. Organised by The Scientific and Medical Network. Venue: De Vere Horsley Estate, Surrey.

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Poetics of Science: Inspiration

The Poetics of Science: Inspiration

April 21 – 23, 2017

The first of 4 seminar weekends at the Chisholme Institute entitled ‘Inspiration’; offering interactive presentations and workshops with speakers from diverse backgrounds, films and a music concert by Stems.

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Ibn Arabi and the Philosophers

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

Saturday May 6, 2017

A symposium jointly organised by the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society and Professor Stefan Sperl of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of 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.

Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt

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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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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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I want to speak about what can’t be said

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

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