A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

Education in Unitive Spirituality

Solitude in the Modern World

Jane Clark on the spiritual foundations of a cultural phenomenon

“…the notion of solitude was essential to the development of concepts we now see as foundational for western society: individualism, freedom, social and political equality, democracy”

Yoga: a spiritual practice for our time

Judith Hanson Lasater talks to Elizabeth Roberts

“This is the freedom that yoga offers: it allows us to find that moment when we can choose the empathetic response, the compassionate response.”

Doughnut Economics

Richard Twinch contemplates the message of an important new book by economist Kate Raworth

The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world.

A ‘Quite Interesting’ Approach to Education

John Lloyd talks to Jane Clark and Hilary Papworth about the philosophy behind the QI project

Nothing is as simple or obvious as it seems. Everything has an underside – something hidden deep inside it which is completely astonishing.

Narratives for a Unified World

Andrew Singer talks about the vision behind the literary journal Trafika Europe

“Regardless of the political and economic uncertainty, there is a cultural continuity and a unity to Europe that already stretches back hundreds of years.”

Solitude in the Modern World

Jane Clark on the spiritual foundations of a cultural phenomenon

“…the notion of solitude was essential to the development of concepts we now see as foundational for western society: individualism, freedom, social and political equality, democracy”

Yoga: a spiritual practice for our time

Judith Hanson Lasater talks to Elizabeth Roberts

“This is the freedom that yoga offers: it allows us to find that moment when we can choose the empathetic response, the compassionate response.”

Doughnut Economics

Richard Twinch contemplates the message of an important new book by economist Kate Raworth

The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world.

A ‘Quite Interesting’ Approach to Education

John Lloyd talks to Jane Clark and Hilary Papworth about the philosophy behind the QI project

Nothing is as simple or obvious as it seems. Everything has an underside – something hidden deep inside it which is completely astonishing.

Narratives for a Unified World

Andrew Singer talks about the vision behind the literary journal Trafika Europe

“Regardless of the political and economic uncertainty, there is a cultural continuity and a unity to Europe that already stretches back hundreds of years.”

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New German Translation of Addresses I & II

Available from Chalice Verlag, a German edition of Bülent Rauf’s Addresses I and II in a single volume. Translated by Robert Cathomas and Stefan Bommer, here is the preface to this new translation, which contains quotations from previously unpublished correspondence of Bülent Rauf.

Discovering Unity

February 27 – April 10, 2018
Hosted by Beshara Turkey

A 7-week online course using the Zoom seminar platform exploring human consciousness and meaning.

The Ways of the Heart

September – December 2018
Hosted by The Beshara Trust

A 12-week online course using the Zoom seminar platform. Please contact trust@beshara.org for more details and to register your interest.

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: One Week Retreats

March 10 – 17, 2018
June 16 – 23, 2018
August 18 – 25, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: Introductory Weekends

March 2 – 4, 2018
May 25 – 27, 2018
July 20 – 22, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

How far and how deep can you travel in just two days?

Woodland Yurt Summer Retreats

June 30 – July 7, 2018
July 28 – August 4, 2018
August 11 – 17, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Seven days of self-discovery in a retreat environment, free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland.

40 Day Intensive Retreat

October 15 – November 23, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

An in-depth retreat where everything fully supports each individual’s inner self discovery and exploration of their relationship with others and the world from a unified perspective.

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

Was and Is

March 17, 2018 (11am–5pm)
The October Gallery, London, UK

A day seminar on the distinction between predestination and karma according to the teachings of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi.

Aspects of Science, Imagination and the Mystical

April 14, 2018 (2pm–5pm)
The October Gallery, London, UK

A talk and seminar that will consider the vital role of the creative imagination in natural science and in the mystical philosophy of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi.

 

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.

I see myself as other than God

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

Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt

Not Trapped in one belief

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

I want to speak about what can’t be said

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

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

Three Friends of God

From Sufis of Andalusia, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi