A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

Education in Unitive Spirituality

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…

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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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

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

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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.

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

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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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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Chisholme Institute Introductory Event

Saturday 4th March, 2017

A free afternoon event at the London Kings Cross Hub introducing the courses and retreats held at the Chisholme Institute, which explore the capacity of the human heart to guide and inform.

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The Spiritual Journey in Poacher’s Pilgrimage

Thursday March 9, 2017

An evening with Alastair McIntosh, author of Poacher’s Pilgrimage: an Island Journey. An exploration of space, time, consciousness and the basis of our profound interconnection, through love and community, both with nature and with one another.

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Jonah and the whale

Beyond Religion?

Saturday March 11, 2017

A seminar exploring the relevance of the story of Jonah to the contemporary world, led by David Hornsby at the October Gallery, London.

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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. To be held at at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, 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.

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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Not Trapped in one belief

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

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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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Three Friends of God

From Sufis of Andalusia, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

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