The Ways of the Heart: Oneness
17th May – 25th July 2019
An online Beshara course exploring a spiritual life in the contemporary world.
“You start at a point beyond religion and go inwards from there.” So said Bulent Rauf, consultant to the Beshara Trust from 1971 to 1987. His striking and intriguing statement is the starting point for the Beshara online courses, whose aim is to acknowledge the one reality that underlies all religious and secular beliefs and to allow for the exploration of inner meanings.
The Ways of the Heart courses are designed to facilitate an understanding of the deepest aspects of the human being. We are looking to awaken the identity that the 13th Century poet and mystic Jalāluddīn Rūmī voiced as: “I am not of the East nor of the West. My place is the placeless, my trace is the traceless,” and also when he says: “I am pure Light.”
The aim of these courses of study and discussion is to open up a transformation in perspective. It is based on a series of essential themes that are relevant, contemporary and timeless. There is an aspect of ourselves that longs to escape what the scientist John G Bennett memorably called the ‘prison of consciousness’, and to find instead its own total liberation. As Rumi himself put it at the beginning of his epic Mathnawi: “Burst your bonds and be free!”
Students of these online Beshara courses are invited to study in the context of the remembrance of the most important point for people who want to taste such freedom; that there is in the whole of existence only one, unique, infinite, absolute existence.
The Ways of the Heart is for those who want to reach an all-inclusive point of view by knowing themselves fully, in a way that has been hinted at as being from above the apex of a pyramid. This view encompasses both the multiple routes up from the base as well as the apex itself.
At the beginning of the six month residential courses at the Beshara School of Intensive Esoteric Education from which some materials used on these courses are drawn, students are reminded: “We are not here to look and search for God; we are committed to seeing God’s vision of Himself.”
You can tell from this that the education of Beshara is about a way of learning that aims to bring out what is within, rather than being an accumulation of ideas or information. We say ‘of Beshara’ because this ancient word, Beshara, includes in its meaning the ‘good news’ of the availability of an education that makes clear the existence and role of the human spirit and repoints humanity to its original universality and singularity.
Self-knowledge is not something new, but is to be found afresh by each and every generation. It is waiting to be discovered in the meanings that have come down to us in the teachings of masters of wisdom throughout the ages. At its core such knowledge is timeless, but it comes to us wrapped up in many different modes of expression due to its appearance in many different times and places.
This new course will consist of 5 themes and 10 online seminars, and is the next in The Ways of the Heart series with fresh resources for group study and discussion.
This course is complete in itself and open to all, both first-time students and those who have completed the first online Ways of the Heart course.
The materials for each theme will be sent three days before the first seminar. Each theme, which lasts 12 days, will be comprised of two Zoom online seminars – one to begin and one to end the theme. Between the two seminars there will be a course forum for discussion and reflection on the particular theme.
Each Zoom seminar will have two facilitators to guide and support the understanding of content and its relevance to everyday life. Participants are urged to fully engage with the materials, contribute to the forum and complete a short essay, set of notes or presentation on one of the course themes.
Zoom is free to join – participants will need to download the Zoom App to participate in the course.
Course material will be shared as a PDF / Word file each week to be studied in preparation for the interactive Zoom seminars, and there will be a private Beshara Forum for exploring ideas as they arise.
Seminars will be recorded for students to listen to during the course period.
Friday 17th May: Theme 1 – The Single Most Important Point & Union
Tuesday 21st May: First Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
22nd – 29th May: Forum discussion
Thursday 30th May: Second Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
Friday 31st May: Theme 2 – The One, Absolute, Unique Reality
Tuesday 4th June: Third Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
5th – 12th June: Forum discussion
Thursday 13th June: Fourth Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
Friday 14th June Theme 3 – The Five Things Needed on the Way.
Tuesday 18th June: Fifth Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
19th – 26th June: Forum discussion
Thursday 27th June: Sixth Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
Friday 28th June: Theme 4 – Sentiment
Tuesday 2nd July: Seventh Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
3rd – 10th July: Forum discussion
Thursday 11th July: Eighth Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
Friday 12th July: Theme 5 – A Universe of One
Tuesday 16th July: Ninth Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
17th – 24th July: Forum discussion
Thursday 25th July: Tenth Zoom seminar (20:00 – 21:00 BST)
Booking & Fees
- £40 payable prior to the course commencement
- £30 concessions (available for the unwaged or low income)
- Payment can be accepted by Paypal or bank transfer.
Please note the course is limited to 14 participants.
For further information, questions and prospectus, please contact:
John Brown at email@example.com
June 8, 2019 (2–5pm)
The October Gallery, London
A workshop with Alan Williams, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion, University of Manchester
September 7 – December 7, 2019
A three month course beginning with a week residential retreat at Chisholme House in the Scottish Borders, followed by a modular online programme.
May 25, 2019 (11am–5pm)
The October Gallery, London
A day of study of the chapter on ‘The Wisdom of Beneficence in the Word of Loqman’ from Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam (The Bezels of Wisdom).