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» Other - 'Turning Into The Great Stillness' - Discussion with Philip Jacobs, Helen Oates and Shameemah Chota - moderated by Iain McNay
Dervish turning from the Mevlevi order of Dervishes is a potent method for experiencing inner stillness and the opening of the heart. It has been taught and practised at Colet House in West London since 1973 on a regular basis. The turning is a part of a ceremony known as a 'Mukabele' (meaning 'coming face to face') and it was originally developed by followers of the 13thcentury Persian mystic Jelaluddin Rumi. The ceremony is open to people of all beliefs and backgrounds. Rumi said he was the friend of 73 religions. As well as having a deep transforming effect on the turners, the whole ceremony has a profound inner symbolism, which represents man's inner journey back to the realisation of his essential oneness with God and the unity of all creation. Three turners, Philip Jacobs, Helen Oates and Shameemah Chota talk about how this practice of Turning has changed their lives.
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