An Exploration of Sacred Parenting and Education

Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Henzell-Thomas’

Threshold UK Annual Retreat: Aug 30th – Sep 1st

In Meditation, Mevlevi Tradition, Religion, Spirit, heart & soul on August 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

threshold logo

With Shaikh Kabir Helminski, Camille Helminski, & special guests: Celal Celebi & Jeremy Henzell-Thomas.

This year’s theme is Practical Sufism:

Sufism is a spiritual path that awakens and develops our latent human capacities; it is a uniquely subtle, comprehensive, and yet practical teaching. The nuanced poetry of Rumi, for instance, is not just great literature; it is an expression of a state of being that was cultivated through Sufi practice. During this weekend we will explore the practical side of the Sufi Path, including such subjects as: intention, presence, breath, meditation, dhikr, spiritual courtesy, right livelihood, and creative imagination.

Gaunts House, Dorset – set in 1600 acres of beautiful grounds and an 18th century mansion, join us for a weekend full of  spiritual practice, music and friendship.

We hope to see you there! For more information and registration form see here.

Gaunts House, Dorset

Gaunts House, Dorset


Discussion on Doubt, Faith and Certainty

In Qur'an, Spirit, heart & soul on July 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

Questions from Lesley Hazleton TED Talk

  1. Is certainty always rooted in arrogance? It’s interesting to see how certainty is connected to knowledge and our sense of self.
  2. Why aren’t any Muslim scholars on TED talking about these issues?

Charles Upton: Interestingly enough, I heard Seyyed Hossein Nasr address the issue of certainty during the short panel discussion after his talk to the Festival of the Faiths last month in Louisville, Kentucky (linked below. Q&A @ 1:55). His fellow panelist identified certainty with religious fanaticism. Dr. Nasr vociferously disagreed, declaring that man is made for certainty. To say that certainty can only be based on arrogance or ideological indoctrination is to say that the human soul can never encounter Allah, which is one short step from Read the rest of this entry »

Seeing All That We Do by Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

In technology on April 29, 2013 at 9:17 am

I am pasting below an article I wrote for emel Magazine in 2007. It is even more relevant today, especially in the light of the recent news that private drone aircraft will soon be available to Americans to spy on their neighbours. The article does not attempt to address the positive benefits of technology for spiritual development, but seeks only to inject a note of warning in one area where invasive technology represents a usurpation of the fundamental spiritual principle that only God is All-Seeing.

We hear many dire warnings these days about how Britain is sleepwalking into an intrusive Surveillance Society. They vary in intensity from moderate concern about the gradual erosion of civil liberties to shrill alarm at the ever-tightening control exercised by an Orwellian “Security State” dominated by fear, suspicion, and mistrust and obsessed with control. Warnings are not confined to what one commentator has called the “barely scrutinized extension of police power that is being allowed” (Henry Porter, Observer, 3 Dec 2006) and which threatens to undermine freedom and Read the rest of this entry »

Talking to the Young: Honouring the Sacred Trust of Parenting By Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

In Healing, parenting on September 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm

In her eloquent editorial in the previous issue of emel, Sarah Joseph, referring to the recent survey by the soap manufacturer Dove, sounded some loud warning bells about the anxiety, stress and low self-esteem experienced by girls in a culture increasingly dominated by false images of “perfection”.

My last article addressed the equally alarming problem of the abuse and neglect of the old in our culture, but in this issue, following Sarah’s lead, I would like to explore the rising concern about the welfare of children and teenagers in our culture. Read the rest of this entry »