Andrew Harvey The Sufi Way of the Beloved
Open to the sacred love at the core of the Sufi path through teachings and practices that can liberate your soul and ignite a profoundly intimate relationship with theDivine.
Walk your path with greater courage and compassion, and drop into your ecstatic depths to savor the nectar of your soul.
In the rapturous lines of a Rumi or Hafiz poem, we discover passionate, intimate and sublime descriptions of spiritual awakening.
These Sufi mystics were drunk on the nectar of the Divine ecstasy coursing through every cell of their bodies. They related to the Beloved as we would our most cherished lover, bequeathing profoundly beautiful words and stories that inspire us to lay our souls bare before God in a state of deep, ecstatic surrender.
In their mystical stories, there is an unrivaled reverence for the grandeur and majesty of God, not only as a transcendent Source but as the essence of all life. They see God in the petals of a flower, the touch of a child, or the play of light at sunset.
In the eyes of these mystics, all of life is a beautiful song that reverberates with holiness.
Sufi mystics offer us a vision of spiritual life that is at once exalted but also profoundly worldly; they live IN the world but not OF the world. They serve the Divine by illuminating the divinity in all things (and all people) leading to a more sacred and ecstatic relationship with life itself.
They are deeply enlightened but also profoundly humble, dedicated to serve the One through its expressions as the Many.
This profoundly passionate relationship with the Divine holds the key to creating a truly divine life as well as in helping to create peace between major faiths, which have been increasingly polarized due to misperceptions of the spiritual realizations offered at their cores.
The Sufi way is a path of direct experience through dance, poetry, prayer and communion with the Beloved. It is about a deep level of surrender to the Divine and then birthing a life that expresses that Divine love in the world.
Ultimately, Sufis point the way to the universality of truth, love, wisdom and a full embrace of major spiritual traditions. They represent the leading edge of Islamic faith and practice: a path of deep dedication to universal love.
This can be found in The Sufi Way of the Beloved, a 10-week program that offers you a profound initiation into esoteric wisdom, inspired stories, and profound spiritual practices.
Whether you are a Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, shaman, or someone who considers yourself spiritual but not religious, you will deepen and expand your spiritual life by spending 10 weeks with one of the worlds most passionate and articulate translators of Sufism, Andrew Harvey.
Andrew is well-trained in all the major religious traditions, yet he has a particularly profound relationship with Sufism. Through his deep insights, scholarship and storytelling, youll gain a new understanding of the importance of this mystical lineage and the role it can play in liberating you into a more devotional relationship with life.
If we are to create true peace between world religions, we need to understand the depths of Islam and its luminous gifts to the world, especially those expressed by the many Sufi teachers and masters who offer us the most accessible teachings.
In The Sufi Way of the Beloved, mystic-scholar Andrew Harvey will bring you into the inmost heart of Sufism to receive the blessing and experience the initiatory power of this sacred lineage.
If youve ever been curious about the fierce, noble and tender power of the Sufi path, Andrew Harvey is an ideal guide who can bring it vividly to life. Hes not only a scholar of many major faiths, hes been a long-time student, translator and initiate of Sufi lineages and particularly the poets whose words resound with direct revelation.
Andrew is well known as the author of over 40 books and spiritual classics, including Rumi: The Way of Passion,The Essential Mystics and The Son of Man, but if you havent heard him speak, prepare to be amazed. Hes become one of the most popular Shift Network faculty for a reason: his words are the exact medicine our souls need right now as we traverse a time of great trial on the planet.
He is a tsunami of love-wisdom, pouring forth his adoration for the Divine and his passion for the sacred marriage of mysticism and action. He beckons you into a state of rapture and deep appreciation for the splendor of the Universe while unflinchingly speaking truth about our delusions.
During the 10 weeks of The Sufi Way of the Beloved, hell take you into the hidden chambers of your heart, chambers deeply explored by these mystical friends who beckon you into the fire of life-transforming grace.
Not only will you shift your whole understanding of Sufism and discover the heart of this profound lineage, youll also understand Islamic concepts in a whole new way.
The power at the heart of this path is too precious for sincere seekers to overlook. Sufism offers a depth charge that can explode your heart into new delights and awaken the ecstasy of an intimate relationship with the Divine.
Sufis are skilled at removing long-held illusions that prevent us from awakening to the bliss of God-contact. By diving into the depths of your heart, you will see the Beloved in the eyes of all who cross your path.
Youll better understand how to navigate heartbreaks and dark nights of the soul to discover a timeless vision of the glory of Creation. Youll deepen your appreciation for sacred poetry.
Knowing and feeling the magnificence in all life can impel us to start putting love and justice into action to protect our world on every level. It can empower us with the sacred energy we need to undo our habits of exploitation and domination.
By dancing into a deeper relationship with the great Sufi mystics, like Rumi, youll learn the REAL story of what it takes to awaken and how you can apply these lessons in your life.
Sufis are also far from sweetness-and-bliss mystics; they look straight into the heart of darkness to transform it. There is a rigor, depth and sobriety that serve us well as we navigate the many collective challenges we face.
Over the course of this profound journey, Andrew will take you into your depths through a kind of alchemical communion with seven key mystics who offer insights on the stages of initiation you must experience to birth the Divine Human within.
During these powerful 10 weeks, youll:
- Discover a practice of burning in the heart for the Beloved
- Recognize the centrality of the Divine Feminine to Sufism
- Receive a profound overview of the Prophet Mohammeds mystical teaching on divinization
- Understand the true meaning of surrender
- Learn the core Sufi practice of remembrance that enables you to stay aligned with the Beloved
- Understand the role of extreme suffering in extreme transformation
- Learn from the very different examples of 7 of the most renowned Sufi teachers
- Develop a deeper appreciation of the Prophet Mohammeds teachings and stories
- See how integrating divine intelligence into how we design society can unite our spiritual ideals with societal principles
- Celebrate the Sufi quest for a more universal understanding that embraces all paths
If youve ever been awed by the love-drenched words of a Rumi poem, this is the program for you, one in which your natural mystical devotion is given free rein.
Youll see the spiritual inheritance of Sufism and Islam with entirely new eyes. Youll be initiated into an understanding of how the fusion of compassion and passion, equanimity and fire, tender love and sacred activism, can give rise to a sacred life that can change the world.
Youll weep. Youll soar. Youll get very sober about engaging the challenges of our day. And youll celebrate the divine feast that we are given to savor in every moment.
What Youll Discover in These 10Weeks
Course sessions are on Thursdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
In this 10-week transformational program, Andrew will guide you through the core teachings illuminated by the Sufi mystics and transmitted through the passionate love of the Beloved.
Each weekly contemplation and training session will build harmoniously upon the next, so that youll develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles youll need to experience all of life as sacred, as well as how to bring this sacred energy into the way we design our societies and approach our global relationships.
3 LIVE Integration Sessions With Andrew
Andrew has added three essential LIVE integration sessions to support you in working more deeply with the material from each of the seven pre-recorded teaching modules. These dynamic sessions will be a great opportunity to unpack Andrews rich teachings plus receive additional guidance through Q&A.
Module 1: The Sufi Vision of the Way of the Beloved (August10)
Drawing from mystical commentaries on the Koran and the tradition of the Prophets sacred sayings known as the Hadiths, well explore Sufism in a Koranic context as the core love and wisdom way of Islam. Youll also gain an overview of the seven most important and radical of the Prophets Hadiths and discover how they illumine a 4-part path of tremendous rigor, passion and beauty in uniting with the Beloved.
In this module, youll discover:
- A vision of the Korans mystical sublimity
- An overview of the Prophets mystical teaching on divinization
- An understanding of the core map of the path to the Beloved
- A practice of the name of God, Allah, will be offered as a means to sustain absorption and surrender
Module 2: Two Martyrs of Love (August17)
his week, well celebrate the work and lives of two Sufi masters who obeyed the Prophets Hadith, die before you die,martyring their illusory false selves to live in the splendor of presence and radically inspiring the unfolding of Sufism.
Al-Hallaj paid for his celebrated proclamation of An-al-haqq (I am the supreme reality) by being executed, but experienced his death in such an ecstatic way that the mystical heart of Islam was permanently transformed. Rabia, Islams greatest woman mystic and the first to call God the Beloved, took the path of humble disappearance into the One, leaving us a handful of mystical signposts of the rarest clarity to the path of union.
In this module, youll discover:
- The mystical birth in Al-Hallajs death and the way it transformed a tradition
- The role of extreme suffering in extreme transformation
- Three of Rabias most potent poems
- A prayer practice with Rabias great prayer to the Beloved that will help you align with the One
Module 3: The Glory of the Glory Ibn Arabi (August24)
Ibn Arabi, the greatest of all Sufi philosophers and a sublime mystical poet, was born in Spain in 1165. He became a Sufi at 20, and after a lifetime of traveling and teaching, settled in Damascus, where he died in 1223.
In this module, we will concentrate on the three most original and inspiring aspects of Ibn Arabis work: his revelation of the unique sacred path and dignity of each human being, his exploration of reality as a perpetually fresh unfolding of the One, and his vision of ecstatic sacramental relationship from his account of a revelatory love for a young girl in The Interpreter of Ardent Desires.
In this module, youll discover:
- The glory of the Beloved as conveyed to Islams greatest philosophical genius
- The blessing vision of Islam and how it reflects the sacredness of the human
- A radical vision of the potential fusion of human and divine love and its revelations
- The core Sufi practice of remembrance that enables you to stay aligned with the Beloved
LIVE Integration Session #1 (August31)
In this special session, youll be able to engage with Andrew to further explore the course material and deepen your understanding. Andrew will also be looking forward to hearing about what you personally experienced while putting the principles and practices from the first three sessions into action.
Module 4: Radiant Bewilderment as the Gate to Oneness (September7)
Mystical poet Attar was born during the 12th century in Nishapur in northeast Iran. After wandering the Middle East and India, he returned and settled in his hometown, where he ran a small pharmacy and wrote perhaps the greatest of all long mystical poems, The Conference of the Birds.
This week, we will celebrate this astonishing masterpiece and concentrate on three crucial aspects of Attars vision: his understanding of the different types of human nature and the subtle addictions we adhere to, his unfolding of his way to the Beloved in a journey through seven different valleys of consciousness, and his amazing and paradoxical vision of the last bewildering stages to union with the Beloved and the nature of union itself.
In this module, youll discover:
- The rigor and range of Sufi psychology
- Attars inspired mystical poetry, a favorite of Rumis
- A fiercely realistic sense of the rigor of the real path to union
- A practice of burning in the heart for the Beloved
Module 5: The Way of Passion (September14)
Rumi has been called the rose of glory of Sufism. The global renaissance of Rumis works reveals how essential his message of universal love is for the healing of our world crisis. This week, well explore Rumis vision and experience of the way of the Beloved through three essential themes: the role of human love and friendship for all beings in divine awakening, the need to be possessed by divine passion to be born into divine identity, the deep meaning of the dark night process, called fana in Sufism, that prepares the birth of the embodied divine human.
In this module, youll discover:
- Rumis personal journey to embodying the Beloved
- How to awaken divine passion in yourself
- The new energy released by divine passion in the divinization process
- A practice of invoking a descent of light into mind, heart, soul and the cells of the body
LIVE Integration Session #2 (September21)
In this special session, youll be able to engage with Andrew to further explore the course material and deepen your understanding. Andrew will also be looking forward to hearing about what you personally experienced while putting the principles and practices from the preceding two sessions into action.
Module 6: The Way of Fierce Truth
An Invocation of the Transforming Presence of Shams (September28)
Shams of Tabriz lives in the glory of the poetry and realization of Rumi, where he is called among other things, a wolf who is a shepherd, a black lion and a sword of truth. We also have in the brilliant fragments of Shams Maquamat, diamonds of fierce transmission that reveal him as an incendiary of truth.
Weaving Rumis poems, Shams words, and stories of Shams from the Sufi tradition, Andrew will present a sustained invocation of Shams ferocious and glorious embodiment of the Beloved and the way it continues to challenge all of us to ultimate visceral authenticity. A special emphasis will be placed on Shams vision and practice of dance as a way to radical embodiment.
In this module, youll discover:
- An initiation into the radioactive grace field of Shams mysterious and still alive presence
- An immersion in the cauldron of paradox that is Shams teachings
- A vision of sacred dance as a way of embodying divine truth, beauty and energy
- A practice of saying the name Allah with the black light
Module 7: A Sufi Vision for the World (October5)
Dara Shikoh (1615-1659) was the eldest son and heir apparent of the Mughal emperor of India, Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Majal. His younger brother, Araungzeb, seized the empire by imprisoning his father, torturing and beheading his brother and having Dara Shikohs naked body dragged through the streets of Delhi. This was all the more tragic as Dara Shikoh was an enlightened Sufi mystic philosopher and poet who had a vision inspired by Sufi mysticism of an India united beyond religious divisions in the depths of a mystical love of the Beloved. Had Dara Shikoh become emperor, the history of India and of Islam would have been radically different.
During this final module of the program, you will explore the extraordinary journey of Dara Shikohs life, the healing power of his knowledge of the deep union between Hindu and Islamic mysticism, and the significance of his adventure in the identity struggle that is now splitting and wounding the world. Well end with a vision of how the truths of Sufi mysticism could transform Islam and the nature of our reality.
In this module, youll discover:
- An introduction to one of the most inspiring sacred activists of Islam
- A vision of the mystical unity of Hindu and Islamic revelation
- A vision of a world unified in sacred diversity through a universal mysticism
- A 7-part body prayer that enables you to realize yourself as the living instrument of the Beloveds love in action
LIVE Integration Session #3 (October12)
In this special session, youll be able to engage with Andrew to further explore the course material and deepen your understanding. Andrew will also be looking forward to hearing about what you personally experienced while putting the principles and practices from the last two sessions into action.
The Sufi Way of the Beloved BonusCollection
In addition to Andrew Harveys transformative 10-week course, youll also receive these powerful training sessions with the worlds leading visionaries and teachers. These bonus sessions will complement the course, deepening your understanding and practices.
Heres What YoullReceive
Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions With Andrew Harvey (Pre-recorded Teachings and Live Q&A)
Experience a rare opportunity to learn from one of the worlds leading spiritual teachers from the comfort of your own home. Each class session will consist of a broadcast of Andrews pre-recorded lecture, helping you create the specific skills and abilities to awaken your spiritual potential, as well as live Q&A. Following the lectures, Andrew will come on live every session for 30 mins or more of Q&A time, so you can then have all your questions answered. Course sessions are on Thursdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
Three LIVE Integration Sessions With Andrew Harvey
These additional sessions with Andrew will give you access to his spontaneous exchanges and enlightened teachings. As he engages directly with your most important explorations, hell help to deepen your learning and embodiment and synthesize it all in a truly powerful and deeply heartfelt manner.
Ten Audio Recordings of Class and Integration Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. Youll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere on any connected device and at your convenience.
Ten PDF Transcripts of Class and Integration Sessions
In addition to the high-quality MP3 audios, youll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Ten 30-minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. Youll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share and do additional practices to help further integrate the weekly lessons. If youre unable to attend the calls live, the Online Community group allows you to connect with each other to find alternative times to interact.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
After each lesson, youll have the option of completing related exercises, practice new tools and answer questions in order to accelerate your learning and integrate each weeks lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about deepening practices, interact with your fellow students, and get access to additional resources to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Sufi Way of the Beloved Bonus Collection
- In the Fire of Grace
Video With Banafsheh Sayyad
- The Conference of the Birds
Audio Reading From Andrew Harvey
- The Eternal Wine: Poems of Rumi for Our Time
Audio Recording From Andrew Harvey
- The Sufi Vision of Sacred Activism
Audio Dialogue With Andrew Harvey and Charles Upton
- Dancing as the Beloved of the Beloved
Audio Dialogue With Andrew and Banafsheh Sayyad
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join The Sufi Way of the Beloved VirtualTraining
We feel honored that Andrew Harvey has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive online training. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with a modern mystic and renowned scholar who draws upon age-old wisdom to connect with and inspire a global community of like minds and hearts who are doing important and transformative work in the world.
Through this powerful online format, youll not only save time and money on workshop costs (plus travel, accommodations and meals, which would cost thousands of dollars). But youll be able to benefit from Andrews incredible teachings and exercises from the comfort of your home at your own pace!
If youre serious about deepening your spiritual awakening and your devotion to the sacred within yourself and in all of life, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training with Andrew Harvey.
If youre ready to take the next step on your powerful spiritual journey, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
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