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CRS Healing Circle: Meditation + Whirling Prayer
August 15 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm EDT| $20 – $25
Organized by: CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
Join us Thur, 8/15 @ 7:15 pm for our monthly Healing Circle + Whirling (Sufi Dance) Prayer!
Led by CRS co-founder Christopher Pelham (Lale Sayoko and Yasuko Kasaki will be in Japan this month), we create a safe space in which to let go of our small selves and recognize the divinity in one another and within ourselves. When we do so, we can trust ourselves to fully experience our feelings with the awareness that they cannot hurt us, or overwhelm us, or change us at all, because we are still as Love created us.
After we’ll enjoy social time with tea and snacks.
The participation fee is $20 with advanced registration and $25 at the door. Direct registration link:
Through whirling, we learn to trust ourselves to go off balance, to be dizzy, to surrender control as we give ourselves over to prayer and connect with a greater power, the still center within, around which we turn, that we may share our divine strength and bear witness to the divinity in others.
If you are quiet and in a state of prayer when you Turn, offering everything of yourself to God, then when your body is spinning, there is a completely still point in the center… The heavens respond; and all the invisible kingdoms join in the dance. But the world does not understand. They think we Turn in order to go into some sort of trance. It is true that sometimes we do go into that state you call ecstasy, but that is only when we know and experience at the same time. We do not Turn for ourselves. We turn around in the way we do so that the Light of God may descend upon the earth. As you act as a conduit in the Turn, the light comes through the right hand, and the left hand brings it into this world… We turn for God and for the world, and it is the most beautiful thing you can imagine. — Mevlevi Shaikh Suleyman Hyatt Dede
Sufi Dance Instructor Lale Sayoko lives to embody and transmit the voice of spirit through music and dance. As CRS resident Sufi Dance instructor, choreographer, performing artist, and musical curator, she loves to welcome people into this holy practice to explore and share their own divinity. After a long professional dance career, she retired to support her young daughter through a life-threatening medical crisis. Several years later she discovered that she could whirl as a form of prayer to support her daughter and began studying Sufi Dance with Paris-based Sufi Artist Rana Gorgani. In April 2018 Gorgani awarded her the International Sufi Dance Certification Of Cid UNESCO, granting her authority to teach Gorgani’s method of Sufi Dance training. She currently teaches Sufi Dance classes at CRS every first Thursday of the month from 7 – 8:30 pm and leads the CRS Healing Circles + Whirling Prayer that take place every third Thursday of the month from 7:15 – 9 pm.
Christopher Pelham is a spiritual healer/counselor/teacher/artist who draws on practices from ACIM, Non-Violent Communication, improvisational theater, Sufism, and contemporary shamanism to help people remember who they really are. He is the Director and co-founder of CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing). He has also taught and/or offered healing in London, in Japan, at the 2018 Awakening to the One Mind Retreat, and at the 2017 Enlight Festival of A Course in Miracles in Ibiza, Spain.