Sheikh Nazim came to Glastonbury. As he stood in front of the
Abbey he said, “This is the spiritual heart of England.
Now I understand why Grandsheikh (Sheikh Abdullah Daghistani,
Sheikh Nazim’s Sheikh) has been sending me to this island
for all these years. It is from here that the spiritual new age
will begin and to here that Jesus* will return. I want you to
stay here and to open a shop.”
Healing Hearts ran the Sufi Charity Shop on 20 Magdalene Street in Glastonbury, just opposite the Abbey from May 1999- November 2014
Wednesdays at 11.30 we have Ladies’ Zikr in private
On Thursdays men do a Zikr in private homes.
Every first Sunday of the month, 4pm wintertime/ 5pm summertime, we do a mixed Zikr in St. Margaret's Chapel, Magdalene Street.
Sufi Sound Streams (mixed musical Zikr) every second Sunday of the month in the Red Brick Building, Morland Rd
2008 Healing Hearts invited Hakim Archuletta:
to give a talk and a workshop in Glastonbury.
Archuletta is from the USA, originally of Native American/Irish
descent. He became a Sufi and Muslim in 1969 and has for the last
35 years been working as a Healer in the traditional holistic
Islamic healing methods.
the 19th of June 2009 at 7.30 pm, in St. Mary’s
Church Hall, Glastonbury , Healing Hearts invited
author of many works, including: ‘God save the Queen, the
Spiritual Dimension of Monarchy’, ‘God is Green’,
‘The Celtic Way’ and ‘Believing in Britain:
The Spiritual Identity of ‘Britishness’
a talk about:
Arthur, Sacred Monarchy and Britain
history in all civilisations right up to the French Revolution,
kingship was considered the very basis of civilisation. Only savages
could live without a king. Security, peace and justice could not
prevail without a ruler. Whatever was significant was embedded
in the life of the cosmos and it was the king’s function
to maintain the harmony between that integration. Through the
king the harmony between human existence and supernatural order
was maintained. Those who ruled on earth did so as mediators of
of Solomon (61-57BC) look forward to the coming of a new son of
David, who will be raised up by God to deliver Jerusalem and bring
about a new world order of justice and righteousness. This had
to be a praying king, a psalm-singing king, a temple building
king and a king who mediates and promotes God’s covenant
with his people.
New Testament the birth of Jesus was announced as: To you in David’s
Town this day is born of David’s line (Mathew and Luke).
Kingship in Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Britain took on the
forces of chaos, often represented by dragons and monsters and
embodied the principle of order in both the cosmic and everyday
world. In mythology the king was located at the axis mundi / centre
of the world. This was clearly apparent in Celtic societies where
the king was seen as possessing special divine healing powers
to uphold the moral and spiritual order of his people.
same time it was clear that the opposite: falsehood of a sovereign
brought about natural disasters. If the king pronounced an untruth
the centre literally ceased to hold and there was a physical as
well as a moral collapse.
coronations the focus was not on choosing a king or even crowning
and enthroning him, but on invoking the divine blessing, setting
him apart and reminding him of the derivation of his power from
God and of his responsibility to rule wisely, justly and mercifully.
In 574 Columba blessed King Aedan’s head in Iona. This was
the first consecration of a monarch on British soil.
1307 every English sovereign, with the exception of Mary I and
Mary II, have been crowned on a special coronation chair made
on the orders of Edward I to house the Stone of Scone, the stone
of destiny, the pillow of Jacob when he slept and had the dream
of the ladder into Heavens (Genesis 28:12-17). The British Royal
House are direct descendants from King David.
Kingdom coronation service has had the same format for over a
thousand years. It is closely modelled on the inauguration ceremonies
for the Kings of Israel as described in the Old Testament. The
deepest moment, the anointing of the new monarch with holy oil,
is directly compared to the anointing of King Solomon.
onwards Avalon was the pre-eminent shrine of knighthood, the holy
place of the monarchy and the accredited apostolic fountain- head
of the British Church. Henry VII chose to call his first son Arthur
to emphasise the British lineage to the Tudors and since then
every Prince of Wales has been given Arthur as one of their names.
Legends about King Arthur provide a fascinating blend of primal
and Christian perspectives on the sacred dimension of monarchy.
shortly before Christmas sprigs from the Holy Thorn in Glastonbury,
which legend has, sprouted from Joseph of Arimathea’s staff,
are cut at a special ceremony and sent to The Queen. This tradition
originated in pre-reformation times and was revived in 1929 by
a Vicar in Glastonbury whose sister-in-law was a lady-in-waiting
to Queen Mary. It has preserved the ancient link between the British
Monarchy, King Arthur and the sacred origin of ruling.
In July 2010 Healing Hearts invited Sheikh Hassan Dyck to Glastonbury:
Love is the energy force binding us all to the One. That is the core of Sufi Belief. Sufis are the mystics of Islam. Through lifelong spiritual exercises like Zikr, i.e. the constant repetition of the Names of the Creator, hearts are purified in order to reach purity of spirit. The way of the Sufi requires purification of mind, body and spirit.
Sufi music flows from the heart of the Master, seeks to touch the hearts of mankind and there awaken the desire of Love of the Creator. The inconsistencies of the student are met with a good dose of humour by the Teacher, and this is the base of the:
Sufi Stories, which are humorous tales of great wisdom and spiritual refinement that help the listener discover their own inconsistency. They are a mirror of Sufi teaching. Sufi music and Sufi stories are artistically and psychologically multidimensional and operate on several different levels and have a deep effect on the soul.
This is a charity event for the Glastonbury based charity Healing Hearts www.healing-hearts.co.uk. Admission by donation
For a taste of the evening ahead, there are some beautiful clips on YouTube
Sheikh Hassan Dyck started his musical journey in 1966 when he began his classical music studies in Berlin until 1971. He then went to India to study with Ustad Vilayat Khan, appeared with the Dehli Symphony Orchestra and discovered his interest in Indian traditional music. It was here in India that his spiritual search began, which lead him to Sufism and to his Master Sheikh Nazim in 1975, who he now represents in Germany. His quest lead him to spend 7 years in the Orient, mainly in Damascus.
The musical results of this second exile are compositions and recordings of ethnical music that echo the spiritual seeker's way. He tells teaching stories, mainly from the Sufi Tradition, while accompanying them on the Campala, also known as Cello d'Amore. This expanded cello offers a great tonal range and is wonderfully suited to ethnical spiritual music.
In 2000 Sheikh Hassan joined the Italian/German group Fana, who played in Glastonbury 2001. They then began working with the Pakistani Qawalli singer Mahmud Sabri of the Sabri Brothers. In the Assembly Rooms on the 9th, Sheikh Hassan will be accompanied by Mirvan Dillmann on the percussion, by Mario Triska on the violin and by Hey Hussein Hey who is also on percussion, plays the mouth drum and will be the whirling dervish.
SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR SHEIKH ABDUL AZIZ AL BUKHARI
Sunday 11th of July 12 2010 noon
St. Margaret Chapel, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury
Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Bukhari of Jerusalem passed away on the 31st of May and was buried in Jerusalem on the 1st of June 2010. He was a Sayyid, a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad and of Imam Bukhari and of Shah Naqshband. He was a follower of Sheikh Nazim and represented him as the head of the Naqshbandi Tariqat in Jerusalem, where his family has lived for the last 400 years, since moving from his home country Uzbekistan.
He was a regular and very loved visitor to Glastonbury with the Jerusalem Peace Makers Project, tirelessly promoting dialogue and peace between Arabs and Jews living in the Holy Land. He worked with many groups to instil peace, tolerance, respect and understanding between the complicated factions in the Holy Land.
During his last visit to Glastonbury a year ago, he visited and prayed in the St. Margaret's Chapel, a place which highly inspired him. We are therefore very grateful to be able to hold a moment of prayer there for him on the 40th day of his burial. Sheikh Hassan Dyck, representative of Sheikh Nazim in Germany, will be leading the prayer.
All are very welcome.
May peace be with our beloved friend Sheikh Bukhari and with you,
In February 2011 Healing Hearts invited Sheikh Ahmad Dede for a Whirling Dervish Workshop and a Zikr to Glastonbury
Sheikh Ahmad Dede
Saturday February 19th
Abbey House, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury 1-4 pm
Whirling Derwish Workshop
Sunday February 20th
St Margaret's Chapel, Magdalene Street 11 am
Sufi Chanting Meditation - Zikr
Both events admission by donation, welcome!
In June 2012 the Caravan of love visited Glastonbury: