The Sufi Healing Order (SHO) is an international organization dedicated to nurturing and developing spiritual healing in our time. We are rooted in the teachings of Sufism and particularly in the teachings of Pir-o- Murshid Inayat Khan, and incorporate the healing legacy offered through all the great spiritual traditions. We include in our teaching the findings of modern scientific research, psychotherapeutic work and medical practice.
A commitment to healing includes one’s own personal healing and involves ongoing purification and clarification of ones consciousness and conscience.
THE ESSENCE OF OUR WORK INCLUDES
- Skills that help one increase the healing capacity of the heart, the words, and the glance; strengthening insight and intuition, and developing physical, mental, heart and soul magnetism.
- Meditative practices that awaken and develop the subtle nervous system.
- Tools for self-assessment and self-care.
- The Healing Service – a sacred service that offers absent healing through prayer, concentration, breath and attunement to the Divine Presence. This service is offered to those who request it.
- Healing retreats foster a deep and healing communion with life,
and the source of life. The retreatant works with techniques of meditation, breath, sound, light, the heart, magnetism and presence to open access to the source of ones deepest yearnings.
- Transformational meditative techniques for those seeking a deeper and more direct understanding of the purpose of their life.
The purpose of training in the SHO is to uncover the natural ability we all have to heal ourselves and to become an ever clearer instrument of divine healing for others. Self-healing combines discerning patterns of disharmony in our lives with perceiving our soul’s yearning for harmony: our potential to grow towards wholeness. The foundation of SHO work is recognizing that the body is a sacred instrument. We develop sensitivity to the layers of matter and the pulsations and circulation of various fields of energy and light which compose what we know as our body. We observe the ways in which we lose and gain energy and health, realizing our power and responsibility to align this vehicle of spirit with our best destiny.
Development of the healer is rooted in the methods of Sufi spiritual training. Through working with breath and mind, we open the interface between matter and spirit. We learn that breath is life, and is the secret of all healing. We experience how breath connects the Source of Life with matter, uniting body, soul and spirit as one ray. We study how to focus and direct the breath and how to apply different breath rhythms. Concentration of the mind develops the power to perceive both the visible and the invisible, and to project healing towards any goal. Healers in particular need to develop the power and subtlety of concentration since they work with the transformation of matter.
The heart becomes the alchemical vessel of the healer: moved by suffering and limitation in the world, and deepened by opening into the compassion and intelligence of the divine heart. The need for support in working at the interface between suffering and grace is borne by the fellowship of healers who become a resource for each other.
The primary healing activity throughout the Order is the Healing Service, performed by a group of SHO members to offer distant healing through prayer and meditation to those who have requested it. Members receive training to conduct the service, and participation is for members or by special invitation.
In addition to the Healing Service, the SHO encourages diversity in finding one’s most appropriate healing mode: through working face-to-face, through distant prayer and meditation, through carrying the healing presence into various life situations, and combined with many therapeutic disciplines.
Many further opportunities are offered by the SHO through courses and retreats to deepen the practice of spiritual healing and to take the wisdom of healing out into the world to meet many eventualities of life at home, at work, in hospitals and at the end of life – all of which could be described as amounting to a healing ministry.