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Illuminated by Love: An Interview with Author Camille Helminski

The co-founder of the Threshold Society, an educational foundation rooted in the Mevlevi tradition of Sufism, author and translator Camille Helminski’s books include The Book of Nature, The Light of Dawn, and The Rumi Collection. Spirituality & Health columnist Rabbi Rami Shapiro spoke with her about her work.Your life is steeped in the wisdom of Sufism, the mystical teachings of Islam. How would you define Sufism for people who are not familiar with it?One could say that Sufism is a way of purity, safa, of cleansing the heart of whatever blocks one from experiencing the divine presence in every moment—and in this way becoming a conduit of blessing. This practice is informed by the beautiful and powerful transmission of the Koran and the example of the Prophet Mohammed and all the prophets and messengers of the divine.What drew you to Sufism?Having already encountered the ideas of Sufism, it was meeting our sheik, Suleyman Dede, and recognizing a true human being that made me feel as though I had come home. He was a living example of the unification of body, mind, heart, and spirit that is at the co …

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. In the print version of our magazine, he has...

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