Oprah Winfrey Interviews Sufi Teacher and Author, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Super Soul Sunday -- March 4, 11AM ET/PT
Vaughan-Lee Offers Teachings on Sufism, Mysticism, Consciousness of Oneness and Spiritual Ecology, Announces a New Book -- Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sufi teacher and author Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., is featured in the Super Soul Sunday episode "Open Your Heart" on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. He joins Oprah for an "Under the Oaks" interview that takes place in the quiet California beauty of Oprah's own backyard where they talk of Sufism, the ancient wisdom of the heart; love; longing; the search for something real and the source of true happiness.
Vaughan-Lee is the author of over 20 books on Sufism, dreamwork & Jungian Psychology, and mysticism. He has also been featured in several films (One the Movie, Wake Up and the Global Spirit series). Since 2000 the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and an awakening global consciousness of oneness. More recently he has written about the feminine, the anima mundi (world soul), and spiritual ecology, including several articles published by Huffington Post.
Spiritual ecology, his latest urgent focus, is an exploration of the spiritual dimension of our present ecological crisis. He stresses that this is the great unnoticed tragedy of our present time. We can no longer afford to see the environment as something separate or outside of us. We need an awareness of oneness, of unity, that we are all interconnected and part of one sacred whole. Only when we awaken to this awareness of sacred unity can we begin the work of healing the ecosystem. We need to return to an awareness of the sacred within creation and within life.
This emerging subject, which is now beginning to draw attention from a number of spiritual leaders, such as Thich Naht Hanh, stresses that we need a spiritual approach to solve our ecological crisis. We may be aware that we are at the "eleventh hour" of a global ecological situation of species depletion and catastrophic climate change, but we are less aware of the inner spiritual crisis that underlies this outer crisis. This, Vaughan-Lee says, needs our urgent attention and recognition.
New Book: Prayer of the Heart
Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism brings these two traditions together, giving insight into the inner life of prayer to which they both belong. Vaughan-Lee draws on Christian and Sufi sources as well as from his own experience. He focuses on how the power of prayer born of need and longing can take one deep within the heart into real communion with God.
This Interspiritual book explores the mystical roots of these two traditions, and their underlying similarities. As Richard Rohr writes: "As we recover more and more of these ancient contemplative traditions, we are finding immense similarities in goal, practice, and effects ... Vaughan-Lee makes this sacred journey both clear and inviting."
Prayer of the Heart also includes an important chapter on how to pray for the earth in its present time of great need. This is a book that will benefit any practitioner of prayer, anyone who is drawn to discover a relationship with God within the heart. It will be available in May 2012.
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