I look forward to whirling with you again at CRS’s December sound and movement meditation. We gather to remember the divine strength within ourselves and to support the family of Kenji and Sayoko Williams’ five-year-old daughter, Amara, who is growing up with a brain tumor and all the challenges that presents. Our minds will join with Amara’s prayer circle of hundreds of people around the world.

Following a crystal singing bowl meditation (CRS healer Miyoko Satoh), I’ll lead the prayer. Before and after, we’ll whirl together with live percussion by Saco YasumaSenko Nishimura, and friends. Whirling is a devotional dance practice that Amara’s mother, performing artist Lale Sayoko, has been exploring as a way of uniting her dance practice with her prayers for her daughter. No experience is necessary.

The event will be December 14, 2017 from 7 –9 pm at CRS. The participation fee is $20 with advanced registration and $25 on Dec 14. 50% of the proceeds go to the Williams family.

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