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Recently we went through the Library data, purging commas and first lines from fields and bringing more spelling consistency to esoteric terms. This should improve success in searching for specific dances.


Be sure to try the Advanced Search button, which allows you to refine your search for material in a number of ways, including by spiritual tradition, by Dance originator, first line and other fields. 


New in the Dance Library: Dances by Munir Peter Reynolds, Narayan Eric Waldman, Wakil David Matthews and Daniel Kirchhof. (requires log-in)

The Play Button (>) is Back!
You may have noticed that the play button (>) is back next to audio selections in the Dance library. It disappeared when Yahoo discontinued their on-line media player. We had to do some reprogramming to retrieve it, however, it only appears on the Dance first listing using a specific music track. Consecutive listings using the same music track require clicking the "recording" link  - a technical problem that we have not yet solved.

Mentor FAQs
Mentors, do you know how to contact DUP International about changes in your mentees' status or to follow through with your other mentor roles? For a quick overview check out our new Mentor FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page here: http://dancesofuniversalpeace.org/lgmentorfaqs.shtm 


Leader Advances

The Guidance Council would like to congratulate and acknowledge all the Walks and Dance leaders who thus far in recent months were certified and recognized as Mentors-in-Training, and as Mentors I, II, and III since the last announcement in September. Click here to view the list of these Leaders on the In-The-Garden Yahoo Group. You will need to log in to Yahoo to view the list. 


Leaders Guild Fees Recurring Billing
Leaders who pay their annual $30 Leaders Guild fees directly DUP International may now choose an annual renewal option which automatically charges your credit card annually. Please choose this optino if you are able to as it saves us all a great deal of time and expense! 

Program and Budget for 2014
Visit our Mission and Goals page for an update on our organization activities for 2014. We will continue to expand the resource areas in different languages, providing newsletters and information in translation and our other core activities. We're also creating a 5-year plan, looking to financial and program sustainability for the longer term picture.   


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Toward the One

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Wali Ali Meyer





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Toward the One 

By Murshid Wali Ali Meyer


The Elements of Mastery column explores the art, craft and spiritual practice of Dance leading and mentoring through the reflections and perspectives of individual mentors. Comments and discussion are welcome either on InTheGarden or on our Facebook page. Ideas for future topics are welcome, as are offers to prepare articles -- please contact the Executive Director.  To revisit all the articles in this series, click here

Murshid Wali Ali Meyer

At the beginning of a Dance meeting, we generally repeat the words of the Sufi Invocation. "Toward the One, the perfection of Love, Harmo
ny, and Beauty, the Only Being, united with all the illuminated souls, who form the embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance." This phrase expresses our orientation, the direction of our inner and outer concentration.

Saying "Toward the One..." is an invitation to remember our essential oneness with the Only Being. You are that. tat tvam asi. It is in remembering such oneness that we actually move toward the One. And, since we habitually forget the truth of our being time and again, we need to keep remembering that all-inclusive unity. In that way we address our habit of identifying with a sense of self that is limited and who experiences itself as deficient and isolated from the Source of all.

Remembering our oneness with the Source of all can be a continual movement toward the One on a breath-by-breath basis. So long as we continue to forget our oneness with the Source, we need to continue to move toward that oneness.

Using "Toward the One..." as a concentration on the breath while reclining, sitting, standing, and walking is a foundational practice given by Murshid Samuel Lewis. He called the practice Darood, and it takes many forms. As this article is for the Leaders Guild, I will concentrate on several suggestions for forms that this practice can be used in Dance meetings.

At the very beginning of a meeting when you draw everyone present into a large circle, ask them to breathe "Toward the One" being entirely at one with their body. The first thing for Dance leaders to ask for, and to model, is becoming one-pointed. Bringing your awareness fully into focus is the fundamental stage of the practice. Having become focused on the breath, continue by breathing naturally and rhythmically. As you do so, carry the reminder "Toward the One" in thought through both inhalation and exhalation. Take it to heart.

Having begun in their own body, it is natural for the awareness of the members of the circle to begin to include others in the circle and then the whole circle. Invite this to happen. And when you feel as one with all who are present, continue to merge with the Oneness including all your relations in the great web of life. This practice might last anywhere from 20 seconds up to a minute or so, depending on the dance circle. When the Dance Leader determines, everyone recites together the full Sufi invocation.

As a practice of walking concentration, breathing "Toward the One" can be done in a variety of ways at a meeting. A basic concentration practice is to place your steps as you walk in a four/four rhythm with the rhythm of your breath. Your goal is to be very present in awareness, aware of each step, letting your body move at ease with the breath. This kind of one-pointedness, whether or not you choose to add the phrase "Toward the One", is necessary. An introductory basic practice, such as this, is a good way to begin to build the atmosphere in the meeting space before the initial circle is even formed.

Breathing "Toward the One" naturally and rhythmically in and out of the heart center is the underlying focus of awareness for the next walk. This walk was a most important practice for Murshid Samuel Lewis. It begins in a solar way but has an equally important lunar aspect. Both aspects ask for the awakening of heart qualities and the completion of our concentration.

We courageously look out onto the path of our life, feeling the sun-like light of our intention shining forth from our heart. It is a movement with confidence toward a destination. The light of our true nature, the soul, is called forth to shine directly out from the globe of the heart onto the path of your life, illuminating your path toward the goal.

At the same time as we are engaged in that forthright solar walk of "Toward the One" bringing our intention forward through the heart, we are blessed by another call to our heart. Through focusing the breath and awareness in the heart, you remember to open up your heart, open your feeling nature, to the breath that is carrying the remembrance of "Toward the One".

Awakening the heart awakens your desire to overcome separation and isolation and to become one with the Beloved. Breathing in the heart you connect your breath with the goal of all and feel the attraction of it like an incomparably great magnet. The attraction of the beloved easily completes your positive intention. You arrive at the realization of Unity by utilizing both positivity and receptivity, sun and moon.

When presenting Walks at meetings it is important not to rush the practice. Let a large portion of the group stand in a big circle and practice the breathing concentration while also bringing their breath awareness into attunement with those who are walking. Directing small groups in and out of the circle and taking time to let people have an un-crowded experience works best.

As a parting thought for Dance leaders, I simply would like to encourage you to do some basic work with breathing together as a group in the dance circle, at times in the dances, and in individual walking practices done with the support of others who are holding the same concentration at the same time. Give the breath a bit of time to settle in.

Love and Blessings,

Wali Ali

 � 2014 Dances of Universal Peace International

Murshid Wali Ali Meyer became a disciple of Murshid Samuel Lewis' in 1968 and served as his esoteric secretary. He now directs the Esoteric School of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. A co-author of Physicians of the Heart, has edited many of the works of Murshid Sam and presented teachings for many years. He is a senior mentor in the Dances and has taught the Dances and Walking Concentrations in classes, retreats and camps worldwide since the 1970s. More about Murshid Wali Ali at http://ruhaniat.org.
Thanks Martha!    
On January 12, 2014 DUP International's Office Assistant Martha Bracken observed her 20th anniversary working for the Dance network. Martha has faithfully held post for us as our bookkeeper and office manager, tracking inventory, producing and shipping publications, catalogs, the newsletter We Circle Around, and many other things. Martha began in 1994 under Exec. Director Kabira (Zamyat) Kirby after the office was moved from California to Seattle. She has held solid throughout the many structure and personnel changes and evolutions in the Dance organization over these 20 years. At one point Martha was working for DUP International, DUP North America and Peaceworks Publications, with no one else helping her!

"Mostly a wonderful job and people to work with," she says. "There have been many tumultuous decisions, threats to close the office, changes in Board of Directors, etc. which have been challenging. I've tried to stay steady and let everybody else work out the big picture. I have focused on keeping the details straight and letting others make the major decisions."

During Martha's tenure, the DUP IN office moved six times (including many, many boxes of books and inventory) before coming to our current home office stance. DUP North America was established as a separate organization and PeaceWorks Publications was closed. Martha's obvious love for the Dances and the people in our network is evident in her dedication to her work and in keeping the thread of continuity for us through many changes all these years. 

Since 1994 Martha has been sitting on an office chair that was first put in service in the California office. As a token of our thanks, we are in the process of replacing the chair for her!

Thank you Martha! We deeply appreciate your service.
peruDancing in Peru

 Grace Marie surrounded by dancing friends in Peru, October, 2013