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To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

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William Blake (1757–1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker known for the biblical, philosophical, and mystical undercurrents within his work. He privileged imagination over reason in the creation of both his poetry and images, asserting that ideal forms should be constructed not from observations of nature but from inner visions.

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The Way of the Mystics

Howard Thurman tended not to speak of his own mystical inclinations, conscious that the word mysticism was likely to be misunderstood. And yet Thurman is commonly recognized as a mystic in the sense that he used the word to describe someone who had an acute experience of the Divine Life.

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The Direct Path: Creating a Personal Journey to the Divine Using the World's Spiritual Traditions

Today more Americans than ever consider themselves to be "spiritual" people, and yet attendance at religious institutions is down, perhaps because many of us are searching for a way to encounter the divine on our own terms.

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An Introduction to Religious Experience

The term “religious experience,” or sometimes “mystical experience,” is used to describe a transcendent event that transforms the person who has the experience, often in a way that leads to a strong sense of connection and/or oneness with the universe and/or God.

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18 Major World Religions — Study Starters

Religion is so diverse and nuanced a subject that it’s nearly impossible to encapsulate all of the world’s major religions in just a few words. But we’re going to try anyway. This is an entry point for understanding the basics of the world’s major religions.

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Wherever You Turn Is the Face of God -- Camille Helminski

'Wherever You Turn Is the Face of God' -- talk by Camille Helminski, taken at the Baraka Retreat 2011

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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.

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Rumi and His Friends: Stories of the Lovers of God Excerpts from the Manaqib al-'Arifin of Aflaki

Originally written by Ahmad Aflaki, a devoted follower of the grandson of Rumi, this translation relates anecdotes of the life of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi, his father, wife, sons, and daughter and his relationship with Shams of Tabriz and other close companions and disciples.

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Ninety-Nine Names of the Beloved: Intimations of the Beauty and Power of the Divine

We offer these reflections on the “Ninety-Nine Names of God,” traditional to Islam and the Quranic revelation, to support the increased opening of our awareness to all the Generosity and Loving-kindness of the Divine Bestowal.

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Rumi’s Sun: The Teachings of Shams of Tabriz

Rumi’s Sun collects many lessons and discourses from Shams of Tabriz, the Sufi mystic and spiritual master who was the catalyst for Rumi’s awakening. Rumi’s son wrote, “After meeting Shams, my father danced all day and sang all night. He had been a scholar he became a poet.

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The Faceted Gem of Wisdom

Beloved you have created everything with the Truth. So let me enter whatever I enter with the Truth, and make my going forth with the Truth. Whoever begins with Truth, ends with Truth.

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