Date(s) - 15/04/2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Oh Thou, the Breathing Life of All, Creator of the Shimmering Sound that Touches Us! You Create all that Moves in Light…
Simple Chants and Body Prayers, led by
Jilani Cordelia Prescott,
with Live Music from Jilani and Robert on viola, guitar and drum.
Sunday 15 April 2018
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
(Arrive from 3.45 p.m. for a prompt start at 4 p.m.)
£10 on the door
As part of our ‘Dancing in the Light’ series we are drawn to offer this much loved and powerful ceremony of the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic in honour of the recent passing of Jilani’s Father. Everyone is most welcome; and we do hope you’ll join us even if you’ve never experienced the Aramaic Prayer cycle before.
We have included the words in Aramaic and a translation by Neil Douglas-Klotz (Prayers of the Cosmos), in case you are interested to study them in advance. However, no prior knowledge will be assumed and everything will be taught in the session..
The Danced Aramaic Prayer Cycle presents a spiritual journey into the timeless wisdom of Jesus. It uses words attributed to Jesus in the Aramaic language and can allow one to experience this Prayer in an entirely new way. Through heart-centred body prayer and simple devotional singing the Prayer offers us the opportunity to tune ourselves to the Infinite Source of All Life, and helps us to remember how to live fully and intentionally in this awareness. It is a celebration of the Unity of Life and an affirmation of our own unique place in this Unity.
The movements and melodies of the Aramaic Prayer Cycle are the work of Neil Douglas-Klotz whose translations and meditations on the Aramaic words of Jesus appear in his highly acclaimed book Prayers of the Cosmos.
Many people confirm that the experience of singing and dancing the Prayer in Aramaic has profound effects on them; bringing renewed focus and awareness to their daily life. No previous experience is necessary. All the words and movements will be taught clearly and simply, and most people assimilate them with ease.
Jilani is a musician and a certified leader (and mentor) of the Dances of Universal Peace. She has led the Dances since 2005, and since studying for over two years with Neil Douglas-Klotz, she has shared the Aramaic Prayer in many different contexts in the UK and abroad, particularly in France and Spain, where she is much in demand as a teacher. She effortlessly creates a safe and held space where people can feel confident. Her relaxed and patient teaching style means people easily learn the words, chants and movements. Then together we can enter the profound and healing depths of the Dance experience, a journey into Unity, Beauty and even Bliss.
“Who danceth not, knows not what is being done.” (Hymn of Jesus)
The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus (“Lord’s Prayer”)
(Original transliteration and translation from the Peshitta (Syriac-Aramaic) version of Matthew 6:9-13 & Luke 11:2-4 by Neil Douglas-Klotz)
1. Abwoon d’bwashmaya
O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos/ you create all that moves in light Countermelody: Allaha Allah Elohim Elat)
2. Nethqadash shmakh
Focus your light within us-make it useful: as the rays of a beacon show the way.
3. Teytey malkuthakh
Create your reign of unity now–through our fiery hearts and willing hands.
4. Nehwey tzevyanach aykanna d’bwashmaya aph b’arha.
Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms.
(Conclusion of first part of Dance cycle: Abwoon Abwoon Abwoon Hayy)
5. Hawvlan lachma d’sunqanan yaomana
Grant what we need each day in bread and insight: subsistence for the call of growing life.
6. Washboqlan khaubayn (wakhtahayn) aykana daph khnan shbwoqan l’khayyabayn.
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt.
7. Wela tahlan l’nesyuna Don’t let us enter forgetfulness
8. Ela patzan min bisha. But free us from unripeness
9. Metol dilakhie malkutha wahayla wateshbukhta l’ahlam almin. From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all, from age to age it renews.
Truly–power to these statements – may they be the source from which all my actions grow. Sealed in trust & faith. Amen.
Transliterations and translations are from Prayers of the Cosmos : Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus (Harper SanFrancisco, 1990). © 1990 Neil Douglas-Klotz. Available in the USA, Canada, UK , Germany, Australia and New Zealand from Harper Collins. All rights reserved, including the right to reprint in whole or in part. For more information on resources and retreats using this work, please address: Abwoon Study Circle, PO Box 361655, Milpitas, CA 95036-1655 USA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In Germany, please contact: (030) 8639 9436. NdLNetz@yahoo.de In the U.K., please contact: Abwoon Study Circle, 7 East Champanyie, Edinburgh EH9 3EL, Scotland. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The website of the Abwoon Study Circle is www.abwoon.com