The Sufi Healing Order

The purpose of the Sufi Healing Order is to awaken humanity to a greater realization of the power of the Divine Spirit to heal, thus to bring about a better state of physical, mental and spiritual health, and so to fulfill the law of God. The basic principle of the Sufi Healing Order is that the soul is the Divine Breath: it purifies, revivifies and heals the instrument through which it functions.

– Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Sufi Healing Order is one of the five concentration activities of the Inayati Order. The Healing Order secretariat describes it as “an international spiritual order dedicated to nurturing and developing the spiritual healing ministry in our time.” This is an initiatory path which may be entered with or without initiation in the Inayati Order.  Visit the Sufi Healing Order website at for more information.

The major activity of the Sufi Healing Order is the Healing Class and Circle, held in Rochester once a month, usually on the third Thursday at 7:30 pm and is part of the Core Curriculum. The Healing Class presents teachings related to spiritual healing and the Healing Service is a prayer ceremony which prepares participants to share healing energy. The names of those who ask to receive these prayers are read during the ceremony. Names may be submitted only with the permission of the subject. The service is open to Healing Order initiates and to sincere inquirers. The Healing Service is generally preceeded by readings, discussions and practices relevant to healing.  The Sufi Order of Rochester Healing Order activities are coordinated by Wadud Henry Cretella, along with those ordained or training as Healing Conductors.

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Healing Retreats

Spiritual retreat is an important part of spiritual development in this path.  The Sufi Healing Order offers individual and group retreat experiences that can provide deep healing opportunities.  Retreat offers the retreatant the opportunity to leave the world of everyday responsibility and focus on the process of inner healing.  One need not be an initiate of the Inayati Order to take a retreat in this tradition.  Retreat guides will customize the healing retreat experience to the needs and orientation of the retreatant.  There are a variety of opportunities available for one who wishes to make a healing retreat, including retreat centers at the Abode of the Message (New Lebanon, NY) and at Light on the Hill (Van Etten, NY).  Locally, healing retreats are available at the Garden of Peace, guided by certified Healing Retreat Guides Wadud Cretella and zaynab FitzPatrick.  Other retreat guides are available in the community, as well.

Fragrant Gold Winter Solstice 2017

If you want to help, first relax then realize the presence of God is the great battery of Life…Realize that you yourself are connected with it.
Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan
A Note From Devi

Greetings Dear Friends,
This is a precious time of year.  It is a time of celebration. It is a time for bringing light to the darkness. This is a good time to realize our connection to the Divine Whole.

How do we do this?
Can you imagine that the breath of God/the Divine/the Universe, is flowing into your body, mind, heart and soul as you breathe deeply in – that this breath is illuminating and revivifying you with a sparkling revivifying boundless Light and Life.  Then as you breathe out, can you imagine your connection to all things in Life, realizing that the breath of God/the Divine/the Universe is also flowing into them.  Then each of us, in our own way, joins the celebration of the Life of the Universe/the World/Us.
I wish you great Love, Light and Life this holy season.

I want to share this beautiful light meditation from Pir Vilayat. Click here

Many Blessings to you,

Practices for this Quarter:

To Nurture Your Self:

Ya Nur – Breathe in the Divine Light and the the vast Potential (for just what you need) that resides in the Universe

Ya Allah – Let yourself rest in God’s hands (the Love of the Universe) trusting in that Divine Presence

A Zikr for your relationship with the world:

Ya Azim (boundless ecstasy or joy) – As your head goes around, falling from your left shoulder, past you left knee, then the right knee, then rises up to the zenith

Ya  Hayy (the Boundless Life energy, that is here) –As your head goes down, and then rises until your attention is level with your heart.

Then pause and let your attention expand to encompass your home, your community, your city, your state, your country, the world, more.

A meditation to set you free here

For the Healing of the World:

Imagine you are as big as the stars letting the divine heart of your being be as big as the universe. Let our most precious world be in front of you, whirling in its beauty. Be aware of the stream of healing that is always flowing through the universe,  Let that Healing Power flow to the world, surrounding, healing, enriching, transforming our beautiful planet, our home.

Prayer for Healing Conductors
Beloved Lord almighty God
Pour thy healing power
through my breath
my thought
my glance
my words
and my touch.
Monthly Healing Service
for the World
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Current E-Class:

Healing the inclination toward worry
Our worry about things seems to be our nature, our character; we cannot help it. It becomes such a part of our nature to worry that if we had no worry we would doubt if we were really living! Mystics, therefore, for thousands of years have practiced control of the breath,
Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

See our current eClass here.

A Call To Action We Can Do Together:

Warm the homeless: If you live in a cold climate go through your clothing and donate warm items to shelters or refugee locations. If you live in a warmer climate, purchase new underwear or socks or donate gently used socks.  Find a friend or two to do this with you.

Healing Order Testimonial:
Being a Healing Conductor has been a gift in this life.  Daily practices for inner alignment, attunement and balance guide me and support me in times of need. The practices pave the way to love, harmony and beauty and guide and light my way.  I am forever thankful and filled with gratitude.
Much love,
Upcoming Programs

– Devi in New Zealand with the Grandmothers | February 5 – Feb 19, 2018
– Devi’s Healing Intensive for those who wish to make a difference (Previously unpublished papers taken from the 1925 summer school on healing.) February 21 – March 14 2018
– Devi’s Life Transitions Spiritual Care training | April 22 – 29, 2018
and more! See for details.

“The whole world’s treasure is too small a price
for a word that kindles the soul.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan

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AUGUST, 2017

I have always said that a healer must take care of him/herself first in order to best care for others. Many health professionals are temperamentally “Fixers” and “Pleasers” and sometimes will put their own priorities last. Girls in our society are often socialized to be “Givers” more than boys are, and encouraged to help others first, even if it’s to their own disadvantage. This is changing in the 21st century but not fast enough.

With the findings of quantum physics about the interconnectedness of the universe, with the world’s globalizing economy, and also with global problems of climate change increasing annually, recognizing the common humanity and interconnectedness of people is increasing. We must all have compassion for others, for our precious planet, and for ourselves.

All the great world’s secular traditions and religions have included kindness, compassion and love as precepts for living a good life. Compassion means having kind and loving thoughts for another’s happiness and well-being (including their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health) whether or not they are suffering — and for yourself, in self-compassion.

Sometimes people find it hard to do self-care, to believe they deserve happiness, to receive love. Some have harsh superegos, judging themselves, comparing themselves to other people, being afraid of failure. Underlying all this is the potential for mindful awareness and the potential for creating or recognizing love and kindness. As previously mentioned, care of oneself is the precondition for being kind to others in the best way and for healing. One must accept, acknowledge and enjoy the goodness in oneself.

Science is finding biological roots of compassion. One component may be the Vagus nerve, one of the cranial nerves which affects many parts of the body and influences the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system. The parasympathetic system slows heart rate, and influences digestion, speech, sexual behavior, and nurturing behavior. The Polyvagal theory suggests that the vagus nerve is involved in social affiliation, empathy, sympathy and compassion. Studies have shown this. It affects how you handle feelings evoked by others’ suffering and whether or not you’ll feel motivated to help

There are three main components of self-compassion:

1. Mindfulness (being aware of your suffering);

2. We share common humanity: we all fail and suffer

3. We can be kind to ourselves

PRACTICE: SELF-COMPASSION BREAK: recognize a moment of suffering and bring kindness to yourself.

Pick a challenge in your body, medical or non-serious like muscle aches, for example. Recognize this is a moment of suffering. Put your hands across your heart, feel self-compassion, repeating “May I be kind to myself” for a couple of minutes. This is not to get rid of pain, rather to meet it with kindness because it’s a struggle. Then take your hands off your heart area. You can return to this practice any time.

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: What would it feel like to not need anything to be any different in this moment? (There is no particular answer.)

ASK YOURSELF: In the presence of suffering, could I have enough clarity of mind to ask myself “What do I need?”

PRACTICE: COMPASSION MEDITATION (adapted from Sharon Salzburg)

1. Appreciate your own goodness. Think of things you’ve done out of good-heartedness and take joy in those memories

2. In silence, think some phrases asking what you want most for yourself. Examples:
* May I have Mental Happiness (or Peace or Joy);
* May I live in safety;
* May I have physical happiness (or Health or Freedom from Pain); <>
* Or choose any other phrases that work for you.

3. Do one phrase at a time, repeating it slowly in a gentle rhythm

4. If your mind wanders, bring your attention back to repeating the phrases with no judgment or criticism.

5. After a few minutes, visualize yourself in the center of a circle surrounded by people who have been kind to you or who have loved you and given you inspiration. Feel yourself receiving their attention and love.

6. Then let the circle dissolve, and keep repeating the phrases for a few more minutes.

7. You may find that you slowly transform your old critical relationship with yourself to one more filled with loving-kindness towards yourself.

And you may find that your healing activities for others or for the world increase and give you a better sense of your purpose in doing them.

PRACTICE: YA MUID (moo-eed’)(restoration)-YA MUHYI (moo-hee’ with guttural h)(regeneration). This is a Sufi healing practice to return to the pristine state and heal, making things better than they were before. Can do 11 times out loud, 11 times silently inhaling Muid, exhaling Muhyi.

Thank you Alia Eileen Yager

The Sufi Order of Rochester Center for Sufi Studies, 494 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, the Carriage House behind the AAUW mansion (Carriage House is 492).