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LETTERS: SHAMCHER BEORSE AND CAROL SILL (1974-1977)
From the description: This book of letters reveals an intimate and unique relationship between a teacher and pupil on the Sufi path. A contemporary western mystic, Shamcher Beorse had been a pupil of the great Sufi, Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan in the 1920’s. Carol Sill was a young beginner on the spiritual path, grieving the sudden death of her only son. Fly along as Shamcher intuitively guides her through the winding routes of Love’s progress, growth and development. With Shamcher by her side she opened to a world that had been previously closed to her. Share her discoveries as a dazzled and astonished neophyte. This process of inner development is all documented through the original correspondence. Read this book as it was written: as an unfolding correspondence of the soul.
Praise for LETTERS “Intimate” “Symphonic” “Beautiful” “My heart thanks you”
“The relationship between spiritual teacher and student is uniquely intimate and mysterious. It calls upon us to expand our limited definitions of love, lovers and the Beloved. In “Letters”, we are invited to witness such an expanded love relationship between souls. The discourse is deeply personal and yet the wisdom transmission between teacher and student speaks to each of us and is universally accessible. Akin to the poetry of Rumi, the Shamcher letters present Sufi themes that ignite the mind and heart, without the distraction of religious dogma. Given that Carol met Shamcher in the wake of her profound personal loss, Letters is also a story of a soul’s healing journey and evolution through the gift of loving spiritual friendship. I feel deeply appreciative and ignited by Carol’s book and recommend it highly to seekers of love harmony and beauty everywhere.” – Nancy Mortifee
“This letter book is in many ways a unique experience …. the training of a Sufi mystic in a unique way. And, in other ways, it’s universal. It shows a heart yearning for healing and happiness, and the path that she (Carol) found that gave her healing, happiness, and spiritual connection to the Divine in simple and surprising ways. I loved this book, and I suspect you will too.” Jim Arthur
“This correspondence reveals the moving inner journey. For the Sufis, spiritual love between teacher and student is a most sacred place, where both can taste the Divine Presence. We feel how this special love guided, nourished and fortified this young woman, and how it answered the pain of her heart as she learned to open to the wings of her soul. With these “soul memoirs”, we can understand and feel the path of the Sufis, a path traveled in love, harmony and beauty towards truth.” Marielle Geoffroy
“What an extraordinarily sensual and rich love relationship, one based in spirit, yet somehow connecting heaven to the earthly longings of the heart. The rare and perfect timing of how the beloved teacher/friend appeared at the precise moment of your greatest need is exquisite. To see how the power of that love held and helped heal the pain of your horrendous loss is deeply moving. ‘Letters’ holds a gift for those who find themselves among spiritual seekers of any age, land or tradition.” Ann Mortifee and Paul Horn
“As with the love of Rumi for Shams of Tabriz, Carol Sill’s sufi friend Shamcher opens her heart more and more until the love fills us, the readers, with the same essence of joy and awe. It is a gift of grace to experience such a deep love in a lifetime and another gift of grace to share this love with the world. Although these letters capture a moment in time forty years ago, they are timeless in the message of the various ways to love without bounds and, are lessons that each of us can benefit from today, here and now.” Tanis Helliwell
“The book unfolds a grand adventure of mystical awareness, as student and teacher find each other and share the deepest vibrations of the heart. Through the publication of these letters many new seekers will have their questions answered. Highly recommended.” – Carol Sokoloff
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I wrote Documentary Print in the mid-80’s, just as the computer revolution was beginning to take hold. Living in Banff at the time, I was studying media in the influence of Barrington Nevitt, a close associate of Marshall McLuhan.
I began to imagine a worldwide organization which I called The Social Research Foundation. This group had a vast headquarters which was a repository of information that was fed to it by innumerable researchers and reporters worldwide.
These reporters had been trained by the SRF (Social Research Foundation) to travel into the future and to report back. In a way, this was similar to “remote viewing.” However, the reports revealed that there was turmoil within the SRF and in fact there were many divergent views held by individuals in the organization, and these caused the eventual disintegration of the SRF. The disintegration seemed to occur at the same time as cataclysmic world events, and the version of the SRF documents included in the book Documentary Print were renegade reports that were not all corroborated by others in the organization. The book can be seen as a kind of social science fiction.
Many of the reports included in the book were in a way prescient and I’ve been surprised to see them come into reality. In the ABC of Prophecy, Barrington Nevitt indicates that it is very easy to be a prophet by simply examining the present from a certain point of view.
One way to examine the future is to observe the figure/ground relationship: once you see just what the ground is – what we take for granted while we are looking at the figure, then that observed ground becomes figure. Now in fact, when the ground becomes figure, then there must necessarily be a new ground that can be observed, so once again that ground becomes figure, and so on. The SRF reports which combined to become Documentary Print were created in that fashion, by examining the ground, and by the very process of that examination creating a new ground.
Download an excerpt: SRF Interim Report Document on Living in the Future (pdf).
HUMAN ECOLOGY: NOTES ON THE SACRED ELEMENT WORK
This book is based on some of my early notes on the elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether.
It was written when I’d been working with the elements as a study and a practice in the mid-80’s. At that time I was very interested in this elementary alchemy, and in the balance of the elements as seen in each individual expressing physically, in the personality, and in interaction with others. My main source of study came from the work of the sufi Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, and some of my notes on his papers are included in the book. In addition, my inspiration to undertake this study came from Hidayat Inayat Khan and the activities at Lake O’Hara Sufi Camp.
An examination of the elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether as seen in direction, colour and breath.
A connection between the Greek Mysteries and the work of esoteric symbolical activities.
Reflections on the Element Ceremony and its value as a harmonizing influence in these times.
An awakening to the retrieval of element understanding that has been lost down through the ages.
An understanding of the elements as a foundation for mystical study can be seen in all major traditions around the world. In the Eastern yoga and sufi traditions and Western mysticism, the elements are key to knowledge of awareness of breath and the manifestations of life.
This book involves an examination of the elements as outlined in the sufi teachings of Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan, and in their relationships demonstrated through the Sacred Element Ceremony. It was written as an exploration and selfstudy.
A cohesive spiritual alchemy of the present times is expressed in the Sacred Element work and the depth understanding of the five elements. Presently, the yearning for spiritual understanding has shifted in North America to become a desire to go to the root of things. Sacred Element work reveals itself to be a mature western version of one such root teaching, through which the spiritual life of humanity can be renewed.
Shamcher Beorse answers questions on obsession, mediums, Sufi teachings, and much more in this interview recorded in San Francisco in the late 1970s. Shamcher was a contemporary Western mystic, a pupil of the great Sufi Inayat Khan during the 1920’s. He lived in and travelled to over 65 countries as an engineer, economist, spy and spiritual guide.