Dances of Universal Peace

Newport Rumi Night 12-14-12

Newport 12-14-12

This was one of the most delicious dances ever!  Listening to the audio was wonderful, but it did not capture the expressions of the heart that were present.  It seemed that everyone was wide open… tears falling as easily as smiles and laughs.  A beautiful evening for which I am grateful.


There is a burning in the heart I want
It is a burning a want more than anything
It is a burning in the heart I want, that calls God secretly in the night…

Opening Walk and Poem “Rigged”

It’s rigged — everything, in your favor.
So there is nothing to worry about.
Is there some position you want,
some office, some acclaim, some award, some con, some lover, maybe two, maybe three, maybe four — all at once, maybe a relationship with God?

I know there is a gold mine in you, when you find it
the wonderment of the earth’s gifts you will lay aside
as naturally as does a child a doll.

But, dear, how sweet you look to me kissing the unreal: comfort, fulfill yourself, in any way possible — do that until you ache, until you ache,
then come to me again.

— Rumi


I am neither Christian, nor Jewish, nor Muslim. Doing away with duality,
I saw the two worlds as one. I seek One, I know One, I see One, and I call One.
— Rumi

Dance 1: Walk to the Well

Walk to the Well
Turn as the Earth and the Moon Turn
Circling What They Love
Whatever Circles Comes from the Center

Dance 2: Out Beyond

Out beyond ideas of right and wrong
There is a field I’ll meet you there
And we shall let  the beauty we love
Be what we dare

Dance 3: Be Melting Snow

Subhan   Allah   Subhan     Allah
La   Illah  Ha Il  Allah, La Illah ha il Allah
Be Melting Snow,  Be Melting Snow
Wash Yourself of yourself, Wash yourself of yourself

Gathering from break Dance 4: Only Love

Only Love, is Flowing Here, Only Love is Flowing Here
La   Illah  Ha Il  Allah, La Illah ha il Allah

Dance 5: Come, Come Again

Come, come whoever you are
Even though you’ve broken your vows a thousand times,
Come, come again
Ya Mevlana Ruh Allah, La   Il Allah
Ya Mevlana Ruh Allah, La   Il Allah


It’s a habit of yours to walk slowly.
You hold a grudge for years.
With such heaviness, how can you be modest?
With such attachments, do you expect to arrive anywhere?

Be wide as the air to learn a secret.
Right now you’re equal portions clay
and water, thick mud.

Abraham learned how the sun and moon and the stars all set.
He said, No longer will I try to assign partners for God.

You are so weak. Give up to grace.
The ocean takes care of each wave
till it gets to shore.

You need more help than you know.
You’re trying to live your life in open scaffolding.

Say Bismillah, In the name God,
As the priest does with the knife when he offers an animal.

— Rumi

Dance 6: Pieces of Cloud

This is how I would die, In to the love I have for you
This is how I would die, In to the love I have for you
As Pieces of Cloud, dissolve in sunlight, as pieces of cloud, dissolve in sunlight
La   Illah  Ha Il  Allah, La Illah ha il Allah, La   Illah  Ha Il  Allah, La Illah ha il Allah
Hu Allah Hu, Hu Allah Hu, Hu Allah Hu, Hu Allah, Hu

Closing Poem: Don’t go back to sleep

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

— Rumi


2 Responses to Newport Rumi Night 12-14-12

  • The 12-14-12 Newport Dances was indeed a very special time and will continue to be a sweet memory in my heart and soul. A beautiful singing voice is not my gift, this night I did not hold back with concern or hesitation and sang with the spirit and frequency of Oneness I experience in my heart.
    It is my prayer that all souls who experienced pain and tragedy that day are touched by the pure heart love that rippled out from our One Being in Action.
    Thank you Stephen for facilitating this for us.

  • A huge thank you to Stephen, Paul, and everybody who came to sing and dance with peaceful harmony and lovely hugs last Friday:) The amazing direction, music, and gifted presences made the experience truly transcendental !!! Can’t wait for the next one….hope to come to the party on New Years!!

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