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Living Presence

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Sufism is a centuries-old spiritual psychology. Drawing on the words of the great Sufi poet Rumi, as well as traditional material and personal experience, this book integrates the wisdom of Sufism with the needs of contemporary life. LIVING PRESENCE shows how we can bring spirituality and psychology into a balanced system that honors and awakens the soul.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by TarcherPerigee
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Alex Bigney
May 31, 2008 Alex Bigney rated it it was amazing
i read this book 10+ years ago and have reread it many times since--underlined, made marginal notes, re-underlined, added notes. this book has been a real catalyst in my life. it is difficult to write about without doing injustice to the author. helminski writes about being, awareness, mindfulness in such a simple and pure way. just thinking about it makes me want to take it out today and begin reading it over again. i think i will.
Dec 27, 2010 Katrina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: folks interested in spirituality without dogma, Unitarian Universalists, progressive Muslims
Overall, I enjoyed the book, although it didn't give me the full introduction to Sufi Islam that I was hoping for. It left me with more questions than answers. Helminski does include one chapter at the end that describes a little bit of the history of Sufism, and differentiates between two groups of Sufis:

"On the one hand, there are those who would say that no true Sufism can exist without the appreciation and practice of the principles of Islam. On the other, some groups more or less ignore the
Aug 14, 2012 Winifred rated it it was amazing
This was the first book The Presence Group of St. Stephen's EC, Houston read back when we began in 2004 and 2005. It is a small book, but very, very dense in the sense that there are many layers of meaning to absorb. Believe it or not we read it three times in succession, simply because we wanted to and in a way needed to. The discussions on the book spiraled as we re-read it and discussed it again.
Over the years our group has read other books on the theme of 'living in the presence of God' and
May 09, 2011 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: spiritual
The Living Presence, by Kabir Edmund Helminski,is a novel about spiritual psychology(Sufism)leading to presence in life.It integrates the wisdom of Sufism with the needs of everyday life.Living Presence offers wisdom that is both universal and practical.When we bring spirituality and psychology together, it can awaken the soul.
Kabir shares his experiences and knowledge with some sources of traditional wisdom.
This is a very enlightening novel, and makes you reflect on your life.
Jul 14, 2009 Karin rated it it was amazing
I carry this with me nearly constantly these days. No matter how much I get out of it, there is always more the next time I open the pages.
Gala Balaguer
Jun 13, 2017 Gala Balaguer rated it really liked it
The content of the book is more about universal truths than it is about who-said-what. It's an inspiring read for any religious background.
Jul 03, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing
This book can help anyone learn how to soak up those precious moments that come and quickly go each day. It helps you take an ordinary day, and turn it into something magical just by beginning to appreciate those simple things around you that God gave us all.
Fusun Dulger charles
Grande obra para la gente de hablar Esapanol que quieres descubrir a Rumi o que aman a Rumi. Una traduccion excellente.
Tony G.
Nov 11, 2011 Tony G. is currently reading it
Immersing myself in another book on Sufism, this time by a modern American master, Kabir Edmund Helminski. We shall see what lies in store for an irreligious sort like myself.
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The first book on the Journey to becoming a Mevlevi, a Dervish or simply a good Human Being.
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