Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee returns to share When the Source Ran Free, his pandemic passage on the magic of living stories for returning sacredness back into our relationship with Earth.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was 19 years old. In 1991, he became the successor of his teacher, Irina Tweedie, who brought this particular Indian branch of Sufism to the West. He is an extensive lecturer, author of several books, and the founder of The Golden Sufi Center. Learn more about Llewellyn and The Golden Sufi Center.
A Story for the Time of the Pandemic
In this flowing and eloquent BHNN Guest Podcast, Llewellyn tells the tale of ‘When the Source Ran Free‘ – a story for the time of the pandemic. To begin, reflecting on the difficulties we have been through since the onset of the pandemic, Llewellyn shares the role stories can play in helping us remember the sacred, bring the unborn to life, dance new beginnings, and cultivate love, connection, and understanding.
“Stories are what bring the unborn to life and allow their songs to be heard and understood. Stories are what weave us into the many colors of existence, and take us by the hand and lead us into the circle of life’s dance. At this time when we are surrounded by all the signs of a civilization that has lost it’s way, that has forgotten what is sacred, it is vital that we recognize there is a new dance beginning, a new note of love that bonds together humanity and the web of life.” – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD
Alan Watts explores humankind’s relationship with nature, on Ep. 8 of Being in the Way
Speaking to Earth, Listening to Earth (12:00)
Through the lens that we are stardust which whirled out of nonexistence to live on a planet which we have been systematically exploiting, Llewellyn illuminates how to aid in Earth’s healing process through opening lines of communication with the natural world through the means and magic of song, dance, dream, and listening.
“Before the earth becomes just dead matter finally killed by exploitation and grief, we need to find the story, song, dance, dream; and so help the earth become alive again, its colors to sing in the air. Because as stories nourish our soul and give us a sense of belonging, so to do stories nourish the Earth in hidden ways. This is part of the ancient covenant between humanity and the natural world” – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD
Konda Mason & Charles Eisenstein discuss the beautiful world we know is possible, on Ep. 7 of the Brown Rice Hour
Returning to the Root of the Root (24:00)
Speaking to how the pandemic showed us how quickly one small imbalance in nature can effect the whole system, Llewellyn shares on the climate crisis which is rapidly coming to a head. Illustrating our need to return to beginning, to the ‘root of the root,’ he sheds light on opening to the inherent wisdom of nature, dreams, magic, living stories, myths, sacred spaces, and the spirit.
“Our journey is now to remember, to reconnect, to return to this place of love and joy and beginnings. This is where the future will be born, not in some plan or project, however well intentioned.” – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD