First, do no harm

Can we any longer afford to ignore our power to harm one another? Or to recoil, helplessly? “Doing no harm” is an active choice, one which perhaps has a higher ethical and social value than any other, as suggested in this extract from Stephanie Dowrick’s latest and most overtly peace-making book, Seeking the Sacred. She writes: […]

Practise peace today

To prevent the next war, we have to practise peace today. If we establish peace in our hearts and in our ways of looking at things, war will not come. The only way to stop a war is to create real peace.    Thich Nhat Hanh  

Universal Heart Newsletter

Reading activism – a request  *  “Speaking” the Sacred (Audio now out) *  Book now for October  Mana Retreat * Melbourne “Mana” group? *  Interfaith service, Sydney, 17 July  *  Share this newsletter! * Social media * On-line bookshop Dear friends Over the many years that I’ve been (first) a publisher and then a writer, […]

Audio of Seeking the Sacred

Just published is the audio edition of Dr Stephanie Dowrick’s intimate, inspiring book, Seeking the Sacred, described by Claire Scobie in the Sydney Morning Herald as “A chalice of wisdom”. Whether you are a “seeker” or simply curious, this book speaks to some of our most pressing concerns, socially and personally, about what constitutes a […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Appreciation and why it matters  *   Sept/October Retreat *  YouTube link on Transformation *   Visiting USA 12-17 June  *  On-line book buying including Bread of Angels *  An appreciation reminder from Sufi poet Rumi  *  Interfaith service, Sydney, 19 June  * Peter Damo “Sunrise” Dear friends My thoughts and prayers are with you […]

Gina Lazenby interviews Stephanie Dowrick

British writer and women’s retreat leader Gina Lazenby caught up with Stephanie Dowrick in Sydney recently. Here is a short video of Gina talking with Stephanie about her latest book, Seeking the Sacred, why she is an interfaith minister as well as a writer, big and small transitions and – particularly – identity and the […]

Profound appreciation

Pioneering psychologist William James is best known for his book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, where he wrote, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”  Is this true for you? I read that line when I was seeking new inspiration on the perennial theme of encouragement. Thinking about it for […]

Claiming our beauty

Taking transformation as her theme, in this short video Stephanie Dowrick speaks about finding a sustaining recognition of who and what we are. Once again, she draws on a brief teaching from Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan and also a powerful, radiant story from the Christian tradition (Acts 3. 1-8). These talks emphasize a rare […]

Sustaining our peace

In this short, encouraging video Stephanie Dowrick speaks about sustaining a sense of peace and inner confidence even in the face of difficult events. Combining practical support and rare inspiration, she draws on the teachings of Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan, Deuteronomy (“Choose life!”) and also reflects on the Four Noble Truths about the nature […]

It’s a beautiful day!

Many years ago I remember listening to a singing group called “It’s a beautiful day”. Even then I had at least some realisation that it’s our inner attitude that lets us experience our days as beautiful and precious: each one of them.  When it’s “just another day”, my outlook and energy levels lift dramatically when […]

Universal Heart Newsletter

Sustaining our compassion YouTube talk    Easy communications via the “Official Stephanie Dowrick” Facebook page Australian Women’s Weekly: “The Case for God”       Easter Retreat (21-25 April) plus Writing in Kyoto (Oct/Nov)       Interfaith in Sydney 17 April 3pm        On-line book buying Inspiration from Gandhi      Stephanie’s website http://www.stephaniedowrick.com Dear Universal Heart friends Heartfelt greetings […]

Seeking the Sacred – reviews

Good books don’t get old. Or stale. Trivia does curdle. Or goes right off. But some of the books that I treasure most and refer to most often seem as fresh as dew and were literally written two or three thousand years ago. I don’t want to be asked what I am writing next when […]

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