Leadership

Himayat Inayati, Th.D., Founder/International Head

Himayat Inayati, Th.D., Founder

Himayat Inayati is a traveler on the path of the heart. He has been a member of the Sufi Order International since 1972, receiving the sacred transmission of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis. Himayat served as the International Head of The Sufi Healing Order for twenty years, and is the founder of The Raphaelite Work, a method of healing and transformational process rooted in Sufism and updated by modern psychology and body work.

Himayat has been a catalytic figure in the on-going dialogue between science, spirituality, and healing – organizing twenty-six conferences in support of this effort. He has taught mysticism and spirituality in fourteen different countries. His teaching is lucid, accessible and humorous – orienting the ancient mystical teachings of the major world spiritual traditions toward solutions of contemporary issues.

Currently, in his work as the founding president of Universal Awakening, it is his soul-desire that the forces that venerate life are able to be present to one another in a tent large enough to hold them – a vehicle of their own creation, that they thereby may be heartened and quickened in their service, and that fresh possibilities for life's greatest fulfillment may be born.

Himayat is happily married with two grown daughters and a teen-age son. With his wife, Shahida Whitney, he co-directs Light of the Mountains Retreat Center, near Asheville, North Carolina.

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