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Joe and Guin Miller
Welcome to this third newsletter in our series honoring the illuminating murshids and mentors whose lives and teachings give inspiration, hope and guidance to the leaders of and participants in the Dances of Universal Peace. 

We hope you peruse the links in this newsletter to gain more insight and encouragement from the sharp wit and broad horizons of Joe Miller, who constantly strove to cultivate the seeds of pure wisdom in the hearts of all of his students.
"Each one of you have multitudinous answers to every question. All the books you see on the walls around you don’t carry one-hundredth part of THAT which is in the depth of your own being. But don’t think you’re going to get it by just controlling your sex force and becoming bramacharya. I’m sure that nine out of ten people here have gone through that experience in other lives. Now you can bring the essence of what you have found there and realize it here in the midst of this circumstance.

~*~ Joe Miller ~*~

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 A Man Connected to the Divine
by Jane Sky

“Common sense, a sense of humor and more common sense.” That’s Joe Miller in a nutshell. Also, according to him, these three things are what one needs for the spiritual path.
Born in 1904, growing up poor in rural northern Minnesota, Joe lived  through most of the 20th century with all its anguish, upheavals, transformations, and he was one of the light bearers who helped to usher in the new age.
Drawn to spiritual pursuits and mysticism as a young man, he experienced and explored many paths, teachers, studies and philosophies. He found a deep connection with the Theosophists, celebrating their open-mindedness and their focus on truth in all its unadorned simplicity. It was at the Theosophical Society that he met Samuel Lewis and forged a lifelong friendship based on mutual understanding and respect. On his deathbed, Murshid Sam asked Joe to “take care of my kids." And for twenty years Joe did that, a constant source of love, joy, light, truth and guidance.
Joe described himself as “a graduate of the school of hard knocks.” He distilled vital wisdom from his life lessons and called the challenges he faced “the manure that makes the flowers grow.” Those flowers were in full bloom by the late sixties and for two more decades. He lived in San Francisco with his beloved wife Guin and in a straightforward way - sometimes playful, sometimes intense, but always with gusto - taught the pure truth, the heart path, the path of unconditional love. He would take no titles, nor any money for his efforts.
Many people would seek him out and he taught classes every day. He led walks in Golden Gate Park weekly and would sometimes have hundreds of people walking with him. He had a Rumi-like quality of being completely in the present moment, receiving and translating prose of multi-layered beauty and mysticism. One of his students shared with me this advice Joe gave him about solving a difficult problem. Joe told him, “stand over it like it’s a cup of tea and look at it from every side, and then give it up to spirit.” He advised that the answers would come spontaneously if we can avoid having fixed ideas and let ourselves be unconstrained by the habits of the self. He used a saying from his days as a performer in vaudeville: “Take it from the slap.”
Joe, like Murshid Sam, was a genuine American mystic. He loved the American spirit of independence, the “can-do” attitude. He saw America as a “great experiment, completely inclusive, where everyone can find a place.” Joe  reminded his students constantly that we are eternal beings, the potential for enlightenment exists within us always, and in any moment we can “fall awake.”
“May all beings be well, may all beings be happy, peace, peace, peace.“ Think of Joe when you sing this beloved song, for he and Guin wrote it, as well as dozens of others that are uplifting and beautiful paeans to the Divine Oneness. Through his own connection to the Divine, he was able to be a source of encouragement, strength and guidance for many people, a kind and blessed friend and wayshower.

Joe Miller on one of his walks in Golden Gate Park.
Click here to view the Joe Miller Archive at the San Francisco Theosophical Society webpage to see photos, listen to audio, and watch more videos of this beloved
American mystic.

A Few Dances with an Attunement to
Joe Miller:

Freely Give, Freely Receive
Those Who Love
I Come from a Perfect Source
Peaceful Steps

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We did not receive any haiku for this month's theme. However, we did receive a lovely surprise in the mail! Thank you to Mike Muraq’abba Monahan (Farmington, ME) for sending us a beautiful hand-calligraphied booklet filled with the following haiku from the 2008 Northeast Sufi Camp. These selected haiku were the result of a walking meditation practice led by Halima and Abraham with the instruction of "Take a walk in the woods and come back with a haiku...."

I push my prayer beads
one by one I kiss the last
now my life begins
~ Farid

What does the wind say?
High, high the trees and the sky
And on the ground, mud.

Glimmering spider’s web
sanctuary berries!
following the path.

The wind is blowing
clouds yield
to pure rainbow light
true nature revealed

Parallel branches
lie patiently among the dead
sprouting bright mushrooms

Let the flowing come
prolifering within
embrace it here, now


Next month's theme is Hazrat Inayat Khan. Please send your haiku to

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"Live for yourself!  Why not?  Even an old fossil like me, with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.  I'm enjoying my life.  And after the things I've seen....Well, I've seen it all.  I like it and I'm going to take the trip again.  In fact, as soon as I can get it, I'll take it when I get there.  I got friends here and I'm going to keep on seeing them.  I'll be there.  This is not just for this time, this is a proposition that you signed for all eternity and well on into Eternity, breathe, live a little of the other part!"

~*~ Joe Miller ~*~

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“Great Song: Life & Teachings of Joe Miller” provides a compendium of Joe’s talks, his own oral history of his early life and his commentary on the Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, as well as a Preface by the brave and brilliant Coleman Barks, Great Song’s publisher.
Newly Certified Dance Leaders

We send blessings to the newly certified leaders within our region. We bow in gratitude to their service and devotion, and in joy at their stepping forward to do this work! 

This month we bless...

Constance Olson (Fairfield, IA)

Anne McArthur (Fairfield, IA)

Brenda Nur Latifa Crane (Lompoc, CA)

Joyce Fitzgerald (West Des Moines, IA)

Conie Borchardt (St. Paul, MN)

Safia Joanmarie Gray (Kansas City, MO)

Susan Amira Webster (Ojai, CA)

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 New DUP logo banner for sale
New Logo Banners!

Many thanks to Lucinda Abbe for designing our new color scheme. These banners are hand batiked in Bali. If you would like to purchase one, please send a check for $40.00 to our office, DUPNA, PO Box 6372, Longmont, CO 80501

Please write "logo banner" in the Notes section on your check.
Dance Recording Project Help Needed

We are seeking one, or more, people who enjoy recording music at events to contribute to our Song of the Month feature.  Rahmana has been the pipeline for music the past several years, and she will be completing her service this fall.  We would like to keep the flow of music coming, as this is one of our most enjoyed highlights of the newsletter. 

Please contact Rahmana at if you can help.

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The Board and Staff
Dances of Universal Peace North America

In This Issue:

  1. A Man Connected to the Divine: Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Joe Miller

  2. Song of the Month: "Songs to Live By" A concert with Joe and Guin Miller
  3. Videos of the Month: Celebrating Joe Miller and Falling Awake
  4. Gratitude for Donations
  5. Dances with an Attunement to Joe Miller
  6. Haiku
  7. Newly Certified Dance Leaders
  8. Upcoming Events
Portrait of Joe Miller courtesy of San Francisco Theosophical Society Archive
"Maybe I scare people, maybe I’m a little nuts.
I’ve been called a Madzub. But a Madzub isn’t as nuts as people think because he is hearing that eternal and internal music all the time.
It’s an ecstasy! There is a great song, a great music happening in life at all times.
So be the true note you are.”

~*~ Joe Miller ~*~

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Song of the Month:
Songs to Live By
Listen to a concert given by Joe and Guin at the Theosophical Society.
Celebrating Joe Miller

Videos of the Month:

Celebrating Joe Miller

A video by
Anahata Iradah

Joe Miller-Falling Awake Part 1

Falling Awake
(part 1 of 8)

This is part one of an eight part series of clips from the 1986 film about the life and teachings of Joe Miller called Falling Awake that features Joe and Guin's famous weekly walks through San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Gratitude for Donations

DUPNA would like to thank the following circles and events for their dana from their events and gatherings to help further the work of DUPNA and outreach of the Dances. May you be blessed in return!

Canyonlands Spring Dance camp with Sky and Bernie

Oella and Ellicott City, MD Dance circles

Santa Cruz, CA Dance circle

Milwaukee, WI Dance circle

Portland and Ocean Park, ME Dance circles

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Upcoming Events in Our Region

Ithaca Dance Camp
June 23-26
Ithaca, NY

Jim Azad Volckhausen


Retreat with Pir Shabda Kahn
June 24-26
Asheville, NC

tarana wesley


SouthEast Dance Camp at the Beach!
July 21-24
Salter Path, NC

Farrunnissa Lila Rosa


Summer Camp with the Beloved
with Bernie and Sky
July 21-25
Mancos, CO

Sky Roshay


Southwest Sufi Camp
with Darvesha, Yaqin, Azima, Shivadam, and Khalif Matin
July 24-30
near Silver City, NM

Rashad Wilson


New England Sufi Dance Retreat
with Abraham, Halima, and Friends
July 27-31
North Central MA

Sabura Deb Dapkus and/or Sama Sangha
860-306-0202 or 617-876-5272


Summer Retreat with Grace Marie
July 29-31
Fort Wayne, IN

Liz Monnier


Return to Baking in Beauty
with Bernie Skydrummer and Joy Morris
July 29-31
Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Joy Morris


The Crestone Experience
with Bernie Skydrummer, Jen Friedman, and Wonder Bob
Aug. 11-14
Crestone, CO

Wonder Bob


South Bay Sufi Camp with Anahata Iradah and Jilani Julie Esterly
Aug. 19-21

Freesia Raine


Wilderness Dance Camp
with Arjun Calero, Malika Salazar and Darvesha, Narayan, Zareen, and Bernie
Aug. 21-27
Flathead Lake, MT

Misty Harding


Northern Colorado Dances of Universal Peace and Sufi Camp with Grace Marie and Tui Wilschinsky
Aug. 25-28
Berthoud, CO

Jim Grant


East Bay Sufi Camp
with Perry Pike and GaiaTree Jones
Sept. 16-18
East Bay Hills near Berkeley, CA

Sadaya Zimmerle


Miriam: The Mystery and the Message
with Amina Linda McMakin
Sept. 16-18
Arden, NC

Lucy Oliver


Sacred Presence
with Rev. Tasnim Fernandez and Imam Bilal Hyde
Sept. 16-18

Marion Coit


Click Here to view and bookmark a complete listing of events at our One-Time Events calendar at the DUPNA website

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"Each of us, with that spark of Infinity within us, is pure fire from the one heart of love.”

~*~ Joe Miller ~*~
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