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About Paul

A Subud member since 2004, a local helper and the Rental Agent for Subud Greater Seattle since 2011, Paul helps manage the Subud Greater Seattle website, is a poet with 4 published books on poetry and poetics and is father to two beautiful girls. www.paulenelson.com

Helper Meeting Minutes

Our newest Helper Aakarsh Gottumukala took the minutes from the Sunday, July 19, 2020, Helper’s Meeting which happened via Zoom. Here is his report:

Helpers Present: Aakarsh Gottumukkala, Danella Mauguin, David Lynch, Halimah Bellows, Halstein Stralberg, Hanafi Libman, Paul Nelson, Sebastian Tedrow, Lucinda O’Hallaran.

Helpers Not Present: Rachman Cantrell, Rayma Norton

During our helper meeting on Sunday, we discussed the issues of restarting in-person latihan at the Subud house and converting the upstairs bedrooms of the Subud Seattle house into rental office spaces. Most helpers present were unwilling to test about reopening the Subud house, as per Evan Padilla’s request. The general feeling at the meeting was that it is unwise to reopen the Subud house in Seattle at this time. As an alternative, the possibilities of doing latihan at Halstein Stralberg’s house or joining the group latihan in Olympia on Saturday mornings at 10 AM were proposed. Members wishing to do so should contact Halstein in the case of the former and David Lynch in the case of the latter. Regarding the issue of changing the enterprise at the Subud Seattle center, the general consensus was that this may prove unwise.

The next helper meeting is on the third Sunday, August 16.

Rachman Cantrell via email added:

Thanks, Paul, for catching me up.  I agree with you about holding off on group latihan.  I am becoming more in favor of the call in latihans and hope more people participate.  My latihan last friday was particularly strong and different!  Even more so than when we did group latihan!

Regards,
Rachman

Donations Are Helping!

During the Dewan meeting today (July 18, 2020) Oswald Norton delivered a cash flow report that showed that, while Airbnb business has been decimated during the shelter-in-place time that started in mid-March, DONATIONS ARE UP, so Subud Greater Seattle members have picked up the slack and the committee is grateful. There still is a deficit for 2020, but the committee is working hard on Centerprise options and will keep you apprised of developments.

Remember to make donations out to SubudPNW (Seattle Center).

Friday Night Helper’s Schedule Updated

Subud Greater Seattle latihans:

Anybody home?

Weekly on Fridays.

Quiet starts at 7:45PM, latihan at 8PM.

Your Friday night Helper Schedule, which continues to be a phone latihan, is as follows:

On Duty Helpers

July 3 – Elisha Gullixson, Rayma Norton
July 10 – Sebastian Tedrow, Lucinda O’Halloran
July 17 – Rachman Cantrell, Halimah Bellows
July 24 – Hanafi Libman, Rayma Norton
August 7 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala, Lucinda O’Halloran
August 14 – Paul E Nelson
August 21 – Elisha Gullixson
August 28 – Sebastian Tedrow
September 4 – Rachman Cantrell
September 11 – Hanafi Libman
September 18 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
September 25 – Paul E Nelson
October 2 – Elisha Gullixson
October 9 – Sebastian Tedrow
October 16 – Rachman Cantrell
October 23 – Hanafi Libman
October 30 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala

Danella Maguin on call for the Ladies.

Quiet time 7:45 PM Latihan 8PM to 8:30PM.
Men and women may now dial in on any of the
following numbers:

1 (425) 436-6260
1 (712) 832-8330

1 (605) 475 2879

After you’re connected please use the appropriate code to connect to your group:
Women’s code 242 6147
Men’s code 863 2438

Regional latihans:

Weekly: Tuesdays, and Sundays, mid-morning – with quiet beginning at 11:00am, and Latihan beginning at 11:15am.

Also, evening Regional Latihans will continue on the 1st Monday and 3rd Thursday each month with quiet beginning at 7:30pm, and Latihan at 7:45pm for those who are not able to participate in a morning latihan.

Regional and Seattle Center latihans will use the Call-in numbers below (any of the 3 numbers, then enter the Access Code for Men, or Women to join the call.)

Call-in information

Men and women may dial in on any of the following numbers, then use either the men’s or women’s code below to access your call:

1 (425) 436-6260
1 (712) 832-8330
1 (605) 475-2879

Women’s latihan line: use access code 242 6147
Men’s latihan line: use access code 863 2438

Past weeks in 2020:

March 27 – Rachman Cantrell Rayma Norton
April 3 – Sebastian Tedrow Danella Mauguin
April 10 – Halstein Stralberg Rayma Norton
April 17 – Elisha Gullixson Danella Mauguin
April 24 – Hanafi Libman Rayma Norton
May 1 – Rachman Cantrell Halimah Bellows
May 8 – Sebastian Tedrow Lucinda O’Halloran
May 15 – Halstein Stralberg Lucinda O’Halloran
May 22 -Elisha Gullixson Halimah Bellows
May 29 – Hanafi Libman Lucinda O’Halloran
June 5 – Rachman Cantrell Rayma Norton
June 12 – Sebastian Tedrow Rayma Norton
June 19 – Halstein Stralberg Lucinda O’Halloran
June 26 – Elisha Gullixson Halimah Bellows

Tuesday Men’s Latihan Schedule

We hope to hear you Tuesdays at 11am for call-in Latihan until shelter-in-place is over in King County.

Call-in information

Men and women may now dial in on any of the following numbers, then use either the men’s or women’s code below to access your call:

1 (425) 436-6260
1 (712) 832-8330
1 (605) 475 2879

Women’s latihan line: use code 242 6147
Men’s latihan line: use code 863 2438

Subud Tuesday 2020 Men’s Helper Schedule
Quiet Time 11am

June 16 – Elisha Gullixson
June 23 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
June 30 – Sebastian Tedrow
July 7 – Paul E Nelson
July 14 – Elisha Gullixson
July 21 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
July 28 – Sebastian Tedrow
August 4 – Paul E Nelson
August 11 – Elisha Gullixson
August 18 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
August 25 – Sebastian Tedrow
September 1 – Paul E Nelson
September 8 – Elisha Gullixson
September 15 – Aakarsh Gottumukkala
September 22 – Sebastian Tedrow
September 29 – Paul E Nelson

See also the handy grid for other Subud call-in Latihans around the USA:

Subud Call-In Latihan Times (Handy Grid)

 

Message from the Chair (When Can We Do Latihan Again?)

Jim O’Halloran

=Washington State Covid-19 Recovery plan and what it means for us=

There have been a number of inquiries regarding resuming in-person latihans on a limited basis.  The committee has been working on this. We will soon pass on a document to the helpers for review.

At this point, we would be out of compliance with Washington State guidelines if we resumed in-person latihans on any basis. These guidelines are based on statistical evidence and designed to protect the citizens of Washington.

King County is planning to apply to the state to move to a modified phase one recovery plan. King County has not yet met all the criteria to move to phase two.

When King County does apply (likely today [Tuesday]) or very soon thereafter, it will take several days for the state to respond.

The modified phase one does NOT allow for small gatherings indoors. It only allows 5 or fewer people outside of one’s household outdoors.

Should you wish to see the information, here are a few pertinent links.  As you can see, we are close, but not yet in compliance with these scientifically based guidelines:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/data/key-indicators.aspx

https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2020/May/29-re-opening-limited-business-activity.aspx

Many members of Subud Greater Seattle are at high risk for severe illness or possible death which could result from ignoring these guidelines.  I am unwilling to accept the responsibility or liability for such actions.

With love and concern,

Jim O’Halloran, chair, Subud Greater Seattle

Ramadan Stories?

Now that Ramadan is over, if anyone has anything they would like to share about their experience we would be happy to share it via the newsletter. Please email anything you would like shared to bhaktiwatts@gmail.com, and I will see that it gets shared. Thanks in advance!

Aims of the Subud Association

AIMS OF THE (Subud) ASSOCIATION

1. To facilitate the worship of Almighty God through the Latihan Kejiwaan of Subud and to provide for the other needs of the Subud membership.

2. To preserve the practice of the Latihan Kejiwaan so that it will remain available to people everywhere in the form in which it was originally practiced under the guidance of Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo.

3. To protect the good reputation of Subud.

4. To encourage peace, harmony and understanding between peoples regardless of their ethnic origin or religion.

5. To provide educational and other facilities for the development of the full potential of human beings.

6. To relieve poverty and deprivation.

7. To encourage the development of a healthy and harmonious inner and outer environment for the well-being of mankind.

8. To encourage cultural activities and the values which enliven and enrich the human spirit.

9. To encourage the entrepreneurial spirit which enables people to express their true talents and develop the capacity to improve the quality of their lives.

10. To make available information concerning the Latihan Kejiwaan of Subud.

Nights of Power

For those Subud members who are observing Ramadan:

The last ten days:

This is a period of receiving the Lailatul Qodar (the Nights of Power), and this is sent by God on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th nights of the fast. This Lailatul Qodar is not something that falls from above, but it forms a certain power which can change our state.
Most of the Subud members who fasted felt, after completing the fast, there were changes to their inner. Mostly, their spirit to worship God became stronger and also the intention of doing ‘prihatin’ became stronger.
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TAK-BARAN: (30th day Ramadan):
The last day of fasting. Sundown marks the end of the month.
IDUL-FITRI: (The Night of Forgiveness):
At the end of Ramadan, we again take a full bath and put on new clothes, and then we should go to our family and our friends and ask forgiveness for whatever sins we have committed against them. This is a time of special celebration and thanks to Almighty God. Praise be to the One Almighty God. Amin!