Reading List

Reading List

Books on Dancemeditation by Founder, Dunya Dianne McPherson

McPherson, Dunya Dianne. Sojourn the Inner Heaven: Movement Meditations for Awakening. Dervish Society of America, 2021
McPherson, Dunya Dianne. Skin of Glass: Finding Spirit in the Flesh. Dancemeditation Books, NY, NY. 2008

Spiritual Memoir

Adler, Janet. Arching Backwards: the Mystical Initiation of a Contemporary Woman. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International, 1995.
Goldberg, Natalie.  Long Quiet Highway. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1993.
McPherson, Dunya Dianne. Skin of Glass: Finding Spirit in the Flesh. Dancemeditation Books, NY, NY. 2008
Tweedie, Irina. Daughter of Fire: a Diary of a Spiritual Training with a Sufi Master. Inverness, CA: The Golden Sufi Center Publishing, 1986.
Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn, Ph.D. The Face Before I was Born; a Spiritual Autobiography. Inverness, CA: The Golden Sufi Center Publishing, 1998.


ad-Darqawi, Shaikh al-‘Arabi. Letters of a Sufi Master, translated by Burkhart.  Pates Manor, Bedford, Middlesex: Perennial Books Ltd., 1987.
Ibn ‘Ata’Illah. Sufi Aphorisms (Kitab al-Hikam) translated by Victor Danner. Leiden, Netherlands: E.J. Brill, 1984.
Khan, Hazrat Inayat. Mastery Through Accomplishment. Omega Press, 19__.
Khan, Hazrat Inayat. Personality: the Art of Being and Becoming. Omega Press, 1982.
Knysh, Alexander. “The Tariqa on a Landcruiser: The Resurgence of Sufism in Yemen.” The Middle East Journal  Summer 2001 v55 i3 p399.
Nicholson, Reynold A. Mystics of Islam. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2002.
Schimmel, Annemarie. Mystical Dimensions of Islam. Chapel Hill, NC, The university of North Carolina Press, 1975.
Sells, Michael A. Mystical Languages of Unsaying. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Sells, Michael A. Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur’an, Mi’raj, Poetic and Theological Writings: Paulist Press, New York, 1996
Shah, Idries. The Way of the Sufi. NY, NY: E.P. Dutton, 1968.
Shah, Idries. Learning How to Learn; Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way. New York, NY:  Harper & Row Publishers, 1978.
Shah, Idries. The Plesantries of the Incedible Mulla Nasrudin. E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1971.
Shafii, Mohammad, M.D. Freedom from the Self: Sufism, Meditation and Psychotherapy. NY, NY: Human Sciences Press Inc.,1985.

Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology

Bainbridge-Cohen, Bonnie. Sensing, Feeling and Action: The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering. Northampton, MA: Contact Editions, 2003.
Calais-Germain, Blandine. Anatomy of Movement. Seattle, WA: Eastland Press, 1991.
Bond, Mary. Your Body Mandala. MCP Books, 2018.
Bond, Mary. The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand, and Move in the Modern World. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 2007.
Johnson, Don Hanlon, Ed. Bone Breath & Gesture: Practices of Embodiment. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1995.
Meyers, Tom. Anatomy Trains
Netters, Frank, MD. Atlas of Human Anatomy. Icon Learning Systems, LLC; 1997.
Sarno, John. MD. Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection. 1991.
Schultz, R. Louis and Feitis, Rosemary, D.O. The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Human Reality. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1996.
Schweigard, Lulu. Human Movement Potential: its Ideokinetic Facilitation.
Peter Bernhardt, MFCC, and Joel Isaacs, Ph.D. The Bodymap, a Precise Diagnostic Tool for Psychotherapy. Bodynamic Institute, 1997.

Philosophy & Poetry

Barks, Coleman, and Moyne, John. This Longing: Poetry, Teaching Stories, and Letters of Rumi  by Jelaluddin Rumi. Boston, MA; Shambhala Publications, 1988.
Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. 1958, 1994.
Khan, Inayat and Barks, Coleman. The Hand of Poetry: Five Mystic Poets of Persia : Translations from the Poems of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi and Hafiz : Lectures on Persian Poetry.
Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1992.
Rumi, Jallaudin, translation Coleman Barks. Open Secret. Boston, MA; Shambhala Publications, 1984.