The little girl with a candle...

The little girl with a candle...

Sophia, the little girl was walking around with a candle. She comes across a man who is intensely searching for something in the street. After observing for a while, she asks: what are you looking for? The seeker replies: for my keys. Sophia puts her candle aside and starts to search with him under the street lamp. After a while she asks again: are you sure you lost your keys here? He responds: I lost them at my home, but it is dark there. So I am searching here under the street lamp. Sophia responds: I have got a candle!

Now, the man has choices: to keep searching under the street lamp, or to ask Sophia to guide him in dark, with her candle.

Sophia is a female name derived from σοφία, the Greek word for Wisdom.

Where are we looking for the keys?

Where are we looking for the keys?

This is an invitation to pause our habits of looking under the street light, and notice the presence of Sophia, when facing our challenges. The increasing complexity of personal, social and global challenges of our time invites us to look beyond what we already know. To look beyond our comfort zone of the street lamp. We are being invited to engage Sophia, and walk with her candle in dark places where we have left the keys.

Intellect can take you to the door, but it doesn't have the key. - Shams of Tabriz

Is it time for us to face our challenges with wisdom?

How to engage the candle of wisdom?

How to engage the candle of wisdom?

Ancient cultures all around the globe acknowledged and embraced the presence of Sophia, each in their own way. Eshraq, the philosophy of illumination is one of them. A Sufi philosophy and a school of mysticism that drew upon Zoroastrian and Platonic wisdom, founded by Suhrawardi during 12th century.

Eshraq provides us a simple map to navigate our way for reconnecting with Sophia, the source of wisdom. It understands the human nature as a communication between the two minds: Mind-of-Part and Mind-of-Whole.

Suhrawardi is known as the reviver of the traces of ancient Iranian sages.

Who invites you to exploration?

Who invites you to exploration?

My name is Kamyar. I open spaces to explore, and to remember our connection with Sophia. Within gatherings, workshops, journeys, coaching sessions and within my personal daily life, I keep inviting myself and others to remember the way of wisdom. To acknowledge a higher intelligence that guides us, with a symbolic language, through everything that takes our attention, towards serving the well-being of life. Since 2008 I have been dropping, step by step, the thought patterns that kept me blind to noticing the wisdom all around me. Many people and experiences have inspired me to recall the way of wisdom from my parents, great grandparents and the Sufi way.

  • opening spaces to remember our connection with wisdom

    The Journey of Maturity

    exploring and remembering our connection with wisdom

  • Desert Anarak
  • Shelter Conversation
  • River 5elements
  • Rhuthms Painting
  • Dirilish Dance
  • Dasht
    Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing
    There is a field
    I will meet you there.

    When the soul lies down in that grass,
    the world is too full to talk about.
    Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other"
    doesn't make any sense.

    - Rumi
  • opening spaces to remember our connection with wisdom
  • Desert Anarak
  • Shelter Conversation
  • River 5elements
  • Rhuthms Painting
  • Dirilish Dance
  • Dasht
Ozgur Onal

Ozgur Onal

Kamyar is a magician who has many abilities to open a safe space with great compassion and neutrality. Actually he is much more than a good listener. He is a natural-born healer by his essence and a mirror which reflects your essence back to you when you talk to him. It's really difficult to tell more by words about him. So why not meet him and see by yourself and for yourself.

Ozgur is a visual artist, art-healer and story teller in Turkey

Aydin Habibi

Aydin Habibi

While thinking about Kamyar, two words pops-up: deep listening and feeling precious. The way he listens to people is unique, powerful and very essential in a dialogue. It feels so good to sit with him and have a conversation after a day of having monologues with others. He lets others to experience the preciousness within.

Aydin is founder and curator of Musicaneh, and a dialogue host

Ekaterina Khaletskaya

Ekaterina Khaletskaya

I know I can bring the most disturbing issue, and Kamyar will listen to me with full attention and genuine interest. He would ask me a question that helps me explore a new dimension of things. And he would friendly remind me of who I really am and what I could do for the world. Our open conversations bring me so much energy! This is what every human being is longing for: to be genuinely asked, to be heard, to be taken for his or her best self.

Ekaterina is an international mobility and education professional Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Hub Moscow

Linda Joy Mitchell

Linda Joy Mitchell

The main experience I have with Kamyar is of feeling totally accepted at all times, that what ever is going on for me is welcomed and held and not judged. He has an incredible ability to just be with what is, to take it in and simply sit with it. Sitting with him is like sitting beside a cool deep pond of water on a spring day, just being and enjoying the experience, not needing to do anything except maybe to go a bit deeper, a bit deeper still.

Linda is a dialogue facilitator, a coach and process designer