Jenenne
Castor-Thompson

Current Titles

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Falling Dancing Flying: a Trilogy

The White Rose, Book I, the Albedo

The Red Rose, Book II, the Rubedo

The Yellow Rose, Book III, the Citrinitas

Magnolia Dances

Poetry

The Rose Garden

An autobiography of a modern day Naqshbandi Sufi. 

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The Rose Garden: An autobiography of a modern day Naqshbandi Sufi, Part II.


Jenenne Castor-Thompson

About the Author

Jenenne Castor-Thompson: photo by Kayleigh McCollum

Ms. Castor-Thompson is a Naqshbandi Sufi, an author, poet, photographer, artist, and avid rock-hunter living in southern New Mexico.  She has a BS from the University of New Mexico and an MA from Holy Names University. 

The Path

San Luis Valley Colorado: The Path
Photo by Jenenne Castor-Thompson

  

“The path of love is like a bridge of hair over a chasm of fire.”

Gregory of Nyssa (370 AD)


“Snowflake falling into flame.”

Jenenne Castor-Thompson (2019)


Radha Mohan Lal, (Bhai Sahib), a Naqshbandi Sufi Master, who lived in Kanpur, India, said that it was foretold that he would be the last male Sufi Master of his line, and so he was. The lineage is now characterized by female Sufi Masters. 

Mrs. Irina Tweedie was the first Western woman trained in the ancient tradition of Naqshbandi Sufism. Jenenne Castor-Thompson is the second Western woman trained in this lineage, and is a successor to Mrs. Tweedie's master, Bhai Sahib. 

Little did Castor-Thompson know that the death of her mother April 9, 1989, was the event that would lead her to Naqshbandi Sufism. That fateful afternoon Castor-Thompson heard a melodic male voice say to her, "your time is not now, your time will come soon, I am with you."

Attributing the voice to the stress of the day, Castor-Thompson tried to ignore what she had heard, but was unable to do so. She was later to learn that the voice she heard that afternoon was the voice of Bhai Sahib, Irina Tweedie's beloved master. 

Castor-Thompson spent the summer of 1989 in abject grief over her mother's death. Needing some way to distract herself, she began to read a book she had purchased a year before, "Daughter of Fire" by Irina Tweedie. After reading it through completely she knew that she knew Mrs. Tweedie, but she did not know how this could be. 

And, after the first reading of "Daughter of Fire”, she began to dream lucidly. These dreams were later to become the five volumes of dreams that comprise the bedrock of Castor-Thompson's poetry, fiction, and non-fiction works, both published and unpublished. 

The first dream that she had of this kind was of an old woman that she was later to learn was Thallia (Umm Abdalla Muhammad ibn Ali al-Hakim) at-Tirmidhi wife of the famed Sufi, Abu Abdalla Muhammad ibn Ali al-Hakim at-Tirmidhi. 

Realizing that something was happening to her that was extraordinary she decided to contact Irina Tweedie's publisher. She did and she was told that sometimes Mrs. Tweedie would answer the letters that were written to her. 

In January 1990, Castor-Thompson heard another voice, this time the voice of a woman asking her, "come and follow me and I will lead?" Castor-Thompson replied, "Yes." 

Thus begins the 13-year odyssey of the most curious and intense Master/Disciple relationship in modern Sufism. The culmination of the training results in Castor-Thompson learning that she is a successor to Bhai Sahib. 

Thoughts and Musings

Bhai Sahib, Photo by Jenenne Castor-Thompson

  

“I am scattered like red rose petals

gone golden dry

on a mound of dark soil

covering a newly closed grave.

While not on death's doorstep,

I am in death's front yard

leaning against her autumn weeping willow.”


“Hammered into iron and bronze by the wheels of life

Yin and Yang, Kundalini

firing the gold making process

emptying, called a sacrifice, blood

springing forth wet and wild, solid and gold

the heart's heart here now, always.”


Falling, Dancing, Flying….


Jenenne Castor-Thompson


Contact

Jenenne Castor-Thompson

jenennemarie@hotmail.com