The Graduate Program in Spiritual Leadership

The Graduate Program in Spiritual Leadership is open to those who have completed iamU.


This graduate program is a training in mastery of the qualities and powers of the heart, including self-regulation, confidence, creativity, courage, fearlessness, nobility and charisma.

A Spiritual Leader is prepared to:

•  Expand the reach of Heart Rhythm Meditation and its teachings and practices
•  Demonstrate the Culture of the Heart in your personal life, the most effective way to teach
•  Influence the society to which you belong in order to increase Love, Harmony and Beauty

At the end of the Graduate Program in Spiritual Leadership, you will be prepared and encouraged to represent iamHeart in one or more of the following ways:

(1) Run or contribute to a Heart Rhythm Meditation center
(2) Coach private, 1-on-1 meditation sessions
(3) Co-lead iamHeart Group Retreats
(4) Make presentations to the public on topics related to heart
(5) Deliver training programs on Heart Rhythm Meditation to companies and institutions
(6) Be part of the leadership group that will run iamHeart in the future

For those who are already teaching HRM, the Graduate Program in Spiritual Leadership will expand your capacity so that your group can grow. The limit to the size of a meditation group is primarily the capacity of the leader. Your “capacity” is shown in your joyful magnetism, the depth of your assimilation of the teaching, your dedication to your students’ progress, and the authority you feel in transmission. These qualities and skills will be greatly increased by the Spiritual Leader program.


(1)   The program is organized in small groups with a leader of each group, and within the group, in triads of three people. A triad will work together to develop a topic for each person to present, with assistance from the other two persons in the triad. You will make three such presentations during the 12 months of the second year, to the public via Zoom.

Presentations could be rehearsed in the group beforehand, if desired. Invite your family and friends to your presentation, and we will invite the iamHeart community. The presentations will be recorded to form a library of informative and inspiring teaching. After the presentations, your group will review it with you.

(2)   You will also lead a weekly meditation class during the second year, beginning September 2018. This class will have local, attending students and also remote students over Zoom.

(3)   Each triad will also encourage and track your progress in attaining your personal goals of
weight loss and fitness,
clarifying your voice,
developing skill and confidence in speaking,
healing your resentments and regrets,
exploring the inner world,
assimilating the prophetic teaching of iamHeart,
and transmitting the power and realization of our lineage.

(4)   On Saturday there will be a two-hour Zoom video conference with Susanna & Puran, and with your group.


The Graduate Program in Spiritual Leadership is led by:

Susanna Bair

Puran Bair

Group Leaders

Jai Turner

Amin Happel

Jai Turner

Hafiz Beattie

Spenta Armaiti Stelte

Sirr Olson

Wahaba Duclo

 Click here for Statements by the teachers

The Graduate Program in Spiritual Leadership includes weekly meetings, four webcourses and two residencies over 18 months.


Course Title


Self-Mastery and 'Adab,' the Manner of Illumination
Led by Puran Bair

A spiritual leader harmonizes with everyone. Tune your personality for attractiveness,
charisma, harmlessness and fearlessness by using Murshid's teachings from unpublished papers given to advanced disciples.

Learn the methods of adab that make personality beautiful, useful and captivating, to express your ideals and realization.

Increase your respect for every person and recognize when your respect is missing.

Practice discipleship with a living teacher to evolve toward discipleship with the Only Teacher.

Consider men's and women's different roles as spiritual teachers.

Use the power of your heart to inspire your mind and direct your body to follow your design.

Radiate your heart's blessing and generate an atmosphere of peace.


Public Speaking and Teaching Meditation
Led by Susanna Bair

Study and practice Murshid's teachings on speaking to the public. Specific spiritual methods are described and practiced for using the heart to connect to the audience, while transmitting the inspiration that flows through.

Develop a pleasant-sounding, clear and strong voice for speaking, singing and sound-invocations. Clarify your voice and bring it from your heart, with fluency and confidence.

Lead chanting and singing: holding a note, keeping melody and rhythm, developing range.

Practice handling the difficult questions and problems about HRM: the theory, the science, the origin, and the differences and advantages with respect to other meditation methods.

Lead meditation in the best pace and effectiveness.

Handle difficult students with kindness and grace.

Use the modern technologies of slides, microphones, recording, video conferencing and biofeedback instruments.


Coaching According to Realization and Archetypes
Led by Susanna Bair

To help a person advance spiritually, it is necessary to know what kind of person they are and how far they have already progressed in self-realization.

Practice recognizing the archetypes of people by Contemplation of the inner signs of the direction of energy movement and observing the outer signs of expressions, movements, behaviors, and voice.

Learn which archetype should be developed next for each case, and why.

Practice recognizing the realization of people by Contemplation of the inner signs and consideration of the outer signs of their work life, relationships and meditation skill.

Explain the typical challenges for each archetype and realization.

Describe the practices you would prescribe for each archetype and realization.


The Inner World and The Prophetic Message
Led by Puran Bair

A spiritual leader is comfortable in the Inner World, feeling Presence, in a bath of Love, never alone.This gives the ability to find and observe the outer world from within one's self.

Clarify the concepts of spirituality ' God, Universal Heart, Soul, Heart, Purpose, Sacredness, Illumination, Embodiment, Fana, etc. ' so that these concepts can be used effectively.

Purify your heart in a stream of love that unites the personal and universal.
une to the Infinite, in rhythm with the finite.

Study and practice the Prophetic Path, including the Spiritual Government of the World, so that you can represent the prophetic ideal.

Discuss the current events in the world and interpret them spiritually.

The Graduate Program in Spiritual Leadership includes weekly meetings, four webcourses and two residencies over 18 months.

Work in the Groups and Triads

The subjects that are studied in the webcourses are continued in the months thereafter.

(1)   Teaching the practices of Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM) to the public. During the entire second year of the program, lead a weekly class in HRM.

Describe to others in your group the origins, theory and science of HRM, how HRM is different from other meditation methods, and why HRM is the meditation of our time.

(2)   Coach meditators when they encounter the classic difficulties of a beginner, and prescribing and teaching the appropriate practices to advance a person through step 9 of the path, Illumination.

Give recommendations appropriate for the person, whether master, saint or prophet, for common problems in meditation.

At the first Residency, test the HRV of others in your group and interpret the results regarding cardiac health and the dimensions of the magnetic heart.

Correctly identify the archetype and realization of a series of people presented to your group.

Recommend a specific method of HRM to each person.

Becoming an accomplished speaker and leader of songs and sound-invocations.

Make a 15-minute presentation to your group once a month in the second year, in a pleasant-sounding, clear and strong voice from the heart.

Lead a song in your group once a month during the second year, with the ability to hold a note, rhythm and melody.

Lead a sound-invocation or chant in your group once a month during the second year. 
Describe the specific teachings that Murshid gave on speaking to the public, using the heart to connect to the audience, and transmitting the inspiration that flows through.

(4)   Understanding how to translate our teaching to the thinking and language of your audience through compelling, oral and slide presentations.

Make a 30-minute presentation about the importance and method of using the heart, to a public audience four times during the second year. 

Create and use professional, high-quality slides, advertising materials and handouts that attract and inform the audience you want.

Create and present a special meditation for an application of HRM to physical health, emotional wellness, accomplishments in life, or spiritual awakening.

(5)   Demonstrating the Culture of the Heart in the way you conduct a group with kindness, modesty and authority. 

Speak with your group about a time you were criticized and how you dealt with it. 

Speak with your group about how you handled a time when a student challenged you.

Describe to your group the manner of a spiritual leader in leading a class.

Holding a student through their times of discontent and their criticism of you and your work.

(6)   Representing the ideal for yourself and others.

Demonstrate magnetism and charisma.

At the second Residency, recite the six, daily prayers of Murshid and be able to repeat any of the listed quotations of Murshid, Susanna or Puran, when prompted.

Give interpretations of phrases from these prayers and sayings.

(7)   Being comfortable in the Inner World, feeling Presence, in a bath of Love, never alone, able to find and observe the outer world from within one’s self.

Demonstrate the practice of the Heart’s Cave (Shaghal), describe your experience and present the benefits of the practice.

Describe to your group the practices that help you personally in times of despair or discontent.

Radiate the heart’s blessing and generate an atmosphere of peace. 

At the second Residency, describe the atmosphere of another person by contemplation.

(8)   Demonstrating self-mastery in your physical appearance, fitness, health, voice, rhythm, confidence and magnetism.

Demonstrate self-mastery by attaining a healthy weight and fitness, overcoming addictions and subordinating your personal preferences to the demands of your role as spiritual leader.

(9)   Express that beautiful, useful and captivating personality that moves the hearts of people, harmonizing with everyone.

Show in your teaching style that you have forgiven and healed the wounds of your heart.

(10)   Transmiting the energy and realization of the masters of the Spiritual Government

Demonstrate projecting your heart’s blessing.

Demonstrate generating an atmosphere of peace.

Understanding the on-going reconstruction of the spiritual and material world and how to interpret current events in that light.

Study and practice the prophetic message, including the Spiritual Government of the World.

Speak clearly about the concepts we use - God, Universal Heart, Soul, Heart, etc.

An 18-month Graduate Program will not be sufficient to accomplish the inner and outer skills of a spiritual leader within that period, but this program is essential for those who are dedicated to serve as a spiritual leader.

First Residency: Concentration on 601 and 602. Specialists on Spiritual Entrepreneurship.

Second Residency: A 7-day silent, group retreat followed by demonstrations of atmosphere, adab, charisma, transmission and spontaneous speaking.


In the last week of June and the first week of July each year, there is a two-week residency in a resort in Tucson, Arizona. In other months, the program is conducted through webcourses.

























































The Graduate Program in Spiritual Leadership costs $350 per month, for 18 months, for $6300. Lodging at the residencies is additional.

The Work of a Spiritual Leader

Throughout history, there have been Spiritual Leaders who have guided civilizations along the path of moral development.

Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi, whose prophecies guided the Greeks in the time of Apollo, was the most powerful woman of the classical world.

The Templars, a mystical order of knights, defended Jerusalem and pilgrims to Jerusalem.

St. Francis of Assisi had enormous influence upon the Roman Catholic Church.

Jean of Arc, a prophet and oracle, helped Charles VII recover France from English domination.

Nikolaus von der Flue, a mystic and hermit in Switzerland, designed the democratic model of a congress with two chambers that was adopted by the Swiss and the founders of the USA.

Florence Nightingale, an English mystic who believed that all religions contain divine revelation, was the founder of modern nursing.

Hildegard von Bingen was a composer, natural healer and Christian mystic. Her teaching on nutrition is still used today.

Mahatma Gandhi lead the Indian independence movement against British rule.

Dr. Maria Artemesia Montessori, (d. 1952) met Hazrat Inayat Khan and revolutionized child education.

Noor-un-Nisa, (d. 1944), the daughter and counterpart of Hazrat Inayat Khan, who was a spy for the U.K. in WWII, contributed to the end of the war through the sacrifice of her life.

Martin Luther King, Jr. led the civil rights movement in the US by his vision of “the Promised Land.”

Dag Hammarskjöld, a mystic and a poet, was the second Secretary-General of the UN until his assassination in 1961.

Johan Witteveen, a disciple of Hazrat Inayat Khan, was the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund for 6 years.

Our world is again in a time when spiritual guidance and power are necessary to prevent a further collapse of civilization and to guide humanity to a Golden Age. This may be the most critical period in the history of the world. Our society is deeply divided by religion, philosophy, economics and politics, but spiritual teaching has the potential to unite our hearts.

       “Thou comest on earth with a Message, like a dove from above, when dharma decays.” (HIK)

Dharma, the natural order of things, has decayed, requiring the emergence of Spiritual Leaders whose mastery can restore harmony between humanity and nature, between societies, between men and women, and between the heart and mind of an individual.

The Calling

This training is not for everyone. It is open only by interview with Susanna or Puran Bair, who will also assign participants to small groups. This training is challenging and requires a serious commitment to becoming the person you long to become, who could represent the greatest and highest of human ideals: to serve “the spiritual reconstruction of the world.” (HIK)




“I wish that my disciples, who feel in their hearts this trust, shall not only receive the sacred message for their own unfoldment but shall feel the privilege of being a nucleus for the coming spiritual reconstruction of the world.”

“The further one goes on the spiritual path, the more will one have to learn to play a part.”

“The further we advance, the more difficult and more important our part in the symphony of life becomes; and the more conscious we become of this responsibility, the more efficient we become in accomplishing our task.” (HIK)

“It is very easy for a person to say, "Well, I do not think that I have a gift of speaking, I cannot help it." All comes with belief. When you have the belief that you can speak, you can speak. When you trust in what Murshid says, when Murshid says, "Go and speak," that is enough for you. When the Prophet said, "Go and defend the Message," they went with their swords and risked their lives. If Murshid says, "Go before the people and speak of the Message," it is perhaps not so very difficult as going with a sword and fighting.

We ought to be thankful that today there is no need of taking sword, but at the same time the sword of words is necessary. Besides that, we want people to be engaged in translating my different books and teachings and literature, that they may be heard by those who do not understand the English language. Then there are others who have some social influence; they, in their own society, among their friends, can spread the interest, in order that the Message may take root in the heart of people of their class.” (HIK, Sangatha II)

“For the whole world ten thousand is a very small number. So long as I have not ten thousand to begin with I shall not consider that my work has begun; and my students who sympathize with me and have devotion for the cause are asked to do their very best in helping to spread the cause, so that before long I may have the above-mentioned number to go on to spread the Message.” (HIK)