Yakzan Valdez, Facilitator of Sacred Dance
|For those of you who have known Yakzan, please do correct me if I relate
any of this falsely.
Yakzan was born in Brazil. When he was a young man a local nun who recognized his qualities helped organize the small communities about to raise funds to send Yakzan to America to ╬find his greatness╠. Yakzan ended up in New York City. Some years later Yakzan attended a lecture of Pir O Murshid Vilayat Khan, the head of one of the sufi orders in the western world and a great thinker and philosopher of our times who carried a sweeping perspective of the historic evolution of the ways of consciousness of our societies.
Yakzan was so moved that he began to follow Pir around the continent to attend his every lecture. At each lecture, there was Yakzan in the first few rows. Finally Pir, noticing the young man, talked with him and asked him to accompany him as he traveled and lectured.
Time passed. Eventually Pir initiated Yakzan as a sheik in the Chisti Order of the West. Finally there came a time when Pir asked Yakzan to leave him and to move to Hawaii and to there reside and to teach the Message. Yakzan moved to Hawaii, set up a shop in dealing antiques from Asia and did not hang out a shingle to teach. He simply carried on business for a number of years until people who had come to know him finally asked him, ¤What is this you carry? Who are you? Will you teach us?Ë
He began to teach. It was about a year later, I believe, that I ran into him. I found him to be unpretentious, not at all a guru sort, the first of anyone to point out his own faults, childlike and gracious of heart. In those days I was still dull enough of mind and heart as to not drink fully of all that Yakzan had to offer, but I spent about four years frequently partaking in his circles.
He helped me greatly to refine and to experience directly the ways of the Inner dance.
As time goes on I shall add a number of Yakzan stories to be lined to from this page.