“Sufism is an ancient yet timeless Teaching, which, according to its custodians, has always been with us in one form or another.  Its origin can either be regarded as lost in the mist of antiquity, operating in forgotten cultures we know not of, or, more truly, always above and always within, emerging from eternity, from the timeless, from time to time into time. ---  Sufism, therefore, is not ‘Islamic Mysticism’ it existed before the coming and outside the confines of Islam.  It would be more correct to say that Islamic Mysticism is a particular, culturally-orientated, projection of Sufism.”  

(Gorman, Stairway to the Stars - London 2010)