The Diamond Approach, A.H. Almaas
In the Diamond Approach, everything we experience is utilized as a doorway to our spiritual nature. Rather than negating or seeking to transcend parts of our humanness that are considered barriers to realization, we learn to approach each aspect of our physical, emotional, and mental experience with acceptance and open curiosity to discover its truth. We begin with meditations and body sensing practices that invite deeper, more immediate contact with present experience. As we relax into the direct, felt sense of what’s happening in our body, emotions, and thoughts, without judgment or goal, we become more present to our inner world.
Our central practice of 'The Way of Diamond Inquiry' engages and explores our inner world such that each experience deepens and reveals its meaning. Over time, our experience is increasingly informed by innate qualities of our Being—love, joy, strength, will, compassion, and peace, among others—that have been hidden by unconscious beliefs and attitudes.
Along with verbal exploration, we use movement practices and breath work to engage the wisdom of the body in inquiry. Diamond Approach teachings are offered in an organic, deepening sequence for us to explore personally with others in groups. We learn from each other in these settings and are supported by the witnessing of fellow students.
The openness of this approach invites us to contact our own inner guidance—to discover and fulfill our potential in our own unique timing and way.
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