The spiritual journey is an endless process of opening to the true nature of reality—and learning that we are not separate from it. In this online course, renowned teacher A. H. Almaas guides us
through the innermost teachings of the Diamond Approach, a path he’s developed for inquiring into the meaning of our human existence. He teaches us the factors involved in igniting our spiritual
maturation and unpacks the qualities we naturally manifest as we learn to abide in the nonconditional freedom of true nature.
The result is a new understanding of liberation and practice, with a view of what’s possible when seeking ceases and life becomes a process of continual discovery. We realize that real transformation can happen, our consciousness can become liberated, and we can open to all the possibilities of reality.
Almaas addresses the present world situation from the perspective of how spiritual goodness appears within discord. He discusses how nondual perfection is relevant to discord and our present difficulties, as well as how spiritual selfless goodness relates to this reality. This presentation is from a recent teaching Almaas gave at an all-school retreat in the Netherlands, June 2017
An Online Course with Byron Brown
The judge, superego, or inner critic shapes and limits our daily life. This psychic entity, which praises, accuses, promises, and threatens, is forever looking over our shoulder to see if we measure up. Invading our relationships and undermining our self-esteem, self-judgment is also the primary force interfering with our personal spiritual work.
This online course will guide you to begin to directly address the inner judge using principles of the Diamond Approach. Through embodied awareness (to support presence) and open-ended inquiry (to bring about understanding), we will learn to recognize and confront the assumptions and principles that keep self-judgment in place. We will cultivate aspects of our true nature that can act as antidotes to self-judgment: awareness, compassion and strength. Most importantly, we will practice disengaging from the judgment process through understanding and deliberate action.
The six segments of the course will each include meditation, lecture, discussion, Repeating Question exercises, and experiential/movement practices. The course is open to everyone with an interest in and a willingness to confront habitual patterns of self-attack. Bring your courage, compassion, and curiosity.
An Online Course with John Davis
Through our life transitions, we develop, mature, and transform. Whether predictable or unexpected, positive or negative–even tragic, they are inevitable and often difficult and confusing.
However, we can discover the capacities for a positive relationship to our changes and find the gold that can be mined from them.
In this online course, we will explore how the Diamond Approach reveals the specific capacities which serve as allies as we move through our transitions. Through the practice of inquiry and the understanding of essence, or our inner nature, we can approach significant life changes as an adventure and a blossoming into the next phase of our lives. Incomplete life transitions become a kind of baggage in our lives, but moving through transitions in a more conscious and thorough way provides greater freedom, deeper presence, and a more intimate connection with our essential nature.
This course will benefit anyone interested in learning more effective ways for relating to the journey of our lives. It also provides an introduction to the orientation and methods of the Diamond Approach through the lens of life transitions.
This online course includes:
The course is appropriate for those engaged with the Diamond Approach as well as those new to this work.
"We are not journeying on land but taking a journey within, and that ‘within’ is as big as the universe.”—A.H. Almaas
For the past 35 years, A.H. Almaas and his colleagues at the Ridhwan School have taught a specific form of spiritual practice they call Inquiry—a deep exploration of our moment-to-moment experience and the patterns that impede “the free unfoldment of the soul.”
The core practice of the renowned Diamond Approach, Inquiry uses whatever is happening right now as the entry point to unlimited discovery of our deeper nature.
Now for the first time, this innovative tool will be shared online in an interactive 12-week program open to anyone interested in the Diamond Approach. It is taught by Diamond Approach founder A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), cofounder Karen Johnson, and master teachers Jessica Britt and Sandra Maitri.
This unique course includes:
(Excerpted from a teaching by Jessica Britt)
At any given moment, a person on the spiritual journey can be faced with a strong inner question of what is right action in terms of my spiritual life in relationship to my personal life, my creative life, my social life and, for some, my political life. It is a deeply personal question: Where does my inner work meet my outer life on the planet Earth? These kinds of inner questions can leave a person feeling torn or guilty, no matter what direction one is drawn to, leaving one in a limbo of inaction at any level. Sometimes certain planetary disasters, or political events bring these kinds of questions forward—whether a weather event, a war or a strongly polarized election cycle. Am I doing enough?
What is a human being? What does it mean to be human?
A 3-day workshop with Bob Ball & Jeanine Mamary
How can one become more fully human? Questions such as these are important to consider deeply, not only for ourselves as each of us lives our own uniquely personal human life, but also for the evolution of humanity as a whole.
Embracing our humanness means including our limitations and shortcomings as well as our endless, unfathomable human potential. Using the perspectives and teaching of the Diamond Approach, this exploration is relevant for those familiar with the approach and other spiritual traditions, as well as those with no prior spiritual practice or path. This workshop includes meditations, teachings and practical exercises.
See more at: https://www.conscious2.com/on-being-human/
Being with the World As It Is: Hameed on Understanding Violence
It is so challenging to read about the outbreaks of violence around the world these days. The inhumanity and sadness of these events can make many of us feel overwhelmed. In an attempt to understand how the Diamond Approach can help us hold what seems so senseless, Hameed and Emerald Mountain student Jorge Arango sat down to talk about the June 12th shootings at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people and wounded 53.
An Online Program on the View of Totality in the Diamond Approach, starting March 28, 2016
Advanced Teachings on Consciousness, Spiritual Awakening, and the Ever-Changing Nature of the Universe—and You
We often think of enlightenment as the ultimate destination on the spiritual journey—a final endpoint for delusion and suffering where it all makes perfect sense.
But as A.H. Almaas teaches, “the moment we see that the journey has no end, everything changes.”
With Endless Enlightenment, you are invited to join the renowned author and creator of the Diamond Approach for his first online course on what he considers one of the most advanced aspects of his teaching: the view of totality.
Over the course of eight weeks—including two live sessions with A.H. Almaas—you will join this visionary guide as he shares a nonhierarchical perspective that he believes can expand exponentially our ability to appreciate the value of each and every spiritual path and practice.
All details here: endless-enlightenment
Listen to an interview of Tami Simon (Sounds True) with A.H. Almaas: The Rise of Inclusive Spirituality
"Letting go of the guidance system of our youth.": https://youtu.be/-jxpG2wZp9E
with Hameed Ali (A H Almaas) and Karen Johnson on Sunday 4th October 2015:
In the internet age we are bombarded with enormous amounts of information. It has the effect of keeping us updated with events that are happening to our human brothers and sisters around the
world, and at the same time becoming less contactful with ourselves and those closest to us.
Since the dominance of technology will only accelerate, how can we learn to use it in ways that support our deeper realization, rather than inhibit it?
For example, does being connected digitally through texts, e-mails, and social media all have to do with something in your thinking mind, or can something deeper be involved? Is your heart connected? Is your consciousness in its totality impacted and responding? How can you bring more of your being into the virtual world?
In this 3-hour FREE live stream, Founders of the Diamond Approach, A H Almaas and Karen Johnson, will be exploring these important questions, and ultimately rather than seeing technology as something to tolerate, to understand it as a reflection of the unity of presence, and a powerful vehicle to support our individual and collective awakening.
See the free course here
Ein Bericht vom Quasar-Seminar im Mai 2015 in Berlin von Saleem Matthias Riek mit einer interessanten Fragestellung:
Weisheit vom Podium verkündet - Ist das belehrend? Ist es inspirierend? Ist es ein »offener Raum«? Saleem hat an einem Seminar mit Almaas teilgenommen, in dem Frontalunterricht mit Kleingruppenarbeit abwechselte, und stellt sich dabei erneut die uralte Frage, wie spirituelle Weisheit am besten vermittelt werden kann...
From Oct. 24th, 2014: Living Realization a Conversation with Adyashanti and A.H. Almaas
Many people have experienced some form of realization, such as dissolution of or dis-identification with body or ego and are beginning to recognize themselves as awareness. However, a fully embodied, lived, and expressed realization is another step altogether, and many seekers experience difficulties bridging this gap. What does it take for our understanding to fully penetrate body and mind and to be lived as a permanent reality wholly expressed in the world? How do our ideas of what it means to live life from one's deepest realization get in the way of actually living it? Which difficulties do we encounter, which delusions and misunderstood ideas, and how do they limit realization itself? Are there useful descriptions of stages to realization, or do they actually hinder the spontaneous unfolding of presence?
Science and Nonduality (SAND) provides a forum where preeminent scientists, philosophers, teachers, artists and a large, international community gather to explore and advance the new paradigm emerging in spirituality, that is both grounded in cutting-edge science and consistent with the ancient wisdom of nonduality — the deep understanding of the interconnectedness of life.
- See more at: www.scienceandnonduality.com/living-realization-a-conversation-with-adyashanti-and-a-h-almaas/
All about the interview: batgap.com/karen-johnson
"In this interview, we discussed how the Diamond Approach is evolving, what differentiates it from other traditions, and the most recent developments of the past 15 years, about which Karen and Hameed have only recently begun to teach, speak and write."
See the complete interview here.
This conversation was recorded at the Science and Nonduality 2013 conference in San Jose, California.
Exploring the Nature of Consciousness and Perception - Conversation with Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) and Rupert Spira -moderated by Zaya Benazzo
See the complete conversation here.
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Two Visionary Teachers Invite Us to Explore the Path to Spiritual Awakening
Spiritual realization expresses itself differently through different teachers. With Realization Unfolds, two of our generation’s most pioneering and influential spiritual teachers present a six-session on-demand online course that explores their respective perspectives on spiritual awakening and what it means to live an awakened life.
The first three sessions of the course are drawn from our live recording with A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti in San Rafael, California, on October 23, 2010. The next three sessions were recorded live in late March and early April 2011.
As you watch the video of the dialogue, we invite you to reflect deeply on what is being discussed and its relevance in your own life. After each video presentation, you will be offered a series of questions and contemplations. If you wish, you may write out responses to these in the online journal provided.
For the duration of Realization Unfolds, Adyashanti will be referred to “Adya” and A.H. Almaas will be referred to as “Hameed,” the names most commonly used by their friends and students.
More information about the download and a preview: Hameed & Adhyashanti
The first retreat ever released to the public by A. H. Almaas
Wisdom of Life and Death is a DVD presentation of a 10-day retreat given by A.H. Almaas, originator of the Diamond Approach®. This is the first retreat he has released to the public. The proceeds from sales go to the End of Life group in support of the Ridhwan School.
These 18 lectures, which include exercises as well as comments and questions by attendees, address progressively deeper spiritual, psychological and physical aspects of the death of the ego, as well as of the body. The subject is presented within the context of the Diamond Approach, a spiritual map developed by A. H. Almaas that draws on contemporary depth psychology. Presented in 1999, Wisdom of Life & Death provides an in-depth understanding of life, so we can cherish every moment of it.
1. Transcendence and Embodiment - 2. Hierarchy of Values - 3. Death of the Ego Self - 4. Cherishing the Moment -
5. Qualities of Maturity and Integrity - 6. Pain and Suffering - 7. Kindness, Love and Generosity - 8. Acknowledging Our Mortality - 9. Relation to Death and Dying - 10. Contemplation of Death - 11. The Unknown and Loss of Control in Death - 12. Death Space - 13. Annihilation Space - 14. Loss of the Particulars of Our Personal Life - 15. The Absolute as the Death Side of Reality - 16. The Deathlessness of True Nature - 17. The Soul After Death - 18. Life of Logos, Death of Absolute