What is the Diamond Approach?

The Diamond Approach is a path of personal awakening to the true nature of reality. By making intimate contact with the truth of your everyday life, you can know the depths of who and what you are. You can learn to invite Being itself to provide you with profound guidance and understanding of your inner journey. You can come home to the still, sweet simplicity while living in today’s complex world.

“The human being is a wonderful mystery, the more we know about this mystery the more we realize how little we know. This only impels us to look further, to explore deeper, and to investigate in newer ways. It is a joy to know ourselves and others, to actualize more of our infinite possibilities, and to extend our humanity to its farthest horizons.”

– A.H. Almaas, the founder of the Diamond Approach

The Methods of the Diamond Approach

As a contemporary spiritual teaching, the Diamond Approach to inner realization considers the totality of the human being. It is a path of self-realization and human maturity based on an original synthesis of modern discoveries in the field of psychology and a new paradigm about spiritual nature. We learn that we can experience our spiritual and true nature as a transcendent eternal truth and also as various spiritual qualities of presence like love, clarity, peace, truth and so on. These aspects of our essence are readily revealed through the heartfelt understanding of our normal everyday experience. In this way, we can attain spiritual realization while we become liberated from our psychological patterns and limitations. Such an approach makes it possible to be a full human being in the world while grounded in the eternal spirit.

The Diamond Approach differs from most other paths in the way that it recognizes the uniqueness of each individual soul and adapts itself to each person’s needs at the time. It does not require that people conform to some ideal. On the contrary, it welcomes people as they are and helps them to take the natural next step for their unique development.

The Diamond Approach emphasizes the personal aspects of spiritual reality in a way different from most spiritual paths. Development of the personal essence – the Pearl Beyond Price – is central to the Diamond Approach. This process honors, supports, and develops the uniqueness of each individual to its fullest potential. Beingness in a personal form becomes a stepping stone from ordinary consciousness to the transcendent oneness of spiritual reality.

Exploring Personal Essence

The Diamond Approach recognizes that being or true nature manifests the fullness of reality, whereas the material world is only one part of that reality. This view contrasts with the materialistic perspectives dominating society today, of which most psychotherapy is an expression.

Following this path, we have the opportunity to discover, realize, and actualize our true nature, our deepest spiritual dimension. The Diamond Approach uses methods such as meditation, self remembering and inquiry to support this process of realizing our true nature.

For a more in depth description of the Diamond Approach, see the write up under A.H. Almaas on the ridhwan.org website. You may also read our Frequently Asked Questions and Essays and Articles.

Suggested Books

The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A.H. Almaas by John Davis
Spacecruiser Inquiry: True Guidance for the Inner Journey Home by A.H. Almaas
Soul Without Shame: A Guide to Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within by Byron Brown
The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul by Sandra Maitri
Diamond Heart Series by A. H. Almaas
Book One: Elements of the Real in Man
Book Two: The Freedom to Be
Book Three: Being and the Meaning of Life
Book Four: Indestructible Innocence
Book Five: Inexhaustible Mystery





Videos, CDs and Articles


Interviews & Talks

The Sounds True Series with A.H. Almaas
Talks on You Tube: Space Cruiser Inquiry, Love and Emptiness, Essence of Intelligence, The Unfolding Now

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