Introduction to the Diamond Approach

Introduction to the Diamond Approach
A glimpse into the full range of the teachings

In this online course we will explore the contemporary spiritual path of the Diamond Approach. During the course we will see how our immediate experience—no matter what it is—can be either a barrier or a doorway to the depth of who and what we are. Through meditation practice, sensing practice, and the practice of inquiry, we will explore the conditioning and beliefs that cause us to lose connection with our underlying energy and vitality, as well as our awareness of our connection with all of reality.

Why take this course

Deep down we long to feel wisdom, love, joy, vitality, power, peace, authenticity, passion, pleasure, trust, and gratitude. Yet we tend to avoid our direct experience of life because it can be painful. With the Diamond Approach we learn to practice sensing into and being present with our everyday experience, finding a doorway to the deeper qualities of being that we long for. In doing so, we can learn to live more authentically—as our deeper, truest selves—finding fulfillment and peacefulness with ourselves, actualizing our potential, and contributing to humanity and good relationships with others. We can stop feeling separate, alone, or in pain, and realize we are constantly evolving beings with endless possibilities.

This course explores

  • Why we tend to avoid our direct experience of life
  • Why practicing being present to, and sensing, our experience allows us access to deeper qualities of being such as vitality, joy, and strength
  • How when we openly and precisely experience our everyday feelings, sensations, and thoughts, they can become doorways to different qualities of being
  • How our identity can shift from its ordinary experience as a separate self to one that is constantly evolving with unlimited possibilities
  • How there is no destination to our journey—that where we are right now is the doorway to our unfolding and awakening
  • How every experience, every moment, is a wormhole to all the possibilities of being, nonbeing, and beyond

This online course includes

  • A video overview of the Diamond Approach by Diamond Approach founder, A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)
  • Six pre-recorded video teaching sessions; each session lasting approximately 30-45 minutes, with downloadable transcripts and audio files for each session
  • Experiential exercises and practices to help you explore the content in your own life, including meditation practices, sensing exercises, inquiry explorations, journaling, and repeating questions
  • Two live Q&A sessions with the course teachers where you can get your questions answered and share about your experience. The 1-hour live Q&As take place on July 1st at 12pm PDT and July 20th at 10am PDT.
  • Optional live practice groups give you an opportunity to meet regularly with a small group of fellow spiritual seekers and an experienced Diamond Approach teacher to strengthen your self understanding and to practice dropping in and exploring inquiry. At less than $20/session, these 8-session groups are both affordable and a great way to build community. More details to come after you register for the course.

Note: All  course materials will be made available to download to your computer for ease of use and future access.


The course is appropriate for those new to the Diamond Approach.

Course Modules

Overview of the Course – with Hameed Ali

In the course overview, you will..

  • Learn about the unique aspects of the Diamond Approach as a spiritual path
  • Understand how to engage your life to support spiritual growth and increased awareness
  • Discover how to approach mundane experience in a way that opens them up to new levels
  • Explore what it means to all the dimensions of our human potential

Module 1 – The Diamond Approach: A Personal Path – with Jeanne Rosenblum

In this module, you will…

  • Become acquainted with the various aspects of the Diamond Approach as a spiritual path
  • Discover how to find something true in yourself wherever you are in yourself
  • Be guided through an introduction to a practice to explore and honor your personal spiritual path 

Module 2 – Being in Touch with Our Experience – with Rob Merkx

In this module, you will…

  • Be guided in understanding why it’s important and valuable to be in touch with your experience
  • Explore how every experience can be a doorway to True Nature
  • Recognize the barriers to being in contact with your experience 

Module 3 – Presence in the Flow of Experience – with Rob Merkx

In this module, you will…

  • Explore the idea of presence as a palpable substance of reality and quality that is found in the here and now
  • Recognize the different ways to notice presence
  • Perceive the dynamic nature of presence that emerges when one allows what is happening without judgement 

Module 4 – The Essential Qualities of Being – with Zarina Maiwandi

In this module, you will…

  • Explore the infinite richness of your inner life
  • Understand the various qualities of being, such as love, joy, clarity, confidence, peacefulness, and determination
  • Sense the doorways to becoming more in touch with the differentiated qualities of being 

Module 5 – Nondual/Boundless Dimensions – with Zarina Maiwandi

In this module, you will…

  • Learn how we can discover a presence that has no bounds, moving into nondual expansion
  • Understand the inclusive, unified, and vast expanse that encompasses what we are, what we see, what we don’t see, and beyond
  • Begin to discriminate into a subtler dimension of awareness that can yield to a bottomless nothingness that is the source of everything
  • Explore how reality is full of open places and spaces, and how every part of experience can be a wormhole that can lead beyond time and space so that you may come to know the unbounded freedom of reality as who and what you are 

Module 6 – Daily Life – with Jeanne Rosenblum

In this module, you will…

  • Explore what it really means for Being/spirit to live a human life
  • Inquire into how realization can be integrated into everyday life
  • Discover how cultivating greater awareness of the patterns we have developed throughout life can lead to different aspects of life undergoing transformation
  • Engage in various ways to support the integration of spiritual experience into daily life 

Meet the Teachers

Teacher Biographies

A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali) is the creator of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization, a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories. He is the author of eighteen books about spiritual realization and the founder of the Ridhwan School, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The orientation of the school is directed toward helping students become aware of and embody their “essence” or essential nature.

Jeanne Hay Rosenblum is a long-time teacher in the Ridhwan School. She is a member of its leadership council and participates in the training and supervision of new teachers. Jeanne leads groups in Europe, the US, and Asia and has a private practice in Marin County, California.

Zarina Maiwandi has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1999 and a teacher since 2015, working with students in the United States and in Asia. Trained as an academic studying Western philosophy and literature, she edits books, including several written by A. H. Almaas.

Rob Merkx has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1993 and was ordained as a teacher in 2006. Deeply engaged in the logos of the Diamond Approach, he teaches and supervises groups in various European countries. Rob is co-founder of the Rebalancing School for Bodywork and Body Awareness in the Netherlands and was its director for 25 years.