Introduction to the Diamond Approach

Introduction to the Diamond Approach:
A 6-week online course that gives you a glimpse into the full range of the teachings

In this six-week, online course we will explore the contemporary spiritual path of the Diamond Approach.  The Diamond Approach is unique in that it looks at what it means to be a spiritual being while being fully human in the world, in a way that is free of cultural context, embracing people from all walks of life.

During the course we will see how what’s happening right now—no matter what it is or where you are in life—can be a doorway to a greater sense of understanding, acceptance, peace, and personal freedom without needing to fix or change you.

Through lectures, weekly meditation and practices, live Q&As with the course teachers, and live online study groups led by experienced Diamond Approach teachers, we will explore the conditioning and beliefs that cause us to lose connection and learn how to be more fully ourselves, connected with all of life in each moment.

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.

The Diamond Approach supports us in getting back in touch with the full range of our everyday experience and shifting our relationship with that experience to one of acceptance and curiosity. In doing so, we open new doorways to truth, compassion, and the deeper qualities of life that we long for and that are already within us.

The Diamond Approach allows us to go beyond intellectual teachings and learn practices and techniques that can be applied in our own lives, helping us incorporate spiritual teachings into our day-to-day in a very real and personal way.

Using the tools of this path, we learn to live more authentically—as our deepest, truest selves—finding fulfillment and peacefulness with ourselves, realizing our potential, and contributing to the betterment of 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 experience of life
  • How being present to and sensing our experience exactly as it is, gives us access to feelings of vitality, joy, and strength
  • How when we openly and precisely experience our everyday feelings, sensations, and thoughts, they can become doorways to our personal evolution
  • How our identity can shift from its ordinary experience as a separate self to one that is connected, loved, and constantly evolving
  • How there is no destination in our journey—that where we are right now in this moment is the gateway we are seeking to our unfolding and awakening

This online course includes:

  • A video overview of the Diamond Approach by founder, A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)
  • Three LIVE Inquiry Groups led by an experienced Diamond Approach teacher; these 90-minute sessions include work with a small group of up to 12 participants to explore the course material and practice inquiry (dates/times below)
  • Two LIVE Q&A sessions with the course teachers on Oct. 28th and Dec. 2nd; each 60-minute session will be recorded and made available if you are unable to attend live
  • Six pre-recorded video teaching sessions; each session lasts 30-45 minutes and will be released once a week for six weeks, starting October 14, 2018
  • 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
  • Private Online Community Forum to connect with other course participants from around the world

Note: All Teaching Sessions & Live Q&A Sessions are available to download to your computer for ease of use and future access.

What is an Inquiry Group?

Wondering what Inquiry is? Inquiry is the central practice of the Diamond Approach; it is a conversation between you and a teacher that is designed to help you investigate your inner world to see what’s really going on inside. Inquiry helps you better understand yourself and get in touch with your truth in all areas of your life, leading to new insights, realizations, and personal transformation.

In your inquiry group, you will have the opportunity to work with and be guided by an experienced Diamond Approach teacher to practice inquiry in the supportive presence of your other group members.

All of our teachers train for a minimum of 7 years and you will not only have a chance to learn from the teacher, but by witnessing the work of others. Online inquiry groups are a great place to build community with other spiritual explorers and you get the most out of the groups when you commit and show up each time.

Still not sure what inquiry is? That’s ok, our teachers will guide you through the process and things will become clear once you experience it for yourself. By the last group, you’ll know how to do inquiry on your own and will see how easily it can be applied in your daily life to support your personal growth.

Here’s what one of our online students had to say about Inquiry:

“It’s very surprising, with the online work, how intimate and personal I feel. One of the most important things in my life is community, and the online community is very accessible; I feel a part of it. Every time I do my inquiry group, I learn something from them or something about myself that I hadn’t quite realized. I’m learning about intimacy and how to be vulnerable, and it’s affected my relationships. I’m in an NVC group, and they’ve all noticed that I’ve changed. I’ve landed in myself. I feel more settled, like I have more courage.”
–Khalisa K.

After you register, you will receive instructions for selecting an inquiry group.

Inquiry Group Dates and Times:

Sundays at 10am PDT (10/21, 11/4, 11/25)



The course is appropriate for those new to the Diamond Approach as well as current, interested Diamond Approach students.


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Scholarships are available.  If you have any questions about the course or would like to inquire about a scholarship, please send an email to to reach our team.


Course Modules:

Course Overview 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 seemingly mundane experiences in a way that opens you up to new levels of understanding
  • Explore what it means to experience 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 life
  • 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 to understand why it’s important and valuable to be in touch with your experience in the moment
  • Explore how every experience can be a doorway to awakening
  • 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 you allow 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
  • Notice the doorways that help us get more in touch with these different 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
  • Understand the inclusive, unified, and vast expanse that includes what we are, what we see, what we don’t see, and beyond
  • Begin to discern a subtler dimension of awareness that connects you with with the source of everything
  • Explore how reality is full of open places and spaces, and how every part of experience can lead you beyond time and space so that you 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 spirit to live a human life
  • Learn how realization can be integrated into everyday life
  • Discover how cultivating greater awareness of the patterns we have developed throughout life can lead to personal 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.




Register for the course - $230

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Scholarships are available.  If you have any questions about the course or would like to inquire about a scholarship, please send an email to to reach our team.