The heart gives us a baseline for our sense of what it is to be human. But humans are not complete without the mind.
Most spiritual teachings view mind as an obstacle to awakening. It’s true that it grows in a way that patterns our experience, instead of illuminating it, so the mind gets discounted in many spiritual circles as a problem we must get beyond or drop.
Yet our human evolution has largely been directed by our ability to use this amazing faculty. We can see its limitations and its gifts. Mind is necessary for functioning in our lives and is an important element for our inner life as well.
We need to see through the beliefs and concepts that the mind habitually uses in order to discern what we are experiencing in the moment. This enables us to move ever deeper to the immediate knowing of Being. We can use mind as a tool to open up our patterned mental activity, thereby opening to the glistening mind of Being.
As we start to understand the mind, it is possible to liberate this important part of our human potential and develop it into a high-functioning spiritual instrument. Spiritual presence then brings in a whole new dimension of mind that has clarity, brightness, precision, and the discernment that is necessary for a spiritual path.
If you really want to know true nature, it isn’t enough to simply experience it; you need to be able to recognize it. Without discernment, there is no recognition, and without recognition, there is no spiritual realization. The human mind can develop in such a way that it is informed by the presence of discernment and precision inherent in our nature and inseparable from what we truly are. It is a divine gift for us to know ourself explicitly and intimately.
Wisdom is the spiritual knowledge that is expressed in our lives. With the mind in its rightful place, we have the possibility of being not only realized, but also wise human beings.
We invite you to join Karen Johnson, Diamond Approach co-founder, Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific (find your local time) for a free public, online talk, Illuminated Mind: The Beacon of Wisdom. Karen will talk about the interplay of spiritual presence and the mind, different types of knowing, and integration of knowledge into realization. Karen is based in the United States and is a teacher for the new online Diamond Approach group.
Karen Johnson is the co-developer of the Diamond Approach as it is taught in the Ridhwan School today, having worked alongside Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) for the last 40 years. Karen was trained in art and dance and began the journey into the spiritual universe at 14 years old with the guidance of her parents.
First, she was introduced to yoga and meditation and then learned about other forms of spiritual practice, which allowed her to develop her innate paranormal capacities. After attending California College of Arts and Crafts, she befriended Hameed Ali, and with him began a new trajectory into the secrets of the universe of Being, which became the Diamond Approach. Karen also received an MA in psychology at JFK University in 1990 and is the author of two books, The Jeweled Path: The Biography of the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization and The Power of Divine Eros: The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life. She continues to venture into new explorations of the endless realms of our miraculous Nature.
“Ridhwan” is a Sufi word. It means “satisfied and satisfying.” Our school, home to more than 4,000 students across the globe, has the potential to both help you to be fulfilled and to help others be fulfilled. Students learn to ground, sensitize, recognize, and trust the inherent guidance of Being.
The Diamond Approach is the core teaching of the Ridhwan School, a spiritual path that approaches our ordinary experiences, emotions, and sensations in a friendly way of understanding. This radical acceptance of our situation allows something to come through that puts us in touch with our spirituality.
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 do meditation and other exercises, but the main method is inquiry: non-judgment of what we’re experiencing, which brings crisp clarity into one’s own truth.
To learn about new and open Diamond Approach groups across the world, visit our open groups webpage.
This is a live online event. This event will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the live event, an edited version of Karen’s talk will be emailed and shared on the Diamond Approach website.
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This is a free event.