It is true that the spiritual journey is not for the faint of heart. It requires steadfastness, discipline, and courage. But the yellow latifa is what also makes it fun. It is the sunny expression of the heart. It comes out when the clouds of ignorance, not knowing, and self-judgement part. It is the spirit of adventure on the journey, of playfulness, happiness, and levity. It re-ignites our curiosity and our delight.
The biggest blocks to our joy are our “shoulds”: Ideas about what is and is not an appropriate emotion, what we should or shouldn’t know, what we think are the “correct” spiritual feelings to have. The yellow latifa helps us reconnect with our joy, work with our past misconceptions, and move beyond our judgements, so we can drop fully and enthusiastically into the naturally occurring phenomenon of happiness.
Once we move past the “shoulds” that limit our sense of what is possible, we can open up to our natural curiosity, the kind we are born into this world with but that became obscured by our conditioning. Implicit in this kind of openness is a playful curiosity that we can engage in with delight and pleasure.
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.
This course is the second part of the 6-part online teaching series Lightness of Being. Each course in this series may be purchased individually, or you can register for the full series for a combined discount.
“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 Diamond Inquiry™: non-judgment of what we’re experiencing, which brings crisp clarity into one’s own truth.
A recording of the online workshop where you’ll hear talks from Karen, participate in guided meditations and experiential exercises, and learn from other participants in the Q&A portions.
This is a recording of an online workshop.
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