The hearts of many are weighed down with unease and agitation these days. A global pandemic, natural disasters, the inhumanity of armed conflicts, the divisiveness of politics, the toxic legacy of racism. How do we find a quiet clearing in the woods in the midst of all this?
In this course, we will explore the bridge to that eternally still and peaceful place: The black latifa. It’s not just the absence of fear, self-doubt, animosity, turmoil, and the cacophony of human civilization. It is a living presence of silence that is the birthright of our spiritual nature.
Among all the latifa, this one may seem most relevant—and critical—for our turbulent era. Even in less charged times, our daily experience is often pervaded by earthly emotional reactivity, a mental preoccupation with “doing” things to attain a sense of value or give our life meaning, and obsessive thinking and worrying. In this state, it’s hard for us to feel a sense of peace and stillness.
Yet there is no magic carpet that will transport us to this state of peace and stillness. It is not merely about meditating or transcending. The only way to arrive at that clearing in the forest is to work with our experience, to see what positions and fears we cling to that feed our inner chatter.
As their insubstantiality reveals itself, we can settle into that peace, stillness, and silence. This quality is, in fact, what helps us to quiet the agitation and sit in our truth, unaffected by the day-to-day tensions of life.
A.H. Almaas (pen name for Hameed Ali) is the founder of the Diamond Approach, a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories. He has authored eighteen books about spiritual realization, including the Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, and The Alchemy of Freedom. He is the founder of the Ridhwan School for Spiritual Development, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The orientation of the school is directed toward guiding students to realize their true nature to the fullest realization and further still, to endless enlightenment.
This course is the fifth 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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