Lightness of Being

Stillness of Being:
The Black Latifa

July 10 & 11, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pacific

The Peace That Allows Us to Simply Be

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.

“What does the Black latifa do? It stills our consciousness. It makes it peaceful. The consciousness needs to become still and peaceful, with no mental activity or emotional reaction, for these capacities to first open up and be perceived…the more accustomed we are to the inner stillness and peacefulness, the more perceptive we become.”

- A.H. Almaas, co-founder of the Diamond Approach
Spacecruiser Inquiry p. 320

In the “Stillness of Being” We Will Look At...

The blocks we have to settling down and settling in

Who it is, actually, that feels agitated and unable to land

What early experiences have kept us from trusting that the universe has our back, so that we don’t need to “do” anything except find our truth

How we can perceive the actual substance and presence of peace

How we can learn to live from that peace in a more consistent and sustainable way

What You’ll Receive When You Enroll...

An invitation to the live two-day online workshop where you’ll participate in teachings, guided meditations, and interactive exercises, all with a supportive spiritual community

Live Q&A sessions to ask all of your questions and learn from the teachers and others in the program

Access to a recording of the workshop if you are unable to attend live

Meet Your Teacher

A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)

A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)

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.

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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.

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FAQ

What is the Ridhwan School?

“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.

What is the Diamond Approach?

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.

What’s included in the program?

Admission to this live online workshop where you’ll hear talks from Hameed, participate in guided meditations and experiential exercises with the course community, and learn from other participants in the Q&A portions.

Are the sessions live or pre-recorded?

This is a live online workshop. You will receive access to a recording of the workshop if you are unable to attend live. 

Will you be mailing anything to me or is everything digital?

Once payment is received you will receive an email with your login details, then you are officially in! You will receive everything in your email inbox, including instructions on how to access the course. Please check your spam folder to locate the email that starts with ‘[LOB 2021].’

Do you offer financial assistance such as scholarships for online courses?

Yes! To apply for financial assistance for any of our courses, click here to complete a scholarship application. Scholarship applications for this program need to be received by Monday, July 5, 2021, and scholarship awards will be sent via email by Friday, July 9, 2021.

What if I have questions?

We’re here to support you on your journey and help with any questions you may have about enrolling and accessing the course. For support please email daosupport@ridhwan.org. Be sure to add this address to your contact list so we don’t end up in your Junk/Spam/Promotions folder. But please check there just in case!

Is there a refund policy?

Yes. If you are dissatisfied with the course —for any reason—simply contact us within 30 days of course start.

Are You Ready to Experience
The “Stillness of Being”?

To make online spiritual support more accessible to our global community, especially during the pandemic, we offer two additional “Pay It Forward” payment options in addition to the regular fee. For those who need help, we offer a reduced tuition option, and for those who are able to help, we offer the chance to add a “Pay It Forward” donation to regular tuition, with those donations going directly to provide scholarship opportunities for others.

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