Love is not just an emotion: love is a life force for the human being, and it is very specifically a force for maturation and for becoming a real adult. It allows us to mature by softening and opening our rigidities, like oiling the clunky machinery of the ego. The ego can become more flexible and, finally, it can melt.
So, true maturity—organic, adult functioning—can become more and more the way we operate in the world. Love fuels this process and is the motive to develop in this direction, because we need to face many pains and difficulties – the very things that we have protected ourselves from experiencing by developing our rigid ego structures.
When these ego structures melt, we need to face what is behind them, to see what is behind the wounds and the fears and all that is hidden there. The force of love, this goodness, the warmth, the kindness, is essential for that maturation.
We invite you to join Diamond Approach teacher Christof Bosch, Sunday, September 13 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time (find your local time) for a free public, online talk, Love Works. Christof is a Diamond Approach teacher based in Germany. He will talk about love as a life force for the human being, how love can support the maturation of our beingness, and becoming a real adult.
Christof grew up as one of six children in a rather traditional German family, but his father happened to be a devotee of Ananda Mayee Ma. He met her in his early teens and found himself on an inner journey that led him to the Diamond Approach 20 years later. In between, Christof’s search brought him to ecology and philosophy. After studying forestry, he worked for some years as a consultant for soil ecology and organic agriculture. Together with his beloved wife Jutta, they live on a farm in Bavaria and they are blessed with three kids, who are grown up by now. Read more here.
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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.
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This is a live online event. This event will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the live event, an edited version of Christof’s talk will be emailed and shared on the Diamond Approach website.
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