Living with Wisdom

Awakening in Everyday Experience

Recording Only.
This event took place on November 6 & 7.

How to Use the Mind to Deepen Our Awakening

John Davis, author of The Diamond Approach: Introduction to the Teachings of A.H. Almaas, shows us how our minds can become portals to wisdom and to the many dimensions of being that lie beneath our everyday experience. “Too often,” he says, “our impressions of awakening, freedom, and spiritual realization are about transcending our experience and getting out of our minds. This course is about how to engage our thought process, our perception, in ways that open up everyday experience rather than close it down.”

By really examining our moment-to-moment experience, we can reveal the full range of emotions, fears, beliefs, and chronic patterns that keep us asleep to the world and to ourselves. This process leads to greater clarity about our relationship to the difficulties we face and, eventually, can liberate us from those things that block and clutter that clarity.

“Where we are, our everyday experience in the moment, really is the doorway to our potential…our potential to be more awake, more fulfilled, clearer, more authentic, more sincere in our relating to the world, and especially in the way we relate to ourselves.”

In this live, 2-day event, we will...

Discover that by looking at what’s right here, right inside of us, moment to moment and day to day, we open up our true spiritual potential

Learn that true wisdom integrates mind, heart, and embodiment and is not separate from the ground of our being

Look at the ways our minds can actually help us cut through obstacles to feeling our spiritual experience directly

Explore the defenses and barriers limiting our freedom to act in the world, and to face challenges head-on with clarity and agency

Learn how the practice of inquiry can develop and sharpen our discernment and perception so we can understand our experience with more accuracy and objectivity

What You’ll Receive When You Enroll...

A recording of the online workshop including teachings, guided meditations, and interactive exercises

Recorded Q&A sessions where you will learn from the teachers and others in the program

Meet Your Teacher

John Davis

John Davis is an ordained teacher of the Diamond Approach, an adjunct professor at Naropa University, and a staff member for the School of Lost Borders. John is the author of The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A.H. Almaas (Shambhala Publications), entries on Transpersonal Psychology and Wilderness Rites of Passage in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, and the chapter on the Diamond Approach in The Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, among other writings. His primary interest is full human development with a special focus on the intersection of spirit, psyche, and nature. John leads Diamond Approach groups in Colorado, Vancouver, Seattle, and Connecticut, guides wilderness retreats, and directs a training program for Diamond Approach teachers.


This course is the second part of the 3-part online teaching series Living with Wisdom. 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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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 Diamond Inquiry™: non-judgment of what we’re experiencing, which brings crisp clarity into one’s own truth.

What’s included in the program?

A recording of the online workshop where you’ll hear talks from John Davis, participate in guided meditations and experiential exercises, and learn from other participants in the Q&C sessions.

Are the sessions live or pre-recorded?

This is a recording of an online workshop.

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 ‘[LWW 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.

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 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 enrollment.

Are You Ready to Explore
“Awakening in Everyday Experience”?

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” addition to regular tuition, with those additions going directly to provide scholarship opportunities for others.

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