Many spiritual traditions teach us that the mind is a “problem” on the spiritual path. And it is true that the mind can create challenges by distorting our understanding of the truth through its attachment to childhood conditioning and by erroneously using it to define who we are and what reality is.
But as we come to understand right use of the mind, we find it is actually necessary for our journey toward realization and enlightenment and can actually become a powerful ally that helps free us from unnecessary suffering.
The Diamond Approach recognizes the path of knowledge and understanding, as well as the path of love and devotion, and the path of living and engaging with the world. The mind can be relevant to all of these.
Bob Ball has been a student of Hameed’s since the mid-seventies, and a Diamond Approach teacher since 1983. He is a training director, member of the Synod, and president of the Ridhwan Foundation. He is married to Jeanine Mamary, another Diamond Approach teacher, lives in Leland, Michigan, and is involved with teaching several groups in Europe and in the US.
This course is the third 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.
“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 Bob Ball, participate in guided meditations and experiential exercises, and learn from other participants in the Q&C sessions.
This is a recording of an online workshop.
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