Free Webinar

Realization in the Rough​

Reconciling Our Animal Instincts with the Spiritual Path​

Sunday, January 28, 2024

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific ​

Embracing Our Animal Instincts

In the midst of the collective intensity of humanity on the planet at this time, it’s natural for us to feel the tension between our survival instincts and spiritual aspirations. It may seem challenging to reconcile these two aspects, especially when we experience the raw emotions and confounding behaviors that can arise from our primal impulses.

Our innate instincts, rooted in survival and connection, can sometimes manifest in distorted ways that cause personal suffering and societal polarization – even for those genuinely committed to spiritual growth. As a result, many of us experience a split within ourselves, leading to the belief that our biological drives must be repressed, controlled, or denied. 

How do we navigate this tension while honoring our heartfelt desire to be a catalyst for positive change in the world?

Join us for a free webinar on January 28 to discover a fresh outlook on how the powerful and polarizing forces within and around us can be transformed into fuel for the spiritual journey. Diamond Approach founders A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson are sharing this teaching with the public for the very first time to support us all in meeting the potential turbulence of this year. We look forward to seeing you there.

In this free webinar you’ll discover...

  • What the social, sexual, and survival instincts are and how they show up in your direct experience 
  • Why the instincts become distorted in individuals and destructive in society  
  • How understanding the instincts can support living in the world as a fully embodied spiritual being
  • Ways to harmonize your animal and spiritual natures to help you stay grounded and present in challenging times
  • An international community of fellow seekers and expert teachers deeply committed to this essential topic
  • What this perspective teaches us about the human species and our evolutionary potential

“Our human instincts are in service of the spiritual energy to liberate itself further, to develop those capacities, to be able to enjoy life in the world and to know something beyond the world. And that’s what our teaching is really all about: being in the world fully and completely as a spiritual being.”

What You’ll Receive When You Enroll...

An invitation to the FREE, Live, 90-minute online talk led by A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson that takes place on Sunday, January 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific.

The opportunity to participate in interactive questions and comments with the teachers and a group of fellow spiritual explorers.

A recording of the event so you can review the material if you are unable to attend live.

Meet Your Teachers

A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)

A.H. Almaas

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.

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson is the co-developer of the Diamond Approach as it is taught in the Ridhwan School today, having worked alongside Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas) for the last 40 years. Karen was trained in art and dance and began the journey into the spiritual universe at 14 years old with the guidance of her parents. 

First, she was introduced to yoga and meditation and then learned about other forms of spiritual practice, which allowed her to develop her innate paranormal capacities. After attending California College of Arts and Crafts, she befriended Hameed Ali, and with him began a new trajectory into the secrets of the universe of Being, which became the Diamond Approach. Karen also received an MA in psychology at JFK University in 1990 and is the author of two books, The Jeweled Path: The Biography of the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization and The Power of Divine Eros: The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life. She continues to venture into new explorations of the endless realms of our miraculous Nature. 


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 my registration?

Your registration includes access to this free, live 90-minute webinar where you’ll hear a talk and have the opportunity to interact with the teachers during the questions and comments period.  

Is the session live or pre-recorded?

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

What if I have questions?

We’re here to support you on your journey and help with any questions you may have about enrollment and accessing the event. 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!


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