Not just throughout the United States, but throughout the world. It’s full of conflict, chaos, polarization, and negativity. Nations are warring, fascism threatens democratic institutions, and nationalism is creating division and opposition across the globe. On top of all this, the world is now struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.
There are good things happening, but the chaos is becoming more extreme. Anger, fear, distrust, and opposition is an epidemic. It’s a difficult time, and there is a lack of empathy across our species.
Even though climate change is scientifically proven, there’s still disagreement. We are devolving, instead of moving forward. Our reactivity is creating a wedge that is fracturing our families, our communities, and our countries. We need to see and acknowledge this discord within ourselves first in order to reach harmony in the world.
By applying spiritual teachings to our current situation, this course will first reveal where we are — where you are. Then it will address how to deal with it; how to return to wholeness, where we’re not divided internally, where our hearts and minds are companions rather than disparate parts of ourselves. The more you are spiritual, the more you will connect with others. The more you will realize that we are all the same and beautifully unique without contradiction.
“Not of it” means your essential nature is not in the physical world that people know. “In the world” means being grounded in your situation and bringing the spiritual goodness and mystery into the actions and interactions of your personal life. It means you are in the reality of the moment; you are free from the influences of the world that disconnect us from our nature.
This course is about understanding, compassion, and bringing our humanity to bear so that, hopefully, we will have a chance to move the world towards the better.
Spirituality in a Fractured World takes a look at your inner conflicts, the difficulty of those inner conflicts, our reactions to the world’s situation, our inability to deal with certain things, and suggestions and practices on bringing ourselves more fully in it, in a productive way.
We invite you to join us on a transformational journey over the next 10 weeks, that will help you to find your way in to that wellspring of being that you know is there, but you may not know how to access.
Get a different, deeper perspective and discover that true tranquility exists when you’re in touch with something real
Change your relationship with emotional triggers by experiencing less charge in life
Be yourself more authentically, which the world needs now
Be more peaceful, solid and grounded during life transitions — the good and the challenging ones
Experience more space, more objectivity, more thoughtfulness in making choices
Feel more satisfied and supported in daily life
10 Weeks of Spiritual & Self-Realization Training
Spirituality In a Fractured World Online Course with teachers, A. Hameed Ali and Karen Johnson
Meditations, Teachings & Interactive Exercises
Spiritual Practices Designed Specifically for the Present Day and Current Climate of the World
Recorded Q&C Sessions with Hameed & Karen
To Deeply Explore the Course and Hear Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
How does spiritual practice integrate with the world, especially when it’s in turmoil and distress?
In Module 1, you will be invited to explore how you are being impacted by what is happening in the world around us. How is it affecting your outlook on the world and your personal life? What you are doing about it in yourself, in your spiritual practices, and in relation to social and political issues?
In Module 2, you will discuss positions you have about world issues, explore why you are not open to other points of view, and what it’s like for you to be open to alternate points of view.
In Module 3, you will discuss situations in the world that frighten you and make you angry. You will also discuss the ways you experience your expansive strength and “wake up” to our underlying unity.
In Module 4, we will discuss things you feel hurt about and what you do to avoid emotional hurt. We will then inquire into how the emotional pain we avoid is actually a portal to the very compassion we most need.
Develop basic trust in the underlying goodness of life, which softens our defenses and creates opportunities to be in touch with true inner resources.
In Module 5, we will discuss ways that you experience basic trust and ways it may be limited for you. We will also discuss world situations that impact that trust and discover how fear itself can be a gateway into deepening our trust in life’s unfolding.
There is a goodness that is inherent in all of us. But how can we act from that goodness in the face of all the chaos in the world? How can each of us be true representatives of inner goodness and bring that quality to bear in our life situations and the world?
In Module 6, we will explore how you are able to express the inner goodness you have experienced and what may stand in the way. We’ll look at specific areas that are important to you (racism, nationalism, climate change, etc.) and explore how that goodness comes out in those areas and how it is limited.
The confidence, support, steadfastness, and solidity that we need to navigate the world in these times has to come from inside, from our own spiritual potential, not from life circumstances or external structures and safeguards.
In Module 7, you’ll tap into the inner quality that can give us the mooring we need to feel grounded and help us recognize the indestructible refuge that is always available and here to help us.
The chaos of the world can feel overwhelming, like a powerful tsunami that sweeps us away and makes it challenging to stay engaged in the spiritual practices we need to feel grounded and able to take action in our lives.
In Module 8, we will explore ways we can “ride the tsunami” and harness the chaotic energies in the world to support our inner practice and our ability to take meaningful action.
Critical thinking has come to be considered a threat by some in these times of political unrest. A dangerous situation is created when we are taught NOT to think and not to trust any information except from sources that support our usual way of thinking.
In Module 9, we will explore how our political positions have developed and how rigid or open our views are. We will learn how openness is necessary for true learning at any level.
What does it mean to be truly human? When people talk about “human nature,” they are often referring to our flaws: the ways we act out, are reactive, angry, etc. But true human nature is an underlying unity that goes beyond just connecting us all: It is what we ARE, deeply and truly.
In Module 10, you will explore the ways you have been impacted by all that you have learned in the course. You will learn what it means to be truly human and in touch with our deepest nature, as well as the ways your participation in this inner work ripples out into the world to the benefit of all humanity.
A.H. Almaas (pen name for Hameed Ali) is the founder of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization, 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 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.
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 and the deepest truth of who and what we really are.
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.
Your enrollment includes access to 10 weeks of online guidance, experiential practices, meditations, and pre-recorded Q&C sessions. All your recordings and teachings will be available in a private learning portal for easy access.
The course is pre-recorded and you are welcome to follow the 10-week structure or go at your own pace.
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