Many cultures and spiritual paths teach us that the body is somehow separate from spirit. The Diamond Approach offers a different perspective, however, that can help us uncover its living wisdom.
“The body is not just this thing we have to manage and deal with on our spiritual journey,” says Diamond Approach co-founder Karen Johnson. “It is the expression of our consciousness. It is the vessel of life in this world. It is the outer expression of our soul.”
Our unique consciousness is expressing itself every day through this body. As we learn how to embody our being in ways that allow our spiritual nature to function through this fleshy medium, we begin to understand how the physical and the spiritual are inseparable.
On Saturday January 29 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific (find your local time), Karen will introduce 2022 as the Year of the Body. She’ll also preview the new 5-part Diamond Approach Online series, The Spiritual Wisdom of the Body, that will help you reconnect with and experience your body in radical new ways.
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.
“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 inquiry: non-judgment of what we’re experiencing, which brings crisp clarity into one’s own truth.
The Spiritual Wisdom of the Body is a new 5-part online series with Diamond Approach teachers, Jessica Britt, Linda Krier, and Anne Laney, that explores the the nature of the relationship between spirituality and the body. In each of the five weekends, you’ll engage in experiential practices, exercises, and teachings that will help you discover the truth about your body and support you in beginning to move through the blocks we all experience to living a fully embodied life.
In this special, 90-minute public event you’ll hear a talk from Karen Johnson, meditate in virtual community, and have a chance to ask Karen all of your questions live.
You’ll also be able to access a downloadable event recording afterward.
This is a live teaching. If you are unable to attend the event, a downloadable event recording will be shared with you.
This is a free event.