Free Talk

The Awakened Body

with Karen Johnson

Opening to the Spiritual Wisdom of the Body

Available Now

What is the body, really?

What is the role of the body on your spiritual journey?

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.

Explore a Revolutionary View on Embodiment

In this talk, Karen introduces 2022 as the Year of the Body. She also previews 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.

During the talk, you will be invited to…

Investigate the reality of our body and come to recognize that it is not just an object we experience consciousness through, but that our body IS consciousness itself

Open up to the possibility of experiencing our body both as an instrument for physical life and for our spiritual life and development

Discover that as we become more sensitive to our bodies, they first reveal the historical patterns and wounds we carry that caused us to become numb, tense, or shut down

Understand that in turning towards those patterns with love and tenderness, they can begin to dissipate and open up to gifts within, freeing us from the heaviness of the past

Realize that as we are liberated from our historical conditioning, the spiritual wisdom of the body is revealed

“To actually live what we know of our being and to express that through the body is the wisdom of the body. And it makes our practical life ever more efficient, effective, beautiful, fun, playful and immediate.”

Meet Your Teacher

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.

“The body is a precious temple, an instrument for our nature to express itself. It is what enables spirit to live, to laugh, to dance. It is living spirit as body.”

Here’s Everything You’ll Receive from this Free, 90-Minute Public Talk...

A special talk from Karen Johnson

Meditation and inquiry practice

The Karen Johnson's responses to common questions

Access to a downloadable recording of the talk

Get a taste of The Spiritual Wisdom of the Body program through this series of three free video mini-teachings:

Our Sacred Body

Our Sacred Body:
The Mystical Union of Body and Soul

Available February 8

Trauma and Spirituality

Trauma and Spirituality:
Somatic Gifts and Challenges on the Path

Available February 15

Love and Our Body

Love and Our Body:
Opening to the Sacred Touch of Love

Available February 22

Select the "Yes" checkbox in the registration form below to receive these complementary mini-teachings weekly with the Awakened Body talk.


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 inquiry: non-judgment of what we’re experiencing, which brings crisp clarity into one’s own truth.

What is the Spiritual Wisdom of the Body?

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.

What’s included in the program?

A special, 90-minute public talk from Karen Johnson, embodiment meditation, and Karen’s answers to common body and consciousness related questions.

You’ll also be able to  download the talk recording.

Are the sessions live or pre-recorded?

This is a pre-recorded teaching. 

What if I have questions?

We’re here to support you on your journey and help with any questions you may have about registering and accessing the talk. 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?

This is a free event.


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