I have learned that I have a lot to learn.. and as time passes, that I am more and more happy about that. To my own surprise, I have discovered that I don't need to reach any particular end, and am more interested in the endless unfolding of what I can know, feel and be in the world.
I learned about the work from a colleague and mentor of mine who had been participating in the Diamond Approach for a few years. I was actively looking for a community to explore do “spiritual work.” I had studied philosophy and psychology in college, and tried different teachings and approaches to inner exploration and nothing had really felt like a right fit. My colleague new about my interests, suggested the book “Essence” to me, and mentioned an upcoming weekend retreat I could attend. I got the book and loved it. So, I went to the weekend retreat.
Going to the first weekend retreat I attended, I wasn't sure what I would find there. My first memory was that there were nothing flashy or fancy about the set up. The teacher presented the teaching and it felt straightforward, and like it came from some kind of depth and truth that I knew or could at least relate to.
I felt challenged without being overwhelmed. It felt like the right place for me to discover more about my inner nature, so I wondered, what was the next thing after this weekend..?
Lately I have been saying that the Diamond Approach is like going to university for your consciousness. And that's true: you are becoming a student in a school! And the curriculum here is profoundly interactive and engaging. You won't be sitting back and just letting things happen. From the beginning, you are asked to check things out for yourself, work on your own and work with others, and inquire into your own experience. In a real sense, you are continuing the journey of growing as a person that began when you were born. There may be sudden, quantum leaps of understanding. And there is also the gradual, meaningful work of integrating your discoveries into your life.