Since childhood I have felt and followed the pull to realization. Zen and Subud have been important spiritual doorways. I joined the Ridhwan School in 2000. In my working life I have been a lawyer, counsellor, dishwasher, ESL teacher, office clerk, server, mediator, and non-profit manager. I live in Gibsons, British Columbia, with an old friend and his cat, Amina.
As a teacher, I want to meet each student exactly where they are, with kindness, acceptance, and keen attention on guiding them to unfold in ways that are natural and needed.
The Diamond Approach was exactly what I was looking for: a true living teaching that offered intensive, experiential, and ongoing engagement. Having done a great deal of individual and group therapy, as well as having sincerely participated in other spiritual traditions, I was primed for the depth, dynamism and seriousness of this path and am very grateful to have found it.
For me the most important thing for people to understand about the Diamond Approach is that it is a path of embodiment. In my experience, the work started to really take off when I turned fully toward the core and constant practice of sensing, simply sensing my body. Here's why. The Diamond Approach is bursting with exquisite and precise concepts about reality but the truth of that knowledge can only be realized in and through our own felt experience. Tuning and meeting the elegant instrument we each are begins with dedication to simply sensing ourselves. What's here? is the root question for beginners and throughout our work. When we land in and as our sensory field--which comes to include energies, emotions, thoughts, as well as presence in its myriad manifestations--our process has the holding and the openness it needs to express, reveal and deepen.