Stumbling upon the Pearl Beyond Price book by A. H. Almaas (the pen name of Hameed Ali, founder of the Diamond Approach) through friends, I knew instantly that was the path I was looking for. I had already explored many other paths--meditation, body work, breathwork, transpersonal psychology, and shamanism--but I wanted a practical path that functioned in the world as well. The Diamond Approach was a path that understood depth psychology, while keeping its view on the much larger cosmos. The Diamond Approach was obviously a path of “realization” but its experiential orientation kept it focused on the “actualization” into everyday life. Its method included meditation, breathwork, bodywork, Enneagram, and depth psychology, all in an intricately balanced and integrated way. I knew I was home.
As I also work as an licensed MFT in San Francisco for over 28 years, I have developed a significant integration of the two areas; spirituality and transpersonal psychology. One of the beautiful elements of the Diamond Approach is its appreciation and use of depth psychology in working with personality structures and this is also true in the other direction with my training in transpersonal psychology - there is a natural fit and integration between the two. These coupled with lifelong interests in contemporary culture, music, nature and embodiment all help create a balanced approach to realization and the actualization of that realization - something I am most dedicated to.