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What have you learned as a result of studying the Diamond Approach?: 

Through friends when i was in grad school I was introduced to the "Pearl Beyond Price" book by A. H. Almaas (the pen name of Hameed Ali, founder of the Diamond Approach). I knew instantly that this path had most of the same elements I was looking for. I was actively working with many other paths at the same time as getting my masters in clinical psychology -- things like: vipassana meditation, Hakomi body work, Holotropic breathwork, transpersonal psychology, and shamanism. I wanted a practical path that functioned in the world but not of it as the saying goes. The Diamond Approach understood and used depth psychology, while keeping its view on the much larger cosmos and how to live this in the everyday world. The Diamond Approach was clearly a path of spiritual realization but its experiential orientation kept it focused on the actualization into everyday life. Its method included meditation, breathwork, bodywork, Enneagram, inquiry and depth psychology, all in an intricately balanced and integrated way. I knew then that was a potential home base that included most of what I was doing separately so I kept going ...

What would you like your potential students to know about you as a teacher of the Diamond Approach?: 

I also practice as a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist (MFT) in San Francisco for over 30 years and have developed a unique integration of the two areas; spirituality and depth psychology. One of the beautiful and most compelling elements of the Diamond Approach is its appreciation and use of depth psychology in working with historical personality structures and the spritiaul freedom and liberation that comes when we work through these historical patterns and identity. So, I felt a natural fit and integration between these two orientations. I also found I could include my lifelong interests in contemporary culture, music, the natural world and cutting edge science - all of which creates a balanced approach to spiritual work while living a regular life as well. Ahhh ...

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