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bobduchmann@gmail.com

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 quickly came to realize that this path contained most of the spiritual methods and teachings I was looking for. Like many, I too was actively working with many other spiritual paths while getting my masters in clinical psychology -- things like: vipassana meditation, Hakomi body work, Holotropic breathwork, transpersonal psychology, Enneagram and shamanism. I wanted a practical path that addressed functioning fully in the world "but not of it" as the famous saying goes. The Diamond Approach used depth psychology, while keeping its view on the much larger cosmos and how to live both 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 synthesized way. I knew it was a potential home base for me that included what I was already doing in separate ways so I jumped into the DA and it opened, fullfilled and expanded in ways I had not yet dreamed of. I was indeed home and i have not regretted any of it for a moment. Its a beautiful and contemporary path for those who want to continue to live full and rich lives in the world, but have a very extraordinary spiritual way of relating to this on the inside. In other words, "to be in the world, but not of it" - to embody our essential nature while dealing with all the usual elements of normal life.

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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