What would you like your potential students to know about you as a teacher of the Diamond Approach?:
I work with each person as an individual, in the moment. All of you is welcome. Within this allowing space we look at whatever is up for you, whether a spiritual experience or a feeling of deficiency or a tender emotion or strong defendedness. When we allow, we find the ways your soul is coming forward and open. And I will help you to vigorously defend against the inner critic, which is the enemy of transformation. I use breath work (Ridhwan Diasomatics) in almost all private sessions and draw on my experience from twenty-some years as a bodyworker to guide students in sensing and embodied transformation. I view the body as a 'portal' for consciousness and transformation and believe that embodiment is instrumental to realization and actualization. I do sessions in person (Washington state) and also by Skype. I can work with students in Japan by Skype and also occasionally in person. I have lived, traveled, and worked in a variety of environments that has allowed me to experience many cultures and ways of living and to meet people from all walks of life. I was raised in the US Midwest, but spent fifteen years in Japan and ten in Hawaii before settling in Seattle. My professional background ranged from eight years in a corporate environment to decades as an editor and as a bodyworker. This range of experience has enriched my appreciation for humanity's diversity and fluidity. I can find commonality and ease with people of most backgrounds and cultures, and have a particular love and soul affinity for Japan.
What attracted you to the Diamond Approach?:
Like many ‘seekers', I explored a diversity of teachings and paths from an early age. I tried different forms of meditation and listened to teachers and gurus of different traditions. None of them grabbed me, although I could see beauty and value in each. My experience of the Diamond Approach was different. By my second retreat, I was galvanized with the realization that this was a living teaching: It had a palpable flow, and I felt as though I had entered a stream and the current was carrying me. I knew without a doubt that the living flow of this teaching would carry me further than I could go on my own. This was exciting! It was also scary, as a true path will take you to your edges and beyond – into the unknown. The caterpillar forming its chrysalis has no idea that it will become a butterfly. In a similar way, human beings entering the Diamond Approach teaching are beginning a journey of profound and ongoing transformation. It is with great joy and gratitude that I dedicate myself to this teaching, as a student and as a teacher.
What is most important for people to understand about the Diamond Approach?:
You can get a partial understanding by reading about this path, but real understanding comes from experience, private sessions and/or group work. The Diamond Approach is "alchemical" in the sense that it has the potential for radical transformation, lead into gold. In this work you are not improving yourself, you are changing your understanding of who and what you are as you open to true nature. Although it's radically transformational, it is also supportive, working with a compassionate intelligence of how and when your soul can optimally unfold.
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