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easlayton@comcast.net

Elizabeth Slayton is a Diamond Approach teacher and a professional artist. She has been a student of the Diamond Approach for 25 years and was ordained in June, 2016. She assists with the Boston 4 and Amherst groups, presenting, teaching small groups and seeing private students. She attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, Penn State University and Massachusetts College of Art. As an artist she has been painting and exhibiting for more than 35 years, showing in solo and group shows throughout the US and abroad. Her paintings are included in private and corporate collections.
Introductory Description: 
What have you learned as a result of studying the Diamond Approach?: 

 That who I am is not who I thought I was!

 And as an artist, it has been exciting and validating to watch how my inner process is continually reflected in my paintings, without any conscious intention to do so.

What attracted you to the Diamond Approach?: 

Some friends of mine started attending a retreat group in CA, and I began reading Hameed’s books. I attended a few Diamond Approach weekends in 1994 with Alia Johnson in NY. When Duncan Scribner started the first Boston group in 1995 where I lived, I joined that group.

I was at a time in my life when I was feeling a certain flatness and discouragement. I had always been searching for something to fill an emptiness even at a young age. I had a deep thirst that I couldn’t name and when I started in the Diamond Approach I felt as if I had found a drink of water. I felt supported and encouraged in my search. I recognized an integrity and an intelligence in the work. I felt at home.

I was challenged by the invitation to come out of hiding. Each inquiry exercise required that I speak up and it was difficult for me. Overtime I discovered my own thoughts, insights, questions and a voice to express them. That old flatness began to open up into more dimensionality and aliveness.

Books and/or articles I’ve written: 

Kodah and Me, story and illustrations

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