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Introductory Description: 

I grew up in Englewood, Colorado.  After getting a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, I taught elementary music for several years.  I then returned to school to get a graduate degree in Computer Science.  Afterwards I worked for Hewlett-Packard in several capacities including R&D, Support, Product Marketing and Marketing Communications.

I’ve had a spiritual flame throughout my life.  Reality, at times, seemed mysterious and magical.  I couldn’t always explain some experiences I felt or sensed.  This made me wonder, “Who or what am I… really?”, “What is the nature of reality?”, “What is this mystery I sense but can’t explain?"  In an attempt to find out, I participated in Protestant, Catholic, New Age and Buddhist groups.  I also studied mythology, Native American traditions, comparative religion and the Enneagram.  

While studying the Enneagram, I read a book called Facets of Unity by A.H. Almaas (pen-name for Hameed Ali) and devoured it.  I spent hours discussing the book with a dear friend.   We were amazed by its depth and profundity.  Years later, this same friend told me about a group forming in Boulder based on the teachings of A. H. Almaas.  After attending a couple of introductory classes, I was hooked.  It felt like I had found my spiritual home (or did it find me?)!

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

 

Each soul is unique and precious.  The process of guiding and supporting another person’s soul on their spiritual journey is a sacred responsibility.  Because of this, I hold each relationship with deep respect, love, compassion and grounded support. I honor where you are and want to support your spiritual unfolding so that you can live a freer and more authentic life.  I’m not here to solve your problems or to tell you what to do.  Instead, I am here to guide and support you in discovering your own essential nature and innate wisdom.  As a student myself, I also know how challenging this work can be at times.   I therefore try to bring as much compassion, sensitivity, respect, support and objectivity as needed in each moment.  I trust True Nature and the perfection of your personal spiritual journey and unfoldment, even when it doesn’t feel comfortable.

What attracted you to the Diamond Approach?: 

I love the wisdom and depth of the writings of A.H. Almaas and the teachings were transformative.   My body and soul resonated in a way I had never felt before.

I was touched by the warm welcoming that felt genuine and real.  I was welcomed just as I am.  There was no need to adopt a particular belief, live up to a particular ideal or accept ideas based on faith.  I did not have to fit into any particular mold.  Instead, I was encouraged to stay open AND to discover for myself what was true and real in each moment of my experience.   Not only did the school welcome me personally but it also welcomed others, regardless of their background, experience, ethnicity, religion, culture, etc.  I also appreciated that the Diamond Approach honors and respects science and the insights from psychological research.     

Instead of simply reading books and listening to the lectures in a passive way, I appreciated the invitation to engage personally by doing exercises and inquiry.  To deepen, grow, develop and unfold we have opportunities to work with colleagues in large and small group settings.  Additionally, we work with a private teacher who can attune precisely to where we are and helps guide our souls to unfold in its own unique way. 

This is not a path for “by-standers”.  This is a path of active engagement.  A love for the truth sparks our spiritual flame and gives us the fuel to be steadfast on our journey.

What is most important for people to understand about the Diamond Approach?: 

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, the Diamond Approach is not a fast track to realization and enlightenment.  We are like diamonds that have been buried underground for eons; covered over by dirt, mud, muck rock, slime, etc.  With time, patience, courage, compassion, kindness, love, curiosity, openness, vulnerability, steadfastness and even humor, the gunk begins to drop away.  As it does, the inner shine begins to show through.  Eventually, the fullness, preciousness, brilliancy and multi-faceted-ness of our diamond is revealed.  It was always there but we didn’t see or recognize it for what it was. Being on the Diamond Approach path is both challenging and exhilarating.  There is no end goal.  It’s about the journey.

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