Q: What is a spiritual path?
A: A spiritual path is one that can lead to the realization of our deepest true nature. It supports our personal transformation through which we are able to be more fully and completely who and what we are, here and now.
A spiritual path provides teachings and methods that open our awareness to the more subtle dimensions of reality. It allows us to gradually embody these deeper dimensions of our being in our lives.
Q: How is the Diamond Approach different from other spiritual paths?
A: Reality is one totality, however it also has many facets and aspects. Though all paths have elements in common, they each have their own emphasis and particular orientation.
The Diamond Approach emphasizes the intimate understanding of our immediate experience as it arises through everyday living. This path works with each individual in many different ways, including through the heart, mind and body. Every part of our experience is included as they are all important in guiding us to our deeper Self. The Diamond Approach leads to a deepening realization and actualization of our true nature, the source of our deepest fulfillment in life.
The Diamond Approach path is a living teaching, meaning it has arisen in response to the challenges of modern life. It utilizes modern psychology and philosophy, as well as more traditional spiritual practices to help students realize the depth of who they are. We are patterned by life experiences into relatively limited beliefs about who and what we are, and what reality is like. This path challenges these historical patterns and beliefs and reveals the essential self and reality that exists beneath it all.
Q: What is the goal of the Diamond Approach?
A: The Diamond Approach does not have one goal for everyone to achieve. It reveals how reality can be experienced as a multitude of dimensions. It is a support for people to inquire into the areas they are most interested in at any given time. This inquiry is open ended, and can then be used to reveal and develop the truth in its many levels of possibility.
If we can say the Diamond Approach has a goal it is to offer a way for individuals to realize the truth of their experience at a given moment. There is a tendency for truth to reveal itself in progressively deeper and more expanded levels including what could be seen as the ultimate Truth, the Absolute nature of reality. That said, the path illuminates that what we can know of reality, what we can live and embody is an ever evolving, ever deepening potential. As a path that is engaged in the midst of every day life, spiritual realization in the Diamond Approach is not intended to be merely transcendent but rather to be applied in the world of daily activities. The experience of being in the world but not of it, means to participate in human society and contribute to it. At the same time, it also means to not be of the world, to not be a product of the conditioning and influences of the world, of society, but to be of the real world, our true nature, the spiritual dimension.
Q: Are there any beliefs inherent in the Diamond Approach? What are they?
A: There is no ideology or belief system to follow. Rather there is a perspective that reality can be known directly without the veils of preconceived beliefs. In this regard Diamond Approach invites us to investigate our beliefs and assumptions in order to find what is true in our immediate experience.
Q: Do I have to change my religion to study the Diamond Approach?
A: Although the Diamond Approach is taught through the Ridhwan Foundation, which is incorporated as a religious organization and its teachers carry the title of teacher/minister, students don’t need to change their religion to participate in the Diamond Approach. Rather than replacing particular religious views, the Diamond Approach expands the individual’s inner experience of reality. Many of our members continue to participate in various religious traditions. Often, they find the Diamond Approach teaching can deepen their understanding of the religious or spiritual traditions they practice.
Q: Is the Diamond Approach a branch or type of psychotherapy?
A: The Diamond Approach is a spiritual path and is not a substitute for psychotherapy. Any techniques or knowledge of the Diamond Approach that resemble those of psychotherapy are due only to the broad scope of the Diamond Approach, which incorporates the whole spectrum of human experience. It is not intended for therapeutic purposes; its orientation, view, methodology and knowledge as a whole differ fundamentally from the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry and psychoanalysis.
Q: Who can teach the Diamond Approach?
A: The Diamond Approach is taught by ordained Ridhwan teachers. As teacher/ministers, they are trained in an extensive seven year seminary program, in addition to their work and participation as students of the Diamond Approach. This comprehensive training process ensures that each person has a complete understanding of the Diamond Approach in addition to their capacity to teach.