Method of the Diamond Approach

As a contemporary spiritual teaching, the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization considers the totality of the human being. It is a path of self-realization and human maturity based on an original synthesis of modern discoveries in the field of psychology and a new paradigm about spiritual nature.

We learn that we can experience our spiritual and true nature as a transcendent eternal truth and also as various spiritual qualities of presence such as love, clarity, peace, truth, and so on.

These aspects of our essence are readily revealed through the heart-felt understanding of our normal everyday experience. In this way we can attain spiritual realization at the same time that we become liberated from our psychological patterns and limitations. Such an approach makes it possible to be a full human being in the world while living in the eternal spirit.

The Diamond Approach differs from most other paths in that it recognizes the uniqueness of each individual soul and adapts itself to each person’s needs at the time. It does not require that people adapt to some ideal, but welcomes people as they are and helps them to take the natural next step for their unique development.

The Diamond Approach emphasizes the personal aspects of spiritual reality, in a way different from most spiritual paths. Development of the personal essence—the Pearl beyond Price—is central to the Diamond Approach. This process honors, supports, and develops the uniqueness of each individual to his or her fullest potential. Beingness in a personal form becomes a stepping stone from ordinary consciousness to the transcendent oneness of spiritual reality.

The Diamond Approach recognizes that Being or true nature manifests the fullness of reality, whereas the material world is only one part of that reality. This view contrasts with the materialistic perspectives dominating society today, of which most psychotherapy is an expression.

Following this path, we have the opportunity to discover, realize, and actualize our true nature, our deepest spiritual dimension. The Diamond Approach uses methods such as meditation, self-remembering, and inquiry to support this process of realizing our true nature.

Article: The Diamond Approach by A. H. Almaas