Opportunities to Experience the Diamond Approach.
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The Courage To Be: Essential Strength
May 29-31, 2020 on Zoom *10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Plus Jul 1, webinar, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
On this retreat, we will deepen our exploration of Essential Strength: what gives us the capacity to continually expand and deepen our experience of life. With its dynamic, loving energy, essential strength gives us the courage to see and stand for the truth. It is a vital ally in separating from the judgment and shame of the inner critic.
Essential aspects are qualities of our consciousness that we all have the potential to experience. Foundational to the teachings of the Diamond Approach, each aspect brings us greater presence, maturity and inner freedom.
This retreat is part of the offerings of the new Diamond Approach Philadelphia 2 group that is open to new students. The group is beginning on an on-going teaching and exploration, appropriate for all people who are curious about exploring their psychological and spiritual nature.
LOCATION: * Zoom video conferencing. Due to concerns about coronavirus, we are moving our May retreat to an online retreat. Email Greg Knight for more information.
COST: $385. Includes all group meetings. Private sessions also available during the retreat for additional cost.
Limited work trade and scholarship available.
QUESTIONS: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Retreat dates for 2020
May 29- 31 online Zoom + July 1 evening webinar teaching
August 21-23 in person + Sept 16 evening webinar teaching
October 16-18 in person + webinar meeting TBA.
Sacred Impulses: Exploring Presence through Movement and Inquiry
“Your body is actually your entry into the mystery.” - A.H. Almaas
How does presence move our body? How do different states of consciousness impact us physically? What happens when we include our body’s sensitivity and intelligence in inquiry? We will explore these and other questions in this online course.
There are various essential aspects that express different qualities of our Being - Joy, Compassion, Will, Peace, etc. These qualities can have a sacred impulse, a subtle expression of presence that can show itself through us. With curiosity and understanding, these sacred impulses can express something sublime and mysterious about our true nature.
In this Fall series, we will focus in particular on the White Essence, the quality of personal will and essential support. This quality of presence conveys a sense of effortless confidence, a full bodied certainty that we can stay in touch with whatever is arising in our experience, and respond effectively to the conditions of our life.
For the movement work, we will use specific elements of the Five Movement practice, a method developed as part of the Diamond Approach teaching for exploring presence. By combining movement and inquiry, we can experientially learn how our presence is both blocked in us and can express itself through us.
When: 9/5, 10/3, 11/7, 12/5. 12 - 3 pm, Eastern Time.
Where: Online Zoom. (Sessions will be recorded for review by registered students.)
What students have to say about Sacred Impulses:
"I was not really conscious what I was longing for, but it is this direct contact with my bodily sensations that helps me to get in deeper understanding and exploring experiences that happen to me."
If you would like to further explore your interest in the Diamond Approach you can apply to work with a Diamond Approach teacher in individual spiritual insight sessions.
In private session work, you work one on one with a teacher to learn the Diamond Approach practice of Inquiry - an open ended exploration into the truth of your immediate experience. This can include psychological discernment, precise questioning, breath work, and body sensing practices. All of these processes support your unfolding discoveries about your inner nature and spiritual development. Your personal unfoldment arises naturally, spontaneously and uniquely in a way that is natural, spontaneous, and unique.