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“In the Diamond Approach, love of the truth is the central feature that guides the method along the way. ‘Truth for its own sake’ – means that truth is not for any end other than for each of us to uncover what is next to be discerned, revealed, and understood.”
KAREN JOHNSON - Co-Founder of the Diamond Approach
Our teachers reflect on their experience of being on this unique path
Introducing our teaching team
My first contact with the teachings that later became the Diamond Approach was in 1984 with Karen Johnson, before she moved from Colorado to California to continue her spiritual work with Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas). I continued learning and deepening my inward journey with my teacher, Deborah Ussery Letofsky in Boulder, Colorado. Those first groups in Colorado and California have grown from a handful of seekers meeting in members’ lounge rooms, to the several thousand dedicated students around the world, today. In 1992, when I had the invitation as an ordained teacher to come to Australia, I found that my experience in movement, trauma resolution, music, and the Diamond Approach was a good combination to meet the needs of the Australians interested in uncovering their spiritual depths. The Land welcomed me, and I became the founding teacher and director of Diamond Approach Australia and an adopted daughter of Australia.
I am one of the Directors of the Diamond Approach Program in Colorado, where I live, as well as the Team Leader for the teaching team in Australia. I have been teaching the Diamond Approach since 2002, and so many years later, Australia feels like my other home. The Diamond Approach opened my heart, mind, and energy in ways I didn’t realise were limited until those limitations were released. This process opened me to more space, inner joy, and deep internal rest. Getting to watch the impact that presence has on those I work with touches my heart and makes all those very long plane rides worth it. I enjoy visiting various parts of Australia besides Sydney as opportunities arise, including Uluru, Cairns, Byron Bay, and Tasmania, and I look forward to adding to that list.
I was born in London, raised on the island of Cyprus and live in the USA. I have been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1988 and teach in Australia and the USA in Boulder and Denver (Colorado), and Boston (Massachusetts). Before coming to this work, I practised a Hindu path for 15 years. In my teen years, I studied with a well-known Christian Mystic in Cyprus and later had a brief encounter with Sufism. I studied architecture in Florence, Italy and then, psychology in the USA. I have two grown-up children and a granddaughter who also live in Colorado. The Diamond Approach path resonated with me because of its Western origins as well as the inclusion of modern psychological knowledge, which significantly enhances the effectiveness of the process of self-realisation. I bring extensive experience in the Christian and Hindu paths to compliment my work.
I have been a student of the Diamond Approach in both Europe and the USA since 1993. I returned to Australia in 1999 and have been a teacher of this path here since 2007, and in NZ since 2013. I am Australian born and live in the hills behind Byron Bay with my husband, Aboriginal poet and activist Wayne Armytage, an adopted clan and various forms of wildlife. Growing up in the Australian bush was my first connection with spirituality through the land. What I found in the Diamond Approach was spiritual teaching that perfectly suited my Western soul, a path of the mind, heart and body. It supports both my journey as a human being, living a human life as well as my soul’s journey into the Mystery. What I love about this teaching is the way it supports each person to unfold towards truth in his or her own unique way.
In 1986, I attended an “Open House” being presented by a teacher of the Diamond Approach. I felt what I heard that night was true and could feel my soul opening and relaxing while listening to the person who would become my teacher. In 2003 I became a teacher and have been visiting Australia since 2008. I experience a natural resonance and deep love for the land and peoples of Australia and find these experiences resonate with my love for Hawaii, where I live and work in Maui. I enjoy family time, beach walks, being in nature, gardening, and teaching students who are sincerely interested in developing their true potential. Over the years, I have more access to my depth, and a greater capacity to live the expression of my depth in the world. It is my honour and a pleasure to be in service as a member of the DAA teaching team.
I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area all my life. Since being ordained in 1997 as a Diamond Approach teacher, I’ve been working with students in Berkeley as well as Diamond Approach Groups in Atlanta (Georgia), Europe and Australia. I would describe my process as a willingness to follow what arises, to defend against judgments and to learn how to allow my inner movement, guidance, and understanding to be the direction of my path. Being in the Diamond Approach has brought about the interface between my spiritual practice and being in the world. There’s always something fresh and new arising where they meet – and I get to know more about myself, as I am present to the moment. And those moments come alive with potential and possibilities. I like the aliveness and the zing of being present.
I am a Diamond Approach teacher living in Maui, Hawaii. In 2012, I joined the Australian teaching team and felt a deep affinity for Australia, the land and the people I have met here. The Diamond Approach path is a rich and powerful method for people to learn about who and what they really are. Working with mind, body and spirit, I guide people to touch and embody their True Nature. The Diamond Approach has helped me to be myself in a natural and spontaneous way, and I am delighted to share this teaching with others. I have been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1988 and became a Teacher in 2002. I lead two Hawaii Diamond Approach groups in Maui and teach in Italy. I have also taught in Europe and in the Ridhwan Teacher Training Program. I am a supervisor and mentor for new teachers and teachers-in-training.
I have been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1999 and was ordained as a teacher in 2014. Working with students to discover more of who they truly are brings me great joy. Currently, I am part of teams teaching the Diamond Approach in Australia, San Jose, California, and a newly forming group in Asia. As a member of the Diamond Approach Online team, I help to bring the teachings to people around the world who cannot attend an in-person local group. I feel fortunate and blessed to bring the Diamond Approach to new places in the world to those with a desire to know it. My home is in Berkley, California, where I work with students regularly both in-person and online. I am also a yoga teacher and have been steeped in the wisdom of Earth-based teachings for years.
I have been a student since 1998. After ten years of training in the USA, I became a teacher in 2016. My background is in theatre, and it was a series of powerful experiences during my actor training that began the inner journey for me. After working as an actor, training in Holotropic Breathwork with Stan Grof, and beginning this work, I spent four years researching essential experience and development in acting and actor training. I still teach drama as an approach to personal development. I live in Melbourne with my partner and two dynamic little rascals. The Diamond Approach has transformed me, ushering me into a life that is full, human and real. It has revealed reality in seemingly endless detail, richness and depth, and now offers me a way to be of service as a teacher. I’m grateful for the way it has “blessed me into usefulness”.
I have been an Australian student of the Diamond Approach since 1994. I was introduced by my mother, one of the first Australian students. Although I moved to Boston in 2015, I maintain my lifelong connection with the Australian land, bush and peoples. I return often to refresh and reconnect. I could never have imagined the inner capacities, expansion and freedom that have developed on this journey of self-discovery. I value living life, as well as inner exploration, so it’s important for me that our path is grounded in the realities of everyday life, dealing with its complexity, challenges and sometimes blissful simplicity. Exploring the truth and meaning of our lives leads us ultimately to our inner goodness and purity as unique expressions of essence. I hold with deep appreciation, care and respect, the inner journey of each student, as they discover for themselves the truth and meaning of life and being.
I have been travelling the path of the Diamond Approach since 1996 and offer in-person private sessions in Sydney and elsewhere via cyberspace. My background is in counselling, psychotherapy and breath and bodywork in mainstream and alternative settings. I am also a long-time practitioner and teacher of martial arts. Movement, silence and ‘going bush’ are part of the rhythm of my life. The Diamond Approach has taught me that the unfolding and opening of the soul takes as long as it takes. Nothing can be hurried or pushed along. This is the compassionate truth of the situation. We turn up, learn to get out of our own way, open to love and are carried. Everything is welcome. The challenges of our times are here, now – we can do nothing but step into the openness before us.
The realm of spirit and Presence knocked gently at my door many times over the first decades of my life, moments outside “ordinary experience” that gently invited me to recognise that there was more to life and this world than there seemed on the surface. A sense that life could be richer and more meaningful than I had ever hoped for. It was not until 2000 that I discovered the Diamond Approach, and it resonated at many levels. Much of what it explicated matched my earlier experiences, which served to validate both my experiences and the path itself. Having a “science” oriented mind, I enjoy and recognise the value of the integration of contemporary psychology into the path. Having something of a mystic’s heart, I discovered I love the paradoxes of the realm of spirit. Integral to an awakened heart are genuine curiosity, interest, acceptance, kindness, welcoming of all experiences, and patience. I am a teacher, living in Melbourne and I welcome you to the Diamond Path.
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