John V Davis
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The Diamond Approach

The Diamond Approach (c) is both an understanding of our deepest human nature and a path to realizing and developing our fullest potential. With a precise method for inner work, it incorporates spiritual wisdom and psychological insights to offer effective practices for self-realization, spiritual maturity, and inner freedom. Above all, it encourages us to live our realizations in our everyday lives. Through this work, we find ourselves returning to the depth of our true nature and growing in a process of ongoing evolution. 

Most of all, the Diamond Approach is a path for living as real, fulfilled, free, and mature human beings in the world. This maturity and realization shows up in a simple wakefulness, richer relationships, a more welcoming attitude toward our experience, and well-rounded, authentic presence.

Developed and described by Hameed Ali, who is better known by his pen-name, A. H. Almaas, the Diamond Approach is taught through the Ridhwan School. Find more information at:

​Ridhwan School website

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A self-paced online course introducing the Diamond Approach through explorations of life transitions. Life transitions have the potential to initiate us into deeper maturity and realization. Whether sought after or out of the blue, welcomed or tragic, each stage of a life transition presents us with both challenges and resources for meeting the tasks of those challenges.

Open to those who are new to the Diamond Approach as well as Diamond Approach students. Click HERE for a brief video introduction and more information.​

"The Diamond Approach," by John Davis, Theodore Usatynski, and Zvi Ish-Shalom. From Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology (2013), edited by Harris Friedman and Glenn Hartelius, published by Wiley-Blackwell. This is a more academic introduction to this work.

"Diamond in the Rough: An Exploration of Aliveness and Transformation in the Wilderness." From Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature (2014), Douglas Vakoch and Fernando Castrillon, Eds., published by Springer. This describes a wilderness retreat based on the Diamond Approach and the "primitive ecopsychology" taught by the School of Lost Borders
John Davis, The Diamond Approach: An introduction to the teachings of A. H. Almaas. (1999). 

Published by Shambhala Publications. Here is Chapter One from this book.