The Diamond Approach®, developed by A. H. Almaas, uses the findings of modern psychology and the ancient wisdom traditions to support a return to essence, or our true nature.
We do not have to renounce ordinary life to walk a spiritual path.
The Diamond Approach is a practical method of connecting
to our spiritual nature and allowing it
to become part of daily life.
It is a journey toward uncovering
the essence of who we really are, beneath the layers
of social conditioning and cultural expectation. Its aim is
to discover the deepest truth of what it means to be human.
Taming Your Inner Critic 6-WEEK CLASS BEGINNING JAN 17TH
Many people find that there is an inner voice or feeling which accompanies them in their lives. This voice tends to criticize the person when she or he does something, or fails to do something. Left untended, it can affect choices, the emotional field of a person, and even the posture. It sounds like it is trying to help, but most people can see that, overall, it is undermining their self-confidence and natural ebullience. This class will explore this Inner Critic and use study and experiential exercises to lessen its influence.
What to Expect: We will have talks, meditations and personal inquiry into the critic for each person. Class is limited to 12 persons. Six consecutive Sundays: Jan 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21 Time: 1pm to 3:30pm
We will continue Spacecruiser Inquiry book study in late winter, stay tuned for details
We have tentatively planned retreats for March 12th, 13th and 14th, and June 11th, 12th and 13th; Subjects TBA.
Online Retreat November 6-8, 2020 During this online retreat, we will be using meditations, teachings and personal inquiry to explore the quality of Basic Trust. Basic Trust is a non-conceptual confidence that there is something fundamentally good about the universe—wishing us the best. This quality allows the soul to relax in the moment with what is arising and allows a natural unfoldment to your deepest true nature.
Weekend Retreat January 3-5, 2020 This is an exciting opportunity to study a modern spiritual path in a small group. Come join us January 3, 4 and 5. The theme for the retreat will be personal will on the spiritual path.
Diamond Approach Book Study Group September 10, 2019 The book study group is open for new members! The first meeting will be on September 10, 6:30 to 9pm ONLINE. We will be working with The Unfolding Now, by A. H. Almaas.
Comments on the Diamond Approach
“I myself can recommend the Diamond Approach as probably the most balanced of the widely available spiritual psychologies/therapies.”
“Almaas is one of the most significant voices for a new and remarkably integrated spiritual vision. His work combines the personal, the universal, the psychological and the spiritual… I respect his work to the highest degree…”
Lou Weir is an ordained Diamond Approach teacher and
a founding teacher of Insight Meditation Ann Arbor.
Lou also offers private sessions for Diamond Approach students who wish to practice inquiry with a guide.
An Interview with Diamond Approach teacher Lou Weir
This interview by a certified student in the Diamond Approach was conducted in early 2018. It has been edited for publishing.
Student: How long have you been practicing the Diamond Approach?
Lou: I have been a student for over 20 years, and I have been through a 10-year teacher training program. I was ordained as a teacher in 2017.
Student: Have you done other spiritual practices?
Lou: Yes, early in my search, in my 30’s I was a voracious reader of spiritual or quasi-spiritual texts ranging from Zen patriarchs, Christian mystics, channeled entities and spoon bending in Russia. It was a time of intense curiosity. I have been a practitioner in esoteric Christianity, Gurdjieff Work, Zen and I am currently also a teacher of Vipassana.
And I have learned something from each of the practices. In the Gurdjieff Work, for example, I learned that real spiritual unfoldment comes from diligent application. In other practices I learned that it comes from letting go. Both are important to any practitioner.
Student: Where do you teach Vipassana meditation?
Lou: At Insight Meditation Ann Arbor.
Student: Is it difficult to teach in two traditions?
Lou: Sometimes. Each tradition has its own vocabulary and I try to keep to that vocabulary when teaching. But many things overlap and can be expressed best one way over another. It has become easier as I have done it.