Presence

Venture into the heart of enlightenment

An 8-Week Online Course—Starting April 1, 2019

An Invitation from Tami Simon

DISCOVER “THE ELIXIR OF ENLIGHTENMENT”

According to A.H. Almaas, the discovery of Presence is a significant turning point on the spiritual path. He calls it “the central element of the path” and “the elixir of enlightenment” because Presence endlessly reveals our true spiritual nature.

But What Is Presence?

If you’re like me when I first began to work on this program, you might be coming to this course with some pre-existing ideas about Presence. Perhaps you think it has something to do with being present in a given moment, or paying close attention to physical sensations, or being aware of what you are thinking or feeling?

According to A.H. Almaas, these are “approximations of Presence.” Within the Diamond Approach, Presence is not one thing; it is:

“An intelligent, luminous, self-aware medium that knows itself by being itself. Presence is not known by the mind; it is actually the source of the mind.”

If you are feeling confused at this point, please know that one of the teachings in this course is that recognizing our confusion is actually a very good thing. It means that we know that there is more for us to know, and that is the beginning of learning.

This online course is a deep dive into learning about Presence—and most importantly, discovering Presence in your own experience.

Without exaggerating, this online course could be life-changing for you. It has been for me.

Here is some of what you’ll learn:

  • “The Belly Meditation” (also known in the Diamond Approach as “The Kath Meditation”): A meditation practice that involves breathing into the lower belly as a gateway into the experience of Presence
  • Subtle sensing: How Presence knows itself through our subtle capacities
  • The dialectic between Presence and Inquiry: How Presence fortifies Inquiry and Inquiry reveals more of the reality of Presence
  • Learning how to work with obstacles to Presence, including emotional patterns, resistances, and the many ways we “reify” the separate self
  • Knowing yourself as a soul, as an “organ of perception” that is beyond physical birth and death
  • How we can experience ourselves simultaneously as boundless Presence beyond time and space and as an individual consciousness that is located in time and space
  • How Presence brings a sense of meaning and fulfillment

This online course is for people who are spiritual explorers, for people who are in touch with what A.H. Almaas calls “the enlightenment drive,” a drive to realize our spiritual nature to the fullest extent possible in endlessly unfolding ways.

If that sounds like you, then Presence: Venture into the Heart of Enlightenment is a one-of-a-kind journey of discovery. It is an utter delight to share this with you!

With love on the journey,

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Tami Simon
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Your Guides for the Journey

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A.H. Almaas

The pen name of A. Hameed Ali, a leading voice in contemporary spirituality who has written more than 14 books, including Runaway Realization and Spacecruiser Inquiry. He is founder of the Ridhwan School, an organization with members in North America, Europe, and Australia that is dedicated to promoting the Diamond Approach. With Sounds True, his offerings include the audio-learning program The Diamond Approach and the online courses Endless Enlightenment and Inquiry.

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Karen Johnson

A cofounder of the Diamond Approach and a colleague and friend of Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas). Karen is the author of The Jeweled Path: The Biography of the Diamond Approach to Infinite Realization, and she and Hameed coauthored the book The Power of Divine Eros: The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life.

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Deborah Ussery Letofsky

One of Hameed’s first students. She is the national director of the Ridhwan Seminary Program and senior lead teacher for both the Hawai'i Diamond Approach group and Gulf Coast Diamond Approach group.

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Morton Letofsky

One of Hameed's first students. He is president of the Ridhwan Foundation, director of the Mid-Region Seminary Program, and senior lead teacher for both the Hawai'i Diamond Approach group and Gulf Coast Diamond Approach group.

What You Will Experience on the Journey

Aliveness

Awaken new dimensions of delight, richness, and fulfillment

Subtle Sensing

Gain a discernable sense of Presence through awakening your subtle faculties

Guidance

How to navigate common obstacles that obscure Presence

A Felt Sense of
Here‑ness

Discover how Presence brings substantiality to your sense of being

Inquiry

Learn to refine your practice of Inquiry to allow the unfolding of Presence

Direct Experience

Inquiry Exercises that bring insight and new discoveries

Here's What You'll Receive

  • Eight Video Learning Sessions
    with A.H. Almaas, joined by Diamond Approach cofounder Karen Johnson and master teachers Deborah and Morton Letofsky — over 8 hours of in-depth training on the journey of Presence
  • Live Q&A Sessions
    You’ll have three sessions with A.H. Almaas and one with Karen Johnson, to answer your questions and offer further insights
  • In-Depth Interviews
    In each session, Tami Simon interviews that week’s teacher to delve deeper into the Diamond Approach
  • Inquiry Group Exercises
    Each session concludes with experiential exercises that you can explore on your own or with other course participants
  • Written Guidance
    Including session summaries and highlights, exercises, further resources, and more
  • Lifetime Access
    Access to course materials never expires, so you can learn at your own pace and return to re-experience any session

Plus

Realization Unfolds

A Conversation Between A. H. Almaas and Adyashanti

A Free Six-Hour Online Course — $137 Value

Spiritual realization expresses itself differently through different teachers. With Realization Unfolds, A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti—two of our generation’s most pioneering and influential spiritual teachers—present a six-session online course that explores their respective perspectives on spiritual awakening and what it means to live an awakened life.

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Inside Presence: Venture into the Heart of Enlightenment

This eight-week online course is structured to bring you into ever-deeper contact with Presence in your own experience and the subsequent realizations that unfold.

Here you can learn more about what you’ll learn each week. Take special note of the live Q&A sessions with A.H. Almaas on weeks two, three, and eight—as well as a live Q&A session with Karen Johnson on week seven. These live Q&A sessions are your chance to have your personal questions answered.

The course starts on April 1, 2019.

All live sessions will start at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT

Week One: Monday, April 1, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019 “Discovering Presence” with A.H. Almaas

“Discovering Presence” with A.H. Almaas

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

Week Two: Monday, April 8, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019 “Obstacles to Presence” with Deborah Ussery Letofsky
Includes a live Q&A session with A.H. Almaas

“Obstacles to Presence” with Deborah Ussery Letofsky
Includes a live Q&A session with A.H. Almaas

We each have an individual map which shows us the road we need to follow to inquire into our personal blockages to Presence. In this session, Deborah will reveal how you can stop pushing away or trying to transcend “components of a reified, structured self”—and instead inquire into these components as they present themselves in your immediate experience to discover what they are concealing.

Topics include:

  • Individual consciousness as an expression of pure consciousness
  • How the Diamond Approach differs from spiritual paths that focus on transcendence
  • How preferring certain states of being can be an obstacle to the revelation of Presence
  • Exploring the specific example of “lack of confidence” as an obstacle to Presence
  • The Sensing, Looking, and Listening practice

Week Three: Monday, April 15, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019 “Qualities of Presence” with Karen Johnson
Includes a live Q&A session with A.H. Almaas

“Qualities of Presence” with Karen Johnson
Includes a live Q&A session with A.H. Almaas

Presence does not only appear in our lives as a generic foundational ground—it is far more magical and mysterious. In our individual consciousness, Presence arises in particular ways as “essential qualities” in response to what is needed at any given moment. In this session, Karen begins by expanding your experience of The Belly Meditation practice, then guides you deeply into the very heart of immediate experience.

Topics include:

  • How being an individual consciousness does not mean that we are a separated consciousness
  • “Essential qualities”—how Presence can arise as the delicacy of kindness, the fire of strength, the sturdiness of will, and the joy and sweetness of love
  • Discovering Presence “from its own perspective”
  • How our individual consciousness becomes “structured,” and the excavation process of Inquiry
  • Inquiry Exercises: Feel into Your Immediate Experience and Who or What Is Having This Experience

Our session concludes with:

Live Q&A with A.H. Almaas—Hosted by Tami Simon, Hameed will answer your questions and offer new insights on the unfolding of Presence.

Week Four: Monday, April 22, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019 “The Dialectic of Presence and Inquiry” with A.H. Almaas

“The Dialectic of Presence and Inquiry” with A.H. Almaas

In this sweeping talk, Hameed brings together everything we have learned so far in the course. He explains how the teaching on individual consciousness arose within the Diamond Approach and how it answers the question, “Where does experience happen?” He also discusses how Presence manifests in our individual consciousness as essential qualities, and he takes you through one of the obstacles to experiencing Presence as “value” by exploring your relationship to self-esteem and self-worth.

Topics include:

  • How Presence differentiates itself into various qualities just as white light differentiates itself into rainbow colors
  • The importance of Inquiry being open and open-ended
  • Experiencing low self-worth and feelings of deficiency as a “jump gate” into your true value
  • Why a step-by step, gradual path of awakening clarifies and purifies our individual consciousness
  • Out-of-body and near-death experiences
  • Inquiry Exercise: A Monologue about Your Story of Self-Esteem, Self-Worth, and Value

Week Five: Monday, April 29, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019 “Inquiry into Individual Consciousness” with Morton Letofsky

“Inquiry into Individual Consciousness” with Morton Letofsky

In this session, Morton introduces us to some of the properties of individual consciousness, which he refers to as “the soul.” Some of these properties are malleability, permeability, fluidity, the sense of aliveness, and the sense of potentiality. You’ll learn tools and pointers to better inquire for yourself into the nature of individual consciousness, so you can recognize what is “beyond life and death, and fully living at the same time.”

Topics include:

  • Practices in the Diamond Approach that help you develop a greater capacity for “inner touch”
  • Individual consciousness as a subtle “organ of perception”
  • How the “ordinary self” often compulsively reflects and looks back on its progress
  • How to deepen your Inquiry when you find yourself stuck on the surface
  • New refinements on The Belly Meditation, including Morton’s own transformative experiences with this practice

Week Six: Monday, May 6, 2019
Monday, May 6, 2019 “The Alive Property of Presence” with Deborah Ussery Letofsky
and “A Taste of Boundless Presence” with Morton Letofsky

The Alive Property of Presence” with Deborah Ussery Letofsky
and “A Taste of Boundless Presence” with Morton Letofsky

In this two-part session, Deborah begins by exploring the alive quality of Presence. She invites you to distinguish the content of your life from the fundamental aliveness of life itself—and examine in your own experience what “the pulse of life” feels like. In the second portion of the session, Morton offers a transmission of a taste of Presence as “an infinite ocean without shores”—boundless, edgeless, endless.

Topics include:

  • What happens to our sense of aliveness when the physical body dies?
  • Activating openness and aliveness in the various centers of the body
  • How to inquire into the limiting idea of yourself as a finite form
  • The role of “letting go” in allowing yourself to be “imbued by Presence”
  • Inquiry Exercise: A Monologue on How You Experience the Aliveness of Presence

Week Seven: Monday, May 13, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019 “The Unity of Existence” with Karen Johnson
Includes a live Q&A session with Karen Johnson

“The Unity of Existence” with Karen Johnson
Includes a live Q&A session with Karen Johnson

This week, Karen invites us to recognize the unified field of being and experience “the oneness of manifestation in which everything loses its boundary.” She talks about why some experiences of boundless Presence seem to have a transformative effect on people’s lives and why sometimes these experiences seem to leave people basically unchanged—and most importantly, what we can each do to Inquire deeply when these experiences of “the unity of being” occur.

Topics include:

  • Why the willingness to give up anything is necessary for us to know who we really are
  • The experience of “being the universe peering through this location”
  • Seeing “the shape of space” and how physical objects are mostly space
  • What type of “giving up” is required for Presence to reveal itself
  • Inquiry Exercise: Recall a Time When You Felt Connected

Our session concludes with:

Live Q&A with Karen Johnson—Hosted by Tami Simon, Karen will answer your questions and help us navigate the seeming paradox of experiencing boundless Presence within our experience of space and time.

Week Eight: Monday, May 20, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019 “Becoming a True Human Being” with A.H. Almaas
Includes a live Q&A session with A.H. Almaas

“Becoming a True Human Being” with A.H. Almaas
Includes a live Q&A session with A.H. Almaas

In this final session, Hameed helps us process and integrate what we have learned in our weeks together. Here he explains what it means in the Diamond Approach to become “a complete human being”—someone who is in touch with boundless Presence and can also appreciate their human uniqueness to “think clearly and critically, feel deeply and intensely, and take action that is true and as effective as possible.” He takes you one step further into the many dimensions of Presence to explore “uni-local realization,” a type of realization that lies beyond dual and nondual experience.

Topics include:

  • The relationship between discovering Presence and knowing the meaning of life
  • Narcissism as the enemy of realization—and how we must go through a level of narcissism with each level of realization
  • How the individual soul is an organism that grows and evolves
  • Examples of how distortions and neurosis can persist even when we have had deep spiritual realizations
  • How everything that is taught here must be verified in your own experience

Our session concludes with:

Live Q&A with A.H. Almaas—Hosted by Tami Simon, Hameed will answer your questions and share his guidance on the further journey into Presence.

“Each human being is a treasure chest of jewels. Our potentiality is infinite, in all ways and all directions.

FAQs

Can I participate in an Inquiry discussion group?

The Diamond Approach is offering live, online Inquiry groups to accompany this course at a discounted rate — $100 for eight, 90-minute sessions, where you'll take turns with other students working one-on-one with an expert teacher. This is completely optional and available after purchasing Presence.

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Presence

Venture into the heart of enlightenment

Join the Program Today

$197

We accept VISA, MasterCard and American Express and Discover

We unconditionally guarantee your satisfaction with all Sounds True products for one year when purchased via our website. If you are not 100% satisfied for any reason, simply return it with receipt for a full refund.

Signed by Tami Simon

Tami Simon, Founder of Sounds True

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