The journey into the absolute heart of reality and its integration into our daily life
is fundamental to waking up and to continuing to wake up in novel and unexpected ways.

A.H. Almaas


Welcome to Diamond Essence Australia

Diamond Essence Australia (DEA) is a spiritual school that offers the Diamond Approach to Self Realisation in Australia.

The Diamond Approach is an unfolding, contemporary teaching, a path of self-realisation and human maturity, that is based on an original synthesis of modern depth psychology and ancient spiritual teachings.

All teachings and activities of DEA are affiliated with the Ridhwan School which was founded in the USA in 1976 by Hameed Ali who writes under the pen name A.H. Almaas. Authorised teachers offer the Diamond Approach through various experiences, particularly individual sessions and ongoing retreat groups.

You are invited to explore this website and follow your curiosity to discover more.

If you are interested in becoming involved now you can commence individual sessions by completing the application process, join an ongoing retreat group when one is available, attend upcoming public events, or contact us for further information.



The creator of the Diamond Approach


A. Hameed Ali was born in Kuwait in 1944. At the age of eighteen, he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him more and more into inquiring into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature.

Hameed's interest in the truth of human nature and the true nature of reality resulted in the creation and unfoldment of the Diamond Approach.

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The Ridhwan School


The Ridhwan School is an affiliation of ongoing Diamond Approach groups and has been unfolding over the last 30 years. The purpose of the Diamond Approach is to realise, actualise, and develop the potential and essence of the human soul as an expression of True Nature. The School’s aim and orientation are the development of students so that they attain spiritual maturity and completeness - an open-ended, on-going, unlimited unfoldment.

The larger aim of the Ridhwan School is to contribute to the evolution of humanity in the service of our True Nature.

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