Diamond Essence Australia
Diamond Essence Australia (DEA) is a Sydney based spiritual school that offers the teaching of the Diamond Approach to Self Realisation in Australia.
DEA, while independent in its every day functioning, is affiliated with the Ridhwan School based in the USA in Berkeley, California and Boulder, Colorado.
DEA has been offering the teaching of the Diamond Approach in Australia since 1992. The teaching was brought to Australia by Jean Berwick and is provided by visiting and local teachers from the USA and Australia.
Currently there are over 200 students participating in six ongoing DEA retreat groups. Students come from across Australia (for example, Sydney, Wollongong, Gosford, The Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Launceston and Alice Springs), New Zealand and Singapore.
These groups meet for retreats three times a year in January, June and October and participate in smaller ongoing groups between retreats. Students also work with Diamond Approach teachers in individual spiritual insight sessions on a regular basis.
Ridhwan School & Foundation
The Ridhwan School is an affiliation of ongoing Diamond Approach groups and has been unfolding over the last 30 years. There are Diamond Approach retreat groups, similar to DEA, in numerous states in the USA, in Canada, in a number of European countries (UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Italy) and in New Zealand. There are approximately 4000 students in the school worldwide.
The aim and orientation of the Ridhwan School 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 School is to contribute to the evolution of humanity in the service of our True Nature.
The Diamond Approach is the spiritual teaching, the path, and the method of the Ridhwan School. 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 Ridhwan Foundation under the direction Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas), the spiritual head of the School, is dedicated to disseminating the teaching of the Diamond Approach, and to supporting, preserving, and safeguarding the integrity of this teaching.
The Hu symbol pictured on this website is a significant symbol used in the Ridhwan School and DEA. Hu, the name of the Absolute (i.e. the source of everything) in Arabic, when repeated four times in Kufic script forms an octagon. This octagon symbol represents the complete human being who emerges from the natural movement of our development toward unity: it is the human embodiment of the Absolute in the world. An additional symbolism of Hu is to represent the Truth (reflected by the gold) emerging from the Absolute (reflected by the black).