Essence of Self

Self Discovery and Transformation

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Our Journey

WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF OUR JOURNEY?

We work to discover and integrate our spiritual nature in our daily life. Our main systems are the Diamond Logos Teachings, the Enneagram and the Awareness Intensive process, ‘Who Is In’.

WHAT IS OUR SPIRITUAL NATURE?

In the present times we have forgotten about the fact that we are more than our body and our career. We have taken for ours the values of society and forgot our True Values.

RETREATS

Retreats are residential and experiential where we create a supportive environment to work with the specific qualities of being. Away from home in a safe environment with people that like us want to discover and experience the depth of our Being.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops are shorter and held in Istanbul, for people that have time limitation but still want learn and experience our Work. They can be a great complement to the retreat so to intensify the exposure to the Work.

DEEPENING MEETINGS

Deepening meetings are usually in Istanbul but can be attended also via Skype. They are evening meetings of two hours where we deepen the topics explored during the retreats or workshops.

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS

Individual sessions are a one to one time with Emilio where you can have personal support and guidance trough specific passages.They can also be attended via Skype.

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about-us

The Work

Our Work is a spiritual development path which aims to reconnect us with our True Nature by integrating modern ego psychology with ancient philosophy and spiritual wisdom.
It was founded by Faisal Muqaddam, co-founder of the Diamond Approach with A.H. Almaas.

  • As children, we were pure and innocent. In the course of our growth a little at a time, we separated from our essential nature, from what we can call innocence.

  • This process of growth and adaptation to our family and to society was more or less difficult and resulted in the formation of our personality. The personality is a set of patterns that replaced our Essence, Innocence, our True Nature. We learned how to behave by imitating those around us (especially adults) so as to be accepted by society, to fit in and to survive.

  • Many of these patterns were destructive. For example, let’s say that as a child, your father enjoyed running around, making a lot of noise and laughing a lot. His mother would tell him to be quiet because the neighbours probably feel disturbed and will get angry. From that lesson, your father may have learned that it’s not OK to fully enjoy your laughter and to be yourself, because there will be negative consequences. Your father then saw you as a child running around and laughing a lot and tells you to be quiet so as ‘not to disturb people’. This advice he provides is not based on having checked with the neighbours if the laughter annoys them (or if they can even hear it), but rather on what he learned from his parents. As a result of this programming, you may grow up feeling disconnected from your sense of childhood joy. And this can apply to absolutely anything. Your parents unconsciously pass on what their parents taught them about strength, about willpower, about compassion, about love and about everything in life.

  • In our approach we work to undo some of these patterns so that we may live life according to our True Nature, unhindered by the patterns and beliefs of other people. By understanding the origins of each pattern, and by fully allowing the inner emotions and bodily tensions trapped in these patterns, we liberate their original energy, innocence, and Essence. In this way we rediscover and return to our True Nature.

  • The human being is born to be free and to express his individuality and talents. Modern society does not value this principle and instead focuses on economic security and safety. We are told to sacrifice our dreams for security. At the present time in history we are seeing the damage this approach is having on our freedom and to our planet. Never before as now has humanity had to change as urgently in order to keep evolving and living. As individuals we have to awaken and connect with our true nature, our true potential that will give us the capacity and the inspiration to change. Each retreat is a reintroduction to each of the Essential qualities that we lost as children. The main tool in this work is Socratic self Inquiry, a technique of self exploration which is taught and practised during our retreats. Self Inquiry combined with the map of the inner journey bring the teaching to the here and now, integrating it with our personal experience and thereby allowing the transformation to touch our daily life. The Intention of our Work is to reconnect with our natural state of Being which we call Our Essence – This Natural State of Being expresses in specific ways. Love, Strength, Will, Joy, Peace and Compassion.

  • As children, we were pure and innocent. In the course of our growth a little at a time, we separated from our essential nature, from what we can call innocence.

  • This process of growth and adaptation to our family and to society was more or less difficult and resulted in the formation of our personality. The personality is a set of patterns that replaced our Essence, Innocence, our True Nature. We learned how to behave by imitating those around us (especially adults) so as to be accepted by society, to fit in and to survive.

  • Many of these patterns were destructive. For example, let’s say that as a child, your father enjoyed running around, making a lot of noise and laughing a lot. His mother would tell him to be quiet because the neighbours probably feel disturbed and will get angry. From that lesson, your father may have learned that it’s not OK to fully enjoy your laughter and to be yourself, because there will be negative consequences. Your father then saw you as a child running around and laughing a lot and tells you to be quiet so as ‘not to disturb people’. This advice he provides is not based on having checked with the neighbours if the laughter annoys them (or if they can even hear it), but rather on what he learned from his parents. As a result of this programming, you may grow up feeling disconnected from your sense of childhood joy. And this can apply to absolutely anything. Your parents unconsciously pass on what their parents taught them about strength, about willpower, about compassion, about love and about everything in life.

  • In our approach we work to undo some of these patterns so that we may live life according to our True Nature, unhindered by the patterns and beliefs of other people. By understanding the origins of each pattern, and by fully allowing the inner emotions and bodily tensions trapped in these patterns, we liberate their original energy, innocence, and Essence. In this way we rediscover and return to our True Nature.

  • The human being is born to be free and to express his individuality and talents. Modern society does not value this principle and instead focuses on economic security and safety. We are told to sacrifice our dreams for security. At the present time in history we are seeing the damage this approach is having on our freedom and to our planet. Never before as now has humanity had to change as urgently in order to keep evolving and living. As individuals we have to awaken and connect with our true nature, our true potential that will give us the capacity and the inspiration to change. Each retreat is a reintroduction to each of the Essential qualities that we lost as children. The main tool in this work is Socratic self Inquiry, a technique of self exploration which is taught and practised during our retreats. Self Inquiry combined with the map of the inner journey bring the teaching to the here and now, integrating it with our personal experience and thereby allowing the transformation to touch our daily life. The Intention of our Work is to reconnect with our natural state of Being which we call Our Essence – This Natural State of Being expresses in specific ways. Love, Strength, Will, Joy, Peace and Compassion.

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  • TYPE ONE - THE PERFECTIONIST

    This type is constantly trying to be perfect. In most cases this kind of obsession was created in the relationship with the parents that were always asking the child to be perfect in order to be loved. He or she can get very irritated by other people’s mistakes.

    TYPE ONE - THE PERFECTIONIST
  • TYPE TWO - THE GIVER

    The two is very loving and serving towards other people that are significant to his or her life but in doing so they are buying love. They are very sensitive to people’s needs making them great caretakers. They are also afraid of being needy.

    TYPE TWO - THE GIVER
  • TYPE THREE - THE PERFORMER

    This type is constantly working on being the most successful in whatever he or she is doing. They want to be the best at work; the best father or mother and so on, yet feel empty inside from lack of self-sensitivity

    TYPE THREE - THE PERFORMER
  • TYPE FOUR - THE ARTIST

    Fours are busy with being the most original, constantly seeking unattainable love. They are often in some sort of emotional drama. Romantic and Melancholic. They are very sensitive and attuned to beauty.

    TYPE FOUR - THE ARTIST
  • TYPE FIVE - THE OBSERVER

    This type is withdrawn and isolated, living a virtual life in books and knowledge. Very intelligent but sometimes lost in books and disconnected from reality and the body. They are afraid of commitments and responsibilities.

    TYPE FIVE - THE OBSERVER
  • TYPE SIX - THE LOYALIST

    Scared of life, always doubting and expecting the worst to happen. Often did not feel supported in childhood by father or the family environment. They are very supporting towards other people but not able to support themselves.

    TYPE SIX - THE LOYALIST
  • TYPE SEVEN - THE PLANNER

    They feel eternally young, always looking for exciting new projects and stimuli. Seeking fun and pleasure, often not completing what is started. Likes to plan but not to execute.

    TYPE SEVEN - THE PLANNER
  • TYPE EIGHT - THE CHALLENGER

    Aggressive and confidant, likes a good challenge. Seeking power and physical pleasure. They are afraid of being weak.

    TYPE EIGHT - THE CHALLENGER
  • TYPE NINE - THE PEACE MAKER

    Focusing on keeping harmony between people, they do not like conflicts that could make anger arise and so disturb harmony. They are often forgetful of their own needs and wants.

    TYPE NINE - THE PEACE MAKER
  • TYPE ONE - THE PERFECTIONIST

    This type is constantly trying to be perfect. In most cases this kind of obsession was created in the relationship with the parents that were always asking the child to be perfect in order to be loved. He or she can get very irritated by other people’s mistakes.

    TYPE ONE - THE PERFECTIONIST
  • TYPE TWO - THE GIVER

    The two is very loving and serving towards other people that are significant to his or her life but in doing so they are buying love. They are very sensitive to people’s needs making them great caretakers. They are also afraid of being needy.

    TYPE TWO - THE GIVER
  • TYPE THREE - THE PERFORMER

    This type is constantly working on being the most successful in whatever he or she is doing. They want to be the best at work; the best father or mother and so on, yet feel empty inside from lack of self-sensitivity

    TYPE THREE - THE PERFORMER
  • TYPE FOUR - THE ARTIST

    Fours are busy with being the most original, constantly seeking unattainable love. They are often in some sort of emotional drama. Romantic and Melancholic. They are very sensitive and attuned to beauty.

    TYPE FOUR - THE ARTIST
  • TYPE FIVE - THE OBSERVER

    This type is withdrawn and isolated, living a virtual life in books and knowledge. Very intelligent but sometimes lost in books and disconnected from reality and the body. They are afraid of commitments and responsibilities.

    TYPE FIVE - THE OBSERVER
  • TYPE SIX - THE LOYALIST

    Scared of life, always doubting and expecting the worst to happen. Often did not feel supported in childhood by father or the family environment. They are very supporting towards other people but not able to support themselves.

    TYPE SIX - THE LOYALIST
  • TYPE SEVEN - THE PLANNER

    They feel eternally young, always looking for exciting new projects and stimuli. Seeking fun and pleasure, often not completing what is started. Likes to plan but not to execute.

    TYPE SEVEN - THE PLANNER
  • TYPE EIGHT - THE CHALLENGER

    Aggressive and confidant, likes a good challenge. Seeking power and physical pleasure. They are afraid of being weak.

    TYPE EIGHT - THE CHALLENGER
  • TYPE NINE - THE PEACE MAKER

    Focusing on keeping harmony between people, they do not like conflicts that could make anger arise and so disturb harmony. They are often forgetful of their own needs and wants.

    TYPE NINE - THE PEACE MAKER
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about-emilio

About Emilio Mercuriali

Born in Italy in 1963 his spiritual journey started with a book about Osho at the age of 17.

He later met Osho in the US and, soon after, at age 22, Emilio moved to India where he spent ten years in the Osho commune.
In that environment, he experienced many life changing processes, studied, practiced and came to understand the reality between eastern and western views on life.
After Osho’s death he was a facilitator and staff member in the Path of Love process for six years.

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Who Am I?

Do you want to face and understand what prevents you from being yourself?

In the Awareness Intensive Retreat, facing the wall in silence (an ancient Zen meditation technique) is combined with the modern technique of structured communication facing a partner. This is the door for opening yourself in the presence of who you truly are. As you move inside yourself, you experience an infinite spring of creativity and Being, becoming ready to live your potential more fully by being in the moment. The technique allows you to move into your uniqueness, live in the moment, and expand into the unknown.

 

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Testimonials

  • An amazing journey done by oneself with the help off other students, our teacher Emilio and the different Essences. Life transforming. A whole new perspective on life unfolds right in front of me, which I was totally unaware of. Thankfull to all the people that showed me this way and encouraged me to start the journey. I feel deep gratitude and love.

    Morad
  • I never remember a time that I felt so close to myself, it made me cry. For the first time in my life, that inner voice that incessantly criticizes and attacks me was gone. Surprisingly, I felt comfortable in my own skin. I felt both like an individual and like a member of humanity. It was priceless to look at the world and myself with compassion and with an endless understanding. It was like seeing myself in a completely different way, as if I was born again. I saw how my habits, which I thought made me who I am, had nothing to do with me. Rather, they paralyzed me.

    This is a short description of what happens to me during Emilio’s private sessions, retreats and group sessions. I feel grateful to Emilio, to the founders of the Diamond Logos approach and to those great people I connected, discovered, laughed and cried with during this discovery process. I am grateful to them for letting me be me and for supporting the burgeoning fresh old me. It is now my wish for everyone to have the opportunity to be themselves and to transcend what they have been taught.

    Melisa
  • I have tried many psychotherapy methods because I was feeling lost and out of focus, I was not able to drive my life, I was feeling that I have been driven by the facts without my own will contributing to them at least. I was doing things that I don’t want to do or I was not able to do things that I want to do… And I was not able to understand what exactly is going on in me…

    When I joint to the workshop of white retreat I was amazed and I keep on being amazed and surprised by the power of the method, Emilio and everyone around this since then. After white retreat experience I was feeling like I was gifted my own sun, since than it keeps on warming and enlightening me. I can write pages about it, but I cannot describe it, I feel like I received a unique, invaluable gift and I want to thank and share, again and again…

    I think the method is so powerful because it considers us as the subject of our own life, not the object of the method or psychology science. It respects to our existence, feelings, reality and desires. It includes our heart, mind and body into equation which allows us to realise where we got blocked. Emilio is gorgeous because he is very sincere, deeply connected, experienced, very sharp in understanding and soft, sensitive in reacting, supportive, open and welcoming. He is so ambitious in supporting people. And all his students, it is just a big happiness and warmth being together with.

    Jineps
  • “Who am I” awareness intensive retreat was a truly delightful experience for me. It created an opportunity to escape from my everyday life and offered me a safe surrounding to be myself and be with myself. It was confronting at first to show my true self in front of people I had never met before and it was hard to deal with stuff that I obviously had tried to ignore. Noticing so many old emotional structures and allowing them to emerge was painful and hurtful at times but it gave me a huge feeling of satisfaction when a session or meditation was completed.

    During the process it slowly became a revelation. A new world opened up for me, a world where worries about the past and about the future slowly disappeared and where every exercise guided me completely into the now. My senses slowly became more active and my perception of colors, sound and smell became stronger and more vivid.

    Most of all the retreat showed me that I am my own tormentor and I should take control of my own life to see the change
    It gave me the chance to look at the world in a different way and gave me new tools and guidance in my hectic daily life.

    I will never forget this experience and I will definitely do it more often if I have the chance!

    Rogier
  • A “Who am I” experience. At first I was sceptical about the length of the Don’t list. No coffee, tea, smoking, looking people in the eyes, touching, talking. And quite resistant to some of them. It did not take me long to realize that this list was there to support my experience. I realized just how much energy I was wasting “outside” and how easy it was to stop looking for my answers inside. The retreat was extremely well organized. It created for me a feeling of safety within which I could explore, get in touch, face my inner jackals. Although in themselves those three and a half days was intense and intensive, I have to say that the work that begun then still continues several months later. During the first couple of months, the question “who is in” was everpresent in my mind. Although I now don’t ask it so often I have noticed that when life circumstances push me outside my comfort zone this is the first question that comes up. Followed by a few precious seconds where my attention shifts inwards, on the body experience. Somehow this instant grounding allows my mind to go more quiet and my emotions have a chance to present themselves to me.
    All I can say is: Do it if you have a chance!

    MariaK.
  • “Who am I” allowed me to release a very painful fear – the deep seated fear of abandonment. I was projecting a fear of my mother abandoning me (a fear created in early childhood) and my subsequent death on to most of my relationships without realising it. This fear drove my life and my relationships and meant that I was constantly relating to people through this terror instead of relating to people as they truly are. This new found freedom has allowed me to re-access my inner strength and to be closer to who I really am in my daily life. The effect has been permanent and wonderful.

    ILIAS
  • Awe is the best way to sum up my experience at this “Who am I” retreat. I feel very much like a cup full of an endearing awe for myself; existence; life; this world; my partner, friends and family; and for everything, everyone and every experience that I have or will ever come into contact with. These may sound like big words, but literally discovering the relationship between all of these things was for me what this intensive was all about. Packed into as little as three days, this short intensive, just like a person, just like existence, just like me, houses greater power than the sum of its components. It was my second time attending this retreat, and it was as powerful, if not more, than the first. As it was a key experience in understanding myself, it was also a key experience in understanding my journey. There is no end. I would like to extend my awe also to the teams at both retreats, who bestowed upon me and the rest of the group so much love and attention, in order that we may focus entirely upon our task.

    My cup is also full of gratitude towards Emilio, Mine and all the rest who put so much into making my journey lighter.

    Thank you.

    Emily
  • “Who am I” was a profound experience of observing my emotions and everything else that makes me a true human being. I participated in a variety of active and not so active meditations, which prompted me to drop labeling and catch the moment. Sometimes I observe myself in daily life pondering over and suffering because of an emotion for a very long time. “Who is in” came to show me that just for 5 min a day I go through so many emotional states that it’s only natural for me to acknowledge and let emotions pass. Observing the impermanence of my emotions gave me a lot of support, confidence and strength that I can manage myself. This retreat ran opposite to what other people could tell me about myself; rather I experienced myself first-hand and was happy to celebrate who I am. The retreat was a great reminder to trust the inner work rather than the outer images and to know that being yourself, with all the aspects of your psyche, is not really that difficult; it can actually be great fun! I am very grateful to our teachers, Emilio and Karuna, for their loving kindness and spontaneous sense of humor, for their patience and understanding, and most of all, for making ‘being yourself’ so contagious:).

    Dessi
  • I’ll never ever forget, what I experienced and learned. I’ll never forget, what you said to me about my soul-brothers, the natives, which said “hi” to me: “All great teachers point us to ourselves.” I could feel the beauty of being human and being me very intensely. I learned, that everything changes without an exception, even the sweetest thing just comes and goes and if I surrender and let go of my habit to try to hold on to, I can be a chanel, a human “device” to invite various experiences, which are on my journey with myself and others. It’s something else to grasp this with the mind and something absolutely new to experience it with all my presence.

    Dicle Tigris Uludag
  • I have no idea what the trick of this environment was, they said it’s a Zen thing, but what I encountered was just time, space and me, nothing else and that was enough…..and it was so good, that it just was enough and that blew my mind, literally….I found myself repeating and repeating this: “It’s me, I’m enough, how can that be, I’m really enough…”
    I must say, the duration of 3 days was just a perfect recipe. Everything what happened, what they arranged, managed to keep, was the perfect recipe for me. I’m so glad that I was very angry, very against everything, very questioning everything, looking for flaws, finding little mistakes here and there…..I realized then, this was just the right set up, for me to be able to give up the stage to my huge and strong ego and let it do it’s thing. But not that, but the chance to really conciously observe – and again – evaluate my own thinking, actions, my mocking of the question, my boredom, all my habits of distractions…that was my way for the proper melt down of the “wall”….I could easily manage to stay with my beloved distractions for days, but not the third day my dear, no, not the third day…..Pure beauty. A space of absolute timelesness…..I had no specific horrible problems to solve….There was nothing to solve for me….nothing to discover in the sense of pain, problem…nothing obvious, ‘cause I handled that in the past 3 years with other methods….Only harsh phisical pain, in form of my migrane and other physical obsticles, who were obviously made up by my ego, had me in their firm grip…That’s why, it was even a greater shock for me, to literally realize and feel, that my mind structure of self rightousness is in the way of experience, is the wall itself. I lost my way, I was stuck so badly, no way out, I lost all my hope, my anger, I surendered and something unimaginable happened…..The best feeling of my life…..This experience couldn’t be so deep and beautiful, without my huge previous struggle. I am able to see that now. And it was no method, nothing, just pure and simple nothing. This was my first encounter with the beauty of nothing. We don’t know the “nothing”. We know only “a lot of things”. Absolutely NEW LAND. I’m an astronaut to this land. I’m not the same human-thing anymore. I’m the beautiful unknown, ready for further discovery.

    Dicle Tigris Uludag
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