Essence of Self

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WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF OUR JOURNEY?

The Diamond Logos Teaching (DLT) guides the journey of the spirit from the labyrinth of the personality structure towards the Essential Self. It is a journey of discovery and exploration without a predetermined destination.

WHAT IS ESSENCE?

Essence is the manifestation of our True Self into different palpable qualities such as Presence, Strength, Joy, Compassion and Peace. It is independent of conditioning and completely natural to us, not a product of the environment. Before the development of the personality a small child is still in his Essence; he is essence.

HOW DO WE EXPERIENCE ESSENCE?

Essence can be felt, seen, tasted, smelled and even understood. However, its most definitive aspect is a sense of existence. When we experience our Essence, we are one with what we perceive. Our body does not only feel light, it is light; we do not only feel happy, we are happiness; and we are not only curious, we are curiosity.

WHAT ARE THE LATAIF?

The Lataif are qualities, forms of consciousness, or centers that are the first subtle or fine manifestations of Essence. The word Lataif (singular: Latifa) comes from Arabic and is defined as subtle energy. Within the Sufi tradition, it is generally agreed that there are five primary centers of perception (Lataif) associated with certain colors and locations in the body.

WHAT IS OUR APPROACH?

The DLT guides individuals to find their unique Essential Self, rendering Essence accessible. The teachings do not focus on treating or curing a mental disturbance, or fixing the personality structure. Even though it contains therapeutic elements, it is not psychotherapy. The Work encourages individuals both to participate in and to bring the teachings into daily life.

HOW DO WE WORK?

This is an ongoing work of gradually learning to become more receptive to our Essential Self. During retreats the qualities are introduced through meditations and teachings. Then self-inquiry is used to sense and explore what was activated individually through the teaching, allowing for integration. Between retreats we deepen into each quality through day-long deepening groups and individual sessions.

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The Work

Diamond Logos is a path of spiritual exploration and growth leading to our True Nature and its integration into our everyday lives. The teaching, founded by Faisal Muqaddam, integrates elements of modern ego psychology and spiritual teachings.

  • The human being is born to be free and express its individuality and potential. Modern society does not value these principles; instead we are told to sacrifice our dreams for security and success. At this time in history we see the damage this approach is having on our freedom and our planet. Never before has humanity been called so urgently for a radical change. As individuals we have to awaken and reconnect with our true potential which will give us the inspiration and capacity for change.

    Each retreat reintroduces us to an Essential quality that we lost as children. The main tool used in this work is Socratic Self Inquiry, a technique of self exploration which is taught and practised during our retreats. Self inquiry in combination with the teaching, acts as a catalyst for the integration of the Essential qualities into our daily lives. These qualities once integrated provide the Support, Courage and Enjoyment to interact with the world in a Real and Spontaneous way so to meet the challenges of our lives and time.

  • 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 our Essence.

  • This process of growth and adaptation to our family and society resulted in the formation of our personality and was difficult for all of us to a lesser or greater extent. The personality is a set of patterns that inhibits us from living spontaneously from our Essence. We learned how to behave by imitating those around us (especially adults) so as to be accepted by society, fit in and survive.

  • Many of these patterns were destructive. For example if as a child your father enjoyed running around, laughing and making a lot of noise, and his mother always told him to be quiet so as not to disturb the neighbors. Your father may have learned not to take joy in laughter because of the negative consequences. Then, when your father saw you running around and laughing as a child, he may have told you to be quiet so as not to disturb the neighbors. This advice was not based on having actually checked to see if the neighbors were annoyed (or if they could even hear it), but rather on what he had learned from his parents. And as a result, you may have also grown up feeling disconnected from your sense of childhood joy. This kind of programming has lead to the formation of many unconscious beliefs and limitations.

  • In our approach we work to undo this programing so that we may live life according to our True Nature, unhindered by the patterns and beliefs of others. 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. This Natural State of Being expresses in specific ways: Love, Strength, Will, Joy, Peace and Compassion.

  • The human being is born to be free and express its individuality and potential. Modern society does not value these principles; instead we are told to sacrifice our dreams for security and success. At this time in history we see the damage this approach is having on our freedom and our planet. Never before has humanity been called so urgently for a radical change. As individuals we have to awaken and reconnect with our true potential which will give us the inspiration and capacity for change.

    Each retreat reintroduces us to an Essential quality that we lost as children. The main tool used in this work is Socratic Self Inquiry, a technique of self exploration which is taught and practised during our retreats. Self inquiry in combination with the teaching, acts as a catalyst for the integration of the Essential qualities into our daily lives. These qualities once integrated provide the Support, Courage and Enjoyment to interact with the world in a Real and Spontaneous way so to meet the challenges of our lives and time.

  • 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 our Essence.

  • This process of growth and adaptation to our family and society resulted in the formation of our personality and was difficult for all of us to a lesser or greater extent. The personality is a set of patterns that inhibits us from living spontaneously from our Essence. We learned how to behave by imitating those around us (especially adults) so as to be accepted by society, fit in and survive.

  • Many of these patterns were destructive. For example if as a child your father enjoyed running around, laughing and making a lot of noise, and his mother always told him to be quiet so as not to disturb the neighbors. Your father may have learned not to take joy in laughter because of the negative consequences. Then, when your father saw you running around and laughing as a child, he may have told you to be quiet so as not to disturb the neighbors. This advice was not based on having actually checked to see if the neighbors were annoyed (or if they could even hear it), but rather on what he had learned from his parents. And as a result, you may have also grown up feeling disconnected from your sense of childhood joy. This kind of programming has lead to the formation of many unconscious beliefs and limitations.

  • In our approach we work to undo this programing so that we may live life according to our True Nature, unhindered by the patterns and beliefs of others. 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. This Natural State of Being expresses in specific ways: Love, Strength, Will, Joy, Peace and Compassion.

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  • TYPE 1 - PINK LOVE

    The Appreciative love that acknowledges the perfection in everything, but is confused by the ego with being perfect.

    TYPE 1 - PINK LOVE
  • TYPE 2 - GOLDEN LOVE

    The Precious love that gives value to everything is Real, but that for the ego is conditional to a specific behavior.

    TYPE 2 - GOLDEN LOVE
  • TYPE 3 - PEARLY STUPA

    The capacity to contact reality and generate what’s needed, but without the ego’s attitude of striving or pushing to produce what’s expected.

    TYPE 3 - PEARLY STUPA
  • TYPE 4 - POINT OF LIGHT

    The embodiment of Essential individuality uniquely manifesting in each person, idealized by the ego as specialness to the cost of ordinariness.

    TYPE 4 - POINT OF LIGHT
  • TYPE 5 - DIAMOND GUIDANCE

    The capacity for direct knowing and objectivity, imitated by the ego through the accumulation of knowledge.

    TYPE 5 - DIAMOND GUIDANCE
  • TYPE 6 - CITADEL

    The inner support and confidence to be what we really are, mistaken by the ego for worldly security and stability.

    TYPE 6 - CITADEL
  • TYPE 7 - DIAMOND DOME

    The capacity to see the bigger picture and objectively know how things work, creating in the ego a tendency to always look for something better elsewhere.

    TYPE 7 - DIAMOND DOME
  • TYPE 8 - POMEGRANATE

    The embodiment of personal Power and Self mastery which are distorted by the ego into control and self-made justice.

    TYPE 8 - POMEGRANATE
  • TYPE 9 - ABSOLUTE

    The embodiment of what is universal in each human being creating in the ego a confusion between universal and ordinary at the expenses of the uniqueness of his source, the Essential Self.

    TYPE 9 - ABSOLUTE
  • TYPE 1 - PINK LOVE

    The Appreciative love that acknowledges the perfection in everything, but is confused by the ego with being perfect.

    TYPE 1 - PINK LOVE
  • TYPE 2 - GOLDEN LOVE

    The Precious love that gives value to everything is Real, but that for the ego is conditional to a specific behavior.

    TYPE 2 - GOLDEN LOVE
  • TYPE 3 - PEARLY STUPA

    The capacity to contact reality and generate what’s needed, but without the ego’s attitude of striving or pushing to produce what’s expected.

    TYPE 3 - PEARLY STUPA
  • TYPE 4 - POINT OF LIGHT

    The embodiment of Essential individuality uniquely manifesting in each person, idealized by the ego as specialness to the cost of ordinariness.

    TYPE 4 - POINT OF LIGHT
  • TYPE 5 - DIAMOND GUIDANCE

    The capacity for direct knowing and objectivity, imitated by the ego through the accumulation of knowledge.

    TYPE 5 - DIAMOND GUIDANCE
  • TYPE 6 - CITADEL

    The inner support and confidence to be what we really are, mistaken by the ego for worldly security and stability.

    TYPE 6 - CITADEL
  • TYPE 7 - DIAMOND DOME

    The capacity to see the bigger picture and objectively know how things work, creating in the ego a tendency to always look for something better elsewhere.

    TYPE 7 - DIAMOND DOME
  • TYPE 8 - POMEGRANATE

    The embodiment of personal Power and Self mastery which are distorted by the ego into control and self-made justice.

    TYPE 8 - POMEGRANATE
  • TYPE 9 - ABSOLUTE

    The embodiment of what is universal in each human being creating in the ego a confusion between universal and ordinary at the expenses of the uniqueness of his source, the Essential Self.

    TYPE 9 - ABSOLUTE
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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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