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Our Journey

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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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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