A Vision of Diversity and Inclusivity

The Diamond Approach provides a path for the realization of the individual soul as a unique expression of True Nature. The Diamond Approach’s view of totality embraces both the particular expressions of True Nature and the undifferentiated, boundless depth of all manifestation. While the essential templates for this expression are universal, the particular shapes they find are unique to each soul. Souls are influenced not only by personal history but also by culture, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, age, physical ability and various other differences between human beings. The Diamond Approach appreciates these differences and is open to understanding them more deeply, including examining our blind spots in these areas.

As part of this vision, we recognize the effects on power and privilege arising from these differences, and that these effects may be both individual and systemic as well as visible and invisible. We seek to reduce these effects in individual sessions, group teachings, and the training and development of Diamond Approach Teacher-Ministers. We also seek to express this vision in the organizational structure, policies, procedures and functioning throughout the Ridhwan Foundation.

We recognize that ongoing action is necessary to make this path available to all who might genuinely benefit from it. At a minimum, we do not discriminate against students based on culture, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, age, physical ability, or other categories of difference. In addition, our vision actively promotes a teaching, an organization and a world in which all expressions of True Nature are recognized, valued and integrated into the rich expression of the totality of being. As with the Diamond Approach itself, this vision is growing and evolving, and we understand the need for an active and ongoing engagement with it.

~Obsidian Synod of the Ridhwan School