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The Jeweled Path

Since 1976, A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson have guided the inner work of individuals and groups in the Ridhwan School, which has branches in California, Colorado, and Europe. Their teachings, known as the Diamond Approach, originated from their own experiences of personal transformation, as well as those of their students. Their work has been influenced by the Gurdjieff Work, Sufism, Buddhism, and various forms of Vedic teachings, as well as by depth psychology and scientific inquiry. The Jeweled Path presents the story of how a modern spiritual path emerged as told by one of the founders, Karen Johnson. She depicts the personal experiences that birthed the teaching and furthered its development. Told with humor and intimacy, these profound awakenings amidst the details of ordinary life become the building blocks of a remarkable new approach to human nature and our understanding of reality.
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KAREN JOHNSON is the codeveloper of the Diamond Approach as it is taught in the Ridhwan School today, having worked alongside A. H. Almaas for the last forty years. Johnson was educated as an artist and then received an MA in psychology.


"A rare, intimate dive into the development of a spiritual path. We don't usually have the opportunity to witness the birth of a path from the perspective of one who is engaged with its development. Nor are we often invited into the lives of its founders as they awaken to the teaching that is emerging through them. Through Karen Johnson's writing, her humor, her keen-eyed observations, her willingness to reveal her humanness, and her ever-cascading realization, we are able to hear the untold story of the Diamond Approach and experience its profound gifts in a new way. What a privilege."--Geneen Roth, author of Feeding the Hungry Heart and Women, Food, and God "A humble, honest, intimate, lucid, and above all astonishing account of the rise of a remarkable teaching. It's good to find confirmation here that even pure diamonds don't fall ready-made from the sky; they must be ground and polished in the crucible of the human heart. Karen's and Hameed's four-decade journey of unflinchingly honest and deeply mutual discovery sets a new benchmark in our appreciation of the full potential of spiritual friendship."--Cynthia Bourgeault, author of The Meaning of Mary Magdalene and The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three "For anyone interested in the origins of the marvelous Diamond Approach, here it is. Karen offers an inside glimpse into the DA founders' passion, truth seeking, and wisdom--a journey that can inspire your own."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart "The Jeweled Path shows the Diamond Approach in action. We see how the source of this teaching first revealed itself and, in that process of coming into being, how it ground and polished its first human exemplars, making them fit to be its messengers. Johnson so well captures that force and momentum, the bursting into life with clarity and precision, that is the unique heart of this particular teaching."--Zarina Maiwandi, Ph.D., Columbia University

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