A DAAfrica Member’s Perspective
We’ve launched a series of videos of Diamond Approach Africa members sharing their experience of inquiry, the Diamond Approach and the group. Janine Ahlers, a Director of the Centre for Coaching and senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business talks about what makes this Diamond Approach Africa group special.
Our first weekend of the 2023 progam begins with a profound exploration of our trust in life and in being.
How much are you able to relax into yourself and into your life and to trust that you’ll be OK? And how can you really let go and let yourself be – and be yourself – if there isn’t trust that things are fundamentally okay, and that whatever happens is appropriate? Without this trust, you are constantly scared and tense, having to control or manage yourself, others or your circumstances because you don’t trust you’ll be OK otherwise.
Date 31 March 02 April 2023
Location In-Person in Cape Town or online through Zoom
Tuition Fees R4950 / R3950 / R2850 sliding scale for SA residents (board and lodging booked separately)
This kind of trust, doesn’t mean trusting that things will go the way you want, or that people will always act in a good way – that would be a rather naive view. It is a deeper, more basic trust than that. It is the trust that however things go, whether good or bad, you can be with it, and that whatever is needed will emerge from within you to deal with the situation. You can relax because you know in a very deep way that if you need strength, then your strength will come. If you need tenderness and compassion, then that will emerge. If love is needed, then that will arise. And if intelligence is needed, then that will be there.
Your very being-ness, your true nature, the qualities of your human nature, will spontaneously provide whatever is optimal in each and every specific situation and moment of your life, and in your inner journey. And if something else seems to be coming forward, some barrier or issue, then you know and trust that that issue is precisely the thing that you need to be with and to explore for things to unfold in the optimal way.
This kind of trust is extremely rare. Many people might have occasional glimpses of it, but far more often we are controlling our lives and our situations because in a very deep way we do not trust that what we need will be available.
The disconnection from naturally being, and the inherent trust that being naturally engenders is rooted in our early holding environment where we learned in a deep way we cannot trust reality to hold us. Our exploration will not be only theoretical or intellectual, but a very profound, personal, deeply intimate, and experiential journey toward this deep way our essential presence manifests.