I mentioned in my New Year’s post that Rod Punnett and I are hosting an Open House event later this month, regarding our “Presence Project” work. Well this short post and another following one that I will post soon are meant as useful resource material, either in advance of that Open House event, if you are attending, or simply as more information because you are curious to know more.
The place to start is probably with a definition of the term “Presence”. Below is a quote defining the word from A.H. Almaas, a pseudonym under which the founder of the Diamond Approach, Hameed Ali, writes:
So there is a place for trying to be present. But in time, the more you become present, you see that there is tension; there is a me trying to do something and there is the Presence. You see that actually the Presence doesn’t want anything, doesn’t try anything. You start wondering: what’s this? How can I try to be present? Who is trying to be present? And that’s when you allow yourself to be influenced and affected by Presence. That’s when you learn to be vulnerable. (Diamond Heart Book 3, pg 209)
I will have to continue this later, since I am writing this from a library whilst on holiday, and I must leave now ….