Sounds True Presents

Discover the Authentic You

Visionary teacher and author A.H. Almaas invites you on a life-changing journey to the “new frontier” that is Presence, the authentic you.

“Each human being is a treasure chest of jewels. Our
potentiality is infinite, in all ways and all directions.”

A.H. Almaas

Here's What You'll Receive When You Enroll

Eight Video
Learning Sessions

Experience over eight hours of in-depth training on the journey of Presence

Lifetime Access

Access to course materials never expires—learn at your own pace and return to any session

Written Guidance

Including session summaries and highlights, exercises, further resources, and more

Bonus Program: Realization Unfolds

A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti co-teach a six-hour online course sharing their insights on awakening ($137 value)

Discover “the Elixir of Enlightenment”

According to A.H. Almaas, the discovery of Presence is a significant turning point on the spiritual path. He calls it “the central element of the path” and “the elixir of enlightenment” because Presence endlessly reveals our true spiritual nature. But what is Presence?

If you’re like me when I first began to work on this program, you might be coming to this course with some preexisting ideas about Presence. Perhaps you think it has something to do with being present in a given moment, or paying close attention to physical sensations, or being aware of what you are thinking or feeling.

According to A.H. Almaas, these are “approximations of Presence.” Within the Diamond Approach®, Presence is not one thing; it is:

“An intelligent, luminous, self-aware medium that knows itself by being itself. Presence is not known by the mind; it is actually the source of the mind.”

If you are feeling confused at this point, please know that one of the teachings in this course is that recognizing our confusion is actually a very good thing. It means that we know that there is more for us to know, and that is the beginning of learning. 

This online course is a deep dive into learning about Presence—and most importantly, discovering Presence in your own experience.

Without exaggerating, this online course could be life-changing for you. It has been for me.

With gratitude,

Tami Simon
Founder, Sounds True

Your Guides for the Journey

A.H. Almaas

The pen name of A. Hameed Ali, a leading voice in contemporary spirituality who has written more than 14 books, including Runaway Realization and Spacecruiser Inquiry. He is founder of the Ridhwan School, an organization with members in North America, Europe, and Australia that is dedicated to promoting the Diamond Approach. With Sounds True, his offerings include the audio-learning program The Diamond Approach and the online courses Endless Enlightenment and Inquiry.

Karen Johnson

A cofounder of the Diamond Approach and a colleague and friend of Hameed Ali (A.H. Almaas). Karen is the author of The Jeweled Path: The Biography of the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization, and she and Hameed coauthored the book The Power of Divine Eros: The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life.

Deborah Ussery Letofsky

One of Hameed’s first students. She is the national director of the Ridhwan Seminary Program and senior lead teacher for both the Hawai’i Diamond Approach group and Gulf Coast Diamond Approach group.

 

Morton Letofsky

One of Hameed’s first students. He is president of the Ridhwan Foundation, director of the Mid-Region Seminary Program, and senior lead teacher for both the Hawai’i Diamond Approach group and Gulf Coast Diamond Approach group.

 

Inside Presence: Venture into the Heart of Enlightenment

Here's What You'll Receive

Eight Video Learning Sessions

Experience over eight hours of in-depth training with A.H. Almaas and fellow teachers, Karen Johnson, Deborah Ussery Letofsky, and Morton Letofsky

Lifetime Access

Access to course materials never expires—learn at your own pace and return to any session

Written Guidance

Including session summaries and highlights, exercises, further resources, and more

Bonus Program: Realization Unfolds

Join A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti as they co-teach a six-hour online course sharing their uniquely empowering insights on awakening ($137 value)

"Learning about Presence, I’m liberated. I am myself in a free way, and I can explore reality in an open-ended way that is full of fun, mirth, depth, meaning, love, enjoyment, generosity—all that."

A.H. Almaas

What You Will Experience on the Journey

Aliveness

Awaken new dimensions of delight, richness, and fulfillment

A Felt Sense of Here‑ness

Discover how Presence brings substantiality to your sense of being

Subtle Sensing

Gain a discernable sense of Presence through awakening your subtle faculties

Inquiry

Learn to refine your practice of Inquiry to allow the unfolding of Presence

Guidance

How to navigate common obstacles that obscure Presence

Direct Experience

Inquiry exercises that bring insight and new discoveries

The Presence Course Curriculum

This eight-session online course is structured to bring you into ever-deeper contact with Presence in your own experience and the subsequent realizations that unfold.

Session One: Discovering Presence
with A.H. Almaas

In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience

An Exploration of Individual Consciousness as an Expression of Pure Consciousness

Session Two: Obstacles to Presence

with Deborah Ussery Letofsky

This session reveals how you can stop pushing away or trying to transcend “components of a reified, structured self”—and instead inquire into these components as they present themselves in your immediate experience to discover what they are concealing.

Topics include:

  • How the Diamond Approach differs from spiritual paths that focus on transcendence
  • How preferring certain states of being can be an obstacle to the revelation of Presence
  • The Sensing, Looking, and Listening practice

Feel into Your Immediate Experience and Who or What Is Having It ...

Session Three: Qualities of Presence
with Karen Johnson

Presence does not only appear in our lives as a generic foundational ground—it is far more magical and mysterious. This session guides you deeply into the very heart of immediate experience.

Topics include:

  • How being an individual consciousness does not mean that we are a separated consciousness
  • “Essential qualities”—how Presence can arise as the delicacy of kindness, the fire of strength, the sturdiness of will, and the joy and sweetness of love
  • How our individual consciousness becomes structured, and the excavation process of Inquiry

Presence and Its Relationship to Self-Esteem and Self-Worth

Session Four: The Dialectic of Presence and Inquiry
with A.H. Almaas

Hameed explains how the teaching on individual consciousness arose within the Diamond Approach and how it answers the question, “Where does experience happen?” He also discusses how Presence manifests in our individual consciousness as essential qualities.

Topics include:

  • Experiencing low self-worth and feelings of deficiency as a “jump gate” into your true value
  • Why a step-by-step, gradual path of awakening clarifies and purifies our individual consciousness
  • Out-of-body and near-death experiences

Expand Your Fluidity, Aliveness, and Sense of Potentiality

Session Five: Inquiry into Individual Consciousness
with Morton Letofsky

In this session, you’ll learn tools and pointers to better inquire for yourself into the nature of individual consciousness, so you can recognize what is “beyond life and death, and fully living at the same time.”

Topics include:

  • Individual consciousness as a subtle “organ of perception”
  • How the “ordinary self” often compulsively reflects and looks back on its progress
  • How to deepen your Inquiry when you find yourself stuck on the surface

Presence and Contacting the "Pulse of Life"

Session Six: The Alive Property of Presence
with Deborah Ussery Letofsky

and A Taste of Boundless Presence
with Morton Letofsky

In this two-part session, Deborah invites you to distinguish the content of your life from the fundamental aliveness of life itself; then, Morton offers a transmission of a taste of Presence as “an infinite ocean without shores.”

Topics include:

  • Activating openness and aliveness in the various centers of the body
  • How to inquire into the limiting idea of yourself as a finite form
  • The role of “letting go” in allowing yourself to be “imbued by Presence”

Inquiring into the Transformational Power of Presence

Session Seven: The Unity of Existence
with Karen Johnson

This session invites you to recognize the unified field of being and experience “the oneness of manifestation in which everything loses its boundary.”

Topics include:

  • Why the willingness to give up anything is necessary for us to know who we really are
  • The experience of “being the universe peering through this location”
  • Seeing “the shape of space” and how physical objects are mostly space

A Realization That Lies Beyond Dual and Nondual Experience

Session Eight: Becoming a True Human Being
with A.H. Almaas

Explore what it means in the Diamond Approach to “think clearly and critically, feel deeply and intensely, and take action that is true and as effective as possible.”

Topics include:

  • Narcissism as the enemy of realization—and how we must go through a level of narcissism with each level of realization
  • How the individual soul is an organism that grows and evolves
  • Examples of how distortions and neuroses can persist even when we have had deep spiritual realizations

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

What is Presence? In the Diamond Approach, Presence is the way that the depth of our spiritual nature, our primordial natural ground, appears in experience. In this session, Hameed begins with The Belly Meditation (or The Kath Meditation)—a practice to help you increase your direct access to Presence. You’ll then join Hameed in a teaching session about how you can recognize and stay in touch with Presence—and why this capacity is the very heart of the spiritual path.

Topics include:

  • How Presence can be experienced in a palpable way as a feeling of heft and substantiality
  • The self-knowing characteristic of Presence
  • The role of “non-meditation” in Inquiry and having the attitude of “not meddling” with your experience
  • How every dimension of Presence brings delight, richness, and fulfillment
  • Inquiry Exercise—A Monologue about Your Immediate Experience

Our session concludes with:

Interview with A.H. Almaas—Hameed speaks with Tami Simon about his personal discovery of Presence, the phenomenon of “subtle sensing,” why he calls Presence “the elixir of enlightenment,” and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Presence is considered one of A.H. Almaas’s more advanced programs, so if you are unfamiliar with his work, it may not be the best place to start because he draws on many of the topics and meditative experiences discussed in his previous books and courses. For an accessible audio introduction to his lifetime of work, we recommend our audio-learning series, The Diamond Approach, which features insights refined from Almaas’s 30 years of teaching—including how he has helped thousands around the globe “do the work” by investigating reality, developing emotional wholeness, uncovering their true essence, and realizing the nonduality of being.

Everything we publish at Sounds True is backed by our 1-year satisfaction guarantee so you can receive a full refund if you are not satisfied.

To access your course, log into your Sounds True Digital Library. If you experience any issues accessing your course, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Customer Service.

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Email: support@soundstrue.com

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What Our Students Are Saying

5/5

Christina W.

The course was really valuable for me—right into the core for me—it opened up both me and my understanding and the longing for digging deeper. And I also can feel gratefulness as a quality that really has been lifted in me during this course!!

5/5

Tim H.

The transmissions, by all the teachers, were something I could feel and benefit from.
Another aspect that I am so grateful for is the range, the scope, and the depth that was introduced—there is so much to integrate and to unfold now. Thank you so much to you all. I am very, very grateful.

4/5

Becky H.

Loved it from the start. Appreciated the insights of each of the instructors. Hameed himself is a gold mine. Enjoyed every session, the varied content included, and I’m very grateful for lifetime access; will go through it again more than once.

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Presence FAQ

Can I participate in an Inquiry discussion group?

The Diamond Approach is offering live, online Inquiry groups to accompany this course at a discounted rate — $100 for eight, 90-minute sessions, where you’ll take turns with other students working one-on-one with an expert teacher. This is completely optional and available after purchasing Presence.

 

How do I purchase Presence: Venture into the Heart of Enlightenment?

You can purchase it here.

 

How do I access Presence: Venture into the Heart of Enlightenment after I have purchased it?

To access your course, you will need to:

  • Log in to your Sounds True account
  • Click on “Digital Library” (located in the maroon navigation bar at the top right of the page)
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  • Click on “go to course”

 

How do I contact customer service?

You may contact us Monday–Friday, 8 am–5 pm MT.
Email: support@soundstrue.com
Phone: US Customers 1.800.333.9185 #3
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We recommend the most recent version of Safari for Mac users or Google Chrome for PC users (with a second choice of Firefox). We do not recommend using Internet Explorer—but if you must, please use version 11 or higher.

 

How do I access my bonuses?

To access Realization Unfolds: A Conversation between A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti, you will need to:

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I already have the bonus in my library. Can I substitute it for something else?

Unfortunately, it is part of the bundle, and substitutions are not allowed.

 

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Live sessions are viewable on Mac and PC. You can stream them on Android and Apple mobile devices through the browser. If you are not using WiFi, please check with your mobile carrier, as additional data rates may apply.

 

How do I know what time live sessions start if I live abroad or in a different time zone?

All events are Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. Here is the schedule. Please use a time zone converter of your choice or thetimezoneconverter.com.

 

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  • If you can’t hear anything, check the two places your volume is controlled. One is your video player and the other is your computer.

 

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The course videos are prerecorded. Videos noted as “Live” are live.

 

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