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The Green Latifa in Athens

  • Syndrasi 12 Galatias Athina, 118 51 Greece (map)

March 31 - April 1
in Athens, Greece
with Nick Athanassakis

Beloved Friends,

We invite you to the third in a series of retreats on the essence of the soul in Athens. 
The Diamond Logos teachings are inspired by the Sufi traditions and contain elements from Buddhism, ancient Greek philosophy and other spiritual paths. We look forward to seeing you there!

Essence is the very fabric of our Soul. When we experience our Essence we have the sense of wholeness. In contrast, the lack of contact with our Essence gives us a sense that we have lost our way home, that we have lost our paradise. We are born full of Essence and free of any conditioning. As time passes and childhood programming settles into our system, we gradually lose the connection to our Essence. We then live in a paradoxical state of existence: we are Essence and yet we do not know it. 

The Lataif are the first manifestations of Essence. They are the texture, the material from which the Soul is made of, our Essential qualities. The word Latifa (singular) in Arabic means the oil that burns in the lamp. These fountains of Essence are located in different parts of our body. They are our innate resources that we come in touch with when we begin to experience ourselves beyond our conditioned mind and ego defenses. They are fundamental human virtues such as love, compassion, courage, wisdom, joy, presence, innocence and others. If we picture our True Self as a shining sun, then the Lataif are like its rays, each ray a different quality the sun is emanating. There are five major Lataif and several minor ones. Each Latifa is associated with a color and has different aspects to it. 

The Green Latifa permeates our system with sweetness, as it opens up our innate capacity for healing. It creates an inner environment in which we gravitate toward natural kindness, humanness, love, compassion and forgiveness. This Essence is the ultimate resource for healing trauma. As we heal we feel ourselves more and as we feel more we heal even further. The Green Essence functions as a balsam and a lubricant in our system, removing the sense of dryness that we feel when we are overcome with psychological pain. We feel fresh, light and resilient enough to tolerate emotional hurt without feeling devastated. It gives us a sense of self-acceptance and acceptance of others. It also brings a deep surrendering to the heart.

When we lose the connection to the Green Latifa we don’t have any internal Essential protection and as a result we become highly susceptible to being emotionally hurt. We are rendered emotionally and spiritually dry. Our heart turns hard and we lack empathy and compassion. 

In this retreat, we will reconnect with the heart of presence, healing and compassion. We will inquire into the psychological issues which block the connection to the Green Essence and how these issues manifest in our body and our life. When not addressed, these issues can even impair our physical health. With our humanness as our guide, we can set out on the path of healing our trauma and embodying our Essence. We turn towards our true sensitivity and heart’s desire. 
Date: March 31 - April 1

Saturday 9.00 - 19.30
Sunday 9.00 - 18.00

"Syndrasi," Galateias 12, Thissio, Athens, Greece

For further information and bookings, please contact Nick at or +30 6974595069 

Earlier Event: March 10