Where It Is Going
By Sharon Beck, Diana's "Dearest Volunteerist"
I’m writing today to tell you about a very interesting woman, Diana Lorence. I met Diana and her husband, Michael Anthony Lorence, a few years ago. He is a very private counselor to very private people. The woman I was working with at that time, who is herself a powerful and successful transformational teacher, had been raving about him for years, and wanted to bring him into her trainings to speak to her students.
I was intrigued by them both and felt a strong pull towards Diana. Everything she said fascinated me.
All I knew of her and her husband’s secluded life was that they lived in a cabin in the woods that was
only twelve feet square and didn’t have hot water or electricity. They cook their food over the fire in
the hearth and read books that were written before electricity was invented! And lest you think that
they are some kind of mountain hermits, let me assure you that they are the two most perfectly elegant people I have ever met.
It was one of the most interesting visits I had ever had. At the end of the meeting, Diana encouraged me to come visit her again. She was staying in a monastery away from home then. I began to go to see her weekly, and that was how a beautiful friendship between us began.
Her husband sometimes leads very special conversations away from their home. A few months after I met them, Michael was asked to conduct a conversation for a Unity Women’s Group meeting. At the end of the session, some of the women remarked that now they were really curious about the woman who sat silently beside him.
They said they wanted to "hear what the wise man’s wife has to say!" and that is how Diana's talks began. Diana had no idea anyone would want to hear her story, and she is so very private that I doubted she would be willing to tell it, even with the encouragement she had from her husband. However, after a few months she decided she would, and I invited twelve of my women friends to come hear her tell the story of her remarkable life. It was a beginning for me in working together with Diana on one of the sweetest paths I have ever taken. She is a wonder and a delight!
Since then Diana has given lots of talks and presentations, mostly to women who haven’t really known what to expect from such an unusual person. The response has been just amazing. Diana’s story of what she calls her "Innermost Life" seems to touch women in a very deep, very spiritual way. It is all about peace and truly simple living. And it’s a love story.
I have spent the last fifteen years of my career working with people who are earnestly seeking an inner transformation. I have come to know all kinds of people, but I have never met anyone like Diana. She gives simple living a whole new meaning, and knowing her has given me a new direction in my own life.
Diana is not a spiritual teacher. She is more a kind of present-day pioneer of modest, authentic, timeless living. Like no one I know, she has actually won her way through to an inner world, a world she sought all her life. Now she has turned to share with the rest of us the inspiring story of what it is like to live an Innermost Life.
I don't know what lies ahead for Diana. But it is my dearest hope that this website may serve to introduce her to the world of people who are out there waiting, sometimes desperately, for someone genuine to come along and speak the simple truth about the things that really matter. I am so excited for you to meet the purest, gentlest, "innermost" woman I have ever known.