Sahlan Diver


Mini Biography

Sahlan Diver was opened in Subud in 1972, and left university in 1973 looking forward to an uncertain future as a totally unemployable person. He became interested in shadow puppetry and worked freelance giving shows to schools, pioneering multi colour projection and 3-D shadow puppets. Next he taught musical instuments for a few years, finally moving into computer programming after being taken on as a "floor sweeper and disc copier" at a Subud enterprise.

In 1989, Sahlan and his family moved to the Republic Of Ireland, where he went freelance again, eventually attaining the Holy Grail of all unemployable people, i.e. becoming a highly paid consultant advising employed people on how to do their job properly.

While providing consultancy to over forty companies, large and small, Sahlan was able to observe at close hand a variety of project management styles ranging from excellent to downright appalling. This experience showed him the importance of good management, and led to a conviction that something was seriously wrong with the way Subud members were "doing Subud". He formed an alternative organisation, "Subud Eire", through which he discovered many other members who had serious misgivings about Subud, but who had mainly kept quiet because they felt criticism wasn't welcome.

A Proposal for an International Subud Survey pdf html

We know very little about what members think of their Subud experience. Shouldn't we be trying to find out?

Blueprint for Change pdf html

A checklist of the changes Subud must make in order to (a) survive and (b) grow.

Ten Misconceptions about Subud Enterprise pdf html

Are we negative about Subud Enterprise because we never understood the concept properly?

The Closings pdf html

'Nobody knows for certain when the closings started.'

The Fifty/Fifty Rule pdf html

Sometimes a 50/50 split is not the way to go.

Trial by Feelings pdf html

The inside story of how we lost Anugraha and what we can learn from it.

The Rise and Fall of the AntiSubud Site pdf html

What we can learn from Subud critics.

I Asked for Milk pdf html

How I found Subud - with some thoughts on Subud enterprise.

Can Subud Grow without Faith? pdf html

Could Bapak have been right about the importance of enterprises?

Subud-think pdf html

Spiritual understanding? Or just poor quality thinking?

Why Only Subud? pdf html

As custodian of the latihan- Subud hasn't done so well. Why not give others a chance?

A View of Arcadia pdf html

Leave it to God. How is that strategy working for us?

It Was the Vicar Who Did It pdf html

Why we would be better off without Subud membership.

Our Cunning Plans pdf html

Plans that we have been following for 50 years that haven't worked out yet.

The Subud Inspector pdf html

If Subud appointed an external inspector would we ignore her recommendations just like we ignore the recommendations of our own members?

Conundrum pdf html

What will happen when a new organisation offers only the latihan?

In Subud We Have No Beliefs pdf html

That's our claim. But what is the reality?

The Wayward Way of Enterprise pdf html

The future reveals an exciting new concept that might actually work.

Stories pdf html

Spiritual wisdom or spiritual make-believe?

Outside View pdf html

A Review of Bei Dawei's "Baha'i and Subud Dissent: Developments in the 2000s"

Are You Brainwashed? pdf html

Seven ways that Subud shapes your thinking

Designing the New pdf html

An outline for a new latihan organization

Frozen in Time pdf html

A stage play- for Subud members only

Epilogue html

The beginning of the end for Subud

Two Short Pieces pdf html

A short story and a G&S parody.

Feedback on Sahlan's articles

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Feedback for the article: A Proposal for an International Subud survey

Implementing a Process to Produce a Survey.

IRC and Subud democracy article also relevant here. From sabariah van beek, March 24, 2008. Time 14:41

2008 Survey of Subud Australia Membership - demographics, needs and views.. From Bavali, May 3, 2009. Time 1:15

Feedback for the article: A View of Arcadia

Waiting for the Golden Age. From stefan, October 6, 2009. Time 12:53

Feedback for the article: Are You Brainwashed?

What's wrong with harmony? And other issues.... From Hubert Spall, May 19, 2012. Time 20:40

Feedback for the article: Blueprint for Change

No Sticks, Just Carrots.

Decisions and Disenchantments..

Husk or Content?..

A Response about "Leakage".


Feedback for the article: Can Subud Grow without Faith?

"Enterprise" size vs. likely results. From Philip Quackenbush, June 13, 2008. Time 6:24

Feedback for the article: Conundrum

I am interested in a new group independent of subud. From Charles, August 19, 2014. Time 15:49

Freedom!. From Will Bibby, August 23, 2014. Time 15:35

Feedback for the article: Designing the New?

making the latihan available. From terry koch, November 30, 2012. Time 19:32

Oh good, now I can get rich running a latihan studio. From Bei Dawei, March 14, 2013. Time 6:4

Feedback for the article: I Asked For Milk

Enterprises of Subud members vs. Subud enterprises. From Philip Quackenbush, March 21, 2008. Time 7:45

Feedback for the article: In Subud We Have No Beliefs

more beliefs

Grace & Gratitude minus fantasy - wish - fulfilments.. From Lauvender, October 19, 2013. Time 6:19

Feedback for the article: Our Cunning Plans

Loved your article. From Rochanah, January 8, 2010. Time 10:42

Feedback for the article: Outside View

Bei Dawei replies

Feedback for the article: Subud-think?

Too much Talk. From sjahari, October 4, 2008. Time 17:57

Darkness or Light? Sanity or Lunacy?. From Edward Fido, January 13, 2009. Time 0:27

Green Lights from God. From Raphael Skerratt, October 6, 2009. Time 6:18

Feedback for the article: Trial By Feelings

Mismanagement at Anugraha?.

The Future of Large Enterprise?.

Feedback for the article: The Rise and Fall of the AntiSubud Site

update on the anti subud site. From Em, July 11, 2009. Time 14:15

Feedback for the article: Trial by Feelings

Thank you note. From Luqman Lorette, August 31, 2014. Time 8:32

Feedback for the article: Why Only Subud?

NOT SPLITTING -- BUT SEEDING. From Merin Nielsen, October 4, 2008. Time 5:46