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A. H. Almaas

Founder of the Diamond Approach
to Self-Realization

A. H. Almaas

Founder of the Ridhwan School
for Spiritual Development

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A conversation with A.H. Almaas, hosted by founders of Science and Nonduality,  Maurizio & Zaya Benazzo. "Wisdom doesn't mean spiritual knowledge. Wisdom doesn't mean words of wisdom. Wisdom means spiritual experience that is being expressed in one's actions and living. A wise person is a person who knows how to live in the world and behave and act according to the knowledge that they actually have realized." - A. H. Almaas

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A. H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, founder of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization, a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories. Almaas has authored eighteen books about spiritual realization, including the Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, and The Alchemy of Freedom.

He is the founder of the Ridhwan School for Spiritual Development, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The orientation of the school is directed toward guiding students to realize their true nature to the fullest realization and further still to endless enlightenment.

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In time you realize that you are not bound by the body. Sometimes I experience myself sitting in my own lap. What does that mean? What does the finger feel sitting in the hand? Is it like sitting in a chair? If you really investigate that, you might get interested in studying mathematical topology and multidimensional spaces. You might wonder how things fold into each other from different dimensions, how the dimension of consciousness melds into the physical dimension. You might buy a fancy, hand-blown Klein bottle or start playing with a Mobius strip.

It occurs to me that this experience is somehow connected to the completely black diamond, but this is an obscure intuition, not a clear insight. What is certain, however, is the feeling-understanding that the total experience of the universal witness is revealing further implications. I understand, experiencing myself as the silent vastness at the end of the vision, that realizing this dimension of identity involves not only going beyond the personal life and history, but also experiencing oneself as beyond all of existence. What does this mean, however?

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