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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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In her book The Jeweled Path: The Biography of the Diamond Approach to Inner Realization Karen Johnson transmits the living pulse of the teaching with a textured biographical account of the places, people and events that were the context of its arising. Her book talk further illuminated the process of how the telling of the story was time travel, bringing the narrative into the now with scintillating aliveness as she reveals more of the story with the same candor, authenticity and joy that jumps out from the pages of the book and into the heart of our consciousness. 

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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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As we continue to examine practice from the perspective of realization, as we see how practice is realization, we can recognize another position, another attitude that we tend to have in relation to practice. As we challenge one assumption, we encounter further ones. We explored how practice needs to become continual in order for it to be an effective practice. But effective toward what end? We realize at some point that practicing doesn’t mean that we are practicing for a reason.

From this perspective, the many things that people say about giving, loving, serving, and sacrificing mean seeing through the entity and all of its attachments. What you surrender is your mind. Being a giving person means not holding on to an entity. Surrender means losing the belief that you are an entity. Service means that being an entity is not the end. All of these are conceptual ways to approach the reality. But, in a sense, the reality cannot be approached, because the moment you approach it, you are already dealing in concepts.

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