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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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This kind of reverence can infuse all of our life. We can express it in our formal practices, in the way we conduct our everyday life as practice, and in our relationship with teachings, whether our own or all others. The reverence of true nature also appears when we recognize that somebody—whether our teacher, our friend, or a stranger—has realized and is embodying the magnificence of truth in whatever limited or limitless way it is appearing. When we recognize true nature in any of its forms, we can’t help but feel a deep respect.

So the attitude of reverence is for what we are and is much bigger than the individual that we are. It is what we are beyond the individual. And we are also always the individual while we are the totality. Because we are at once the totality and an individual—inseparably but distinctly—it is possible for true nature to feel reverence toward itself without resorting to the dual view. But usually we can express this only in a relational way, which makes it appear dualistic.

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