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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 this video clip from her The Jeweled Path book talk in London, Karen Johnson describes the unfolding of the Diamond Approach. She shares about the discoveries, revelations and surprises that occurred; but also about the inquiry, questions and struggles that accompanied the process. In her book she describes it as ‘... a love story about searching for and finding truth, about knowing love and love for knowledge, and about a topsy-turvy, magical journey that penetrates into unknown universes.'

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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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To return to our example of the soul’s process in the inner journey, we see that as the soul learns about the intrinsic aloneness of essential presence she begins to recognize that she leaves not only the world of object relations when she is presence; by realizing presence and understanding the separation of the red essence, she leaves the totality of her discriminating mind in this radical separation. This can bring up fear of losing her mind, of going crazy, of the unknown, and so on.

We eliminate unclarity and obscuration by becoming precise. Precision means a specific, exact, sharp delineation . . . . . . . Inquiry continues in its quest for more precision: “What does it feel like to be feisty?”
“Sort of feel energetic, sort of alive.”
“What do you mean by ‘energetic and alive’?”
“The feeling of the presence of alive energy.”
“What do you mean, ‘the presence of alive energy’?”

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