Realizing True Nature: A Conversation with Hameed Ali and Tara Brach
April 19, 2023
Tara begins her conversation with Hameed with "One of the things you said, at some point, that most impacted me was that 'reality is meditating.'" And off they go for a lovely dialogue...
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.
Spiritual development usually proceeds from the dual to the nondual perspective. The characteristic recognition of the journey of descent is that reality is nondual, that realization and life are not separate. At this juncture, it is very easy to fall into the reification and fixation of preferring the nondual to the dual and of believing that the nondual perspective is final. In fact, many of you might be thinking, “Why does he keep saying there is no aim?
And if we have been doing inner practice, one of the more prominent voices is always trying to make us better, more spiritual. We are trying to make ourselves enlightened. We are trying to squeeze ourselves into some kind of state. We are trying to corral ourselves into a particular condition. So, let’s say you sit down to meditate one morning. If you are sitting because you want to do something to yourself to get someplace, then you are interfering. If you just sit—that’s all—without doing anything, you are practicing. But that’s rarely the case.