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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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SAND 2019 — What Do Religions Think About Us?  A.H. Almaas and Robert Thurman discuss how various traditions differ in their view and appreciation of the individual and the place of the human in the scheme of reality.

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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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The Journey of Descent reveals the relation between the absolute and the various dimensions of true nature. The quintessential dimension reveals it specifically as not actually a relation, but a complete integration, a perfect coemergence. All the dimensions of true nature—its absolute essence, nonconceptual awareness, pure presence, divine love, and creative logos—make up one truth, in a primordial synthesis. In the soul’s personal experience she may perceive the absolute coemergent with awareness, presence, or love, but in actuality all the dimensions make up an indivisible unity.

The quintessential dimension also reveals how the generation of Reality occurs. It shows that it is not a matter of emanation, but of manifestation within the field of the absolute. The world appears within the absolute, inseparable from it, undifferentiated from it, without any ontological distance. So it is not emanated the way light emanates from the sun, but more like the picture appears on the TV screen. The emanating light never leaves its source, being coemergent with it.13 Source and sourced are simply two facets of the same Reality.

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