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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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Before differentiation and conceptualization, before there is memory of the past or thoughts of the future, there is just the pure fact, the pure actuality, of presence with its complete radiance. Here the consciousness is aware of itself completely outside of time—consciousness and presence as the same thing. Timelessness, which is the full and complete experience of Brilliancy, becomes the entry into the now, which is universal presence. We can think of consciousness being aware of its own actuality as a loop of self-reflection. But a loop implies time, right?

In chapter 21, we differentiated between the absolute and the absolute dimension. In discussing the absolute dimension we did not differentiate between the various dimensions of descent, so our examples ranged over a few of them. We saw, however, that the absolute in its absolute transcendence is beyond any qualities and beyond differentiation. Yet it contains all possibilities of manifestation, including all essential qualities and forms. The absolute implicitly contains all the qualities and dimensions of true nature, unmanifest and undifferentiated.

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