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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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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 soul does not always experience these states this graphically in the form of animal or primitive organisms, but it is part of her potential to have these forms of experience, a fact utilized by some of the spiritual teachings in the formulation of their teachings and methods. The point we are making is that the soul has the potential to experience herself in various degrees of structure, from the most rigid and formed, to the most formless and shapeless.

Our rigid identities and concepts of self compartmentalize our experience of the soul in such a way that we cannot see how her properties and capacities are available to us regardless of the state of consciousness in which we find ourselves. For example, when we are identified with a self-concept of being stupid, our soul forms into a dull and contracted state.

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