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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 segment A. H. Almaas discusses the diverse kinds of realization on the Diamond Approach path. Many of them include some wisdom or understanding of love. However, the function of love on the path is most clearly seen from the nondual perspective. Nondual reality is one of the realizations on this path. We see here how our individual love is related to divine love. And how such love is the most effective power for developing the soul, and opening it to its true nature. On this path, love is the motive power that makes liberation possible.

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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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From the perspective of Being, then the major mental pathologies can be understood thus:

*   Psychosis is a reflection of the absence of, or conflicts about, the Merging Essence in the symbiotic stage.

*   The schizoid condition is a reflection of the absence of, or conflicts about, the Strength Essence, mainly in the differentiation subphase.

*   Pathological narcissism is a reflection of the absence of, or conflicts about, the Essential Self, primarily in the practicing subphase.

Ultimately, we experience longing and sadness and unhappiness because we experience ourselves as separate objects. Then we try to connect to other separate objects through love or sex or spiritual work. But we have to see the basic truth that we’re not separate beings. We don’t need to do anything to be connected. There is no disconnection. Disconnection is an illusion. In fact, it is a delusion, a psychotic delusion. This perspective is not new. For thousands of years, the oneness of reality has been the central insight in various spiritual traditions and teachings.

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