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A. H. Almaas

Founder of the Diamond Approach
to Self-Realization


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Love in Its Boundless Dimension with A.H. Almaas and Tami Simon

July 23, 2023

“A.H. Almaas is someone I look to as a guide, a way shower. To say it plainly, I see him as a type of spiritual genius.” Tami Simon


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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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Because the realization of Brilliancy in our inquiry is usually not complete, the capacity to hold relevant experiences together does not always function perfectly. The more we have realized and integrated the Brilliancy aspect—the aspect of completeness—in the Diamond Guidance, the more we are able to hold and recognize the relevant experiences on various levels, past and present. If you do not have the capacity to tell which experiences are relevant, inquiry takes a longer time. That is one of the reasons why having a teacher helps your inquiry.

So we have now looked at two kinds of focus: a focus that is one-pointed so that you can follow the thread, and a focus that zeroes in by being specific. And both these qualities—the one-pointedness and the specificity—have to do with the Essential Identity. One-pointedness comes from the fact that the Essential Identity is a point, and specificity is derived from its being the most specific presence possible. It’s interesting how the geometrical and the affective sides of the Point are interconnected, and how both affect our consciousness and capacity.

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