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A. H. Almaas

A. H. Almaas

A. H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, creator of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization. The Diamond Approach is 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, The Unfolding Now, and The Point of Existence.

He founded the Ridhwan School, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The orientation of the school is directed toward helping students become aware of and embody their “essence” or essential nature.

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The Alchemy of Freedom

The Alchemy of Freedom: The Philosophers' Stone and the Secrets of Existence

For millennia alchemists sought the philosophers’ stone, the miracle substance believed to be the key to all the secrets of existence. The quest was fueled by some of the prime questions of human existence: What am I? Why am I here? How has this world come to be?

A. H. Almaas shows that the tremendous liberating power of the mysterious philosophers’ stone is closer to us than we realize. In fact, it is the true nature of all reality—in all times and all places, without being limited to being anything in particular. Through the philosophers’ stone, real transformation can happen, our consciousness can become free, and we can open to all the possibilities of reality.

Almaas discusses the factors that are involved in igniting the catalytic property of the philosophers’ stone and then begins to unpack the properties of true nature when it is free of constraints. Finally, we are left with the revelation that true nature is endlessly knowable, and yet nothing we can know or say about it exhausts its mystery and power. The result is a new understanding of what liberation and practice are—and a view of what it’s like when seeking ceases and life becomes a process of continual discovery. We begin to appreciate that the freedom of reality expressed in the complete and fulfilled life all human beings seek—and few find—is actually the simplicity of the ordinary.

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Featured Video


Our Good Fortune

In this video clip, Almaas addresses the present difficult world situation from the perspective of how spiritual goodness appears within such discord. He discusses how nondual perfection is relevant to our present time with its difficulties, discord, and violence. And how spiritual selfless goodness relates to the difficulties while acknowledging their reality. This presentation is from a recent teaching at an all-school retreat in the Netherlands, June 2017.

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The Quantum View of Realization
Conversation: Emptiness, The Edge of the Unknown 
Living at the Edge of the Unknown 
Nondual Perspective on Duality
Consciousness, Its Nature and Role in Experience 
How Close is Science to Understanding Consciousness? 
Nondual Relationships 
Runaway Realization
Runaway Realization Part 2
Is Entanglement Fundamentally a Physical or Spiritual Phenomena?
Exploring the Nature and Dynamic of Experience: A. H. Almaas and Rupert Spira
Living Realization: A. H. Almaas & Adyashanti
Runaway Realization Book Talk
Karen Johnson on Buddha at The Gas Pump
A. H. Almaas on Buddha at The Gas Pump
Entanglement, Love, and Union - Karen Johnson
Love and Emptiness
The Power of Divine Eros


Featured Interview

A.H. Almaas: The Freedom to Be Nobody

A. H. Almaas—the pen name of A. Hameed Ali—is an author, teacher, and the creator of the path of spiritual inquiry known as the Diamond Approach. Speaking on Almaas, Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute shares, "In editing [Almaas'] talks, on more than one occasion I pushed the pause button and sat in stunned silence, trying to wrap my head around what I just heard." In this audio segment excerpted from Endless Enlightenment: The View of Totality in the Diamond Approach, Almaas considers the many identities we take on as spiritual seekers—and how one will eventually come to a point of exploration where all personal identification falls away. In this realization of "no-thing and no-body," Almaas finds a place of joyous liberation..

Listen to the interview (Please note Hameed’s teaching starts at 2:25)

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