Essence with the Elixir of Enlightenment: The Diamond Approach to Inner Realization by A.H. Almaas

Essence: “Almaas demystifies enlightenment, helping us to see it, not as some mysterious event, but rather as a down-to-earth, understandable process with definite stages and sign posts–a process in which the personality gradually releases its grip on our being, and allows essence to emerge and transform the personality itself.

“Essence is a revolutionary book in its synthesis of Western and Eastern approaches to psychological and spiritual development.” Yoga Journal


Presence and Essence
The Loss of Essence
The Retrieval of Essence
The Development of Essence

The Elixir of Enlightenment:

“An excellent introduction to the process of true Spiritual training.”

A.H. Almaas answers the question, “Why do most people on spiritual paths fail to attain what they seek?” by exploring the active relationship between personality and Essence as it inspires and impedes the search. In the light of his own contemporary Diamond Approach, he examines the teachings of Krishnamurti, Rajneesh, and Buddhism, providing invaluable insight for students and teachers on any path.

The Situation
The Problem
The Solution

A. H. Almaas is the pen name of Hameed Ali, the Kuwaiti-born originator of the Diamond Approach, who has been guiding individuals and groups at the Ridhwan School in Colorado, California, and Europe since 1976. He is the author of Spacecrusier Inquiry, The Pearl Beyond Price, Facets of Unity, and other books.

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The Illusive Self – Hameed Ali (A H Almaas)

This is a clip from Hameed Ali (A H Almaas) talk at Science and Nonduality Conference 2012 in San Rafael, CA. For the complete talk please visit:…

Self can refer to our spiritual true nature as when we speak of true self, or mostly it refers to the ego self that functions as the primary impediment to spiritual realization. I will discuss how enlightenment can be seen as self realization or selfless realization. However, I will focus on the obstacle of the self, its physical/psychological/spiritual nature, the illusiveness of this nature, and the question of whether it is our creation or a natural expression of reality. What does freedom from self means?

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