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Audio books

These audio books and videos are mainly published by Sounds True where they are sold as either physical products or digital downloads. They include a series of talks presented by Almaas, or conversations with other leading teachers and scholars.

  • Almaas AudioDivineEros MD

    The Power of Divine Eros:
    The Illuminating force of Love in everyday life


    About

    An innovative spiritual teacher shows how to use desire and passion as a gateway to realizing our full potential
    What do desire and passion have to do with the spiritual life? They are an essential component of it, according to A. H. Almaas and Karen Johnson. Most spiritual teachings take the position that desire, wanting, and passion are opposed to the spiritual path. The concern is that engaging in desire will take you more into the world, into the mundane, into the physical, and into egoic life. And for most people, that is exactly what happens. We naturally tend to experience wanting in a self-centered way. The Power of Divine Eros explores how to be passionate and to feel a strong wanting without that desire being in conflict with selfless love. It also shows how relationships with others are an important part of the human journey--an opportunity to express oneself authentically and be present with someone else. Through understanding the energy of eros, each of us can learn to be fully real and alive in all our interactions.

    In the words of the authors, "Any spiritual work involves the element of love, whether explicitly or implicitly. What we want to explore is how the energy and quality of love explicitly open the door to reality and to our deeper nature. The portal is there for every human being to open; each of us can be fully real and alive in all our interactions. And the erotic, as it is felt and experienced in the body, is a part of that openness, whether it becomes sexual or not. For many reasons, eros has become separated from the pure and the holy, and as a result, it is usually relegated to the domain of the gross and unrefined. But eros is the energy of the divine. As such, it is always divine and pure."

    Through guided exercises, the authors invite the listener to connect to the pure energy behind their desire. When we allow ourselves to fully experience our wanting, the authors suggest, and we trust that the wanting itself has the intelligence to reveal the pure energy of desire that underlies it, we get a taste of what it's like to feel love and desire as a unified force. Being in the world in a way that does not separate us from spirit, while also feeling the pleasure of our energy, our erotic nature, our aliveness and love, makes life complete. We want to experience our humanness, the authors say, but we don't want to divide ourselves to do it. We want to know more about both the spiritual and the worldly reality and how the two interrelate, because they are naturally a part of what it means to be human.

    Reviews

    A truly in-depth exploration of an embodied spirituality. We find out how Eros is an energy of love and creativity in all of us—and how we can release it. We come to see how our feelings, without exception, are useful for our personal and collective evolution. I felt continually held by the authors’ compassionate and wise presences.
    —David Richo, author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships


    Contents

    Eros
    Two Loves
    Two Worlds
    One Desire
    Personal Relationships
    The Relational Field
    Sexual Love
    Desire For Union
    Magnetic Love
    Sexy Angel


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  • Almaas AudioMindSiegel MD

    A Conversation Between A.H. Almaas and Daniel Siegel:
    The Mind, The Soul, The Brain, and the Mystery of Transformation


    About

    Two Pioneers of Mind and Spirit Expand the Frontiers of Understanding
    For centuries, science and philosophy have drawn clear borders: scientists focused on the physical world, and philosophers studied the spiritual. Today that wall is coming down, thanks to innovative teachers like A. H. Almaas and Dr. Daniel Siegel, and the free flow of ideas and information has created a new renaissance of wisdom. On October 19, 2013, these two modern luminaries engaged in a conversation created to spark new ideas and insights about the nature of the mind and soul, the relationship between consciousness and the brain, and the mystery of personal transformation.

    Now you can experience this extraordinary meeting between A. H. Almaas, the creator of the breakthrough spiritual practice The Diamond Approach, and interpersonal neurobiologist Dr. Daniel Siegel, author of The Mindful Brain. In this daylong conversation, Siegel and Almaas investigate both the convergence and contrasts of spiritual and scientific ways of knowing ourselves. Focusing on the nature of personal transformation and the unfolding of identity, their wide-ranging discussion covers three major themes.

    Contents

    Part One: The Mind and the Soul

    • The soul and the mind—how they are understood by both spiritual traditions and the latest neuroscience
    • The relationship between Being, Essence, the brain, and consciousness
    • How the mind relates to the brain, and the far-reaching implications of neuroplasticity—the ability of the mind to change our neural tissue
    • Why the soul is no longer off-limits to scientific inquiry

    Part Two: Self, Relationships, and Well-Being

    • What is the self and how does it develop?
    • How a sense of self emerges in life, in our relationships, and throughout development
    • How relational and psychological trauma impair the development of well-being and the unfolding of inner knowing across one's lifespan
    • The role of interpersonal and close, intimate relationships in the development of our identity
    • The therapeutic-patient and student-teacher relationships—how these two models for wisdom transmission overlap and inform each other

    Part Three: The Mystery of Transformation

    • What science and traditions say about the need for and nature of spiritual growth
    • The nature of meditation and how spiritual practices and scientific studies perceive the process of inner reflection
    • How fixed personality traits like narcissism or greed influence personal well-being and spiritual growth
    • What are the fundamental shared and contrasted views from science and spirituality on the nature of transformation?
    • Are there goals for transformation? If so, what are they?
    • How can we live a life of compassion, kindness, and discovery in the face of everyday stress and global change?


    Order and sample at Sounds True

  • Almaas AudioConsciousLove MD

    Conscious Love:
    The Power of Revelation


    About and content

    A Dialogue Between A.H. Almaas and Cynthia Bourgeault Hosted by Sounds True founder Tami Simon
    Just as we need a mirror to see our own face, there are aspects of our true self that we can only come to know when they are reflected to us by another. Now you can experience two exceptional spiritual teachers as they engage in a dialogue about the power of sacred relationship as a vehicle for discovery and transformation with Conscious Love: The Power of Revelation.

    A.H. Almaas, creator of The Diamond Approach, and Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopalian priest and author of Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, meet for the first time to explore how certain forms of human relationship can function as conduits to the secrets of Being. Join them to explore:

    • What happens when spiritual illumination is the basis of a relationship
    • How love pulls us into the intrinsic, underlying collectivity beyond our perceived separateness
    • Union: how two souls become one in conscious love
    • How relationships can both express illumination and reveal further awakening
    • Intimacy and unity in friendships, teacher-student relationships, and marriages
    • Uncovering selfless, unconditional, divine love
    • Invoking divine presence within our relationships and communities

    Expanding on the teaching that “two rocks cannot occupy the same space, but two fragrances can,” Almaas and Bourgeault explore how we can be like fragrances rather than rocks—and experience the subtle, luminous space of union with another. Almaas and Bourgeault guide us into the state of consciousness beyond separateness, an underlying union unlimited by the boundaries of space and time.

    Hosted by Sounds True founder Tami Simon, this one-of-a-kind dialogue encourages us to look deeply into our own hearts—and step further into conscious loving as the illuminating force of spiritual realization and transformation.

    Contents

    Part One: The Mind and the Soul

    • The soul and the mind—how they are understood by both spiritual traditions and the latest neuroscience
    • The relationship between Being, Essence, the brain, and consciousness
    • How the mind relates to the brain, and the far-reaching implications of neuroplasticity—the ability of the mind to change our neural tissue
    • Why the soul is no longer off-limits to scientific inquiry

    Part Two: Self, Relationships, and Well-Being

    • What is the self and how does it develop?
    • How a sense of self emerges in life, in our relationships, and throughout development
    • How relational and psychological trauma impair the development of well-being and the unfolding of inner knowing across one's lifespan
    • The role of interpersonal and close, intimate relationships in the development of our identity
    • The therapeutic-patient and student-teacher relationships—how these two models for wisdom transmission overlap and inform each other

    Part Three: The Mystery of Transformation

    • What science and traditions say about the need for and nature of spiritual growth
    • The nature of meditation and how spiritual practices and scientific studies perceive the process of inner reflection
    • How fixed personality traits like narcissism or greed influence personal well-being and spiritual growth
    • What are the fundamental shared and contrasted views from science and spirituality on the nature of transformation?
    • Are there goals for transformation? If so, what are they?
    • How can we live a life of compassion, kindness, and discovery in the face of everyday stress and global change?


    Order and sample at Sounds True

  • Almaas AudioRealizationUnfolds MD

    Realization Unfolds:
    A Conversation Between A. H. Almaas and Adyashanti


    About and content

    Two Visionary Teachers Invite Us to Explore the Path to Spiritual Awakening
    Spiritual realization expresses itself differently through different teachers. With Realization Unfolds, two of our generation’s most pioneering and influential spiritual teachers present a six-session on-demand online course that explores their respective perspectives on spiritual awakening and what it means to live an awakened life.

    The first three sessions of the course are drawn from our live recording with A.H. Almaas and Adyashanti in San Rafael, California, on October 23, 2010. The next three sessions were recorded live in late March and early April 2011.

    As you watch the video of the dialogue, we invite you to reflect deeply on what is being discussed and its relevance in your own life. After each video presentation, you will be offered a series of questions and contemplations. If you wish, you may write out responses to these in the online journal provided.

    For the duration of Realization Unfolds, Adyashanti will be referred to “Adya” and A.H. Almaas will be referred to as “Hameed,” the names most commonly used by their friends and students.

    Highlights include

    • Is psychological self-knowledge necessary for spiritual realization?
    • What about human uniqueness and individual personhood after awakening?
    • What is the role of the spiritual teacher and transmission in the awakening process?
    • The Diamond Approach—a way to investigate reality and work on oneself that leads to maturity and liberation

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  • Almaas AudioTheDiamondApproach MD

    The Diamond Approach:
    A path of Inner Discovery


    About and content

    A.H. Almaas, whose writings brilliantly illustrate the unity of modern depth psychology and traditional spiritual wisdom, is a respected, pioneering teacher. Jack Kornfield has called him “one of the most significant voices for a new and remarkably integrated spiritual vision.”

    Almaas has created with Sounds True an accessible audio introduction to his lifetime of work. Called The Diamond Approach, this program features insights refined from Almaas’s 30 years of teaching—including how he has helped thousands around the globe “do the work” by investigating reality, developing emotional wholeness, uncovering their true essence, and realizing the nonduality of being.


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  • Almaas AudioUnfoldingNow MD

    The Unfolding Now


    About

    As an introduction to his book The Unfolding Now, Almaas explores in these talks the practice of presence-being aware of and living in the now. He explains how this central practice of the Diamond Approach® addresses the basic spiritual quest for self-realization. When we can be with the truth of our present experience, we invite our essential nature to reveal who and what we truly are in a dynamic and immediate way. As he elucidates this truth, Almaas also explores some of the elements that are involved in engaging this simple but challenging practice.

    Content

    1. Amsterdam, Netherlands Book Talk
    2. Boulder, CO Book Talk


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  • Almaas AudioSpacecruiser MD

    Spacecruiser Inquiry


    About and content

    Join A. H. Almaas in this very special teaching given at St. John's Church in Berkeley, California to celebrate the release of his book, Spacecruiser Inquiry. Almaas relates stories and personal experiences from his youth regarding the development of the Diamond Approach® and the practice of Inquiry.


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  • Almaas AudioInnerJourney MD

    The Inner Journey Home

    About

    On the occasion of the publication of The Inner Journey Home, the magnum opus of his spiritual teaching, A.H. Almaas gave public talks to introduce the Diamond Approach® to a larger audience. Hearing these talks gives the listener a profound and fascinating insight into the nature of the human soul and spiritual reality. Provocative for newcomers and illuminating for current practitioners of the path, these presentations explore different aspects of the inner journey described in the book.

    Content

    1. Santa Cruz, CA Book Talk
    2. Berkeley, CA Book Talk


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  • Almaas AudioSacredPsychology MD

    Sacred Psychology


    About


    This series, titled Sacred Psychology, explores how the insights of modern psychology can become a part of spiritual psychology. These lectures were presented by A.H. Almaas at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

    Content

    1. Sacred Psychology on the Soul
    2. Sacred Psychology on Essence
    3. Sacred Psychology on Being


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  • Almaas AudioTalksOne MD

    Talks by A.H. Almaas, Series Two


    About


    These talks are presented by A.H. Almaas to the Colorado and California work groups in the early days of the Ridhwan® School. They present some of the basic concepts and teachings of the Diamond Approach®.

    Content

    1. The Truth Will Set You Free
    2. Hope and Hopelessness
    3. In the World But Not of It
    4. Vulnerability and Humanness
    5. The Integrated Human Being


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  • Almaas AudioTalksTwo MD

    Talks by A.H. Almaas, Series One


    About


    These talks are presented by A. H. Almaas to the Colorado and California work groups in the early days of the Ridhwan® School. They present some of the basic concepts and teachings of the Diamond Approach®.

    Content

    1. Basic Trust and True Nature
    2. Essence of Intimacy
    3. Intelligence of Being
    4. Person Without Boundaries
    5. Vision of Humanity


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  • Brown AudioSoulWithoutShame MD

    Soul Without Shame


    About and content


    Whether we call it the inner critic, superego, or just plain nag, most of us have a "judge within" who's constantly on our case. A comprehensive guide to understanding how the inner critic works, this audiobook offers practical, positive suggestions for breaking free of it. Using straightforward language and examples from everyday life, Byron Brown shows:

    • Where the inner judge came from
    • How it operates
    • Why it trips us up
    • Why we believe we need it
    • How to develop awareness of it
    • How to disengage from it
    • The "soul qualities" we can develop to weaken its influence

    Each chapter begins with an episode of the "Frank and Sue story," dramatically illustrating how the inner critic works; each chapter ends with a simple exercise designed to help the reader move along the path of self-discovery.

    The recording is available as an audio book from Amazon, or as a 10hr workshop recording from SoundsTrue.


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