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Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Rumi

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The Diamond Heart Series

The Diamond Heart series is a transcription of talks given to inner work groups. The purpose of the talks is to guide and orient individuals who are intensely engaged in doing the difficult work of essential realization.

Each talk elucidates a certain state of essence or being. The relevant psychological issues and barriers are discussed precisely and specifically, using modem psychological understanding in relation to the state of being, and in relation to one's mind, life and process of inner unfoldment.

  • Almaas DiamondHeartBook1 MD

    Diamond Heart Book One:
    Elements of the Real in Man


    About

    We live in a world of mystery, wonder and beauty. But most of us seldom participate in this real world, being aware rather of a world that is mostly strife, suffering or meaninglessness. This situation is basically due to our not realizing and living our full human potential. This potential can be actualized by the realization and development of the human essence. The human essence is the part of us that is innate and real, and which can participate in the real world.

    Contents

    In the World But Not of It
    The Theory of Holes
    The Diamond Approach to the Work
    Faith and Commitment
    Nobility and Suffering
    Value
    Truth and Compassion
    Trust
    Essence is the Life
    The Value of Struggling
    Truth
    Allowing
    Growing Up
    The Student's Relationship to the Teaching
    The Impeccable Warrior
    Curiosity
    Gathering Honey

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  • Almaas DiamondHeartBook2 MD

    Diamond Heart Book Two:
    The Freedom to Be

    About

    Discusses the perils of too much success in spiritual work: how holding on to the "achievements" of essential development can interfere with the pursuit of truth about the nature of reality.

    There are two contenders for your attention: essence and personality. From the perspective of essence, self-realization means realizing or developing one's essence. From the perspective of liberation, the process is seen as becoming free from the personality. In our work, these two developments go on simultaneously; they are actually one process.

    Contents

    Hanging Loose
    Mind and Essence
    Implicit Understanding
    Attachment and Space
    The Teaching of No Hope
    Acceptance
    Change and Truth
    Will
    Self and Selflessness
    Love
    Friend and Lover
    Being Oneself

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  • Almaas DiamondHeartBook3 MD

    Diamond Heart Book Three:
    Being and the Meaning of Life

     

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    Discusses in detail the issues and understandings involved in actually shifting the personal identity from personality to Essence. This is not an abstract or esoteric work, but a useful exploration of specific personal issues faced by students in the process of self-realization. How do you know that the knowledge you get from others is the truth? How do you know that your teachers, or even the great philosophers, have the answer that is appropriate for you? Christ says to love your neighbor. Do you really know that that is what you need to do? Buddha says that enlightenment is the best thing. How do you know that is what you need?

    Contents

    The Flame of the Search
    Are You Here?
    Who Am I?
    The Chasm
    Essence and the Ego Ideal
    Disidentification and Involvement
    Non-Waiting
    Supporting Self-Realization
    The Dilemma of Boundaries
    Reacting, Being, and Doing
    Humanness, Vulnerability and Being

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  • Almaas DiamondHeartBook4 MD

    Diamond Heart Book Four:
    Indestructible Innocence


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    Discusses the perils of too much success in spiritual work: how holding on to the Talks on the topics of spiritual maturity and non-conceptual reality. Describes the understanding and practices needed for the integration of spiritual insight and experience into one's life. A view of understanding the basic unity of reality, and brings forth the issues involved when this understanding of unity confronts the egocentric and isolated perspectives of the personality. One of the greatest puzzles for the serious student of spiritual disciplines arises from the encounter with the realm of pure awareness, usually accompanied by a perception of emptiness of the self or of the world previously seen as solid. Here there is great wonderment, and sometimes concern. What does this insight mean about the world of forms? What does it mean about the spiritual world, and about the realm of Essence?

    Contents

    Clarification of Personality
    Being and the Search
    Human Maturity
    Maturity and Truth
    The Integrated Human Being
    Oneness and Human Life
    Realization of Absence
    Bare Bottoms on Ice
    The Creative Now
    The Two Realities
    The Courageous Heart
    Our Knowledge is the World We Live
    Inside and Outside
    Concepts and Thinkin
    Physical Reality and Nonconceptual Reality
    The Universal Mind
    Selflessness

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  • Almaas DiamondHeartBook5 MD

    Diamond Heart Book Five:
    Inexhaustible Mystery


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    Inexhaustible Mystery is the last of the five books in the Diamond Heart series. Taken primarily from transcripts of talks given in the author's popular Diamond Approach groups, the books progress in subtlety and depth in describing the way reality manifests its mysteries in various facets and dimensions, offering understanding of the true nature of reality and the potential for being human.

    A central theme of the series is that reality posses a distinct purity—which Almaas has termed at different times as "true nature," "essential nature," or "being"—as the ground of all manifestation, as the irreducible perfection at the very heart of everything. This ground is composed of five coemergent dimensions: universal love, pure presence, nonconceptual awareness, absolute emptiness, and creative dynamism. The first three dimensions are emphasized in the previous volumes, while volume five focuses on the dimensions of absolute emptiness and creative dynamism (how our spiritual purity is inherently creative and dynamic, and is always displaying or manifesting all the forms of experience we encounter).

    The book concludes by discussing the inseparability of the five dimensions, and points to the truth that enlightenment goes further than the realization of the boundless, empty luminosity and dynamism of true nature. The realization of the empty, boundless ground of reality simply functions as a way station toward a freedom that expands even further, opening up a much more inclusive view of the totality of reality—one that encompasses all realizations without needing to adhere to any of them.

    Contents

    Poor in Spirit
    Guest Comes at Night
    Sinking Your Boats
    Suffering and Cessation
    Absolute Absence
    Beyond Consciousness
    Here's Looking At You
    Living with Truth
    Basic Fault
    Christ the Logos
    The Pattern
    Attunement to Reality
    Divine Sport

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