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Other books by A.H. Almaas

These other titles represent key teachings by A.H. Almaas. Essence and the Elixir of Enlightenment are some of the first books to be published, now available in a single volume.

More recent titles include The Inner Journey Home on The Soul, The Power of the Divine Eros, co-written with Karen Johnson based on a public teaching given in Europe and Facets of Unity on The Enneagram and the Holy Ideas.

Luminous Night's Journey is an autobiographical text and his latest publication, Runaway Realization outlines a possible fourth turning of the wheel of the Diamond Approach and is available from October 2014.

  • Almaas TheAlchemyOfFreedom MD

    The Alchemy of Freedom:
    The Philosopher's Stone & the Secrets of Existence


    About

    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. 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 free of constraints. It is revealed as 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.

    Reviews

    "I am just loving The Alchemy of Freedom. A. H. Almaas tells it like it is, without neglecting how it seems to be. He eloquently describes the indescribable ‘true nature’ of reality as the ‘philosophers’ stone,’ the key to the secret of existence, as enlightened, extraordinary ordinariness. He seems intriguingly to speak as if enlightened, yet, most importantly and blessedly, he does not claim ‘enlightenment’ as his possession. He does not trap himself in what the Chan masters of old called ‘the demon ghost cave’ of considering one’s self to be enlightened, and so, set apart from life and above others. In fact, he manifests himself as open-minded, open-hearted, and ever curious. He clearly enjoys life through the exquisitely equalizing wisdom experience. The inconceivable voidness’s compassionate, clearlight way seems to unfold him as its oracular mirror. I so much appreciate his teaching. I could go on, but better that he goes on with his lapidary guidance, and best that you all continue your own journey of discoveries with this great gift of a book!".

    —Tenzin Robert A. F. Thurman, founder and president of Tibet House US and author of Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet

    Contents

    Part One. Elements Necessary for Awakening

    1. Necessary Awakening
    2. Primary Awakening
    3. The Nonhierarchical View of the Path
    4. Endless Awakening
    5. The Reverence of True Nature

    Part Two. Expressions of Awakening

    6. Self-Illuminating True Nature
    7. Self-Expressing True Nature
    8. The Transformer
    9. The Only Teacher

    Part Three. Illuminations of Awakening

    10. Awakening Is Awake
    11. The Nature of True Nature
    12. Enlightenment
    13. Reality
    14. Freedom

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  • Almaas LuminousNightsJourney MD

    Luminous Night's Journey:
    An autobiographical fragment


    About

    This book is very special as it contains a new kind of teaching: excerpts from Almaas' personal journal, which describe a certain thread in his own journey of realization and the processes involved in integrating that realization. This publication marks a fortunate development in our knowledge of how Being is realized in and through the human soul.

    In Luminous Night's Journey, Almaas shares excerpts from his personal journal, which describe a certain thread in his own journey of realization and the processes involved in integrating that realization. This publication marks a fortunate development in our knowledge of how Being is realized in and through the human soul: The process of realization and integration of true nature described in the voice of one who articulates precisely and vividly the psychological and epistemological barriers which confront the individual consciousness as realization is integrated in the context of personal life.

    Almaas describes how his participation in the unfolding manifestation of Being ushers him into realms that expose and transform increasingly deep ego structures and attachments. Luminous Night's Journey clarifies how the unveiling of Being and the exposure of ego structures constitute one process, leading to the soul's integrated realization of absolute nature and the manifestation of the human being as a personal embodiment of that nature.

    Contents

    Intimacy
    The Personal Trap
    The Impersonal
    Objective Sorrow
    End of the World
    The Real World
    The Absolute
    Mystical Poverty
    The Beloved
    Ripening of the Soul
    The Mystical Marriage
    Coemergence
    Absolute Action
    Life and the Deathless

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  • Almaas TheInnerJourneyHome MD

    The Inner Journey Home:
    Soul's realization of the Unity of Reality


    About

    What is the soul, and how do we come to know it? What is its journey in life, and what stages and obstacles are encountered along the way? These questions are explored here in detail according to the Diamond Approach, a spiritual path that combines systematic inquiry into personal experience, the practice of traditional spiritual methods, and the application of modern psychological research. The Inner Journey Home is the centerpiece of the Diamond Approach literature, providing a complete overview of the teaching with references to the author's other books for more details on certain topics.

    From the Preface:
    As a human individual I am the author of this book, but not the source of the teaching presented in it. The real source of the teaching is the true nature of Reality, the essence of our soul and what ultimately we are, the elixir that alone can transform our consciousness and life. By writing and publishing this book, and the others before it, I am fulfilling a facet of my personal function as a discriminating and expressive organ, and an appreciative servant, of this wonderful and magnificent truth of Reality.

    From the introduction:
    ...our discoveries come from a systematic investigation of the nature of reality starting with the direct knowing of the nature of self or soul. This revelation inevitably leads, as is known in all authentic spiritual and philosophical traditions, to an understanding of the nature of the cosmos and the nature of Being or the divine.""Our investigation has engendered a largely original description of the soul, involving a detailed description of the actual phenomenological nature of the soul as well as a description of how the soul's development creates the structures that come to be known as the self. We connect this understanding in the footnotes and appendices with detailed comparisons and references to modern and traditional notions of self and soul.

    Reviews

    This informed and scholarly work effectively counters a materialist view of reality. Its value is further enhanced by appendixes presenting different cultural concepts of the soul and extensive endnotes grounding the author's views in other historical and philosophical works.

    Library Journal

    This profound book offers a visionary understanding for anyone who wishes to know and traverse the territory of the psyche and the soul, the spiritual and the psychological. Almaas is among our wisest and most illuminated teachers, and this is one of his masterworks.
    —Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

    Through his own wise and passionate inquiry, Almaas brilliantly illuminates a transformative path to inner freedom.
    —Tara Bennett-Goleman, author of Emotional Alchemy


    Contents

    Part One: Soul
    Soul or Self
    Organ of Experience
    Organism of Consciousness

    Part Two: Properties and Functions of the Soul
    Noesis
    Potential
    Morphing Dynamism
    Impressionability of Soul
    Living Presence

    Part Three: Essence and Soul Development
    Soul and Essence
    Animal Soul
    Normal Development of the Soul
    Ego Development of the Soul
    Liberating the Soul
    Primitive Structures of the Soul
    Part Four: The Inner Journey of the Soul
    The Inner Journey
    True Nature

    Part Five: Dimensions of True Nature
    Divine Love and Light
    Being and Knowledge
    Awareness and the Nonconceptual
    Logos and Creative Dynamism
    The Absolute and Emptiness

    Part Six: Actualization of Reality
    The Journey of Descent
    Reality
    Spearation of Soul, God, and World

    Appendices:
    A: Western Concepts of Soul
    B: Eastern Concepts of Soul
    C: Soul in Sufism
    D: Essence in Childhood Experience
    E: Soul as Autopoetic System
    F: Consciousness Research
    G: Logoi of Teachings

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  • Almaas Essence&Elixir MD

    Essence with The Elixir of Enlightenment:
    The Diamond Approach to Inner Realization


    About

    Essence has been combined with The Elixir of Enlightenment, a short introductory text directed toward students on the path who are frustrated by either the spiritual or psychological barriers that Western life can present. Discusses the values and shortcomings of spiritual training, and explores why an impasse may occur. Reveals how a precise understanding of your own personality can free your inner resources so that your essential being can lead you toward enlightenment.

    Reviews

    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

    Contents

    Essence:
    Presence and Essence
    Essence
    The Loss of Essence
    The Retreival of Essence
    The Development of Essence

    The Elixir of Enlightenment:
    The Situation
    The Problem
    The Solution

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  • Almaas FacetsOfUnity MD

    Facets of Unity:
    The Enneagram of Holy Ideas


    About


    Facets of Unity presents the Enneagram of Holy Ideas as a crystal clear window on the true reality experienced in enlightened consciousness. Here we are not directed toward the psychological types but the higher spiritual realities they reflect. We discover how the disconnection from each Holy Idea leads to the development of its corresponding fixation, thus recognizing each types deeper psychological core. Understanding this core brings each Holy Idea within reach, so its spiritual perspective can serve as a key for unlocking the fixation and freeing us from its limitations.

    Reviews

    Lucid, precise and infinitely helpful to seekers everywhere. I heartily recommend Facets of Unity to Enneagram enthusiasts, to my own students of inner knowing, and to followers of every spiritual tradition.

    — Helen Palmer, author of The Enneagram

    Serious students of the Enneagram will find much of value in this book. . . . The Holy Ideas can be highly challenging material, but Almaas presents them with clarity, thoroughness, and grace such that we can all gain a taste of the deeper truths of this remarkable system.
    — Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, authors of Personality Types

    Contents

    Part One: Perspective
    A Brief History of the Enneagram
    Overview of the Holy Ideas
    The Diamond Approach and the Holy Ideas

    Part Two: Living Daylight and Basic Trust
    Basic Trust
    Living Daylight
    The Holding Environment
    Loving Light and the Beast
    The Real World
    The Holy Ideas and Basic Trust

    Part Three: Working with the Holy Ideas
    Orientation to the Holy Ideas
    Holy Truth
    Holy Omniscience, Holy Transparency
    Holy Will, Holy Freedom
    Holy Perfection
    Holy Wisdom, Holy Work, Holy Plan
    Holy Origin
    Holy Love
    Holy Strength, Holy Faith
    Holy Harmony, Holy Law, Holy Hope

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  • Almaas ThePowerOfDivineEros MD

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


    About

    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 Passion 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 reader 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 RunawayRealization MD

    Runaway Realization:
    Living a life of ceaseless discovery


    About

    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. 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 free of constraints. It is revealed as 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.

    Reviews

    "I am just loving The Alchemy of Freedom. A. H. Almaas tells it like it is, without neglecting how it seems to be. He eloquently describes the indescribable ‘true nature’ of reality as the ‘philosophers’ stone,’ the key to the secret of existence, as enlightened, extraordinary ordinariness. He seems intriguingly to speak as if enlightened, yet, most importantly and blessedly, he does not claim ‘enlightenment’ as his possession. He does not trap himself in what the Chan masters of old called ‘the demon ghost cave’ of considering one’s self to be enlightened, and so, set apart from life and above others. In fact, he manifests himself as open-minded, open-hearted, and ever curious. He clearly enjoys life through the exquisitely equalizing wisdom experience. The inconceivable voidness’s compassionate, clearlight way seems to unfold him as its oracular mirror. I so much appreciate his teaching. I could go on, but better that he goes on with his lapidary guidance, and best that you all continue your own journey of discoveries with this great gift of a book!".

    —Tenzin Robert A. F. Thurman, founder and president of Tibet House US and author of Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet

    Contents

    Part One. Elements Necessary for Awakening

    1. Necessary Awakening
    2. Primary Awakening
    3. The Nonhierarchical View of the Path
    4. Endless Awakening
    5. The Reverence of True Nature

    Part Two. Expressions of Awakening

    6. Self-Illuminating True Nature
    7. Self-Expressing True Nature
    8. The Transformer
    9. The Only Teacher

    Part Three. Illuminations of Awakening

    10. Awakening Is Awake
    11. The Nature of True Nature
    12. Enlightenment
    13. Reality
    14. Freedom

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