I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness
the astonishing light of your own being.



Other books by Diamond Approach teachers

These other titles offer practical support and guidance both for students of The Work and those interested in the Diamond Approach and the teachings.

  • Brown SoulWithoutShame MD

    Soul Without Shame:
    A guide to liberating yourself from the judge within


    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 book 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.


    This a practical and personal tool for those who seek enlightenment and wish to defeat the inner critic.

    Library Journal

    A life preserver for the true soul drowning in a sea of criticisms from its inner judge.
    Independent Publisher

    In very clear and available language, this book details how to recognize the inner critic and how to deal effectively with it. Byron Brown's presentation is useful for any individual who wishes to be free from the inner suffering and coercion of this ancient foe of our humanity, but it is specifically directed to those interested and engaged in the inner journey toward realization and enlightenment.
    —A. H. Almaas

    Soul without Shame is a rare book that blends intellectual depth, genuine originality, and practical usefulness. As Byron Brown envisions the 'inner critic,' (the superego) it is a force that most of us accept as a necessary moral compass in our lives, but which in fact attacks us relentlessly and insidiously. Gracefully and persuasively, Brown makes the case that we literally become our own worst enemies, undermining even our most determined efforts to grow and prosper. This book offers rich and fresh insights into an aspect of inner work that is far too often neglected, and also sets out systematic ways to break free of the prison of judgment—both of ourselves and of others.
    — Tony Schwartz, author of What Really Matters


    The Soul Perspective
    What is the Judge?
    True Nature and Reality
    Recognising Judgement
    What is Judged?
    Engaging the Judge
    Personal Will
    Being the Judge
    Why Judge?
    Joy and Curiosity
    Looking Deeper
    Stopping Self-Betrayal
    Defending Against Judgement
    After the Judgement is Gone
    Recapping the Journey

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  • Almaas TheDiamondApproach MD

    The Diamond Approach:
    An Introduction to the teachings of A.H. Almaas
    John Davis


    The Diamond Approach has been developed and taught over the last twenty-five years by Hameed Ali (known chiefly by his pen name, A. H. Almaas), who is widely recognized as a leader in the integration of spirituality and psychology. This is the first book to introduce the complete spectrum of his teachings to a general audience.


    I myself can recommend The Diamond Approach as one of the most balanced of the widely available spiritual psychologies/therapies.

    — Ken Wilber


    Part One: The Orientation of the Diamond Approach
    The Call, the Path and the Realization
    The Diamond Approach to the Work

    Part Two: The Method of Inquiry
    Being and Understanding
    An Inquiry with a Student

    Part Three - The Soul
    The Swamp Thing
    Self and Soul

    Part Four: Space
    Attachment and Space
    The Phenomenology of Space

    Part Five - Essence
    Essence is the Life

    Part Six - The Theory of Holes: Abandoning and Recovering Essence
    The Theory of Holes
    Essence is the Teacher

    Part Seven - The Personal Essence: The Pearl Beyond Price
    Spirituality and Personalness
    Ego Development and Spiritual Transformation
    The Pearl Beyond Price

    Part Eight - Self-Realization and Essential Identity: The Point

    Part Nine - True Nature and the Boundless Dimensions
    Divine Love
    Pure Being and the Supreme
    Nonconceptual Reality and the Nameless
    The Logos
    The Absolute

    Epilogue - The Flame of the Search, the Guidance and the Love of the Truth

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