Synopses & Reviews
For the first time in print, well-known spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas presents the highest level and most profound teachings of the Diamond Approach on the true nature of reality and the path to enlightenment.
The teaching in this book is off the map—because reality itself cannot be captured in a map. In fact, reality is far more alive, far more mysterious than anything we can conceive of. It is always revealing itself by knowing itself; and knowing reality and living it becomes the fulfillment of our life. A. H. Almaas, the originator of the Diamond Approach, here presents a new paradigm for understanding reality: the view of totality. He reveals that our life can become an endless revelation of reality, an adventure with neither beginning nor end.
A. H. Almaas has been developing and teaching the Diamond Approach, a spiritual path of self-realization and maturity based on an original synthesis of modern discoveries in the field of psychology and a new paradigm about spiritual nature, for more than thirty years. If we can say the Diamond Approach has a goal it is to realize the truth at progressively deeper levels until one reaches the ultimate Truth, the Absolute, and to become integrated into that truth so that we are a living presence and embodiment of that truth. The teachings of this path have been unfolding over time, and Runaway Realization presents--for the first time in print--the highest level of teachings in the Diamond Approach in the most profound work by Almaas so far. In this book, Almaas offers a detailed look at the true nature of reality and the nature of enlightenment. He also talks about practice--what it is and what it isn't, and how practice relates to the process of realization. He looks at what it is to be a human being and what our role is in the totality of the universe. The material includes a discussion of the nature of space and time, as well as a view of more and more subtle levels of realization.
A. H. ALMAAS is the pen name of Hameed Ali, the Kuwaiti-born originator of the Diamond Approach to the realization of our true nature--a spiritual path that integrates modern psychology with the insights of Sufism, Buddhism, Gurdjieff, and other wisdom traditions. Since 1976 he has guided individuals and groups in California, Colorado, and Europe through his school of inner work, the Ridhwan School, which has branches throughout the world.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Turnings of the Wheel
PART ONE: PRACTICE IS REALIZATION
Chapter 1: Continual Practice
Chapter 2: The Enlightenment Drive
Chapter 3: Motiveless Practice
Chapter 4: Practice to No End
Chapter 5: Uncaused Realization
Chapter 6: Non-Self-Centered Practice
PART TWO: ENDLESS ENLIGHTENMENT
Chapter 7: Opening Time and Space
Chapter 8: Total Being
Chapter 9: The Organ of Realization
Chapter 10: The Dynamic of Realization
Chapter 11: The Paradox of Nondoing
Chapter 12: The Mystery of Emptiness
Chapter 13: Delusion beyond Realization
PART THREE: VIEWS OF FREEDOM
Chapter 14: Steps to Nowhere
Chapter 15: Total Nonconceptuality
Chapter 16: Featureless True Nature
Chapter 17: Not One, Not Two
Chapter 18: Total Freedom