345: A.H. Almaas on Discovering our Essence
A. H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali. He is the founder of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization which is a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories. He has authored eighteen books about spiritual realization, including the Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, The Alchemy of Freedom, and his newest book, Love Unveiled: Discovering the Essence of the Awakened Heart.
In this episode, A.H. Almaas and Eric explore how to use curiosity, inquiry, courage, kindness, and love to discover our true nature, which he refers to as our “essence”. It is a deep and freeing approach to achieve healing and wholeness within ourselves.
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In This Interview, A.H. Almaas and I Discuss Discovering our Essence and…
- His newest book, Love Unveiled: Discovering the Essence of the Awakened Heart
- The Diamond Approach
- What he means when he talks about our “essence”
- The difference between personality and essence
- Seeing our children’s essential nature and loving them for it
- The Theory of Holes
- The role of inquiry in feeling your emotion
- Accessing your emotions by seeing what’s in the way of feeling them
- Principles that ground us in inquiry so we might see the totality of our experience in the present moment
- The difference between and integration of psychology and spirituality
- The result of staying with our direct, immediate experience
- How wanting to change ourselves interferes with our ability to study and learn about ourselves
- Including our desires in our inquiry
- That “allowing things to be exactly as they are” is the highest teaching there is
- Becoming consistently curious about what’s happening
- How to learn to stay with emotional pain
- The similarities between sadness and kindness
- Inquiring about our essence
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