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Elements of the Real in Man (Diamond Heart, Book 1) Paperback – September 5, 2000
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What is unique about this overall body of material is that it is truly integral in its approach. In that regard, it is similar to Ken Wilber's multi-volume uberwork of Integral Psychology drawing from both Eastern spiritual disciplines and Western psychological theories and practices. Almaas' material is very specific and uses examples from his students work in psychological and spiritual development to give you something to relate to in your own life and growth work which I found extremely helpful for anchoring understanding.
If the following ideas are appealing then this material is for you: When we are born we are our true selves as Essence and Being.Read more ›
The author understands this so well, that sometimes when a question came into my mind it would be answered in the very next paragraphs.
The reading can sometimes be a little bit content-heavy, but I found it to be incredibly helpful in learning to accept and understand my thoughts, my ego, and ultimately be a happier and more peaceful individual.
This book was so helpful to me, that it inspired me to check out The Diamond Approach... which is the spiritual school that A.H. Almaas founded and has groups that meet worldwide.
This book cuts straight to the truth and really dives into some of the most important components of the spiritual path. This is the second book I've read from Almaas; the other was from his Diamond Mind series. The Diamond Heart is definitely much less mental and more hearty (as one might imagine). As such, it's not really organized with a clear thesis, but more like a bunch of different insights into different topics all collected together.
Anyway, I highly recommend it, and I'll definitely be reading more Almaas
Almaas is a great writer , great details and great literature for those on the path of self realization and understanding.
Totally recommended, that is if you are willing to have your old views challenged!!
Although a little difficult to get into at times it is well worth persevering with it. There are many different aspects which are discussed that seemingly don't have any link between them until you get half way through the book and then it all starts to come together. At least that is how it was for me.
The chapters are scripts of talks given and that is exactly how they read which means that this is not a reference book but a tool to allow you to soak up all the information that you could possibly need on each separate subject.
It is this process of presenting you with the thoughts of Almaas and then stepping back to allow the reader to integrate the information in their own unique way that makes this book special.
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I only gave it four stars because everyone could benefit from a little improvement.Published 4 months ago by internet_discounts
I found this book very helpful and will read it again in the future. I would recommend reading this book and the rest of the series.Published 10 months ago by matthew
Focuses on definitions and not on "how to".
The approach appears similar to Scientology: run out the issues of the past with processing. Read more
This is a wonderful book. I look forward to reading the remainder of the Diamond Heart series.Published 13 months ago by abananie
Brilliant book. He describes out nature in clear terms while challenging us to deepen our awareness of our essential beings. Read morePublished 16 months ago by RidgeHiker