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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

A. H. Almaas is the pen name of Hameed Ali, the Kuwaiti-born originator of the Diamond Approach, who has been guiding individuals and groups in Colorado, California, and Europe since 1976. He is the author of Spacecrusier Inquiry, The Pearl Beyond Price, Facets of Unity, and other books.  --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590301099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590301098
  • ASIN: B0017HYD5S
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,507,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Craig Stern on February 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Gaining a deep understanding of the "soul" is a subtle process requiring both knowledge and practice, in addition to "time and circumstance," through which one absorbs the teaching and the experience(s) toward which those teachings are directed. Many writers have impressive insight into such knowledge (e.g., Wilber), and some have participated in aspects of the practice (e.g., Grof), but no contemporary writer has been able to fuse knowledge, practice, and interior experience into a corpus of work having such a unique clarity, depth, and eloquence appropriate to the contemporary Western audience as has Hameed Ali (literary name, A. H. Almaas). The reason for this is that no contemporary writer (with the exception of Idries Shah) has authoritatively addressed the nature and function of the subtle centers of the "lataif" or essential qualities (different from the "chakras"), and only Hameed's practice directly addresses the "activation of the lataif," which are the substance and expression of the mysterious "pearl" of the Soul. This knowledge and practice goes far beyond the rational and intellectual (e.g., 'philosophical') perspectives which can 'point to' these truths and cross-correlate them across world traditions but do not facilitate one's experiencing or 'tasting' them.

Discussion of such experience(s) requires a degree of "circular philosophizing" that is designed to show the reader how this knowledge resonates with what is in their cultural experience, such as orthodox psychology, German Existentialism, Sufism, Eastern religions, etc.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2004
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I found this book to be profound and deeply rewarding. Almaas, precisely describes the Diamond Approach to self-realization, your true home, as it was experientially revealed to him. He also offers a rich and in-depth description of the view of reality held by many of the world's religions.
I have felt blessed by reading many other books by Almaas and other spiritual teachers. However, this book provided a comprehensive and scholarly understanding of the soul and its movement toward truth that gave me a long awaited sense of the overall experience of the inner journey, and spirituality in general. His writing seamlessly integrates spirituality and psychology to illuminate topics such as the soul and essence, living presence, human potential, liberating the soul, and divine love and light. One central thread of this book presents a clear picture of the non-duality of reality.
Almaas also discusses the stages of spiritual development and the psychological obstacles that are encountered in the journey to individuation and self-realization. He begins by presenting an understanding of the soul, or self, as it is for most human beings. And then he explains the soul's development to the dimension of the Absolute where the soul or self is "the transcendent summit of reality". He continues his description of spiritual development by explaining the journey of descent where the soul or self realizes its full potential as an expression of the absolute in the world.
I feel very inadequate in trying to describe the profundity of this book and it's impact on me. I have read parts of this book several times. Each time I read it I experience greater movement toward truth, the realization of the reality of who I am.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2004
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This book requires serious attention!! In two ways: One, it requires the readers serious attention to truly grasp and appreciate the many revelations and discoveries contained within. Almaas is precise and finely discriminating in his use of language. At times in philosphical like language, at others in more psychological language the reader is rewarded by deep insight into her own nature and an enlivened curiosity to find out more. Two, the major themes: the nature, properties and liberation of the Human Soul, and the Unity of Reality, Being and the Soul is a vast subject which Almaas handles coherently and in depth. This book requires serious attention from interested seekers and scholars alike for it crosses many disciplinary boundaries, linking the spiritual with the psychological and the philosophical through the practice of open-ended inquiry that comes from the very root of the Western Tradition. Their are insights for practioners in both eastern and Western spiritual traditions here. This is Almaas' 11th book, and the best one yet.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Posthumus on September 23, 2005
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Under his pen name AH Almaas Hameed Ali has written some fifteen books by now. All of these are original and thorough explorations of the many facets of becoming more aware of who we essentially are. The Inner Journey home is the book that puts all his other contributions together. After reading this book, the overall framework of the journey to enlightenment has become much clearer to me, and I have all the other books where more detail is needed.

As Almaas is one of the few teachers who couples the insights of modern psychology with the wisdom of the ancient traditions there really is a lot of ground to be covered. Almaas does that in this book with amazing precision, with lucidity, and with deep internalized understanding. It's not easy describing that which is beyond concepts, but Almaas does an excellent job.

Because of its depth and width it is not an easy introduction to the spiritual path. It is a work book, that you put away over and over again to contemplate on how what is written resonates with your own experience.

I recommend this book to all those (and only those) who are seriously committed to self development on the spiritual path.
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