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Elements of the Real in Man (Diamond Heart, Book 1) Paperback – September 5, 2000

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First in the four-book Diamond Heart series, this collection of essays--taken from transcripts of seminars A.H. Almaas delivered over a several-year period--is an effective introduction to the Diamond Approach of inner realization. Lamenting that human suffering is due to not living up to one's human potential, Almaas proceeds to lay out in detail a uniquely modern and strictly logical path to enlightenment--its purpose to regain one's palpable human essence. Carefully leading the reader through stages of increasing depth and subtlety, he reveals hidden self-knowledge. Chapters with simple titles such as "Value," "Truth," and "Trust" open doors to realizations that result in relief from existential angst. If you have ever felt you were missing something you couldn't quite name, chapter 2--"The Theory of Holes"--is worth the price of admission. --Randall Cohan

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. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Diamond Heart (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Books; 2nd Printing edition (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936713011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936713014
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DOC BARHAM on August 29, 2002
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Diamond Heart Book 1 is the first in a series that comprises a certain body of knowledge of the teachings of the school created by A.H. Almaas (a pen name). There are two complementary "lines" in the series: Diamond Heart and Diamond Mind. The Diamond Heart series, currently 4 volumes, is a selection of essays and transcripts from the teaching, and is non-clinical in it's language. I found the relatively conversational style to be excellent as a companion to the Diamond Mind series books which are rather technical and clinical in their use of pschoanalytic and psychodynamic language. The books in each line roughly parallel one another in content: the material in Diamond Heart vol 1. deals with much of the same material in Diamond Mind vol 1., The Void (and another Almaas title "Essence"). Reading them together gives one a much deeper understanding of the material. Imagine reading the clinical text and then going to hear the speaker at a seminar workshop or vice versa.
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.
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Almaas provides us with an integration of much traditional spiritual thinking with a more modern psychological understanding accessible to readers who have grown up in a western culture. This accessible and practical book reflects Almaas' understanding about the path towards enlightenment based on his personal experiences, not just theory. I can hardly imagine a reader who won't want to go on to read additional material by Almaas once they've finished this book.
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Years ago, my then Zen teacher, Joko Beck, was recommending that her students read A. H. Almaas's "Diamond Heart" series. She said that his work helped her articulate the connection between the ego and the absolute. Whether or not someone wishes to pursue this particular path, this is an amazing book. Teachers often say that "we are love (or compassion, peace. . .)." Almaas helps us understand what that actually means.
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This book can be a challenge to digest because it provides practical, meaningful direction about the process of, and challenges with, understanding and releasing the ego.

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.
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I started reading this at the recommendation of a friend who went through the Diamond Heart program. She also recommended that I take a local class that discusses this book in more detail, and I can see why! There is good information in this book but it is difficult to read and follow. I will most likely just take the class!
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This book introduced me to the Diamond Approach. I was inspired! One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was enrolled in the the author's Ridhwan School learning about -- and, more importantly, cultivating -- spiritual realization. In the work of A.H. Almaas, I found strong appreciation for the role of the mind in spiritual development with a very satisfying conceptual framework that has allowed my mind to relax and relinquish the need for conceptual understanding...
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Loved it.
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
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Focuses on definitions and not on "how to".
The approach appears similar to Scientology: run out the issues of the past with processing.
One needs to sign up for their program to learn what the processes are.
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