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The Point of Existence: Transformations of Narcissism in Self-Realization (Diamond Mind Series) Paperback – September 5, 2000
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"Almaas is an astute and brilliant explorer. The Point of Existence is remarkable in its thoroughness, detail and depth. In it he shows how the universal narcissism of everyday life is an incomplete stage of development which can only be overcome through realization of one's deepest most essential nature. This is a book to study, to contemplate, to live with, and to use as a guide on one's journey."—John Welwood, Ph.D., author of Toward a Psychology of Awakening
"Almaas's The Point of Existence is a supremely original and unique work, of immense significance for anyone involved in a spiritual path. Its far-reaching reformulations of narcissism as the defining dimension of ordinary personality and the major barrier to self-realization offer a great promise and challenge to both transpersonal and psychotherapeutic orthodoxies. It will be studied and debated by psychologists, spiritual practitioners, and theologians for years to come."—Harry Hunt, Ph.D., author of On the Nature of Consciousness
"This pioneering work renders outdated both the psychologist's traditional avoidance of deeper dimensions of experience and the mystics dismissal of psychology. The sophistication of this work is stunning and the views stimulating to our sense of what human identity is and what we can be."—Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D., co-author of The Feminine Face of God
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For the first time ever, Almaas, presents a rich and psychologically informed phenomenology of the dissolution of the egoic self in the process of self-realization. If the first movement of the work is slow and methodical in setting up the major themes, the second movement, is a detailed, experience near description of how during the course of spiritual development we move from ordinary experience to the depths of Being. Almaas suggests that our idealizations of others, institutions, and ideas has to do with our search for internal support which can only ultimately found in the security of Being. Our need for mirroring, is explored as stemming from Being's need for mirroring, for its uniqueness, specialness and exquisiteness. Most moving in this all, is the exploration of how the very hurts that result from lapses in idealization and mirroring, can be doorways to much deeper understanding.Read more ›
The self-realized Almaas puts into words what others before him could not. This book cuts right through ignorance/narcissism and slowly brings to surface realizations that change forever, what one believes to be reality.
Almaas cross correlates metaphysics with psychology in a mind numbing fashion, throwing deep unconscious process at the rational mind for contemplation, dredging up our childhood experiences, and our relationships with the enviornment. He cuts open the shell that has hereto hidden what is real and jangles the core of our identities.
His approach is to clarify that which is misunderstood, avoiding nothing in the process. The Diamond Approach, as taught by Almaas, is a very sophisticated path toward self-realization that seeks to understand the essential qualities that are behind our everyday lives and determine our reactions to experience. By understanding these essential qualities, which have hereto been unconscious, as they arrise within our daily lives by disidentifying with there representations, we can come to realize our true nature, our essence. This book describes these essential qualities and the representations that obscure them bringing a lucid clarity to the personality, making it receptive.
"The point of existence" gradually inserts important insights into the mind in a very heart warming fashion, making it a book that not only brings understanding with its clarity, but also touches the heart.
This book has helped me in ineffable ways. I ended up buying the whole seires. It is highly recommended.
(Some very insightful and interesting excerts from the Diamond Heart series, by Almaas, is available free through a search on the net - if you are not already convinced.)
However, after pushing through to the end of the book, I've gotta say that I now see reality in a completely different light. He really breaks down exactly what Self-Realization is. Before this book, I didn't really think there was such a thing as self-realization or that it was even important.
I love this book, and I can't wait to re-read it again someday and find out how much I must have missed the first time through.
Highly Recommended for those bold enough to digest it!
The best book on self realization that I've ever read, because of its compassion for and understanding of the difficulties a Western mind encounters on the path. It does not stop at the Freudian model for psychological health, but rather sees recovery of lost
essence as the key to the self.
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Cogent, usable information hard to come by. Should note that I was studying this text along with Sam Vaknin's "Malignant Self-love: Narcissism Revisited. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Summer
This is an excellent book, very cohesive and intelligently written. It isn't a fast read, it requires a careful read, stopping along the way to absorb it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Abbott
Very deep, and profound,had to read it over a few times just to absorb it all. Wow.Published 5 months ago by John Averageguy
A great in-depth book full of knowledge and insightful information. Just a little too technical and repetitive for non-specialist readers.Published 16 months ago by Rhonda Muir
As usual Almaas explores deeply the relationship between the human psyche and spirit. This is a detailed description of our relationship with narcissism and only for those who are... Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Susan Van Wielingen
Made me think, made me feel, and made me happy. What am I doing, anyway? A challenge to read, because it cuts to the chase about what am I, and I have to actually consider the... Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by Nancy Sullivan
Being a big fan of Almaas's books I have had this on my shelf for years and have attempted read throughs many times but just gave up. Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by David M. Bell