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The Meat of the Book is Book 2
on March 24, 2014
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. It was so hairsplitting on the subject of Kohutian and Kernberg's self-psychology on narcissism that it didn't hook me. Quite unlike the other two Diamond Mind books. More recently I realized that I should take it as separate books and see which one is the main idea of the transformation of narcissism and self-realization. It turns out that book two is the meat of this. The core of the book. It could easily be read as a separate book from the others, which are in depth explorations of self-psychology and essential realization. So I read through just book 2 and am now going through the other books in spurts. Book 2 was fantastic. It outlined the origins of and the phenomenological transformations of the deepest levels of narcissism into the establishment of essential identity.
Almaas really needs to be accepted into the transpersonal field. Compared to his phenomenologically grounded metapsychology, the field of transpersonal psychology is a hodgepodge of map makers that fall short of Almaas's (and colleagues: Johnson/Faisal) brilliance and coherence.