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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

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 2nd Revised ed. edition (September 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936713062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936713069
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Neil Steyskal on November 21, 2004
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So far I've read three of the Diamond Approach books: "Essence," "The Diamond Approach," and "Diamond Heart, Book One." For someone working alone, "The Void" is the most helpful because it is the most specific about techniques.
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Well written, very interesting. Helped me get some space from all the structures, self imposed rules I have placed on my self. Short book, it doesn't take long to go through it, but you'll want to read it again.
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You've read Freud, Jung, perhaps Teillard de Chardin, Aurobindo, J.G. Bennett, Idries Shah, and so on. The poetry of Rumi and Hafiz calls you to the 'beloved' 'like a broken man walking behind a farting camel'. You have done group and individual psychotherapy, yoga, zen and so on. You have attended workshops, prayed, found a 'right livelihood'. Travel is a genuine adventure. Something propels you to examine the mysteries of the perennial philosophy, it is just something you must do. Your appetite is voracious; you yearn for that 'missing piece'. The great novel that is your life is page turner you just cannot put down.

Almaas is one of the great teachers of the age, and this little book is a good place to meet him.
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Excellent, easy to read, insightful book from a trustworthy author who knows what he is talking about. I found it very useful for personal reflection and the marriage of psychological and spiritual direct knowledge and understanding extremely valuable.
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Another BRILLIANT book by A.H. Almaas!

The book validated and clarified 37 years in this life consciously on the Path.

My sense is that this book is best-suited for the mature Truth Student, who
already has an excellent ability to distinguish between direct experience and
the conceptual realm. Then, one is ready to usefully study the nature of Space
and Possibility.

The material on the relationship between the genital hole ... the castration
complex ... and Space is particularly noteworthy.

I HIGHLY recommend this book!
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This is the first book in the "Diamond Mind" series, and it's definitely a must-read. I would suggest perhaps reading one of his introduction books before taking on this one, though.

There's a few things I think are worth mentioning. Firstly, this book is very freud-esque, and you'll probably spend the first half of the book going "wtf", and the second half wondering where he's going with it all. Second, Mr. Almaas definitely has "guru-itis", which can be trying at times but at the same time what he's found in terms of psychology is nothing short of profound.

I suggest starting with an intro book, then reading the Diamond Mind series, followed by the Diamond Body series, and finish off with Diamond Heart 4 and 5. That's all you really need to understand what he's talking about, and all of the book's I've mentioned stay on topic pretty well. Some of his other books, especially the first few in the Diamond Heart series, are pretty irrelevant woo.

I've found that Internal Family Systems Therapy (The Guilford Family Therapy) echoes Mr. Almaas's work and is sort of the other side of the same coin. I really enjoyed Dr. Schwartz's book, and I recommend it highly as a companion to Mr. Almaas's books. If you're looking for a solid psychological approach to spirituality, well, you've found it.
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