A. H. Almaas is the pen name of Hameed Ali, the originator of the Diamond Approach, a contemporary spiritual path that has grown within the context of many spiritual traditions and modern psychological knowledge. He has been guiding individuals and groups since 1970. He is the author of many books, including the Unfolding Now and the Facets of Unity.
Being and Human Being
(Friday night keynote)
Ordinarily, we live fragmented lives. We are fragmented as who and what we are, and so is the world in which we live. Even when we are not aware of the fragmented nature of conventional experience it still lacks completeness, both in depth and breadth. We can awaken to our being, our true nature, what is fundamentally real within us. It turns out it is also the nature of everything, and hence the unity of the multiplicity. Recognizing our true nature as what we truly are, we can begin to see the wholeness of all of reality, and the many ways it is unified and complete. Such wholeness can then express itself in a human wholeness, as a microcosm that both embodies and expresses the macrocosm. Being, totally beyond description, can express itself as a unique human being who reveals the beautiful qualities of Being. This is not a given in awakening, but a further step, or a different type of realization, with its own processes and kind of knowledge. Our lives can become, when approached from the place of true nature, a journey of maturation, ripening, and revelation of the secrets of reality in the unique way we are as human beings.
The Total Human Being with Karen Johnson & A. H. Almaas (Hameed Ali)
We will explore how to open up the true potential of being human. What is the real human being who Is not disconnected from the whole, but the direct expression of the totality of being? A total human being can express the whole; be the expression of the whole; or even be the totality of the whole. Just as the universe is within a grain of sand, a human being contains the vastness of the universe. There will be presentations, discussions, and personal inquiry into the experience of these possibilities, and the impediments in the way of actualizing them.