A.H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, the creator of the Diamond Approach to Self Realization. The Diamond Approach is a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of awareness of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychological theories. Almaas has authored several books about spiritual realization, including The Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, The Unfolding Now and The Point of Existence. He founded the Ridhwan School, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The goal (orientation) of the school is directed toward helping students to become aware of and embody their "essence" or essential nature. The teaching does not posit an end state, recognizing that the human spiritual potential is infinite, while valuing the ultimates of the various wisdom traditions, as particular instantiations of this potential.
Yogic Methodology and Psychological Understanding
Each kind of yoga, and the tantras that sprung from them, has its own ancient psychology. There are many similarities of the nature of mind and mental functioning in all of them since they emerged within similar cultural contexts. In our times, we have our psychologies and they are different from the ancient Eastern ones, and based more on either psychodynamics and/or neuroscience. The difference allows us to penetrate the veils of ignorance using direct understanding of our ordinary experience. Direct and immediate understanding, that utilizes our modern psychological knowledge, becomes a new and powerful methodology of engaging the inner quest, and arriving at liberation, without having to go through the rigorous training of body and mind that ancient yogas and tantras require. It does not mean it will be easier, for it deals with the difficulties in a different way, but a way readily meaningful to our contemporary consciousness and practical for living a daily life. We can understand ourselves, which includes sensitizing our bodies, into enlightenment, in the process working out our psychological patterns that are ordinarily not addressed in any direct way by the old methods of yoga.
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