The Diamond Heart ® Series



„This series of books, Diamond Heart, is a transcription of talks I have given to inner work groups in both California and Colorado, for several years, as part of the work of these groups. The purpose of the talks is to guide and orient individuals who are intensely engaged in doing the difficult work of essential realization.


The talks are organized in a manner that shows the various states and stages of realization in the order that occurs for the typical student, at least in our teaching method: the Diamond Approach. They begin with the states, knowledge, and questions most needed for starting the work on oneself, proceeding to stages of increasing depth and subtlety, and culminating in detailed understanding of the most mature states and conditions of realization.
Each talk elucidates a certain state of essence or being. The relevant psychological issues and barriers are discussed precisely and specifically, using modem psychological understanding in relation to the state of being, and in relation to one's mind, life and process of inner unfoldment.


Hence, this series is not only a detailed and specific guidance for the student, but also an expression and manifestation of the unfoldment of the human essence as it reveals the mystery, wonder, exquisiteness, and richness of the real world, our true inheritance. Each talk is actually the expression of a certain aspect or dimension of being as it descends into the consciousness of the teacher in response to the present needs of the students. The teacher acts both as an embodiment of such reality and as a channel for the living knowledge that is part of this embodiment.
It is my wish that more of my fellow human beings participate in our real world, and taste the incredible beauty and integrity of being a human being, a full manifestation of the love of the Truth.“
A.H. Almaas


Diamond Heart Book 1: Elements of the Real in Man

Diamond Heart Book 1: Elements of the Real in Man

Autor/ Author: Almaas, A.H.
Verlag/ Publ.: Shambhala Publ.

Diamond Heart presents examples of the teaching from a present day Work school - an intimate context for seeking the most essential truths in human life. Almaas, in talks presented to his Work groups in Colorado and California, explores a natural progression through areas of human experience relevant for this search.

Contents:
In the World But Not of It - The Theory of Holes - The Diamond Approach to the Work - Faith and Commitment - Nobility and Suffering - Value - Truth and Compassion - Trust - Essence is the Life - The Value of Struggling - Truth - Allowing - Growing Up - The Student's Relationship to the Teaching - The Impeccable Warrior - Curiosity - Gathering Honey

 

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Diamond Heart Book 2: The Freedom to Be

Diamond Heart Book 2: The Freedom to Be

Autor/ Author: Almaas, A.H.
Verlag/ Publ.: Shambhala Publ.

"The Freedom to Be" discusses the perils of too much success in spiritual work: how holding on to the "achievements" of essential development can interfere with the pursuit of truth about the nature of reality.
There are two contenders for your attention: essence and personality. From the perspective of essence, self-realization means realizing or developing one's essence. From the perspective of liberation, the process is seen as becoming free from the personality. In our work, these two developments go on simultaneously; they are actually one process.

Contents:
Hanging Loose - Mind and Essence - Implicit Understanding - Attachment and Space - The Teaching of No Hope - Acceptance - Change and Truth - Will - Self and Selflessness - Love - Friend and Lover - Being Oneself

 

appr. 25,90 € - ISBN: 9780936713045 - HIER können Sie bestellen / You can order HERE.
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Diamond Heart Book 3: Being and the Meaning of Life

Diamond Heart Book 3: Being and the Meaning of Life

Autor/ Author: Almaas, A.H.
Verlag/ Publ.: Shambhala Publ.

"Being and the Meaning of Life" discusses in detail the issues and understandings involved in actually shifting the personal identity from personality to Essence. This is not an abstract or esoteric work, but a useful exploration of specific personal issues faced by students in the process of self-realization.
How do you know that the knowledge you get from others is the truth? How do you know that your teachers, or even the great philosophers, have the answer that is appropriate for you? Christ says to love your neighbor. Do you really know that that is what you need to do? Buddha says that enlightenment is the best thing. How do you know that is what you need?

Contents:
The Flame of the Search - Are You Here? - Who Am I? - The Chasm - Essence and the Ego Ideal - Disidentification and Involvement - Non-Waiting - Supporting Self-Realization - The Dilemma of Boundaries - Reacting, Being, and Doing - Humanness, Vulnerability and Being

 

appr. 23,90 € - ISBN: 9780936713052 - HIER können Sie bestellen / You can order HERE.

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Diamond Heart Book 4: Indestructible Innocence

Diamond Heart Book 4: Indestructible Innocence

Autor/ Author: Almaas, A.H.
Verlag/ Publ.: Shambhala Publ.

"Indestructible Innocence" - Talks on the topics of spiritual maturity and non-conceptual reality. Describes the understanding and practices needed for the integration of spiritual insight and experience into one's life. A view of understanding the basic unity of reality, and brings forth the issues involved when this understanding of unity confronts the egocentric and isolated perspectives of the personality. One of the greatest puzzles for the serious student of spiritual disciplines arises from the encounter with the realm of pure awareness, usually accompanied by a perception of emptiness of the self or of the world previously seen as solid. Here there is great wonderment, and sometimes concern. What does this insight mean about the world of forms? What does it mean about the spiritual world, and about the realm of Essence?

 

Contents:
Clarification of Personality - Being and the Search - Human Maturity - Maturity and Truth - The Integrated Human Being - Oneness and Human Life - Realization of Absence - Bare Bottoms on Ice - The Creative Now - The Two Realities - The Courageous Heart - Our Knowledge is the World We Live - Inside and Outside - Concepts and Thinking - Physical Reality and Nonconceptual Reality - The Universal Mind - Selflessness

appr. 31,- € - ISBN: 9780936713113 - HIER können Sie bestellen / You can order HERE.

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Diamond Heart Book 5: Inexhaustible Mystery

Diamond Heart Book 5: Inexhaustible Mystery

Autor/ Author: Almaas, A.H.
Verlag/ Publ.: Shambhala Publ.

"Inexhaustible Mystery" is the last of the five books in the Diamond Heart series. Taken primarily from transcripts of talks given in the author's popular Diamond Approach groups, the books progress in subtlety and depth in describing the way reality manifests its mysteries in various facets and dimensions, offering understanding of the true nature of reality and the potential for being human. A central theme of the series is that reality posses a distinct purity—which Almaas has termed at different times as "true nature," "essential nature," or "being"—as the ground of all manifestation, as the irreducible perfection at the very heart of everything. This ground is composed of five coemergent dimensions: universal love, pure presence, nonconceptual awareness, absolute emptiness, and creative dynamism. The first three dimensions are emphasized in the previous volumes, while volume five focuses on the dimensions of absolute emptiness and creative dynamism (how our spiritual purity is inherently creative and dynamic, and is always displaying or manifesting all the forms of experience we encounter).
The book concludes by discussing the inseparability of the five dimensions, and points to the truth that enlightenment goes further than the realization of the boundless, empty luminosity and dynamism of true nature. The realization of the empty, boundless ground of reality simply functions as a way station toward a freedom that expands even further, opening up a much more inclusive view of the totality of reality—one that encompasses all realizations without needing to adhere to any of them.

 

Chapter titles:
1 - Poor in Spirit * 2 - Guest Comes at Night * 3 - Sinking Your Boats * 4 - Suffering & Cessation * 5 - Absolute Absence * 6 - Beyond Consciousness * 7 - Here's Looking at You * 8 - Living with Truth * 9 - Basic Fault * 10 - Christ the Logos * 11 - The Pattern * 12 - Attunement to Reality * 13 - Divine Sport

 

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