This week we talk to A.H. Almaas about spiritual awakening
A. H. Almaas is the pen name of A. Hameed Ali, creator of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization. The Diamond Approach is a contemporary teaching that developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories.
He founded the Ridhwan School, an inner work school devoted to the realization of True Nature. The orientation of the school is directed toward helping students become aware of and embody their “essence” or essential nature.
His latest book is Runaway Realization: Living a Life of Ceaseless Discovery.
In This Interview, A.H. Almaas and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- The different layers of consciousness
- The angelic and animal nature
- How the animal side is focused on our survival- the drive to survive
- Being is our fundamental essence
- Self Realization- when our Being and our identity becomes the same thing
- The primary method of The Diamond Approach- direct experience of being
- The process of inquiry
- Engaging in some practice that questions what we assume to know about ourselves
- How taking things at face value shortchanges ourselves of deeper knowledge
- How the separate sense of self is not an illusion, but it is only one of the ways to view reality
- Being open to other ways of experiencing reality
- What Essence is
- The components of the Diamond Approach
- Whether there is suffering beyond simple ego attachment
- How there is much more potential in ourselves than we realize
- How the most important thing is to be interested in the truth of reality
A.H. Almaas Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.