We live in a world of mystery, wonder, and beauty. But most of us seldom participate in this real world, being focused rather on the parts that are mostly strife, suffering, or meaninglessness. "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
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.