Our full human potential can be actualized by the realization and development of the human essence. The human essence is the part of us that is innate and real, and which can participate in the real world. "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
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.