Almaas explores basic elements of inquiry, including the open-ended attitude, the focus on direct knowledge, the experience of not-knowing, and the process of questioning. This book reveals what it means to engage in the practice of inquiry as a spiritual path: its principles, its challenges and its rewards. Almaas explores basic elements of the practice including the open-ended attitude, the focus on direct knowledge, the experience of not knowing, and the process of questioning. He also describes the recognition and experience of inner guidance, which he calls Diamond Guidance, and much of the book he devotes to investigating this richness and how it can be realized. True Guidance for the Inner Journey "This book is designed to open you up to the nature of this most mysterious and personal journey. It is not a travelogue of magical and exotic places but an awakening to the capacities and possibilities in your soul for participating in the inner unfolding of your Being. What follows will orient your self-exploration so that you can recognize and encourage the implicit guidance that arises as you travel your own inner space. And as the journey continues and your awareness deepens, you will learn to appreciate the subtleties, the richness, and the intimacy that is yours as you follow the path of inquiry." PART ONE: Mystery and Inquiry Why Inquire? - Openness in Inquiry - The Adventure of Being - Spacecruiser Inquiry PART TWO: The Fundamental Elements of Inquiry Ordinary Knowledge - Basic Knowledge - Not-Knowing - Dynamic Questioning - Loving the Truth - The Personal Thread - Journey without a Goal PART THREE: Diamond Guidance Guidance of Being - True Guidance for Inquiry - Guidance as Gift to the Soul - Guidance and Understanding PART FOUR: The Essential Aspects in Guidance Inquiry and the Essential Aspects - Yellow: Joy in Discovery - Red: Bold Adventure - White: Staying the Course - Green: Attuned Guidance - Black: The Power of Cutting Through - Knowing in Understanding - Truth in Understanding - Diamond Clarity - Focused Inquiry - Personal Inquiry - Brilliant Inquiry
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.