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In the world, but not of it

Hameed Ali, whose nom de plume is A. H. Almaas, is the founder of the Diamond Approach to Psychospiritual Integration. He says the below in Diamond Heart Book One. It’s a collection of transcripts from classes he gave back in the early seventies in Berkeley, CA, where he taught psychology–the first book of the dozens he has written. This paragraph from Chapter One gives us a taste of what the Diamond Approach is all about.

“We’re talking about being ‘in the world but not of it.’ All of us here live in the world and do what everybody else does: we wear clothes, eat food, go to the grocery store, have a job, make love, fight, everything. However, our focus is different. We do not identify with the part of us that eats, shops, works, and so on. We learn to develop the capacity to be aware of what is happening but not to identify with it; we develop what we call awareness and dis-identification. These are the most important things you need in order to do the work of understanding yourself. You have to be aware of what’s happening inside of you and outside of you. The world is seen as a big classroom; the situations are classes where you can develop certain aspects of yourself, certain aspects of your essence. The whole world is a big university offering many classes: classes on sex, classes on work, relationships, dependence and independence, and so on.”

December 14th, 2021 | Permalink

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