Runaway Realization

Runaway Realization

Living a Life of Ceaseless Discovery

For the first time in print, well-known spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas presents the highest level and most profound teachings of the Diamond Approach on the true nature of reality and the path to enlightenment.

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For more than thirty years, A. H. Almaas has been developing and teaching the Diamond Approach, a spiritual path of self-realization and maturity based on an original synthesis of modern discoveries in the field of psychology and a new paradigm about spiritual nature. If we can say the Diamond Approach has a goal it is to realize the truth at progressively deeper levels until one reaches the ultimate Truth, the Absolute, and to become integrated into that truth so that we are a living presence and embodiment of that truth. This is the classical enlightenment of many nondual paths. Yet, the path of the Diamond Approach does not end at integrating the absolute for as this book shows, such realization simply functions as a stepping stone to further and subtler realizations.The teachings of this path have been unfolding over time, and Runaway Realization presents--for the first time in print--the highest level of teachings in the Diamond Approach in the most profound work by Almaas so far. In this book, Almaas offers a detailed look at the true nature of reality and the nature of enlightenment. He also talks about practice--what it is and what it isn't, and how practice relates to the process of realization. He looks at what it is to be a human being and what our role is in the totality of the universe. The material includes a discussion of the nature of space and time, as well as a view of more and more subtle levels of realization.

The teaching in this book is off the map. It is outside of all previous articulations of the Diamond Approach. We are in uncharted territory. This new view, which I call the view of totality, reveals that the Diamond Approach cannot be mapped because reality itself cannot be captured in a map. Reality is not a monolithic, static truth that can be defined in a fixed way. It is actually way more alive and mysterious than that. We might feel chagrined by this if we believe that we have reached some final, eternal truth about reality; or we might feel delighted by the freedom of not having an end or a goal to reach. Regardless of how we feel about it, recognizing this indeterminacy of reality is crucial to living our realization and our freedom.

Chapter 1: Continual Practice

Chapter 2: Enlightenment Drive (read chapter 2)

Chapter 3: Motiveless Practice

Chapter 4: Practice to No End

Chapter 5: Uncaused Realization

Chapter 6: Non-Self-Centered Practice

Chapter 7: Opening Time and Space

Chapter 8: Total Being

Chapter 9: Organ of Realization

Chapter 10: Dynamic of Realization

Chapter 11: The Paradox of Nondoing

Chapter 12: The Mystery of Emptiness

Chapter 13: Delusion Beyond Realization

Chapter 14: Steps to Nowhere

Chapter 15: Total Nonconceptuality

Chapter 16: Featureless True Nature

Chapter 17: Not One, Not Two

Chapter 18: Total Freedom

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