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Secular Meditation

Reality Let Loose — with A. H. Almaas


In this episode, host Michael Taft speaks with spiritual teacher and author Hameed Ali, more often known by his pen name, A. H. Almaas.

Almaas is the creator of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization, which is a contemporary teaching developed within the context of both ancient spiritual teachings and modern depth psychology theories. Almaas has authored eighteen books about spiritual realization, including the Diamond Heart series, The Pearl Beyond Price, The Void, The Unfolding Now, and The Point of Existence.

Michael writes: I met Almaas at his office in Berkeley, where we sat down for a comfortable chat about attachment to the nondual viewpoint, a way of awakening that he calls the “unilocal,” the role of instinct in the spiritual quest, the essential activation of continuous awakening, integrating awakening with the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger, and much more. He’s a fascinating guy with a lot to say, and so I’m very happy to present to you the episode that I call “Reality Let Loose.”

Find out more about Almaas at his website.

Show Notes

00:25 – Introduction and summary
02:07 – The Alchemy of Freedom & the many faces of true nature
05:22 – The second turning, nonduality & the third turning, the presence in the Void
08:57 – Exploring the presence: unilocality and the experience of containing everything
14:55 – The fourth turning: singularity & the delight of freedom
19:42 – Immense lightness & the sliding scale of emptiness
23:10 – More on the fourth turning: the view of totality & the pain of going past non-duality
30:50 – Non-duality as part of a sequence of awakenings
33:39 – More fourth turning awakenings: not-anything, non-condition
38:34 – The philosopher’s stone & the dynamic, quantum nature of reality
42:30 – Working with true nature & endless awakenings
46:23 – Learning to accept the view of totality & moving beyond belief
51:32 – Aliens, red sulfur, & no-end
58:47 – All spiritual paths are valid
1:00:00 – Almaas’ upcoming books: phenomenology of awakening
1:05:33 – Upcoming, continued: instinct & awakening
1:09:19 – Lifeforce, enlightened aliens & the self-revealing nature of true nature
1:12:00 – True nature without consciousness & the mystery at the source of awareness
1:13:34 – Concluding remarks: practice is realization
1:16:16 – Outro


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  1. Jessica Erker December 20, 2017

    Wow, mind blown. Excited to read his book(s) and the connections to phenomenology. I wonder if he’s into Deleuze and Guattari and his thoughts regarding their body without organs and rhizome concepts? That would be fascinating as well I imagine. And, as always, thank you for your excellent podcast interviewer manners (letting them talk) and your always thoughtful and probing questions. Another amazing episode.

    1. MWT December 20, 2017

      Thanks, Jessica! He is a fascinating guy to talk with, so I was all ears.

  2. Scott December 22, 2017

    Wondeful! Linji’s “true person of no rank, an authentic person with no fixed position.”

  3. Bud Valley February 1, 2018

    Working my way through all of the podcasts, you have some potent stuff here! Nice work and keep it up.

    1. MWT February 1, 2018

      Glad you like it, Bud! I’ve got plenty more coming up soon.

  4. vegadeva February 18, 2018

    Wonderful flowing and fascinating conversation..thank you

    1. MWT February 18, 2018

      Glad you liked it, vegadeva.

  5. jayarava October 21, 2018

    I appreciate your ability to draw him out to talk about his experiences. Very interesting.


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