The work and teachings of AH Almaas have been available for a long time but I haven’t really looked into them. However, having read this book, I am much more interested in putting them into practice. They seem to involve meditation and, above all, a form of patient self-inquiry that’s known as Diamond inquiry. In my experience, using one’s own power of observation to watch what is really happening inside without leaping to judgement seems to be one of the most productive paths to self-transformation. This book is full of exercises and uses very effectively the metaphor of the ocean to help us understand what to do and what is going on. The water can be muddy and hard to see into, but then sometimes we just have to reach our hand down and get dirty. The water can also be toxic and not support life, or it can send out ripples where a small act can have powerful outcomes.
208pp, 215 x 141 mm, Paperback, 2021, RRP £15.99