Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Many spiritual teachers have written on the nature and significance of the Now. Prior well-known studies include Be Here Now by Ram Dass and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. In his new book, The Unfolding Now, A. H. Almaas focuses on the dynamic nature of the Now and how to connect to it, stay with it, and let it unfold and fulfill your life.
The book presents a marvelously effective practice for developing the transformative quality of presence. Through a particular method of self-observation and contemplative exploration that he calls inquiry, we learn to live in the relaxed condition of simply “being ourselves,” without interference from feelings of inadequacy, compulsive striving toward goals, struggling to figure things out, and rejecting experiences we don’t want. Almaas explores the many obstacles that keep us from being present–including defensiveness, ignorance, desire, aggression, and self-hatred–and shows us how to welcome with curiosity and compassion whatever we are experiencing.
The Unfolding Now is published by Shambhala Publications, Inc. and distributed by Random House, Inc. (ISBN: 978-1-59030-559-1). It can be obtained from shambhala.com, online booksellers, and your local bookstore.
Almaas will make a few rare public appearances in support of the book: June 15, Sunday, Amsterdam, De Rode Hoed July 18, Friday, Berkeley, CA, St. John Presbyterian Church September 28, Sunday, New York, NY, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine October 5, Sunday, Woodacre, CA, Spirit Rock Center
For more information on the book, the book talks, and an opportunity to read a Free e-chapter excerpt, “Lighting Up the Now”, visit ahalmaas.com.
Reviews of The Unfolding Now “Almaas is a genius at revealing both the core qualities of Essence and the veils that obscure it, always in language that helps peel away those veils, always holding open the door to the unfolding presence and awareness that remains when the veils have dissolved. The Unfolding Now leads the reader through a masterful series of inquiry processes, invitations to sense and know ourselves at increasing levels of subtlety, gently walking us deeper and deeper into Truth.”–Sally Kempton (Durgananda), spiritual teacher and author of The Heart of Meditation: Pathways to a Deeper Experience
“I love the unfolding Almaas! His clarity never diminishes, yet each book brings an increasing simplicity and gentleness. As I worked with this latest material, I felt like I was receiving a transmission of pure compassion. His strong, true voice reminds us that beyond the endless self-improvement projects and idealized mystical states with which the spiritual path is strewn lies the simple but exquisite taste of our own being.”–Cynthia Bourgeault, author of Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
About A. H. Almaas A. H. Almaas has written several other books that describe the many elements and dimensions of True Nature, the essence of the human being, and the methods for its unfoldment. Titles include Essence, The Pearl Beyond Price, Facets of Unity, and The Inner Journey Home. These works have been praised by many contemporary thinkers and teachers, including Ken Wilber, Jack Kornfield, Joan Borysenko, and Jean Houston.
Almaas is the originator of the Diamond Approach, a spiritual teaching, path, and method of faceted unfoldment that uses essential elements as the primary vehicle of self-realization (as compared to a one-pointed or panoramic approach of other teachings). He is also the founder of the Ridhwan School, the vehicle by which this method is taught and practiced by people in North America, Europe, and Australia.
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Almaas Book Committee