One of the biggest questions we ever face is one we ask ourselves: “Who am I?” Our answer to this is what makes up our identity. How we choose to label ourselves is a story we tell to ourselves and each other about our priorities, values, and self-worth. However, many common ways we define our identity—whether by relationships, accomplishments, or worldview—can change suddenly, which can lead to an identity crisis: an intense emotional period of feeling lost, unsure, and ungrounded. We also face constant tension between how we choose to define ourselves and how the labels of others define us. The process of confronting assumptions about our identity within ourselves is often called self-discovery. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

At the root of human conflict is our fundamental misunderstanding of who we are.

Diamond Heart Book Three: Being and the Meaning of Life

The founder of the Diamond Approach guides readers through the difficult process of understanding and accepting our true identity. We live in a world of mystery, wonder, and beauty.

The Point of Existence: Transformations of Narcissism in Self-Realization

The founder of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realization examines narcissism through a spiritual lens, presenting it as our greatest barrier to understanding our truest self. In this book, the author explores the underlying spiritual understanding of narcissism.

Psychology: The Briefer Course

Condensed and reworked from James’s monumental Principles of Psychology, this classic text examines habit; stream of consciousness; self and the sense of personal identity; discrimination and association; the sense of time; memory; perception; imagination; reasoning; emotions, instincts; the will ...

The Diamond Approach: An Introduction to the Teachings of A. H. Almaas

A revised and expanded edition of the definitive guide to the Diamond Approach, the modern contemplative practice that integrates psychology and spirituality and emphasizes the importance of self-inquiry.

The Alchemy of Freedom: The Philosophers’ Stone and the Secrets of Existence

Well-known spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas uses the metaphor of the mysterious philosophers’ stone to discuss a tremendous liberating power that leads to endless enlightenment.

The Unfolding Now: Realizing Your True Nature through the Practice of Presence

In The Unfolding Now, A. H. Almaas presents a marvelously effective practice for developing the transformative quality of presence.

The Pearl Beyond Price—Integration of Personality Into Being: An Object Relations Approach (Vol. 2)

In this book Almaas demonstrates that healthy ego development is part of the continuum of spiritual development. He also establishes the possibility of attaining inner realization and developing our essential being—“the pearl beyond price”—in the context of living a normal human life.