Books about Self-realization

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The Unfolding Now, by A.H. Almaas
Realizing Your True Nature through the Practice of Presence

Guidance to how to work on oneself, be present in the moment, and explore one's reality. How to practice inquiry, to become aligned with truth and one's true self. Highly recommended.

Diamond Heart, Book One, by A.H. Almaas
Elements of the Real in Man

Introduction to the Diamond Approach of Self-Realization, which is about getting closer to what's true and real in oneself.

The Diamond Approach, by John Davis
An introduction to the teachings of A.H. Almaas

Introduction to the work of A.H. Almaas, with chapters devoted to the most important aspects of it, with some longer quotes from Almaas's books. About the Inquiry practice which is basic to the Diamond approach, the Soul, Essence, the theory of Holes and Space.

Soul Without Shame, by Byron Brown
A guide to liberating yourself from the judge within

How to recognize and deal with the Superego, the 'inner critic'. This psychic structure is a key factor in limiting our freedom and keeping us from enlightenment. It's rules of thumb from the past aren't really necessary for a mature human being.

You Ought To!, by Bernard Barnett
A Psychoanalytic Study of the Superego and Conscience

A compact but comprehensive survey of the concept of the superego (Psychoanalytic Ideas Series)

101 Defenses, by Jerome Blackman
How the Mind Shields Itself

Descriptions of 101 different defenses that people use to protect themselves from feeling their hurt.

Protecting the Self, by Phebe Cramer
Defense Mechanisms in Action

Research and theory on psychological defense mechanisms.

Spacecruiser Inquiry, by A.H. Almaas
True Guidance for the Inner Journey

An exploration of basic elements of inquiry into one's psyche, for becoming self-aware. A spacecruiser is used as a metaphor to illustrate three levels of engagement.

Brilliancy, by A.H. Almaas
The Essence of Intelligence

Brilliancy is intelligence in its broadest sense, which is an inborn part of us, that gets buried as the Ego develops. Almaas describes Brillancy in much detail in the first part of the book. The second part consists of transcripts from a seminar in which students inquire into that which blocks access to Brilliancy. This part is very instructive for learning about the Inquiry practice that's central to the Diamond Approach.

The Power of Divine Eros, by A.H. Almaas & Karen Johnson
The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life

Integrating love, desire, and eros in our lives, in a spiritual, authentic, and self-aware way.

The Pearl Beyond Price, by A.H. Almaas
Integration of Personality into Being, an Object Relations Approach

The transformation of the ego into personal Being. With lots of discussion of findings from depth psychology.

The Point of Existence, by A.H. Almaas
Transformations of Narcissism in Self-Realization

Psychological discussion of the transformation of the narcissism of the ego into Being.

Essence with The Elixir of Enlightenment, by A.H. Almaas
The Diamond Approach to Inner Realization

This is 2 books in one: Essence, which is about our true nature, and the shorter The Elixir of Enlightenment, about the effectiveness of spiritual practices. Almaas distinguishes Essence, which is what's real and inborn in us, from the Ego. By investigating what's in us, we can arrive at Essence.

The Unconscious, by Anthony Easthope
A witty and accessible overview of the subject, showing the reality of the unconscious with a startling variety of examples.

Strangers to Ourselves, by Prof. Timothy D. Wilson
Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

Why there's so much about ourselves that we fail to understand.

Women Food and God, by Geneen Roth
An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

Exploring and acknowledging the feelings that lead to over-eating, in order to work through them. This helps to deal with the actual causes of gaining too much weight, and does away with the need to diet.
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