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Books about Self-realization

These are books recommended for additional reading.



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

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.

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

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!
A Psychoanalytic Study of the Superego and Conscience
by Bernard Barnett

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

101 Defenses
How the Mind Shields Itself
by Jerome Blackman

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

Protecting the Self
Defense Mechanisms in Action
by Phebe Cramer

Research and theory on psychological defense mechanisms.

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

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
The Essence of Intelligence
by A.H. Almaas

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

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

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

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
Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious
by Prof. Timothy D. Wilson

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

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

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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