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The Alchemy of Freedom

The Philosophers' Stone and the Secrets of Existence
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
March, 2017
ISBN:
9781611804461
Quantity: 
1
$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Well-known spiritual teacher A. H. Almaas, originator of the Diamond Approach, here uses the metaphor of the mysterious philosopher’s stone to discuss a tremendous liberating power that leads to endless enlightenment.

For millennia alchemists sought the philosophers’ stone, the miracle substance believed to be the key to all the secrets of existence. The quest was fueled by some of the prime questions of human existence: What am I? Why am I here? How has this world come to be?

A. H. Almaas shows that the tremendous liberating power of the mysterious philosophers’ stone is closer to us than we realize. In fact, it is the true nature of all reality—in all times and all places, without being limited to being anything in particular. Through the philosophers’ stone, real transformation can happen, our consciousness can become free, and we can open to all the possibilities of reality.

This place of not-seeking and not-finding is like coming full circle back to the simplicity of human life. We are simply human beings living normal lives, but now expressing the qualities of true nature—sensitivity and love and awareness, compassion and appreciation, recognizing the preciousness of life and the preciousness of human beings and the preciousness of our environment and the preciousness of all beings. We seek until we don’t need to. We keep finding and finding until we realize the point is not a matter of finding anything in particular, because it is all reality.

 Almaas discusses the factors that are involved in igniting the catalytic property of the philosophers’ stone and then begins to unpack the properties of true nature when it is free of constraints. Finally, we are left with the revelation that true nature is endlessly knowable, and yet nothing we can know or say about it exhausts its mystery and power. The result is a new understanding of what liberation and practice are—and a view of what it’s like when seeking ceases and life becomes a process of continual discovery. We begin to appreciate that the freedom of reality expressed in the complete and fulfilled life all human beings seek—and few find—is actually the simplicity of the ordinary.

“The inconceivable voidness’s compassionate clearlight way seems to unfold him as its oracular mirror. A great gift of a book!” —Robert Thurman

Among Almaas’s books are The Unfolding Now and Runaway Realization.

Publisher’s Description: 

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


Using the metaphor oflapis philosophorum, the mysterious philosopher's stone, A. H. Almaas explores a tremendous liberating power that is closer to us than we realize--a power that can reveal the secrets of existence. Through the philosopher's stone, real transformation can happen, our consciousness can become free, and we can open to all the possibilities of reality. Almaas discusses the factors that are involved in igniting the catalytic property of the philosopher's stone, and then begins to unpack the properties of true nature when it is ignited, when being is alive and self-revealing. Finally, we are left with the revelation that true nature is endlessly knowable, that nothing we can know or say about it exhausts its mystery and power. The result is a new understanding of what liberation and practice are--and a view of what it's like when seeking ceases and life becomes a process of continual discovery.

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