On the path of the Diamond Approach, realization is complete and mature when we experience the freedom of the realized condition in our functioning and relating. This is the actualized side of realization. I do not lose myself when interacting with others—that is, I do not lose what I truly am, the truth I discovered in my awakening—but rather I continue to be myself with the person I am interacting with, whether I am living with them, talking with them, working with them, playing with them, or traveling with them. I am myself, I am authentic, I am real, and I am also responsive and interactive in a way that expresses what I truly am. I recognize that there is something unique about me, just as I recognize there is something unique about each one of you.
True nature is the same in all of us, but the way it comes through, the way we integrate it, what we learn from it, and what we become because of it is different for each one of us. Our true nature has so many qualities, so many capacities, so many skills, and so many possibilities, that each person turns out to be a unique manifestation of that ground of reality, that underlying ocean of Being. It is an ocean that has no shores, no beaches. It doesn’t have an end. But it has many waves, and every one of them is a being—and each being is different from every other.
—A. H. Almaas, from The Power of Divine Eros, page 96