November 4, 2016
YOU’LL BE BETTER: DR. DIAMOND’S FOREWORD
I wrote these comments on Applied Kinesiology back in 1975, some two years after meeting and studying with George Goodheart, D.C., the humanitarian healing genius.
I was honored – and still am – that some years later he chose my remarks as the introduction to his You’ll Be Better: The Story of Applied Kinesiology, a major general overall introduction to his work. Read More »
MAN AN ETHICAL ANIMAL
Ethics is the study of morality, and “the general study of goodness and the general study of right action constitute the main business of ethics.” It is my firm and passionate belief that each and all of us can always act rightly, out of “goodness,” for we all are inherently “good” – we all are Gods, we all are Buddhas, we all are Perfection.
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AN ATTEMPT AT DESTROYING MY CREATIVE WRITING
My writing creativity was destroyed when I was eleven years old. My father had enrolled me at the same small grammar school where he had been a pupil, and where he became a “dux,” which is a top honors student. The headmaster and teacher was the same man who had taught my father, but who was now, of course, quite elderly.
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A NOTE ON BEING “HOLISTIC”
Just what do we mean by “holistic”? More and more holistic health centers are springing up around the country, and they proudly announce that they offer professional work in many different areas – yoga, meditation, biofeedback, reflexology, nutritional counseling, patterned exercises, relaxation therapy, massage, acupressure and so on.
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I went to sleep last night thinking about Metanoia and had this dream.
I was in a far northern country and it was a bleak midwinter. I stood in the back yard of a house and commented to the local inhabitant on how totally dark and black it was.
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THE THERAPIST’S JOB
Over the years I have made quite a number of psychological discoveries. Whether they are valid or important is not relevant for the moment, although I do believe that the system of testing that I have developed gives us the deepest and, at the same time, the most direct access to the unconscious.
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THE THIRD SIDE OF THE TRIANGLE
[Note: This article first appeared in The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology and Kinesiologic Medicine, Vol. Read More »
July 29, 2015
(founder of Creative Childbirth Concepts)
Last week I was challenged by Julie over at Serenade Designs to consider my favorite quote and write about what it means to me. I didn’t even have to think for more than a second before I pushed back my office chair, rolled across the floor to my bookcase and grabbed the small hand drum that contains my favorite quote. This small hand drum has been in my grasp since the 1995 World Congress of Music Therapy held in Washington D.C. On the hand drum is printed a quote from Dr. John Diamond the founder of the Institute for Music and Health which reads:
“One day, well into the future,
Music will at last become
the Great Therapy.
And the drums of this present age
will then be acknowledged
as the first instruments
that helped Music
to ultimately fulfill
It’s long-anticipated promise.”
Now, I’m not sure about you, but I see the words “music” and ” the Great Therapy” and I get pretty excited. What’s more exciting is that since 1995 we have gained a much broader awareness and in depth understanding of the applications of music as therapy across the entire spectrum of life. Originally, the author states, “one day, well into the future.” Well, 20 years the future is already upon us and we, as individual music therapists and collectively as a profession, are marching toward the light of day when this future is a reality. Each of us marches to a beat that provides us passion toward this ultimate goal of helping the world better understand the power of music and it’s role in healing and wellness. We hold a large part of the responsibility of bringing that beat back to the forefront of everyone’s awareness.
On his blog on music, John Diamond, M.D. has some interesting things to say about his approaches that rely on the use of music and arts for wellness, healing, and life enhancement. The goal of the enhancing well-being or holistic health in individuals and communities is one that music therapists may find beneficial to review within their own theoretical and philosophical approaches to music therapy. I personally find this holistic approach very useful in my own resource oriented music therapy practice especially how I integrate all of the creative arts when working with a population that is primarily “well”. See, at Creative Childbirth Concepts® pregnancy and birth are not viewed as illnesses to be treated, but rather are as a very normal and natural part of development for many people around the world. Read More »