Osteopathy

The Fulford Interviews

By John Diamond, M.D.

My dear friend, Robert Fulford D.O., the great, the so-enlightened cranial osteopath, recorded many of his most important thoughts and aspirations to the writer Gene Stone. The result of their efforts was Dr. Fulford’s Touch of Life.1

Gene Stone generously gave me permission to have the recordings made public, the only proviso being that he wanted only Dr. Fulford’s voice to be heard, I believe out of respect and courtesy for him.

Here he is as his voice – as therapeutic, as healing, as his hands and his heart.

1 New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996.

 

Click on the links below to hear the 11-part interview:

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6   Part 7   Part 8   Part 9   Part 10   Part 11

 

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Robert Fulford – A Spiritual Osteopath

By John Diamond, M.D.

For more than thirty years, I have given countless, countless lectures and talks and seminars. To me, and perhaps for others too, they have virtually all been failures.

It has been a long time since I’ve wanted just to pass on information, however valuable it may be in treatment, in therapy, even in healing. Whenever I’ve examined participants for why they have come, the usual reason is: “To learn a new technique to help my patients”. Fair enough, but what I think I am trying to do is to help the practitioner to first develop a better understanding of himself, then he can so help his patients.

The essence of my teaching, as I believe – or perhaps more accurately, as I delude myself to believe, is to help the practitioner to unfold, to evolve. Then whatever techniques he employs will be far more efficacious, at the deepest level.

I remember my dear friend Robert Fulford, D.O., speaking on the phone to a young osteopath: “Cranial osteopathy is a spiritual undertaking”. So I believe should be all treatment, and certainly all healing. And this is my aim: to encourage, if so Determined, the spiritual evolution of those who come to me for teaching.

I used to put on the brochures for my seminars: “You will be changed by this experience”. Not brain-knowledge but heart-Knowledge, and I have always taught This in the context of the former. Trying to present both sides, and probably falling in the middle. Not straight practice techniques, “What you can do on Monday”, nor direct spiritual instruction. I’m not a guru.

I truly am in the middle: a practitioner who has been given a great deal of practical information to pass on. But always with the intention, the hope, the goal, that if presented Just So it will perhaps bring about a spiritual change in the practitioner – as Robert Fulford believed about his teaching. Of course, I’m not Robert – although perhaps, just perhaps, one day I will be. (Patience, Robert, I’m learning!) The more evolved I become, the more I’ll be able to help others as he did. Behind all the apparent facts he taught, his Message was always of the Spirit.

What’s more, I’m coming to learn that every person is changed by the experience of hearing me. There is always change. Every meeting is Planned, Determined, and every outcome just as it was Meant to be.

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A Tribute to Edgar Miller, D.O.

By John Diamond, M.D.

When we were kids at school, we’d have competitions to see who had the biggest muscles. Especially the one at the back of the lower leg. We didn’t know its name then, but at medical school I learned it was called the gastrocnemius. I never won the competition but my gastrocs certainly weren’t the smallest – and of course I could show how big they were by contracting them.

But later at medical school I found that I could not voluntarily contract my left one. It contracted involuntarily when walking, but not when I told it to. A doctor then told me I must have had a mild attack of polio. And of course there was no treatment.

Over many years I’d try to make it contract but it never could. I’d flex the right and ask the left to copy – but it always refused.

Many years later, I was driving home after a treatment from my good friend and colleague, the osteopath Dr. Edgar Miller. I suddenly felt a shooting pain in my leg which quickly passed – and, lo and behold, I could contract the left gastroc! He hadn’t specifically worked on it, nor had I ever told him of the problem – I’d just grown to accept it.

I came home excited and demonstrated my – our, my gastroc and me – new skill. And sometimes I still do to sufferers. As a story:

However long you’ve had the problem, however much you’ve been told and believe that nothing
can be done – you never know. You, too, may be helped by the hands of an Edgar Miller.

Always keep your hope and always look for the hands.

Hope and hands. That’s the therapeutic combination.

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