Life Energy Photography
“Photography, if so intended, can help us in our life-long labor. Every photograph can be an action meditation – Beauty, Blessedness, Belovedness. Through the viewfinder – and beyond.” – John Diamond, M.D.
Dr. Diamond is a pioneer in using photography for healing. Like all the visual arts, photography heals by raising the Life Energy, the Healing Power within, of photographer and viewer, and over a period of more than fifty years, Dr. Diamond has developed a remarkable approach to maximize this which he calls Life Energy Photography.
Life Energy Photography is the basis for his book Beyond the Obvious: Photography for Healing, and is exemplified in the many photographs he has created with the specific intention of raising the Life Energy of the viewer.
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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR HEALING
John Diamond, M.D.
Photography is a very special action meditation. The art of making high energy photographs is really quite simple. Regardless of the subject matter, gently and carefully move the camera around, perhaps focusing and/or zooming in and out as well. You are looking for, waiting for, the Feeling. Suddenly it will appear, you can almost feel the love traveling through the lens. There is
Beauty, bestowing on you its blessedness. Through that particular act of framing you have felt the Muse, you have enhanced your Life Energy.
Photography has many purposes. The one that matters to me is to be therapeutic, for I am a therapist, a healer, and I use photography as an essential component of my healing—of self and other sufferers.
Beauty in its original meaning, from the Latin, beatus, blessed. And the blessing bestowed is Belovedness. And this I see and feel and take into my heart when I open my eyes to what is around me. And then throughout the day—especially when I look at the sufferers before me: feeling their Belovedness.
However hidden, and responding to It accordingly so that It may reveal Itself ever more. And so it is when I photograph. I look through the viewfinder, moving the camera around and in and out until suddenly I Know the Belovedness of whatever, whoever, is in the viewfinder. And then I press the shutter, enshrining that moment of Illumination, of Enlightenment, of Belovedness, on to the film.
Only the Belovedness.
Very few photographs, very few indeed, proclaim Belovedness. For that was not their purpose. Some are said to be soul-revealing, but if they are not beloving then what aspects of the personality of the subject they are revealing, it is not the deepest self—not the soul. When through the viewfinder I find his soul he too now becomes aware of it. His love, however deeply buried, rises up revealing itself to him. And to all as it now radiates, through his eyes, and emanates from all of his being. He is now bestowing Belovedness.
Every photograph I take is an instance of resonating with the subject—and it with me. Every photograph a testimonial of mutual resonance.