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Ah-oo-ee-oh

A particular affirmation* devised by Diamond, that he believes may have the highest Life Energy of any of his affirmations. It simply consists of four vowels: ah, oo, ee, oh. These can be said, or preferably sung at a comfortable register on the pitches do-re-ti-do (for example c-d-b-c in the key of c [for music notation, see here]). Either way the delivery should be smooth, slow and sustained, with each vowel having approximately the same length. As with all Diamond’s affirmations, the greater the positive feeling and intent with which the affirmation is delivered, the greater its impact on the person’s Life Energy.

The affirmation’s power resides partly in the fact that it is metaverbal*, and hence goes deeper than regular language-based affirmations. In addition it uses only pure vowels, which, as Diamond showed in the book Speech, Language and the Power of the Breath, have inherently higher Life Energy than phonemes which incorporate consonants (pp. 16-17). Another factor is the initial vowel “ah,” which approximately corresponds to the IPA symbol [ʌ] (and which can also be written uh, depending on the accent of the speaker). This sound was regarded by the Australian philologist Sidney J. Baker as the origin of all human language, which formed the basis of a pioneering paper written with Diamond’s encouragement in the 1960s, titled “The Quark of Language.” Beyond these factors, the precise choice and order of vowels in the affirmation (along with the pitches used, if sung) has been carefully researched by Diamond to ensure it is the combination with the highest Life Energy.

In recent years Diamond has recommended singing the affirmation (as with many of his affirmations) silently, integrating it into the natural breath cycle with one syllable per inhalation and per exhalation, thus: ah – in; oo – out; ee – in; oh – out.

Timeline: 2004 on.

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