The term Diamond uses to mean the patient (see quotes below for examples). Sufferer references the Buddha’s First Noble Truth that all life is suffering (see Four Noble Truths*). Thus the term embodies Diamond’s belief that physical illness is caused ultimately by our spiritual suffering, and that true healing involves helping the sufferer/patient overcome that underlying suffering, no matter what treatments are also employed.
Timeline: Mid-1990s on.
- “This may well be the best description of Healing. The healer opens his heart, his love pouring out from him to enfold the sufferer, to bring him into his expanded aura. And the sufferer, feeling this love, opens his heart to enter the healer’s.” (“The Best Description of Healing?“)
- “Healing, but not treatment, offers a Sanctuary within which the sufferer’s own Healing Power, the Integrative Factor, can at last be actuated. Drugs, on the other hand, further suppress It.” (“Healing vs. Drugs“)
- “Disease starts in the mind, Paracelsus proclaimed. But so very few physical treaters even consider this fact – let alone attempt to alleviate. A healer does. But he must also go further than the sufferer’s mind: disease arises in the family setting. And this too must always be considered, as the individual’s disease is a symptom of the family’s dis-ease.” (“Disease Starts in the Mind – and Beyond It“)
- “[T]his is why music and the arts are so important. They never work with facts: instead they create a myth, and it is this, and only this, which can raise the Life Energy of the sufferer.” (“Myths, Facts, and Healing“)