The will to be well. The basis of Diamond’s psychosomatic approach to illness, he describes the Inner Flame as “a fireball of passionate enthusiasm for life, the essence of our Life Energy” that burns inside each of us (Facets of a Diamond, 75). That flame burns brightly in a healthy person, but in so many it is lowered, usually because of a trauma, or a series of them. This results in an Inner Flame problem, when a person, usually unconsciously, desires illness rather than health: illness then follows. As almost all illness has an Inner Flame problem as a central underlying cause, full healing can only occur when the patient’s Inner Flame is reactivated, which can be achieved through raising a person’s Life Energy sufficiently.
Timeline: The concept was developed in the 1970s and it has remained central to his work since.