The Diamond Dictionary

On this page you will find definitions of concepts central to Dr. Diamond’s work.  This includes words that he has invented (such as Belovedness and Matrophilia) as well as familiar words and phrases which he has used in special ways (such as Cantillation and Soul).

The Diamond Dictionary is an ongoing project and we recommend you check back regularly as it expands.

An asterisk (*) placed after a word or phrase indicates that the term has a separate entry in this dictionary.

Action Meditation

Meditation involving an activity (often higher creativity, such as painting, photography or music).  In contrast to the mainstream approach to meditation, which is comparatively passive, action (or active) meditation is the approach Dr. Diamond recommends to most readily raise the Life Energy of the person, at least for Westerners.

Acupuncture Emotional System (AES)

The name Diamond gives to his system delineating the relationship between the emotions and the acupuncture meridians. Developed over a period of 45 years, the AES builds on the pioneering work of his close friend and colleague George Goodheart (1918-2008), the great chiropractor and developer of the field of Applied Kinesiology.

Commentary: The AES was first developed by Diamond in the 1970s with the basic mapping out of the basic relationship between the emotions, both positive and negative, and the acupuncture meridians.  This work was the focus of his book Life Energy: Using the Meridians to Unlock the Hidden Power of Your Emotions. Diamond then built on this by linking specific points on each of the meridians to particular emotional and psychological syndromes.  There currently exist more than 200 such syndromes, each relating to a specific acupuncture point.

Explore: Book: Life Energy; Acupuncture Emotional System on this website.


Altruism, the directing of one’s thoughts and actions to help other people, is central to Dr. Diamond’s work, being the basis of his approach to health, and therefore also to creativity.

Amida Buddha

A manifestation of the Buddha, whom Dr. Diamond makes frequent reference to as a symbol of pure maternal love.


The revelatory insight that is needed for true change and healing following the occurrence of a life crisis, especially a serious illness.  Anagnorisis is both the complement and the resolution of hamartia*, the tearing apart of the fabric of one’s existence produced by that crisis.  Dr. Diamond has adapted both these terms from Greek tragedy.


The deep suffering that is universal to the human condition and which underlies not only all illness, but affects all of us, no matter how consciously we are aware of it. The key to True Health lies in lessening one’s anguish, and one can regard all of Diamond’s work as being directly or indirectly focused on that goal.


The belief that life has a higher purpose beyond the purely material. As such it is a foundation of a higher, spiritual approach to living and to one’s daily activities. In terms of the Acupuncture Emotional System, the syndrome is associated with the lung meridian. First formulated in the 1970s, this topic has remained central to Diamond’s work since.

Explore: Writings: “Aspiration, Rejection, Surrender,” (Notes on the Spiritual Basis of Therapy, 32-35); “Aspirational Play” (Facets, 161). Video: “Introducing Aspiration”


In contrast to the common superficial meaning of beauty as very pleasant (eg,  a beautiful day/ice cream/sentiment,”) Diamond’s use of the word designates something much deeper, inspired its Latin root, beatus meaning blessed.  If we believe a thing – a work of art, a piece of music, or any type of phenomenon – to be Beautiful, it makes feel profoundly loved and greatly raises our Life Energy.  This concept developed in the 1980s, specifically being one of the higher levels of Cantillation.*

Explore: Lecture: “True Beauty: An Awareness of High Cantillation”


The feeling of feeling loved, especially by the mother. The concept is centrally important in his work, as the key to health and high Life Energy, and it closely relates to the concept of Cantillation*.  Belovedness is Diamond’s coinage, for although beloved is standard English, both as a noun meaning “much loved person” and an adjective meaning “well loved,” the simple extension belovedness has no prior usage.

Commentary: Diamond first began using the term in the early 1990s, since when it has become central to his work.  It relates closely to two other terms in the Diamond lexicon, Matrophilia*, and Cantillation*. Matrophilia, as its name implies, relates specifically to the love of the mother, whereas Belovedness is broader.  Cantillation, which predates Belovedness by at least a decade, is even closer in usage, and there is arguably a sense that Belovedness has replaced the earlier term once the latter fell

Explore: Lecture: “Belovedness, Anguish, and Life Energy”; Video: “Knowing Belovedness”

Birthing Trauma

The trauma caused to the baby through the human birthing process, the result of the evolutionary development of too large a fetal head passing through too small a maternal pelvis. Though its severity varies from person to person, because of its evolutionary nature it is endemic to the human condition.  Birthing trauma thus differs from the standard term birth trauma, which relates to injury in specific individuals.  Though birthing trauma is physical in origin, its impacts are also psychological, cognitive, and emotional, and a root cause of our misprocessing* and therefore also deep underlying anguish* of human existence.

Timeline: Diamond developed the concept in the 1990s drawing particularly from the theory of cranial osteopathy, which contends that the uncorrected physical distortions of the body, especially of the skull bones, as a result of the birthing process are the cause of many of our later structural and therefore physiological problems, and the book 1993 The Runaway Brain  by Christopher Wills.

Explore:  Writings: “Birthing Trauma and Enlightenment” (Facets of A Diamond, 255-256).


  1. The feeling that one is loved, especially by one’s mother, the basis of all health, spiritual, psychological, and therefore physical:“The state of Cantillation is the deepest conviction,/the surest knowledge,/that one is loved, totally loved,/by one’s mother,/by Nature, by God./It overcomes all impediments/to the attainment of Joy and Enlightenment.” (Life Energy Analysis).  The concept was first developed in the early 1980s, and has been central to his approach ever since. From this is derived: the adjective cantillatory, often applied to a work of creativity that will actuate this feeling in the person experiencing it (for example a cantillatory poem); and the noun cantillator, one who cantillates.
  2. The name Dr. Diamond gives to his work as a whole, reflecting the centrality of the Cantillation concept to his approach.
  3. The creative activity that most easily actuates a state of Cantillation in a person. It might be playing the piano, painting, photography, etc. and while it varies from person to person it is always a higher art form. Finding and practicing one’s Cantillation is an integral part of using creativity to raise one’s Life Energy. See also *Two Wheels on Dry Land.

Commentary: Diamond’s use of the term cantillation is adapted from its standard meaning of “the musical or semi-musical chanting of sacred texts, prayers, etc., by a solo singer in a liturgical context” (New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 1st ed.).  He notes that “the most important sacred text or prayer is the expression of total love from the mother to her child as she rocks him in her arms. This is the most basic and the most supreme liturgical context.” (Book of Cantillatory Poems, p. x).

Timeline: The term was central Dr. Diamond’s approach from c. 1984 through to the early 2000s, whereupon it was increasingly replaced by other terms, such as Belovedness*, and most importantly, Matrophilia*.

Deep Unconscious

The deepest part of our self, which is pure love. It contrasts to what Dr. Diamond terms the superficial unconscious*, which corresponds to the conventional concept of the unconscious as found in psychology and psychiatry, for instance in the work of Freud. It is an admixture of positive and negative emotions, part love, part fear, in varying proportions.  In the Deep Unconscious, by contrast, there is only love, no fear.  Diamond’s work for many years has been, in a sense, as far as possible to have only love in the superficial unconscious just as in the Deep Unconscious. “The quest for health,” he writes “starts in the superficial unconscious, but it ends with the emergence of the Deep Unconscious.”

Commentary: The concept of the Deep Unconscious embodies Dr. Diamond’s lifelong belief in the inherent goodness of man. It only through our misprocessing* of the message of the Deep Unconscious than man commits acts that are less than loving. This approach underlies all his work, although at different times he has used different terms to express it, including the Soul*; our inherent Buddha-nature; our Innate Perfection; and the Muse*.

Timeline: Early 2000s on.


The belief that our lives are determined by outside agencies, rather than the result of individual free will or personal choice.

Commentary: Determinism has always been important to Diamond’s approach. In his earlier work he tended to emphasize it in terms of the material factors determining a person’s health (and his life more generally), eg, family environment, society, culture, body chemistry, and genetics. Beginning in the 1990s, however, this concept was expanded to include a metaphysical and spiritual dimension, relating it to such concepts as the Tao*, Tariki*, and Spirit Guidance* etc.

Diamond Path of Life, The 

The name Dr. Diamond applied to his work as a whole from c. 2008-2018

Disease diathesis

The predisposition to getting a disease.  In Diamond’s usage, the term refers particularly to the  emotional and psychological problems that usually precede the physical manifestation of the illness.  Such problems typically exist in the the Acupuncture Emotion System*, and the isolation and treatment of them offers a true holistic approach to treatment and prevention, i.e., dealing with the root emotional cause of the disease underlying the physical symptoms.

Ego, The

A term used by Diamond in the 1990s to refer to the organizing, reality-based part of the psyche.  It is used in conjunction with the concept of the Muse*, the deepest part of ourselves, which is pure love.  In this model, the Muse continually emits a message of pure love which is then modified by the Ego into socially appropriate actions so that we can operate in the world. Diamond’s usage of Ego is clearly adapted from the Freudian.  However the Muse-Ego paradigm is fundamentally distinct from the Freudian model of the ego as then negotiating agent between the id and the super-ego.



In relationships, the union of the love between two people.  The fear of fusion is present to different degrees in most relationships, and is often a major barrier to the full, mutual expression of love between partners, for instance in a marriage. The problem is usually deep-seated and relates ultimately to the child’s earliest attempts to bond with his mother. It is part the Acupuncture Emotional Syndrome* and relates specifically to the heart meridian.

Explore: “Fusion,” The Meridians and Beyond, 10-13.

Guidance, Spirit Guidance

The belief that our lives, and more generally everything that happens, is the result of guidance from the spirit world*.  Such guidance is given through the agency of spirit guides*.

Commentary: While Diamond’s approach spirit guidance is similar to that of spiritualism and related beliefs, he is atypical in that he maintains that all of our actions, thoughts, and beliefs are the result of such guidance: more commonly spiritualists have argued that such guidance comes only when most needed, such as in times of crisis, or asked for. Thus spirit guidance in Diamond’s formulation is fully deterministic (Determinism*), and relates his use of the Buddhist concept of Tariki* or Other Power.

Timeline: Diamond’s belief in guidance from the spirit world as the ultimate shaping force in our lives developed during the 1990s, in particular through his intensive study with the English psychic medium Owen Potts.  Since the early 2000s it has been central to his teachings.



[AD note: surely there is Tariki and Haraga, but not Hariki?] Hariki

Haiku [music and painting]



A term taken from Chinese philosophy referring to the balance between yin and yang, especially in regard to Taoist and Confucian systems and the relationship between them (Rowan, The Shorter Science and Civilisation in China, Vol 1, 95).  Diamond relates this to his approach in Life Energy Photography, and by extension his other creative endeavors.  For instance, if when photographing one is actively drawn to a particular subject, the therapeutic power of the photograph is created not by the subject in isolation, but by its balance to its surrounding environment.  In terms of Chinese philosophy the subject might be regarded as yang, the surrounding environment as yin, and the crucial balance between the two as jang.   Timeline: 2020


Inner Flame

The will to be well, and the basis of Diamond’s approach to the psychosomatic approach to illness.

Inner Temple

Jen, Zhi, Li, Yi [sep entries and also one collective]

Karma/Karmic Plan

Life Energy

Maternal Instinct

Maternal Instinct Disorder





Muse, The

Muse message compromised by misprocessing

Nendo (Tamashii)

Noble Truths, Four

Pulse, The


The deepest part of the self, which is in all humans, pure love (early 2000s –present). Soul is synonymous with three other terms in Dr. Diamond’s system: The Muse (1990s); The Deep Unconscious (early 2000s-present); and Jen (early- 2000s-present).

Soul, Finding the



An independent, incorporeal entity that lives within each of us, entering at our conception and leaving at our death to return to the Spirit World*. As Diamond uses the term, spirit is in contradistinction to the Soul*, which he defines as the deepest part of the self and which dies with us.  Having rejoined the spirit world, the spirit either remains there, perhaps acting as a spirit guide*, or reincarnates as another life in our reality. Spirits can reincarnate multiple times in different lives over great periods of time and do so for their own evolution.  Once fully evolved, they pass beyond the Great Barrier, about which nothing is known, never to return to this existence.

Commentary: The conception of a spirit that lives on after death is, of course, central to many religions and spiritual beliefs throughout the world, as is the idea of that spirit living multiple lives through reincarnation.  Diamond’s conception of spirit aligns most closely perhaps to that of spiritualism, but with the crucial difference that in spiritualism the spirit is seen as part of the self, whereas in Diamond’s formulation it is an independent entity.  The self, as he sees it, dies with death.

Timeline:  Diamond first articulated the notion of the spirit as an independent entity, and distinct from soul, in the early 2000s, and it has been central to his approach since. In his approach, as in other related (such as the concept of guidance*), he was influenced by his intensive study with the English psychic medium Owen Potts. Earlier Diamond used spirit in a more conventional way, including synonymously with soul, much as it would be in some mainstream spiritual and religious thinking.

Spirit Guidance: see Guidance, Spirit*

Spirit World


Superficial Unconscious

Diamond’s term for the conventional concept of the unconscious as found in psychology and psychiatry, for instance in the work of Freud. An admixture of positive and negative emotions, part love, part fear, the superficial unconscious contrasts with Diamond’s concept of the Deep Unconscious* which underneath and which is only pure love.


Two Wheels (on the Dry Land), the