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 regular words and phrases which he has used in special ways (such as Cantillation and Soul). Underneath each entry, you will see a brief definition.  Clicking on the entry will open to its own page.

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

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 Dr. 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 Dr. George Goodheart (1918-2008), the great chiropractor and developer of the field of Applied Kinesiology.


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 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, seen by Diamond as the basis of all health, spiritual, psychological, and therefore physical health:“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 which Diamond generally applies to a work of creativity that will actuate this feeling in the person experiencing it, for example a cantillatory poem; the noun cantillator, a person who cantillates (CHECK OUT LEA – Cantillators)
  2. The name Dr. Diamond gives to his work as a whole (especially over the period 1985-95), reflecting the centrality of the Cantillation concept to his approach.


Cantillation, Levels of

Death, Fear of

In Diamond’s

Deep Unconscious


Diamond Path of Life

Ego, The




Guidance[, Spirit]


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

Haiku [music and painting]


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

Materinal Instinct Disorder





Muse, The

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 entity that lives within each of us, entering at conception and leaving at our death to return to the Spirit World. As Diamond uses the term, is in contradistinction to the Soul, which he defines as the deepest part of the self and which dies with us: the Spirit, being

Spirit Guide

Spirit World



Two Wheels (on the Dry Land), the