Dr. Diamond’s books on Creativity

Dr. Diamond has published many book on many aspects of creativity, including music, art, photography, and poetry, always with a focus on using these activities for healing and meditation.
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The Diamond Method for Creativity

An unique approach to using creativity for well-being.
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“Creativity and The Deep Unconscious”

The basic principle of psychoanalysis is to say whatever comes into your mind, no matter how ridiculous or meaningless it may seem to be. For free association is the royal road to the unconscious. To the superficial unconscious of admixed love and hate, that is.

But there is another unconscious, one far more important.

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“Three Reflections on Action Meditation”

How are we to keep the meditative state induced in stillness, the inkling we have gained of the Buddha-Nature, continuing throughout the daily activities which follow? Yes, all of these should be, as the Bhagavad Gita teaches, a sacrifice to God; the whole day being lived as meditation in action, but how are we to achieve this?

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“Creativity and the Embrace of Life”

The ultimate test of every act of creativity: Does it help you to enthusiastically, passionately, whole-heartedly and gratefully Embrace all your life? This, I believe, is the basic Purpose of all the arts—and thus should be the basic Intention of every artist.

What do I mean by “Embrace”? The word is derived from the Greek brakhion, meaning the upper arm, hence brachial and brassiere.

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“The Importance of the Hara”

I believe if a person could spend his whole waking time being aware of his hara – as is taught in some Eastern religions – his life would be so different. He’d always have his own identity. No-one could push him off course. Nothing would really affect him, and all his negativities would be superficial.

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“Knowing Our Mother’s Soul”

It is imperative, I believe, for us to see, to Know, our mother’s Soul, her Godliness, her Buddha-Nature. Only then can we Know our own – and so, at last, be relieved of our anguish.

This does not mean that our mothers need to change but only our inner image of her.

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“On Aesthetic Empathy”

Empathy: identification with another’s feelings. (From the Greek pathos, feeling). The German philosopher Theodor Lipps propounded a theory of aesthetic empathy: “Art appreciation depends on the viewer’s ability to project his personality into the object.”
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“Hakuin Ekaku: Meditation in the Midst”

Hakuin Ekaku, the great Zen master made his life statement with his final piece of calligraphy: “a giant character for ‘midst,’ with the inscription, ‘Meditation in the MIDST of action is a billion times superior to meditation in stillness.’”*

Action Meditation: the Soul at work.


* Ed. Sushila Blackman, Graceful Exits (New York: Weatherhill, 1997), p.

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“Aesthetic Experience as Quickening”

The quickening: the mother’s first awareness of the baby within. And by capitalizing – Quickening – I am referring to the mother’s first awareness of the baby as spirit within her.
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