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Mothers & Mothering

“Grateful Thoughts on Tolstoy’s ‘The Kingdom of God is Within You'”

This is how Tolstoy ends his great philosophical treatise The Kingdom of God is Within You:

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity by contributing to the establishment of the kingdom of God, which can only be done by the recognition and profession of the truth by every man [:] ‘… behold, the kingdom of God is within you.’ (Luke XVII. 20, 21.)”

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“The Drum Is Your Mother”

Not only is music associated with The Mother, with our mothers – but especially so is the drum. Marija Gimbutas, drawing on her most extensive analysis of the signs and design patterns that appear repeatedly in the cult objects and painted pottery of Neolithic Europe, writes concerning the Goddess and music about "the intimate relation between the drum and the Goddess."
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“The Pulse, the Mother, Music and Water”

My soul is an enchanted boat. Which, like a sleeping swan, doth float Upon the silver waves of thy sweet singing.

– Shelley

The pulse, the mother, music and water. Let's see if we can draw all these together. When we think of the word pulse, words invoking fluidity come to us like blood, flow, and waves. One of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) definitions of pulse is "the rhythmical recurrence of... undulations." It gives this illustrative quotation: "like the pulse of the flowing sea."
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“The Two Kalis”

Within each of us, there are these two Kalis – the mother of fear and the Divine Mother of Love.
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Video: The Re-Mothering Experience

Dr. Diamond discusses the powerful therapy of Re-Mothering and his classic book about it. The book can be purchased here.

See more videos by Dr Diamond on his YouTube channel.

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Video: Everything Is the Mother

Dr. Diamond discusses how everything in our lives relates unconsciously back to our mothers and the start of life. One in the “Mothers and Mothering” series of videos.

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“Beat versus Pulse”

All music comes from the mother. From the rhythmic pulsation which we felt when inside her, and then later from her cradling and rocking, her lilt and her lullaby. And all love came from her – and all negativity. Within each of us there are two mothers, the one we know who loves us – and the one we fear, the one we must obey: “She who must be obeyed.”

When we feel loved by her, we move through life effortlessly, gracefully, as if we were still in her arms rocked by the movement of her body, reassured by her smile, comforted by her song.

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“The Tide and the Pulse”

“There is a tide in the affairs of men,” Shakespeare proclaimed. Not a force or power, or a direction, but a tide.

A tide: ebb and flow, ebb and flow. Movement, always movement; ever changing yet ever recurring. Always advancing through time—to where? To where? Back and forth, round and round, and on and on.

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Video: The Valley Spirit

John Diamond, M.D., equates the “Valley Spirit” of Lao Tzu with the mother of love. One in the “Mothers and Mothering” series of videos.

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Video: Knowing Belovedness

Defined as “the feeling of feeling loved,” “belovedness” is a central concept in Dr. Diamond’s work. In this inspirational video, he discusses the term, along with other core ideas, such as the overcoming of anguish and the difference between “knowledge” and “Knowledge.”

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