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Mothers & Mothering

“Little Boy Lost – and Found”

On a busy street the little boy has lost his mother. He runs towards one mother – then stops because she’s not her. And then another. And another. Becoming ever more desperate.

And then he sees her and runs to her – arms open, smiling.

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

I rest all of my work on what could be called a personification, a domestication, of Tolstoy's "kingdom of God." Here is how he ends his great treatise.
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“The Two Kalis”

Within each of us there are two Kalis – the mother of fear and the Divine Mother of Love. The holiness of Sri Ramakrishna was that he came to Know only Her.
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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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Video: The Valley Spirit

In this free video, Dr. Diamond 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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“Breast Feeding, Bonding and Myofunctional Therapy”

In his book, Myofunctional Therapy in Dental Practice [Bartel Dental Book Company, New York, 1971], Daniel Garliner cites Richard Applebaum’s paper on breast feeding—a paper of unlimited significance. Applebaum gives very explicit instructions on how the baby should be supported while at the breast in order to ensure the best sucking.
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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.

See more videos by Dr Diamond on his YouTube channel.

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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.”

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