Painting

“On Titling Art”

Over the years, I too have collected many rocks, and my love of them has nothing to do with their geological classifications. I have no idea what kind of rocks they are. To me, they are just rocks. In fact, I believe that when you name something, like a bird, or a flower—or a rock—you take something away from its inherent beauty.

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“Artistic Expression vs. Healing”

It is a first step for the patient to express his feelings through art. But what feelings?
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“Pure Art”

What could make pure art?  Obviously it cannot be created with notes of music and instruments, nor with paints and brushes, nor with cameras, nor with marble and chisels, since every medium has gross limitations. A medium is not full of life. We can bring it to life, but by itself it does not live.

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“From Kensho to Satori”

The Japanese word kensho is used in Zen in the sense of “seeing one’s own true nature,” the Buddha-Nature. Coming to the realization that one is a Buddha, and that all are Buddhas: Buddhas, Buddhas – everywhere!

It is always my hope that a sufferer looking at my painting or photograph will suddenly have this epiphany, this enlightenment.

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“The Star Was My Mother”

When I was five, I was hospitalized with an illness from which it was thought I would die. (Thankfully, I was only told this many years later!) Every day as my mother turned to leave me she would start to cry, and so would I.

But one day, at that very moment, I switched on the radio beside my bed and heard a song that seemed to overcome all my fear and loneliness.

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“Painting and Other Power”

When I paint, I am somehow in an altered state of consciousness, surrendered to a Higher Power.
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“Art as Meditation – The Stillpoint”

The Stillpoint is the moment when you sit perfectly quietly having completed the drawing, the haiku drawing—at peace, in harmony, your life in perfect resolution.
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Life Energy in Art: Six Articles on Art and Healing

A series of original writings on different aspects of art for healing by Dr. Diamond.
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Video: Painters Depicting the Yoni

Dr. Diamond discusses the tendency for painters, towards the end of their lives, to depict the Yoni, unconsciously seeing death as a return to the Great Mother. Another talk in the Art for Healing series.

See more videos by Dr Diamond on his YouTube channel.

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“Why Reify the Content of Art?”

We have a desire, a need, to anthropomorphize God – and similarly, although to a lesser degree, to reify the content of art.
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