Deep Unconscious (superficial unconscious)

The deepest part of our self, which is pure love. It contrasts to what Diamond terms the superficial unconscious, which corresponds to the conventional concept of the unconscious as found in psychology and psychiatry, for instance in the work of Freud. The superficial unconscious is an admixture of positive and negative emotions, part love, part fear, in varying proportions.  In the Deep Unconscious, by contrast, there is only love, no fear. “The quest for health,” Diamond writes, “starts in the superficial unconscious, but it ends with the emergence of the Deep Unconscious.”

Commentary: The concept of the Deep Unconscious embodies Diamond’s lifelong belief in the inherent goodness of man. It only through our misprocessing* of the message of the Deep Unconscious that man commits acts that are less than loving. This belief underlies all his work, although at different times he used varying terms to express it, including the Soul*, Buddha-nature, Innate Perfection, or the Muse*.

Timeline: Early 2000s on.