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John Diamond, M.D., D.P.M., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., M.R.C. Psych., F.I.A.P.M., D.I.B.A.K., has held numerous senior clinical and university teaching appointments in psychiatry, basic sciences and the humanities. Past President of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine, he is a widely respected lecturer and seminar leader and is a best-selling author. In his 40 years of practice in medicine, psychiatry, complementary medicine and holistic healing, Dr. Diamond has increasingly recognized that there is within us a great healing force, Life Energy, which Hippocrates called the vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature. For further details, please refer to the Diamond Center website at www.drjohndiamond.com/ or call the Center at (914) 533-2158.



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ENHANCING YOUR LEVEL OF WELLNESS
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SPIRITUALITY

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Health, True Health, is Knowing in the heart (for it can never be known in the brain), the answers to the two questions, really one, that confront, challenge, and terrify every human being:

Who am I? and Why am I here?

Health, True Health, is at last, the blessed, blissful, relief from anguish - from the inability, despite all our despairing endeavors, to find our Souls.

Thus Health is: I have a Soul. And more: I am Soul.

That is Who I am. And that is Why I am here. That is the purpose, the very reason, for my existence: to become aware of my Soul, to be One with It. And to manifest It into the world for the service of other souls.

This is the greatest, the most urgent, the most important, in fact, the only Real health care need.

Our anguish grows most obvious and pressing as we age, as we despair of our time running out before we have overcome it, before we have, at long last, found Peace on the earth we are about to leave.

Looking back, has there been meaning to my life? Has it meaning now - and will it ever? And has it meaning to those I will be leaving behind?

Until we find the meaning we will fear death. And we will pass that fear on to the next generation - as it was passed on to us.

So, how to find one's Soul - that is the most important question, the only Real question. And the need to answer it becomes ever more urgent with every passing year.

But how can we go inside our selves, our egos, to find our Soul when we have spent our whole lives avoiding this very process, out of the deluded fear that inside we will find not our Goodness, our Godliness, but the very opposite?

This is where Creativity, the Arts, are so important, so essential. True Art is the golden thread to the Soul. If we follow it back we find, at last, our Souls. Go first into the song you are singing, and then into its composer, go into the apple you are painting, the tree you are photographing. Find first the Soul there.

Then go into your self and find the fountainhead, the wellspring, of your Creativity - the Muse within you. And your Muse is your Soul.

And now give your Art to those who need to find their Souls. Be an example: let your Muse help them, through them first finding your soul, to then find their own.

And through this altruistic artistic endeavor, your Soul is at last content, for It has helped other Souls.

And now, at last, your anguish is over.

This is the Real health care need of us all: the opportunity and encouragement that, through finding our Souls through our Art, we may by altruistic service help others to find theirs.

Thus our last years may not be a meaningless, valueless wasteland, but the time of our greatest benefit to all who receive our Art.

And more than just our Art, for through it we become living examples of the Muse. As will those coming behind us who see us now not as nothings, but as Manifestations - as Epiphanies.

The True Health care needs of all of us are best served and best expressed not by getting - but by giving.

Health, True Health, by my definition, is advanced by Altruism - whenever we selflessly help another. Thus our Health care needs are best met by helping those coming behind us - and encouraging these in turn to help the next generation.

The deeper need is not to get love, but to give it. For Altruism is health, True Health. And the Arts can be a wonderful vehicle for Altruism.

The best way, probably the only way, to find your Soul is to altruistically help another to find his. And I believe the best means whereby this can take place is through the Arts, for they so obviously and so immediately come from the Soul.

Ill-health is the shrinking into the self, encapsulation; whereas True Health is Expansion, the emanation of the Soul into the world. And Music, True Music, of all modalities, most encourages - more, exhorts - Expansion.

Suggested Activities: Visit a nursing home, hospice, hospital, orphanage, home for the underprivileged, disabled or handicapped; homeless shelter, prison or retirement center and open yourself to the needs of the residents, guests, prisoners or patients. Best of all, sing with them (songs they know and love - encouraging them to sing too!) Or share whatever creative aspiration you are moved to share. And encourage them to share their creative aspiration with you.


This article has beeen adapted from "The Veneration of Life: Through the Disease to the Soul" by John Diamond, M.D., Enhancement Books/Vital Health Publishing, March 2000.