Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

“Every … rock and tree is alive with story and imagery, and filled with presences.” So writes Bill Gammage of the Aboriginal people of Australia.*

And, although I am so much less Australian than they, I do feel that with every rock and tree I photograph. All around me, each one is, of course, alive — Alive! — and its Presence calls to me.

The ones that I seem to hear most strongly I then photograph: to encapsulate, to enshrine, an Instance of their Emanation.

* The Biggest Estate on Earth (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2011), p. 130.

--

--

Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

“God, the eternal dramatist, has cast you for some part in His drama, and hands you the role.”

So states Gilbert Murray.*

I would like to add that after handing you and everyone their roles — then goes on to play them all through us all.

Why? Not for us to understand.

* Stoic, Christian and Humanist (London: C. A. Watts & Co., 1940), p. 109.

--

--

Painting by John Diamond, M.D.

What if all Schools of Art insisted on all their students undergoing the five years’ training as did Keats to be what was then called an apothecary, an equivalent today of a general practitioner?

But today that would make them only mechanics, only treaters — not worshippers of Apollo.

But what if with their innate artistic Intention they brought Apollo back into Medicine?

--

--

Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

The lotus posture long has puzzled me. For I find nearly everyone when examined in this position to be in a very negative state. But what of the Buddha and all those in zazen? Not to mention all the “natives” of the world.

The problem for the others seems to relate to Kidney 1, the only acupuncture point on the sole of the foot. When this is ungrounded the problem occurs — for, it seems, all except those enlightened in their own way.

What Enlightenment? “I am of Mother Earth.” Always grounded, always of Her — in every position.

(But what about when sleeping, you ask. Well, then we are re-united with Her.)

--

--

Painting by John Diamond, M.D.

Before I paint, I await — expectantly — Spirit Guidance. As, in a sense, the canvas awaits me. I always Know the Inspiration will come, and I suppose the canvas does too.

I am to the canvas as the Spirit World is to me.

--

--

Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

Anyone can see a sunset as beautiful. As a photographer hoping to heal to picture it is not my role. That beauty is obvious to all.

I believe I am supposed to help everyone, especially those in suffering, through my photography. (And at a deep level we all are in suffering.) Not to encourage them to see — but to See Beauty, Blessedness, Belovedness. As I do when photographing and every time I open my eyes after meditating.

The Beauty of a twist of wire hanging just-so on the wall, a crack in the pavement, a patch of rust, of peeling paint.

Every, every image just as Meant.

Every, every one an Image — an Instance.

--

--

DrJohnDiamond.com

DrJohnDiamond.com

True Health starts with the activation of Life Energy, the Healing Power within. https://DrJohnDiamond.com