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The Way of the Pulse: Drumming with Spirit (Diamonds for the Mind Series) Paperback – February 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Diamonds for the Mind Series
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers; 1 edition (February 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890995029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890995027
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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I absolutely love this book!  I can only compare it to the Tao Te Ching.  Dr. Diamond expresses Zen of drumming - highly inspiring!
Russ Moy, Professional Percussion Instructor and Artist

Fantastic - everyone should study this concept!
Sam Ulano, Master Drummer and Editor, The Mental Drummer

This is the most enchanting, captivating writing on the power of the drum I have ever read.  Heartfelt, poetic, and from the soul: read this book and be moved.
Larry Dossey, M.D., Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words

An inspirational book which implores us to look for ways to incorporate the pulse of music into our drumming and lives in a more spiritual way.  My thanks to Dr. Diamond for putting this almost indescribable concept into words.
John Aldrige, Managing Editor, Not-So-Modern Drummer

"I used to practice Medicine, but now - Music!" Dr. Diamond has discovered that, of all musical instruments, the drums are the most easy to play on The Pulse and most easily raise the Life Energy. He captures his own life-long interest in drumming and here reveals their impact on Preventive Medicine. Drumming always has been deeply rooted in man's spiritual endeavors. Its simplest metaphor is the heartbeat. Dr. Diamond shows how to make drumming therapeutic. A special communication with rythms and melodies found in the soul. Imagine this amalgam of a trained clinical psychiatrist and a primitive drummer. That's a powerful unity! Dr. Diamond relates his Pulse to Tao, borrows from more poetry. "Play with joy, with a smile." Full of Life Energy. -- Jay Bail, The Book Reader

Drumming is truly basic to life energy. A great concept! -- C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Founding President, American Holistic Medical Association

The book demonstrates the genuine interest and passion Dr. Diamond has shown by his continuing research into drums and drumming as a quality of life enhancement option for everyone! -- Remo Belli, President, Remo, Inc.

About the Author

John Diamond, MD, is a pioneering figure in the field of holistic and alternative medicine, and a past president of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Diamond's remarkable body of work - a blend of over forty-five years of research and clinical practice - embraces a wide range of disciplines, including conventional and complementary medicine, psychiatry, the humanities, holism, applied kinesiology, acupuncture theory, spirituality, and the arts (especially music) to help people overcome their problems. He concentrates on the totality of the sufferer - the interrelatedness and interdependence of the inseparable triune of body, mind, and spirit. He is the best-selling author of over twenty books.

More About the Author

Dr. John Diamond graduated from Sydney University Medical School in 1957 and was awarded his Diploma in Psychological Medicine in 1962. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry, a Foundation Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, American Holistic Medical Association, a Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology and is a Fellow and past President of the International Academy of Preventive Medicine. He is an Honorary Advisor to the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation and their Japanese sister organization, the Koushikai Foundation.

One of the foremost senior holistic healers, Dr. Diamond's remarkable body of work, which includes his discovery of the link between the acupuncture meridians and the emotions, embraces a wide range of disciplines, the result of over fifty years of research and clinical practice. He began his career in psychiatry but expanded into holistic medicine, concentrating on the totality of the sufferer. In his fifty years of practice, he has increasingly recognized that there is within us a great healing force, Life Energy, the healing power within. With his increasing involvement with this concept, his research has led him to concentrate on the enhancement of the sufferer's Life Energy so as to actuate his own innate Healing Power.

Dr. Diamond has held numerous senior clinical and university teaching appointments in clinical psychiatry, the basic sciences and the humanities, and is a widely recognized bestselling author of over twenty books, including "Your Body Doesn't Lie," "Life Energy: Unlocking the Hidden Power of Your Emotions to Achieve Well-Being," "The Diamond Color Meditation," "Facets of a Diamond: Reflections of a Healer" and numerous books on music and healing. He has a large international following, and his books have been translated into a number of languages including German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Japanese and Greek. Most recently "Your Body Doesn't Lie," "Life Energy" and his newly released "The Diamond Color Meditation" have become available in Russian.

Dr. Diamond lectures and teaches throughout the world and has presented over 1000 seminars, lectures and presentations to numerous medical associations, dental associations and societies as well as other professional organizations in the U.S. and abroad. He has conducted seminars in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Bologna, Tokyo, and London over the past four years.

Dr. Diamond now practices as a Holistic Consultant and blends his experience in medicine, psychiatry, complementary medicine, the humanities, holism, applied kinesiology, acupuncture theory, spirituality and the arts to help sufferers overcome problems relating to body, mind and spirit. He has also used Creativity for many years, regarding it as an essential and major component of healing, and has founded The Institute for Music and Health and The Institute for Life Energy and Creativity to train those interested in learning how to use the arts as a therapeutic modality. He resides in New York.

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The book is very poetic & written from the heart.
Diane D. Patterson
This book gave me insight not only into music and drumming, but also into life.
Michael Garber
This was a refreshing read for a long time drummer.
Alan Kahn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Muir on June 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is about more than just drumming. It shows how you can use music to help yourself and those round you. Diamond's approach is a unique, and combines philosophy with psychology and numerous other modalities. The writing ranges from the philosophical to practical suggestions and it has been a great inspiration to me in using music to enhance my life. One wonderful aspect to his approach is that anybody can do it--it's all about intention, not technique.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By judith youett AmSAT Theatre Department Bard College on May 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Reading this book opened up the world of music and showed me a way to become free from the tyranny of the beat, the "must be right" of conservatory training.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jane Raffen on June 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I love this book. There are a number of brief papers which discuss important ideas and concepts, but my favorites are the little poems, or aphorisms. Maybe two or three to a page, they conjure up images, pose questions or set in motion trains of thought that really get to the heart of why the creative arts are so important to our life, health and general well-being.
This is a book that can be read over and over again - each time revealing something new.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Garber on June 28, 2002
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This book gave me insight not only into music and drumming, but also into life. Too, I love the style of the writing! It is poetic and inspirational. I recommend this for anyone involved in percussion -- on all levels of proficiency -- and also for anyone interested in how music can help people throughout their whole lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Kahn on March 18, 2006
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An outstanding book for discoverying and understanding the power and spirit of a pulsing, steady beat. As a frustrated Drummer trying to get a workout, I found this book in my search to understand and explain the hypnotic rhythm created by speed bag punching, and this book enlightened me to several reasons that I (and others I teach) are so drawn to the pulsing bag beat. This book simply explains why what makes the "beat go on" inside us all. This was a refreshing read for a long time drummer.
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