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Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.

Julia Cameron

soul healingWhy is Healing Through The Arts necessary?
We don’t plan for cancer, sickness or injuries. Often these experiences catch us by surprise and can dramatically change our lives. When they do, we need to find a new way of living, sometimes temporarily. Some may feel that life is less than before.

Healing Through The Arts can show you that life can be more, or in someway, better than before. True healing is not waiting for time to heal. It is creating the opportunities where healing takes place, and the process of mending can make us stronger.

Through Art we gain a sense of life’s meaning. When we create art, we make something that did not exist before and can preserve it to enjoy. Our interaction with art provides a break from the pace of routine, where we can notice the unique. You do not need to be creative to participate, only a desire to learn and enjoy the adventure.

Creation and healing are the same energy. They transform pain, rather than being destroyed by it. Art heals by accepting the pain and doing something with it. (Art Heals: How Creativity Cures The Soul. By Shawn McNiff, 2004)leg and hand

Mastery of mixing all together: Mastery of Healing Arts

Art Therapy versus Expressive Art
Art Therapy traditionally places more emphasis on the product of the artwork, so therapists can use it to evaluate a client’s emotional state.
Expressive Art uses the artistic process as a means of expression and release. In expressive art, the client’s work is not used as a diagnostic tool because it is believed that only the person who created the work knows the meaning of it.

8 Expressive Arts of Healing

Joy
Joy is the foundation of the 8 Expressive Arts of Healing. Work through this area first, since the other Expressive Arts are based on it. Then you can explore the others in any order or at any time. One of my doctors told me “If you know who you are, you heal better.” So let the healing begin.

Visual Arts
Some artists dealt with their own health challenges through art.  The process of creating art, as well as the finished piece, helped make sense of their physical, mental or emotional needs.

Music
Like art, the right selection of music can lift our spirits and provide hope. It does not have a language barrier and used in almost all cultures, from building emotion in celebrations, to calming and relaxing them.

Photography
My camera is the size of a deck of cards and is easy to carry with me in a pocket. I find that I notice more details of nature when I have it with me. While I observe the broad sense of my environment being in it, when I have my camera, I feel the urge to capture the beauty of individual details to hold to them to view later.

Poetry
Poems are a literary snapshot of life, just as photographs are a visual moment in time.  We have all heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. A poem has few words that mean much more. Anyone can write a poem.

Harmony
My doctor told me he could predict which of his patients would have a better chance of surviving based on his first meeting them. He said his prediction was solely based on the attitude of his patient. Those who wanted want to live, often lived.

Health
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Hippocrates

“What healing Art do you enjoy the most?”

Veronika Prielozna, MA from Healing Arts and Wisdom Studies

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