Art For Healing and Change
The idea that art can help us heal is a humbling and truly inspiring experience. In a world with so much turmoil, it is gratifying to play a small part in helping others.
My work with healing art is rooted in the belief that behind each illness there lies an issue or emotion that causes enough stress to affect our immune system leaving us vulnerable to illness and disease. These issues need to be addressed before we can completely heal.
Healing on an emotional or mental level happens in tandem with the process of healing the physical body. I’m not entirely sure that one can happen without the other.
This process is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition or illness.
Having said that, with this work, once those issues are identified and you understand what might be causing the stress a painting can be created to help you start healing or make changes. The gift of intuition is also used during the process of creating this healing piece.
Your first step will be to schedule a time for our session
This is art in a sense that we may be unaccustomed to think about art, such as a beautiful landscape, a portrait or a colorful abstract. Instead, this art has a language and a purpose. The language uses symbols to communicate a message, a message for our sub conscience, or inner selves. Many times these paintings use symbols that the body understands and that help trigger healing.
Art for Healing and Change is a visual message of how we want things to be or what we want to change or heal. This art can provide inspiration and strength for these changes to take place.
Have you ever heard of or studied the ideas behind the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age cave paintings involving humans hunting animals from prehistoric times? The most striking examples of these cave paintings are from Altamira, Spain, and Magdalenian and Lascaux in France, where there are examples of wounded animals or paintings of spears and darts that are pointing at the animals.
Hidden away as they are in the bowels of the earth, to protect them from the casual intruder, these images must have served a purpose far more serious than mere decoration. There can be little doubt, in fact, that they were produced as part of a magic ritual, perhaps to ensure a successful hunt.
Apparently, people of the Old Stone Age made no clear distinction between image and reality; by making a picture of an animal they meant to bring the animal itself within their grasp, and in “killing” the image they thought they had killed the animal’s vital spirit…the magic worked, too, we may be sure; hunters whose courage was thus fortified were bound to be more successful when slaying theses formidable beasts with their primitive weapons.
From History of Art by H.W. Janson
If we apply this ideology to current times it might look something like this: If you had high blood pressure from being anxious about your job you might create a painting that held the idea of getting a less stressed job in a field you are passionate about, or, if you had an ulcer from worrying about your finances, you might create a painting which held a way for you to live financially secure without worrying.
One way to help you understand this process is to see some examples of healing art and read stories or comments from people who have used this process. Click on the pictures to the right to learn more.
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