The Healing Power of Art
How can making a collage or painting a picture help you on your life’s path?
Art in all its forms can be extremely healing both physically and emotionally. Self-expression through art can help release emotions and perceptions that lie beneath the surface of your everyday awareness. It’s important to release feelings in a healthy way and at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Art is a safe and beautiful way to do this. It can also inform you of your heart’s hidden desires.
Many of us are busy doing, doing, doing, trying to survive, pay our bills, raise our families, etc. Does this sound at all familiar? Do you find your brain so preoccupied with the next thing on your ‘to-do’ list that you’ve forgotten what you came into a room for? It happens to all of us. We’re so dang busy with daily living we’ve lost touch with ourselves.
Art is a form of meditation that can slow you down and reconnect you with yourself, your heart, your inner ‘Wild Child’.
The next two excerpts express this beautifully.
We disconnect from our left-brain “logical” selves when we engage in art activities. Art provides the medium through which we stop thinking and start a more direct form of expression; the language of sensations, emotions and pre-verbal memories. Many of our early memories are stored in the right hemisphere of our brain, the nonlinear artistic side. When we immerse ourselves in right brain activities like art, those early sensory memories are activated. By stimulating those memories, we are better able to bring them to consciousness and express them. Art has the power to penetrate the subconscious layers of our mind and enables us to “make conscious that which was unconscious.”
Art is also a way to actively meditate; to be present and experience the here and now. Through collaborative art experiences, we connect with others and experience the healing potential of creativity and community.
Excerpt from – A Window Between Worlds: Art as a Healing Tool. by Anna Reyner, MA
Art and music affect every cell in the body instantly to create a healing physiology that changes the immune system and blood flow to all the organs. Art and Music also immediately change a person’s perceptions of their world. They change attitude, emotional state, and pain perception. They create hope and positivity and they help people cope with difficulties. They transform a person’s outlook and way of being in the world.
Excerpt from – Art and Healing website
How can you bring more art creating into your life?
It doesn’t have to be some huge undertaking involving years of school and disciplined technique. When you create art as a healing practice and life guidance tool, it doesn’t have to be appreciated by anyone but you. You’re not creating something to impress others. It’s a personal decoder of your heart’s whisperings. It’s a communication link between you and your spirit. It’s using art as an oracle. All you need are a few materials and a cleared space at your kitchen table if that’s all you can manage.
Here are some simple guidelines:
- Decide what your goal is for your session. (Are you releasing an emotion, looking for answers to a problem or just opening to see what your heart wants you to know?)
- Collect whatever materials you feel comfortable using. (This may be paper and, colored pencils, a child’s paint kit, some magazines and a glue stick for collaging. It’s up to you.)
- Put on some calming music (or music that will get your blood pumping if you prefer. Your expression, your rules) 🙂
- Do some form of movement to help get you grounded in your body and out of your monkey-mind. 😉 (Dancing, some yoga stretching or a little on the spot jumping and jiggling are great options)
- With your goal loosely in mind start your project. (Draw or paint whatever feels like coming forth or collect pictures that speak to you if you’re collaging.)
- Don’t censor yourself. No one ever has to see this.
- Notice how you feel as you go through the process. (Are you able to flow freely or are you feeling stifled and resistant? This too can provide information. Where are you feeling the resistance?)
- Stop when you feel your picture is finished, you’ve grown bored or you just feel there’s nothing else to express.
- Look at your creation with an inquisitive open mind. What do you see or feel?
- Look at it a couple days later and then a week later. See if you have any new insights.
I’d love to hear from you if you try this. How did the process feel? Did you have any epiphanies? Is it something you’d want to try again?
This process can be as sacred or as light-hearted as you choose.
I hope you’ll try it and, at the very least, have some fun and some laughs. Get together with some girlfriends for a girl’s art night. Wine is permissible; could even help. 😉 You may be surprised by what shows up.
The magic is naturally in you, my dear. 🙂
If you’d like to join a ‘Wild Child’ Playshop or host one for your friends, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s play! 🙂