HEALING ART FAQ
Asked Questions about Healing Art Therapy
Some answers to some
questions about Healing Art, Art Therapy and the overlap between
art and healing.
(Note that the expression 'The
Healing Arts' is also often used to refer to 'the art of healing' and
thus embraces a wide range of holistic, complementary and alternative
therapies. For more on these topics see my FAQ on Healing and 'How to choose a Therapy')
What do you mean by 'healing'
(in the context of art)?
Anything that helps us
gain a sense of well-being, that helps us feel better in
ourselves, more at peace with ourselves and the world.
when speaking about healing art, we mean painting or drawing
(or dancing or writing, etc...) to explore issues we are working
on, rather than painting or drawing for pleasure. Healing
is the process of working on and through an issue . . . in
this case using art as an enabler.
However, art can assist
our 'healing' in many ways, some more pro-active than others
- see our 'Healing Arts
So how do Healing Art(s)
workshops achieve these goals?
many ways. For example by using visualisations, music and
guided meditations prior to and during time to write,
paint or draw. This helps your mind disengage
from its problems and gives it a positive focus enabling your
expressive side an outlet. Your response to any issues you
are working on during the session may be:
- Emotionally: the
memories triggered might enable us to release pent up emotions
through crying, for example.
- Spiritually: we may be
moved at an even deeper level, connecting to more fundamental
feeling about life, death, love, etc..
And what about art 'for
pleasure' - is this a distraction?
It might be just that -
taking our mind off our problems, but
more often it's a trigger for the imagination and inspiration.
It too can be effective in healing because works at a number of levels:
- Consciously, but giving
the eyes and senses something to focus on . . . and thus not
feeding our worries or frustrations.
Sub-consciously, giving our mind space to bring relevant issues
to our attention.
We can feel more relaxed
by looking at certain works of art. i.e. visual art as a passive
aid to relaxation. The style, art-from and subject that bests
achieves this for a given individual will vary greatly, but
a peaceful landscape painting, for example can help to transport
us away from the troubles in our mind.
There is thus a whole
'Healing Arts Specrum'.
So art (either looking at it,
or using it to release) is, by it's nature, healing!?
So why do we need healing art
many folk have become so disconnected from their natural emotions
and creative selves that they're not aware of the above values.
The therapy enables, and guides you in finding the questions
you need to ask. It provides facilities and supportive environment
in which to get the best out of an art experience.
The normal expression is 'art
therapist', you talk about 'healing art therapist' - what's the
In many quarters 'art
therapy' is considered a psychological approach - for example
the artwork resulting from an art therapy session is analysed to
help work through a counselling session. Such analytical
features of art therapy obviously have their uses, but by
'healing art therapy' we mean a broader based approach . . . one
that emphasises the more intuitive and spiritual natures of
Those who see health and
healing in a more holistic way believe that, at some level, we
know why we're unwell or unhappy . . . and that by tapping into
this inner/higher level within us we can get some insight into
how we're feeling . . . and what we can do about it. Healing,
especially if used alongside art, can enable and enhance our
intuition and thus access our inner wisdom.
healers feel that the deepest and more effective healing comes
once we acknowledge our spiritual nature and see our lives
and health in terms of our soul's progression as we live here
on earth. Likewise many of the best artists are considered
genius and 'divinely inspired'. In both cases it is the connection
to 'the divinity within' that has the effect . . . be it to
produce the best art . . . or most effective healing.
You're implying that healing
art therapy may involve actual healing as well as art, is that
The two support and enable each other. Healing (in this case
Reiki, but any other form of healing will do the same thing)
helps to connect us to our creative, intuitive and spiritual
self . . . and that connection can then be expressed through
Do I need to be any good at
Art to get a healing benefit?
Even if you've always been told (and thus think) you can't
draw, you'll be able to produce something . . . however simplistic
or naive it might seem. Indeed, sometimes this raw expression
is more useful from a healing perspective . . . BECAUSE it's
come out (from our inner self) naturally . . . not forced.
Trying too hard can spoil any art-work.
What other activities might
take place under the 'healing art(s)' banner?
some quarters, ANY form of healing or complementary therapy
is considered a healing art . . . just as nursing could be
considered an art, or as having an artistic aspect. So do
look closely at workshop descriptions to make sure you're
getting what you feel you need. For example, in addition to
actual healing and art, The Algarve Owl will also use (as
and when it seems appropriate):
- visualisations (guided
- divinations (angel
cards, I-ching, dice divis, etc.)
- music (live &
- the Transformation Game
countryside to BE in (using our beautiful Algarve mountain
location for walks, to meditate on and in)
. . . and our (and your!)
psychic and telepathic abilities.
of our inherent psychic skills is the ability to tap into
energies, memories and thoughts of ourselves and others. The
combination of healing and art enables the receipt and interpretation
of such 'messages'. We can all 'pick up' the 'higher truth'
about situations and illnesses in those we're in healing contact
with. This can 'come out' by drawing (or painting or writing)
immediately after a healing session . . . before our mind
starts analysing or thinking about other things. The more
we use such abilities, the more we can develop them.
So 'healing art'
not just to help us 'here and now', but to develop ways in
which we can help ourselves later?
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