HOW DO THE ARTS HEAL?
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IT IS ABOUT OPENING YOUR SELF UP FOR NEW EXPERIENCES AND STEPPING OUT OF YOUR SANDBOX OF THINKING!
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How do the arts heal?
Scientific studies tell us that the arts heal by changing a person's physiology and attitude in these 8 ways.
The body's physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity, inspiration, and vision.
Art and music put a person in a different brain wave pattern; art and music affect a person's autonomic nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters.
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 positivism.
They help people cope with difficulties.
They transform a person's outlook and way of being in the world.
In fact it is now known by neurophysiologists that art, prayer, and healing all come from the same source in the body, they all are associated with similar brain wave patterns, with the mind invoking body changes and they all are deeply connected in feeling and meaning. Art, prayer, and healing all take us into our inner private world, the world of imagery and emotion, of visions and feelings. This journey inward into what used to be called the spirit or soul and is now called the mind is deeply healing. For healing comes to us from within, our own healing resources are freed to allow our immune system to operate optimally and that is always how we heal. This is the contemporary version of freeing our healing energies and is now recognized to be crucial to healing. We go inward on The Creative Spiral together through art and music.
The essential process of healing ourselves with art, music, or dance involves our own personal change. When we are ill with a physical or mental problem or when we need to grow, we start to heal ourselves with art by opening ourselves up to our inner voices of change. We allow ourselves to listen to those voices and to let their messages to us emerge.
The first step is to see ourselves as an artist. Choosing a medium is the first priority. That may be done already if we have made art or played music before or if we saw ourselves as making art in our daydreams. Or we may have to ask ourselves what we want to do. Am I a painter, a sculptor, a musician, a poet, a storyteller, a dancer? Have I ever wanted to create something and been afraid or too busy to do it?
Second step clearing a space as a studio or place to practice is next. Getting materials together, orienting ourselves to this new world, looking at art, listening to music, being with friends who are artists, puts in the space to create.
Third step and the most important step is to make the first movement, to draw the first line, to make the first sound, raise your head and dance, to write the first word. We do that from a place of no judgment, from a place of letting go, of trust, of love. And we let the process happen by itself. As the lines increase on a canvas, the music sounds connect, the movements join, the words add up, a piece of art emerges or a dance of conversation and beauty begins as we see into who we truly are. The art becomes a sign of our healing, a visible or audible representation of our own transformation and healing.
As we see the art appear outside of us, it looks almost like it has been made by someone else. Its beauty and wonder are almost beyond us and its message more than we could have known. Yet we see it and are witness to its message of growth, change, and transformation.
Just like the arts, we do the same inside ourselves-it is called HEALING, evolving and growing within. HOPE YOUR JOURNEY WILL BE A GREAT NEW ADVENTURE OF HEALING LIKE MINE HAS BEEN.
Learning to relax within is the next step. These 5 relaxation techniques work.