October is a month full of wonderful observances and your OM Times Health & Wellness Team would like to honor a few of them through ART. From Breast Cancer Awareness Month observed the 5th of October to National Children’s Day, celebrated the 2nd Sunday of the month, we want to dedicate this editorial to children of all ages and sizes as
we explore the connection between art & our physical and spiritual healing.
A brief look at how art transforms, heals and has the power to create breathtaking beauty when “observed” through the eyes of the heart! First we must define what we considered “art” that can be used for the purposes of healing – either with conscious intention or subliminal. For the purposes of this editorial we define art as anything that a person does that employs the create center of the brain to be engaged and brings self-fulfillment through that creation. In our world that can be anything that we receive using the sense of : hearing, sight, smell, taste, touch – in essence it uses any of our senses to contribute and enhance the experience of living.
By art, we always mean storytelling, poetry, music, dance, visual arts, painting, sculpture, everything that is usually thought of as creativity. We believe that art and healing are joining together to become one. As art and healing merge,
the field of art will be changed and the field of medicine will be changed. For many of us, healing art is a spiritual path, a transformational process, a way of being. (1)
Children are fearless about art and can naturally embrace new things. They don’t have preset rules of what is “pretty or what is balanced” they create from their heart with an intrinsic innocence that proves to be a successful combination.
Sadly, many school budgets have cut art programs as one of the unnecessary classes for their human development, but we support keeping the arts alive and available for all ages, backgrounds and needs.
We agree that making art frees the body's healing mechanisms to heal. We believe it unites body, mind, and spirit. In art and healing, no interpretation or therapy is necessary. The creative process is the healer. Art is transformational in
itself. The field of art therapy and the field of expressive arts also uses art in healing, but tend to concentrate more on therapy or method and involve training and /or licensing although there is much overlap in ways of working. The artists we talk about are usually not trained art therapists or expressive art therapists, they are just people who use the creative process of art to heal themselves, others, and the earth. (2)
How does art heal? Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person's physiology and attitude. The body's physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration.
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 positivity and they help people cope with difficulties. They transform a person's outlook and way of being in the world. (3)
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, mind body changes and they all are deeply connected in feeling
and meaning. Art, prayer, and healing all take us into our inner 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. (4)
This month we recognize and honor all the artists who use their gifts, talent and art to bring beauty and healing to others.
To take our breath away and uplift our spirit! I encourage everyone, no matter your proficiency level to pick up a pencil or paintbrush and to allow your heart to soar with eagles. Go fearlessly as connect with your own inner child and express yourself using the medium that works best for your expressive nature. Art heals, there is no doubt about that. We would love to see from your mind’s eye.