Art & Healing
Why is Healing Through The Arts necessary?
We don’t plan for cancer, sickness or injuries. Often these experiences catch us by surprise and can dramatically change our lives. When they do, we need to find a new way of living, sometimes temporarily. Some may feel that life is less than before.
Healing Through The Arts can show you that life can be more, or in someway, better than before. True healing is not waiting for time to heal. It is creating the opportunities where healing takes place, and the process of mending can make us stronger.
Through Art we gain a sense of life’s meaning. When we create art, we make something that did not exist before and can preserve it to enjoy. Our interaction with art provides a break from the pace of routine, where we can notice the unique. You do not need to be creative to participate, only a desire to learn and enjoy the adventure.
Creation and healing are the same energy. They transform pain, rather than being destroyed by it. Art heals by accepting the pain and doing something with it. (Art Heals: How Creativity Cures The Soul. By Shawn McNiff, 2004)
Art Therapy versus Expressive Art
Art Therapy traditionally places more emphasis on the product of the artwork, so therapists can use it to evaluate a client’s emotional state.
Expressive Art uses the artistic process as a means of expression and release. In expressive art, the client’s work is not used as a diagnostic tool because it is believed that only the person who created the work knows the meaning of it.