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.
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.
In what ways have you used art to heal your body, mind, or spirit? Tell us by using the comment link below.
As the summer winds down, children and parents are gearing up for
school and college. Amidst the demands for new fall clothes and dorm-
room necessities, it’s important not to forget about nutrition, sleep
and other health matters. Join us this week as we highlight features
about back-to-school wellness.
Getting the Family into a Back-to-School Sleep Routine
Going back to school is tough for families who have been enjoying a
relaxed summertime schedule. Learn how to get sleep back on track for
the whole family.
Love the Lunchbox, Not the Lunch
To some parents, packing a healthy lunch that their child will eat
and enjoy seems like an impossibly tall order. But nutrition experts
say that such a feat can be achieved, especially if the child is
involved in choosing the items that will fill their lunchbox.
Defensive Eating 101: Avoiding the Freshman 15
While not every first-year student gains the “freshman 15,” many of
them will gain weight as they deal with the stresses and freedoms
associated with college life. Learn some strategies for staying
What Is Meningitis?
Each year you hear about small outbreaks of meningitis. It is highly
contagious and sometimes fatal. Learn why the classic symptoms of a
high fever and stiff neck shouldn’t be ignored.
I like to shake things up at my office so I posted this outside my office door to see what responses (if any) my cohorts would come up with:
“What does BLUE mean to you?
Write your responses below:
*The color of my kids eyes.
*The sky on a clear, sunny day.
*My grandaughter’s name is Blue.
*Dodger > who just go swept by the Giants!
*The sadnes I feel – The hope I hang on to.
*The blue of the ocean in Santa Barbara.
*Go naked smurfs!”
I painted a blue swatch across the top of the page of paper to help encourage the creativity. I was surprised by the replies. The were very sincere (except for that Smurfs comment) and deep. I have done more creative things with this activity and will post more later.
Tell me what “blue” means to you by clicking on the comment link for this journal and sharing you thoughts…
After every difficulty, ask yourself two questions: ‘What did I do right?’ and ‘What would I do differently?’
– Brian Tracy
Here’s some mail art I completed after recieving a package from bzzagent.com. I couldn’t pass up the chance to work with the “bee” image.