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Art Meditation: healing through the creative impulse

Updated on April 16, 2012

Using mediation to create art

In the Garden of Bethany, watercolour by Claudia Dias
In the Garden of Bethany, watercolour by Claudia Dias

Healing and Art

What triggers healing? For some might be a consultation with to their general practitioner, for others a session with their alternative therapist, a trip to the seaside, a heart to heart talk with a good friend, mom's cooking...

All these can be healing in one form or another - it depends on the individual, his belief system, and on what it needs to be healed.

In my healing practice, I often recommend to homesick patients who live away from their country to find a grocers' store that sells some of the foods they used to eat when they were growing up. It's incredible how much healing this simple step can produce...bringing emotional stability and grounding to individuals who feel disconnected from their original setting.

There are strong reasons as to to why these approach to food can be helpful in healing allergies, and malabsorption illnesses: it has to do with grounding an individual's digestive system with Nature's elemental forces, a shamanic and anthroposophic principle.

Meditation on the other hand is food for the spirit, and through artistic expression we can ground this into the material world, helping to anchor the blue prints for the perfect balance between Cosmos and Earth.

Through meditative art, we can effect long lasting healing on emotional and spiritual issues, and effectively address psychological trauma, as well as promoting a sense of connection between our physical and our mental bodies.

In the two watercolours illustrated here, I've used Rudolph Steiner's anthroposophic principles. By meditating on his lectures for Easter, and the role played by the Moon energy in the creation of our Etheric body, I painted "Moon forces".

"In the Garden of Bethany" was painted while meditating on the spiritual principles of the ressurrection Christ codes as a blue print the perfect physical and ehteric bodies.

Anyone can use their creative energy to promote their own healing. Some people are very confident at this and can work well on their own, but often it is helpful to work with a practicioner either on one o one sessions or in a collective setting with others.

I often run healing art workshops: some are tailored to particular issues to be healed, others have a more general theme and are dedicated to Earth healing.

If you live in London and are interested in exploring your creative and healing abilities contact me for details on forthcoming workshops.



Moon and the etheric body

Moon foces watercolour by Claudia Dias
Moon foces watercolour by Claudia Dias

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Oh yes! I think I have heard of it before, thanks for the explanation, I just get to be synesthetic without the peyote! lol! thanks!

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      Claudia Dias 5 years ago from London

      Hi Nell, Peyote is a cactus also known as Anhalonium in homeopathy and it is an hallucinogenic used by Native Americans in Shamanic journeying. One of the characteristics of this substance is the heightening of sensorial perception with colourful visions associated with sound. It is said that Walt Disney became fascinated by the properties of Peyote during Shamanic initiation and this inspired him to create Fantasia.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Claudia, sorry I must have missed this one when I came back to read, I never realised that Fantasia was based on synesthesia! Wow! not sure what peyote is? sorry! lol! I may just write about it! thanks!

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      Claudia Dias 5 years ago from London

      Nell, synesthesia is such a great gift! You are very lucky, and yes I agree with you: you should paint often. Have you written about your experiences?

      Walt Disney movie Fantasia was apparently created to illustrate this wonderfull sensory phenomena, in Disney's case however it was not spontaneous but induced by his experiments with Peyote.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Claudia, this sounds great! I don't know why I don't paint more often as I love colour and that always makes me feel better, I am synesthetic, Monday is blue etc, so it always helps me, pity I don't live near london! lol! great hub, cheers nell

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      Claudia Dias 5 years ago from London

      Thank you Debby, it's such a pleasure to meet you here too and to read your knowledgeable and interesting articles. Love Claudia

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Claudia ~ I just found out you're on Hubpages. What absolutely brilliant colors and interpretive forms you have placed on the canvas! Love, Debby

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      Claudia Dias 5 years ago from London

      What you say is so insightful...divorce it is for many for first heartbreaking experience, it can leave long lasting emotional wounds difficult to heal; it can be tremendously ungrounding for a child or even a teenager to realise that their parents no longer love each other.

      The role of a caring and supportive grandparent in this situation is unvaliable. I'll post a hub on relationship break ups soon. Thank you for your imput.

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      Claudia Dias 5 years ago from London

      Your are absolutely spot on. What would be the world without art? And yet some times we forget to look around...thank you for your nice comment, it is much appreciated.

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      Claudia Dias 5 years ago from London

      Thank you too for taking the time to write such a nice comment!

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      Very informative hub..I have always felt it is important for everyone to have a "happy place" that they can mentally visit as needed.I have taught this art to my grandchildren,it has helped them immensly with dealing with parents divorce.I also spent many of my years in the Medical Profession sharing/teaching self healing priciples...look forward to more of your hubs.thanks..

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Lovely concepts and I agree with WD art is so undervalued on the whole.

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      We underestimate the value of art. Thankyou for reminding us of reality!