In part one of this series, we explored the mystical power that art held for ancient people; they participated with art in a compelling and directly meaningful way. We compared this to the modern view of art, where artistic creations either serve as decor, or as a vehicle for the artist to share their personal thoughts and emotions. We considered the possibility that some of your art may already have that direct connection to activate the higher potential of your audience, much as ancient art did. In part two, you’ll uncover the specific ways that your art can heal, and how this realization can help you see yourself, and your work, in a new empowering light.
Now you’re recognizing that your work can have healing benefits. But what kinds of healing benefits are we speaking about? Does healing refer to healing of the body, as in recuperating in a hospital? That could be one application. But most of your audience are not necessarily in a hospital, and yet they may have various healing needs.
The healing needs that your audience may have, and the healing remedies your art can provide:
- Feeling disconnected: needs to feel a deeper connection to something meaningful.
- Feeling bored: needs to feel connected to something beyond the mundane; connection to life itself.
- Feeling nervous: needs balance: calming, smoothing, centering.
- Feeling anxiety: needs a reference point for safety.
- Feeling dissatisfied: needs to feel awe, delight, fascination.
- Feeling sad: needs to be reminded of happier times in past or future.
- Feeling unloved: needs to feel accepted, safe.
- Feeling lost: needs to feel reunited with a connection to humanity and universe.
- Feeling unreal in the modern technological world: needs to feel a connection with nature, the body, the outdoors.
- Feeling judged or feeling judgmental: needs to feel accepted, connected, loved, appreciated.
- Feeling limited by circumstances: needs a sense of expansion and possibilities.
- Feeling surrounded by lack of beauty: needs a reference point for beauty and harmony.
- Feeling frustrated: needs reference points for satisfaction, integration, completion.
- Feeling tired: needs reminder of energy, vitality, and the inner wellspring of possibilities.
- Feeling ordinary or mediocre: needs reference points for excellence, beauty, the extraordinary.
- Feeling separate from divine or universe: needs reference points for eternity, the divine, the universe, the soul.
- Feeling overly serious or preoccupied: needs lightness, humor, amusement, whimsy.
- Feeling overwhelmed: needs reference points for ease, simplicity, innocence, grace.
This list might liberate you and expand your definition of healing. Explore each of these healing needs, and you might see how your art has healed you in many of these ways.
Perhaps your art helped you transcend the mediocrity of modern life, by offering a higher vision of elegance or beauty. Perhaps your art helped you transcend the common feeling of limitation, by offering a sense of creative expansion and freedom. Your art may have liberated you from the sense of modern life being unreal or superficial, offering a vision of deeper connections to nature, to life, or to something deeply meaningful.
When you realize that healing isn’t just about getting well, but refers to basic human concerns, you recognize how your work could help people with many kinds of healing they need. Although everyone is unique, they’re not entirely different from you. These healing needs affect all of us – let your art make a positive difference.
As you explore each healing quality on the list above, start your own personal list of the ways that your art can heal.
Let yourself sit with each of the healing benefits. Ask yourself if each healing benefit is something that you have experienced from your own art, whether in the process of making the work, or as a result of experiencing the work once it’s completed. When you recognize that these healing benefits are real, it can help you engage in the process of making art at a deeper level.
Here is how that works: Your conscious awareness of the healing benefits activates your deeper, creative sub-conscious awareness as you make your art. The healing qualities become naturally integrated into your creative process, and into the work itself. Your art becomes a living vehicle for inspiration and transformation – for you, and for your audience.
May your explorations reveal new levels of healing possibilities in your art!
In part three of this series, you’ll uncover more elements revealing how your art can heal. You’ll explore deeper realizations of how you, your art, and your audience are part of a marvelous synergy.
For now, please share any insights you discovered when you explored the list of healing needs. Describe how your art has healed you, and how it might heal your audience, in the comments section below.