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Art & Soul Healing, by Ellie Kane

August 6, 2014

SUMMER OF WELL-BEING WEEK 10

Welcome to Week 10 of Summer of Well-Being! Today our focus is on Art for your Soul, brought to you by none other than my mother, Ellie Kane! Ellie is an artist, healer, and certified coach. I know you’ll love her as much as I do and find incredible value in what she has to share. Read her blog below and leave a comment with your thoughts!


Art and Soul Healing

Creativity is a way to break through the conscious mind that is holding on very tightly. There’s only so much you can talk your way through. Art really does reach something in a very primal, unconscious level.” Martha Grant

Since the beginning of time, art’s most essential role has been to nurture the divine aspects of life; and for many ancient cultures, art is still practiced as a curative tool and as a form of awakening. Externalizing our perceptions and conflicts-even if we simply create a primitive and uncomplicated sketch-is highly beneficial for self-renewal and healing.

Art, when used as an instrument for wellness, can become a guide to finding presence, authenticity, and the place within where body, mind and soul have the potential to be made new and whole.

In recent years, there is a growing movement to redefine the mission of art, transforming it from its position in Western culture as a commodity to a sacred and communal activity. This way of thinking has emerged simultaneously in the art world, psychotherapy and medicine. Many artists, therapists and others are seeking ways to use the collective wisdom of art and imagination, envisioning ways that it can become a healing practice…” C. A. Malchiodi

The healing power of art cannot be denied. Art can bring about the gift of inspiration, harmony, playfulness and transformation. When we create healing art, a restorative process is initiated for the ‘artist’, as well as for the viewer and/or recipient.

Frank Emmettsaid that, “Art has been known as a pathway to the soul…it unlocks feelings, those deep-seated things that we are reluctant to express even to ourselves sometimes, in a manner that is safe.”

Art propels us to bring to light those moments and challenges which are too difficult to talk about. We may be stressed, and be scratched  and bruised internally; and at times we keep these wounds hidden…our little secrets. Allowing these feelings to surface would lift a massive spiritual burden. The world of imagery is limitless when searching for ways to communicate mixed and sensitive emotions; and expressing in creative ways begets well-being. Through the use of artful methods and interpretations, the road to healing is inescapable.

I have created a technique which has proven effective in mending the connection between our physical, intellectual and non-material selves. I call it the Art and Soul Work-Energy Healing through Art program, and here are some familiar forms of art, taken from this workshop, which serve us as therapeutic channels:

  • Visual Designs – Compositions or Imagery
    • Sketching, painting, sculpture, photography
  • Lyrical Vibrancy – Movement
    • Dance, yoga, wu-tao
  • Written Word – Inner Voice
    • Poetry, journaling, essays
  • Unity – Essence
    • Nature, breath, meditation, visualization, Mandalas

I am convinced that there is a little bit of an ‘artist’ in each of us. And I believe that we do not have to consider ourselves artistic in order to use vision and imagination when seeking a path to health. So, in keeping with the Art and Soul Work, I would like to offer a couple of tips which may help you get started on your way to healing. Keep in mind there is no right/no wrong way to go about this exercise. It is very personal and in time you will find your own comfort pattern.

  • Use visualization – close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Become aware of your physical and/or emotional condition (that which must be restored). Then imagine what this feeling would look like. If you do not see an image, then just give it a color, a shape or a word. Observe but stay detached; do not judge what you perceive. Breathe, open your eyes;
  • Journal – choose your favorite notebook (one you will keep for creating and healing). Draw the image (if there was one through visualizing) or the colors and shapes you sensed, and use them on your notebook. Journal about this sketch – you have just expressed an emotion or struggle you needed to bring outward. Be present with it, acknowledge and release it.

This two-step process is simple, yet very powerful, and will transmit awareness, relief and a freeing response. Get some art supplies, those which call to you most, a journal and some neat pens/pencils…and unearth the concealed treasure in you.

Remember that practicing art, in any format or modality, can be a way of entering into a meditative and reflective state, as much as it is an avenue to expression. It releases fears and may trigger a new outlook and direction of habits and behaviors. Additionally, as we enter this unique and original concept, and discover our innate and holistic medicine, we will:

  • Get to know ourselves under a different, truer light
  • Learn to pacify and soften emotional hurt and grief
  • Naturally access intuitive healing methods, and
  • Enter an unimaginable journey to wholeness

May you find your secret self through art and soul healing…

Ellie

 

A Personal Note:

Art has always been a part of my life, even in those instances long ago when I did not know I was artistic and creative.  I believe I was born to use all of my senses in whatever I choose to do. Art allows me to experience touch, vision, sound and even smell through my paintings. And dance encircles me inside a bubble of movement and delight.

Yes, I paint and dance because they are my passions, but I also discovered that these two personal approaches have at times healed me physically, emotionally and at the level of my soul.

I am so very grateful to Monique Catoggio and Summer of Well-Being for giving me the opportunity to share my insights with you…and these two paintings which had such immense healing force at two very painful events in my life…when I lost my parents. Thank You.

 

Ramona, 2003

 

Don Mario, 2005


Mary P
Ellie Kane, CPC, ELI-MP
Art and Soul Coach
Ellie Kane is a contemporary artist, inspirational writer, nature photographer and energy healer. She created her signature program, Art and Soul Work—Energy Healing Through Art, which combines her love of art and passion for healing as a tool for revelation and renewal. Ellie’s journey has been one of insight and discovery, and she believes that the creative process can be a transformative path for healing and self-expression.

 

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4 Responses to “Art & Soul Healing, by Ellie Kane”

  1. Victoria Says:

    Hi! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really
    appreciate your content. Please let me know.
    Thank you

  2. Mom Says:

    Thanks Mo, FIU and Summer of Well-bring!


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