Having trained as both an artist and an holistic therapist, I have no doubt that colour, form and light have a profound effect on us, that images play a vital part in healing and that beauty is restorative.
Research has shown that our immune systems are boosted by the sense of wonder we may experience at the beauty of nature, spirituality and art. Neural networks in the brain have been shown to respond to harmonic principles. And if we so choose, the process of making art can be a means of devotion. We can connect to a higher consciousness and to healing energies through meditation and creativity.
In Art and Alignment, I tell of different ways that art, writing and creative activities helped in my recovery from a life-threatening illness. In the section called ‘The Object In Hand’, I describe how I was at home convalescing after a major operation and beginning to regain some energy. I found that sitting in a chair, sewing bits of textiles together, which wasn’t something I would normally have done, was helping me to feel better.
Art and Alignment is concerned with connection and expression. It looks at the importance of strengthening our connection to our higher self and engaging with creativity and imagination. Creative activity, when aligned with higher awareness, can bring the messages of the soul into physical expression and become a powerful force for healing. On the Art and Alignment webpage, there is free access to booklets and videos containing personal stories, which reveal a process of growth and healing through creativity. These accounts give a perspective on personal alignment and the soul journey.