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Art Heals: How Creativity Cures the Soul Paperback – November 16, 2004
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"Art Heals restores the therapeutic imagination to its central place in human life. The creative energy of this book will be recognized by all those who have been touched by the healing power of the arts. It is a masterly work by a master in the field of creative and expressive arts therapies."—Stephen K. Levine, Dean of the Doctoral Program in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Education, Consulting, at The European Graduate School
"Shaun McNiff challenges us through these remarkable essays not only to take on the role of artist and dare to create our most compelling images, but also to dialogue with them and by doing so, to engage in a process of healing the inevitable wounds of being human. In a moment in history when the images most available to us are the most horrifying and numbing, McNiff offers a stunning antidote."—Robert Landy, Ph.D., RDT/BCT, Professor of Educational Theatre and Drama Therapy, New York University
"Reading Art Heals is like attending a retrospective exhibition of a master artist, with its careful selection, critique, and contemplation of McNiff's original ideas and guiding images. In refining and reimagining these ideas in the context of today, McNiff brings a fresh vision to his work and offers a valuable answer to the increasingly incoherent fragmentation of mental health care."—Lynn Kapitan, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Associate Professor of Graduate Art Therapy of Mount Mary College and author of Re-enchanting Art Therapy
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I really like the chapter - "Art Healing is For Everyone". Shaun gives examples of ways art can be brought in workplaces.
And best of all, art is for everyone not just for "creative" people. Anyone can develop an interest but the one thing which is needed is support and help from a friend in that journey. When you actually start out as an artist there are a lot of misgivings and doubts and some hand-holding is a must otherwise you would give up. The key is to find what you really enjoy - art can be blogging on the internet, photographing insects on the lake or editing videos or painting watercolors of nature.
However the book is a bit dry and in real life you need to complement it with a more practical guide - "how to paint watercolors" or "how to photograph" etc.
If you are still in doubt about the healing power of art check out this real life story in which art truly helps to save a life: http://www.zindadil.com/archives/4149
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The whole work is not clear and relies on impossibilities directing people spiritually. I don't think in other than purity and peace in Jesus Christ. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Laurence De Bezac
I am a firm believer that art heals and teach wherever I go, but I felt healing for myself as I went through the pages of this book. Highly sensitive and informative.Published on February 27, 2013 by Linda W Brown
Shaun McNiff is an Art Therapist who works in the open art studio format. He writes of a "shamanistic" approach to therapy, in which the mind, body, and soul are treated through... Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by Jen