Art therapy is a powerful tool for accessing
material buried beneath the surface. It can assist in helping
us more easily identify problematic feelings, beliefs and
patterns out of the normal range of awareness and provide
unique solutions to dilemmas. It can also help identify parts
of the self that need support, parts that require boundaries,
and parts that offer guidance.
One need not know anything about art to
participate, nor is a talent in art required. What is required
is a willingness to experiment and play. Everything put down
on paper, even a squiggle or a stick figure, gives invaluable
information. All that is created provides an intimate story
about your particular personal journey and will give a deeper
understanding of your self and the ways out of your struggle.
While the conscious mind can trick us, the
hand has direct access to the subconscious where truth and
a greater understanding of the self reside. Through this process
can be revealed deeply held emotions and feelings, repetitive
mind battles, splits within the psyche, and lost parts requiring
Art therapy can be a wonderful way to access
and express bound feelings and energies and bring through
a new feeling experience and understanding of our emotions.
For example, underneath anger, when given the authentic expression
it requires, will come art that is reflective of peace, rest
and greater lightness.