Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Healing Arts

At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.
Rachel Naomi Remen

This week I focused on the archetype of the Healer in a class I taught, so when this quote found me this morning it really resonated within me.  I have found that creating is a deeply healing process for me - one which allows me to connect to a sense of wonder and awe.

The image is my SoulCollage® Healer card.  On it is a traditional African Healer or Shaman, and the card speaks to me of the connection between wholeness and wonder.  Wonder in sun that rises each day, in the dew that forms on the grass, in the sparkles created by the moon, in our bodies - our hearts which beat, our eyes that see ... there is so much to appreciate. When I focus on just how magical and beautiful our world is, a sense of gratitude wells up within me, and that in itself is healing.