Spirituality and Art Therapy
Living the Connection
- Mimi Farrelly-Hansen
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Reflecting the increasing recognition of the importance of the spiritual in healing, Spirituality and Art Therapy is an exciting exploration of the different ways in which the spiritual forms an essential, life-enhancing component of a well-rounded therapeutic approach. The contributors are leading art therapists who write from diverse perspectives, including Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and shamanic. They explain how their own spiritual and creative influences interact, finding expression in the use of art as a healing agent with specific populations, such as bereaved children, emotionally disturbed adolescents, and the homeless. The relationships between spirituality and visual art, art therapy and transpersonal psychology are examined. Story and image are interwoven in the spiritual journeys of therapists and clients, and suggested creative exercises make this an accessible, practical resource for those who desire to understand and execute an holistic method of therapy. Arguing that art therapists can mediate between the sacred and the mundane, this pioneering book is an affirmation of the transformative power of art therapy.
- Published: Mar 15 2001
- Pages: 288
- 232 x 154mm
- ISBN: 9781853029523
Religious Studies Review
The book has obvious relevance for art therapists, whether for classroom or personal use, as well as for teachers and artists. For practitioners of spiritual traditions, this book provides a view into the ways that spiritual ideas can inform and motivate practical work in the world, forming the foundation of a healing practice.
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
This anthology is perhaps the first to chart the territory of applying spiritual experiences to art therapy. Each chapter contributes to the development of an understanding of how art creates meaning and is a gift for life which transcends the limits of therapeutic programmes. I found a great deal here of practical use and would recommend this book to practitioners seeking to enhance the depth of their clients' creativity.
Brian Luke Seaward
Spirituality and Art Therapy is a compelling synthesis of enlightenment. I have been waiting years for a book like this - for both personal and professional use. Thank you for filling a void in the area of art therapy with this collection of wonderful insights.
Deborah Bowman, Naropa University
This book is as practical as it is inspiring.
This is an important book for anyone using art for healing. It has the added dimension of providing tools for the spiritual search. I recommend it highly.