Can art open the door to healing trauma?

There has been some research done to explore how trauma effects the brain. It has been found that when people are triggered into trauma, their ability to process language is severely diminished. This explains how terror can be wordless, and why it can be so hard to describe traumatic experiences and feelings. This is why art therapy is so brilliant and can reach places inside that can’t be got to through talking. It offers an avenue for healing when other roads feel like dead ends.    This is an article about using art therapy to help heal trauma.

 

 

‘Everything responsible for our human existence is due to an anonymous multitude of others who lived before us, whose acheivements hae been bestowed upon us as gifts.’

 

H. Hass

photo by smithsonian.com

 

“We are wired for growing and healing. We are shaped by a deep desire to be known, seen, and recognised, as we strive to come into contact with parts of ourselves that are frozen.”

Diana Fosha

 

photo by Life Runners.

peter’s unruly imagination

photo by Alan Warren

Peter Ustinov’s teacher said to his mum “Peter has a highly developed sense of the imagination, which must be curbed at all costs”.

Luckily for us Peter’s imagination was still thriving when he reached adulthood and gifted us with so much laughter and enjoyment though his wit in his long career as an actor. Sometimes laughter can be so healing and can lighten the load when things get unbearable. Our imagination can show us unlikely ways through difficult situations and resolutions where none seem possible. There has been much published about the need for creativity and imagination becoming more and more centre stage as the work place changes and we are faced with new problems that our parents didn’t have to face. Let’s hope the next generation coming up have teachers that notice creativity and imagination and recognise it for the gift that it is; who nurture the rare flower…..