Have you ever experienced art as therapy? Here at The Equine Connection, we often pair equine-assisted learning sessions with doing some art. On our team is the multi-talented Cara Nunn, who has all sorts of nourishing art experiences in her tool box. Despite the potential power of creating art, many people have a lot of resistance to doing any kind of art. I imagine that the trepidation has to do with judgment people have experienced, especially as children, when they participated in art classes. It may also be related to our culture’s belief that only certain people can do art. However, if you watch small children, they all demonstrate, and know that we are all artists and can all create. The little people are so sure of their artistic talents that they will demand that their art is displayed on the family fridge!
During art therapy, it becomes possible to access our subconscious through imagery. The process would appear to bypass the strategic mind. This results in a broadening of our self-awareness and a meeting of a piece of ourselves that we had not met before, or that we could not put into words. Again and again, we have watched participants of our groups and retreats look at their art in awe, with a new perspective of themselves. Myself, I have felt a deeper sense of connection to my own self through the art process, and find it meaningful to have the art in my home. It provides a connection to soul, to my soul. I am then able to see my unique self. That the art cannot be sold in a store is irrelevant. That is not the purpose of doing the art. The art is for me only.
Check out this wonderful Ted Talk demonstrating the power of art therapy: http://www.ted.com/speakers/melissa_walker