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Drawing from the Heart: A Seven-Week Program to Heal Emotional Pain and Loss through Expressive Art

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When the pain caused by difficult or unexpected life-changing experiences goes unexpressed and unreleased, it can unravel the fabric of your life. Where talk therapy fails to remedy the situation, expressive art proves successful. Breakthrough split-brain research tells us that imagery is our primary form of communication. Using an image to express a painful emotion allows us to see it in a way that is inaccessible through words, making us better equipped to transform a negative emotional reaction into a ...
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When the pain caused by difficult or unexpected life-changing experiences goes unexpressed and unreleased, it can unravel the fabric of your life. Where talk therapy fails to remedy the situation, expressive art proves successful. Breakthrough split-brain research tells us that imagery is our primary form of communication. Using an image to express a painful emotion allows us to see it in a way that is inaccessible through words, making us better equipped to transform a negative emotional reaction into a positive life experience. In this beautifully designed book, Barbara Ganim shows us how to use imagery to identify what we are really feeling, rather than what we think we feel. Says Ganim, “When you draw an image of what an emotion feels like, you can finally separate what your verbal thoughts are telling you from what your body’s actually experiencing.” She then explains how to deal with those feelings. With colorful drawings and quotes from students in her workshops, she demonstrates how others have used the drawing from the heart process to express and heal their pain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835608329
  • Publisher: Quest Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 436,728
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction: Drawing from the Heart 1
Part 1 Everything You Need to Know about This Seven-Step Healing Program 5
Chapter 1 Why Talking about Our Pain Can Make Us Feel Worse 7
Chapter 2 How Drawing from the Heart Can Change Your Life 13
Chapter 3 Why a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words 17
Chapter 4 How to Begin 21
Chapter 5 The Importance of Color in a Drawing 27
Chapter 6 An Introduction to the Seven Healing Steps 39
Part 2 Exercises for the Seven Steps 47
Step 1 Identifing What You Need to Heal 49
Step 2 Accessing, Releasing, and Transforming the Primary Emotion Causing Your Pain 53
Step 3 Acknowledging and Transforming Your Loss 63
Step 4 Getting to the Root of Your Fear 67
Step 5 Guilt: Uncovering What Lies Beneath 73
Step 6 Forgiving Yourself and Others 81
Step 7 Creating Healing Images from Your Heart 87
About the Author 103
Additional Information 105
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