Healing with the Arts: A 12-Week Program to Heal Yourself and Your Community

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From musicians in hospitals to quilts on the National Mall—art is already healing people all over the world. It is helping veterans recover, improving the quality of life for cancer patients, and bringing communities together to improve their neighborhoods. Now it’s your turn.

Through art projects, including visual arts, dance, writing, and music, along with spiritual practices and guided imagery, Healing with the Arts gives you the tools to ...

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Overview

From musicians in hospitals to quilts on the National Mall—art is already healing people all over the world. It is helping veterans recover, improving the quality of life for cancer patients, and bringing communities together to improve their neighborhoods. Now it’s your turn.

Through art projects, including visual arts, dance, writing, and music, along with spiritual practices and guided imagery, Healing with the Arts gives you the tools to address what you need to heal in your life—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

An acclaimed twelve-week program lauded by hospitals and caretakers from around the world, Healing with the Arts gives you the ability to heal your family and your friends, as well as communities where you’ve always wanted to make a difference. Internationally known leaders in the arts in medicine movement, Michael Samuels, MD, and Mary Rockwood Lane, RN, PhD, show you how to use creativity and self-expression to pave the artist’s path to healing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
“In our art and healing method, you are the artist-healer; you learn how to do the process yourself,” assert authors Samuels (The Well Body Book) and Lane (Creative Healing). Their program requires no theory or therapist—“Art truly becomes your medicine”—though their statement, “Just as everyone is a healer, everyone has an Inner Artist,” is both hopeful and daunting. With a week-by-week breakdown, the authors encourage “guided imagery” exercises; profile pioneers in the field of arts-in-medicine like dancer Inna Dagman; and share inspiring stories of people who’ve gone through their programs—including Samuels’s own “sculpting the cancer away” story, and a heartbreaking tale of a mother who learned to dance with her dying daughter. They also suggest weekly projects. Though the authors illustrate how their program can be uplifting, the “science” remains subjective and New Age-y—they claim that making “art with the intent to heal” shifts the practitioner from a physiology of stress and anxiety to one of healing. Still, their call to use the arts—and an open heart—to relieve suffering may be a useful adjunct for healthcare workers and anyone else who wants to explore alternative approaches to treating illness. (Nov.)
author of The Untethered Soul - Michael A. Singer
"Some amazing work is being done in the field of Arts and Medicine. Healing with the Arts shares powerful stories and unique techniques for integrating the healing power of the arts into our lives."
Healthcare Director, HeartMath - Robert Browning
"...through the elegance, depth and insight of Mary and Michael's writings, the reader is guided through a process that can help them unlock their most inner truth, the one that can ultimately set us free, free to be ourselves and to be fulfilled once again."
artists, cofounders of CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors; coauthors of Net of Being - Alex Grey & Allyson Grey
"Healing with the Arts lays out a program of transformation through the union of creative and healing forces. This inner alchemy is a pure spiritual practice that heals us as we come into alignment with the evolutionary creative force that birthed the cosmos and is living in us now."
Michael Lerner
"Healing with the Arts is an exceptional guide to the power of art in deep intentional healing. Michael Samuels and Mary Rockwood Lane are leaders in the field. I recommend their book strongly."
John Graham-Pole. MD
"Read this book and discover for yourself the simple but profound truths it contains."
Cathy DeWitt
"Healing with the Arts is a guidebook for everyone, not just artists or patients in the healthcare setting. With their intuition and wisdom, the authors present a twelve-week experiential course that shows every reader how to use his or her own creativity to enhance and enrich their own life."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582703930
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 363,175
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Samuels, MD, is the founder and director of Art as a Healing Force and currently teaches at San Francisco State University in the Institute of Holistic Studies. He is the author of nineteen books, including the bestsellers The Well Body Book and The Well Baby Book.

Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD, is a professor, painter, and nurse. In addition to her role as cofounder and codirector of the Arts in Medicine process at the University of Florida, Gainseville, she is an assistant professor of nursing there with an emphasis on creativity and spirituality in healthcare.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

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    Healing With The Arts is a is a creative art therapy book that s

    Healing With The Arts is a is a creative art therapy book that spans over weeks.  Each week ends with an overview of the weekly art project shared in each chapter.  




     Having been in a few places that have art therapy classes, I think this book is a treasure. The projects were not too hard and fun to do.  I love the idea of creating art from visualized mediation.  I feel that so much good can come from any form of art therapy, therefore this book has something special. I may not have done every project but I read them and visualized what it would be like to do them or teach them.  Healing With The Arts is a rare book because I don’t feel there are many based on arts healing people. 




     Since what I read was an advanced readers copy in ebook format there were errors and such.   I only assume they will be fixed in the actual copy that should be out now. 




     Healing With The Arts is great book for those looking to become more creative and is somewhat similar to books like, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.   It is also useful for art therapists that help those heal in hospitals or classes.

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