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

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

by Barbara Ganim


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780835608329
Publisher: Quest Books
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Pages: 107
Sales rank: 771,640
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Drawing from the Heart1
Part 1Everything You Need to Know about This Seven-Step Healing Program5
Chapter 1Why Talking about Our Pain Can Make Us Feel Worse7
Chapter 2How Drawing from the Heart Can Change Your Life13
Chapter 3Why a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words17
Chapter 4How to Begin21
Chapter 5The Importance of Color in a Drawing27
Chapter 6An Introduction to the Seven Healing Steps39
Part 2Exercises for the Seven Steps47
Step 1Identifing What You Need to Heal49
Step 2Accessing, Releasing, and Transforming the Primary Emotion Causing Your Pain53
Step 3Acknowledging and Transforming Your Loss63
Step 4Getting to the Root of Your Fear67
Step 5Guilt: Uncovering What Lies Beneath73
Step 6Forgiving Yourself and Others81
Step 7Creating Healing Images from Your Heart87
About the Author103
Additional Information105

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