Linda B. Spencer, Ph. D.
Art is the province of every human being. When the artist is alive in any person, regardless of genre, that person becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. (Henri, 1923)
This book explores the healing aspects of artistic expression in the lives of eight women. It isn't a "How To" book. This work takes us into the creative experience itself through he eyes and words of women who have lived it, experience it, and have grown through difficult life experiences. Through their art, these artists experience personal growth and increased self-worth. They have learned how to be important in their own lives.
In transpersonally oriented therapy, it is usually considered important for the client to experience an altered state of consciousness because the positive shifts happen in the psyche when such states are activated. This altered state can be activated through artistic expression, hypnosis, breathwork or many other types of selective awareness. Childhood memories can become activated through artwork allowing one to get in touch with the bodily and emotional component of early memories. Painting provides a safe place where feelings are released in much the same way as they are in a therapeutic situation.
In this work I have used an approach that incorporates elements of the sacred, transformative, and transpersonal. I take the reader inside the mind and heart of the women whose stories are shared.
"The relationship between personal growth, inner healing, social evolution and art has long been the subject of philosophers, psychologists and historians, It is an itriguing and thought-provoking issue, since art reflects and influences the entire course of human evolution. Dr Spencer's research, so eloquently presented in this book, demomstrates the power of art to heal our wounds and transform our lives. This is a major contribution to the field of creativity and personal growth....."
Harriet Wadeson, Ph.D Professor and Coordinator Art Therapy Graduate Program University of Illinois at Chicago Author: Art Psychotherapy, The Dynamics of Art Psychotherapy, Advances in Art Therapy, A guide to Conducting Art Therapy Research