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Art Therapy

The field of art therapy—in which the process of art-making is employed for both self-understanding and psychic healing—is a relatively new discipline that arose only in the second half of the twentieth century, but that is very definitely here to stay. We’re proud to have published some of the key figures in this growing movement.

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  1. The Art of Emotional Healing

    The Art of Emotional Healing

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    • Lucia Capacchione
    Feelings either flow naturally, like a river, or get dammed up. If our emotions become blocked, we can become tense, unhappy, anxious, or depressed. This book offers simple techniques for using art to embrace, understand, and release our emotions so that we can experience a greater sense of well-being in our lives. In The Art of Emotional Healing, Lucia Capacchione presents the simple yet powerful methods she uses in her… Read More

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  2. Art Is a Spiritual Path

    Art Is a Spiritual Path

    Engaging the Sacred through the Practice of Art and Writing

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    • Pat B. Allen
    Art is a spiritual path—not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit together the ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer, ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity with others in small groups can serve as sanctuary, asylum, ashram, therapy group, think tank, and village square. Pat Allen has developed a reliable guide for walking the path of… Read More

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  3. Art Heals

    Art Heals

    How Creativity Cures the Soul

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    • Shaun McNiff
    The field of art therapy is discovering that artistic expression can be a powerful means of personal transformation and emotional and spiritual healing. In this book, Shaun McNiff, a leader in expressive arts therapy for more than three decades, reflects on a wide spectrum of activities aimed at reviving art's traditional healing function. In chapters ranging from "Liberating Creativity" and "The Practice of Creativity in the Workplace" to "From Shamanism… Read More

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  4. The Soul's Palette

    The Soul's Palette

    Drawing on Art's Transformative Powers for Health and Well-Being

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    • Cathy A. Malchiodi
    Making art, according to Cathy Malchiodi, may be as important to your physical and spiritual health as balanced nutrition, regular exercise, or meditation. Expressing yourself creatively—through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography—allows you to tap into a source of inner wisdom that provides guidance, soothes emotional pain, and revitalizes your being. The Soul's Palette reveals art's transformative powers. Exercises include working with materials for drawing, painting, sculpting, and collage; simple… Read More

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  5. Trust the Process

    Trust the Process

    An Artist's Guide to Letting Go

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    • Shaun McNiff
    Whether in painting, poetry, performance, music, dance, or life, there is an intelligence working in every situation. This force is the primary carrier of creation. If we trust it and follow its natural movement, it will astound us with its ability to find a way through problems—and even make creative use of our mistakes and failures. There is a magic to this process that cannot be controlled by… Read More

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  6. Art Is a Way of Knowing

    Art Is a Way of Knowing

    A Guide to Self-Knowledge and Spiritual Fulfillment through Creativity

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    • Pat B. Allen
    Making art—giving form to the images that arise in our mind's eye, our dreams, and our everyday lives—is a form of spiritual practice through which knowledge of ourselves can ripen into wisdom. This book offers encouragement for everyone to explore art making in this spirit of self-discovery—plus practical instructions on material, methods, and activities such as ways to: Discover a personal myth or story Recognize patterns and themes… Read More

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  7. Earth Angels

    Earth Angels

    Engaging the Sacred in Everyday Things

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    • Shaun McNiff
    By the time you finish this book, the term "inanimate object" will no longer have a place in your vocabulary, for Shaun McNiff will awaken you to the wondrous energies streaming out of familiar things and bringing a sense of magic into everyday life. Join the author as he discovers the autonomous spirits of a silver Mercedes convertible, a mysterious cigarette burn on the dining room table, and the… Read More

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  8. Art as Medicine

    Art as Medicine

    Creating a Therapy of the Imagination

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    • Shaun McNiff
    "Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul," writes Shaun McNiff, "the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine." The medicine of the artist, like that of the shaman, arises from his or her relationship to "familiars"—the themes, methods, and materials that interact with the artist through the creative process. Art As Medicine demonstrates how the imagination heals and renews itself through this natural process. The author describes… Read More

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  9. No More Secondhand Art

    No More Secondhand Art

    Awakening the Artist Within

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    • Peter London
    This book is about using art as an instrument of personal transformation, enabling us to move from an inherited to a chosen state of being. Peter London offers inspiration and fresh ideas to artists, art students, and art teachers—as well as to people who think they can't draw a straight line but want to explore the joys of creative expression. Inside every person, he believes, there is an original, creative… Read More

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  10. Creating with Others

    Creating with Others

    The Practice of Imagination in Life, Art, and the Workplace

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    • Shaun McNiff
    Do you believe that life within an organization means death to the creative process? That creativity is the exclusive province of "artistic types"? Wrong! Shaun McNiff shows how we can all cultivate the special kind of creative energy that is generated by people working together in groups, whether in the workplace or other cooperative communities—wherever individuals come together to pursue a common goal through dialogue, interaction, and teamwork. … Read More

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