May 11, 2014 | Posted in Aging, Anthroposophic Therapies, Digestion / Liver, Heart / Circulation, Living Earth, Men's Health, Mind / Mood, Women's Health

What is Illness?  What is the relationship of Art to the Healing Process?
As human beings we are three-fold: we have a Physical Body, a Soul-the seat of our feelings and habits-and a Spirit. Illness manifests when the harmonious relationship between the Body, Soul and Spirit falls out of balance.


Very often, the source of illness lies on the soul level, with symptoms simply drawing our attention to the fact that all is not well. When we have a shock, a loss, or some deep pain, but do not take the time or know how to breathe through it, understand it and thus digest the experience, the Soul becomes stressed, burdened and unable to maintain a healthy breathing. Eventually headaches, indi­gestion, insomnia, or other symptom arises, reflect­ing that inner awareness and work needs to be done.

The Healing Process

We are not machines which can be permanently fixed by the practitioner. We certainly can be relieved of symp­toms; yet we need to be actively involved in our healing process. Only when we personally engage on a deeper soul level by changing our habits or by living life as a gradual process of personal transformation can a real Healing arise: the Soul begins to breathe. We discover we’re meeting challenges in a far more positive way than previously. The Hauschka Artistic Therapy serves as a cat­alyst for these changes. Said a prison officer seeking support through Hauschka Artistic therapy in the midst of an emotional breakdown: “If I’d never become ill, I never would have met this side of myself.”

Why Art?

There is a relationship between a way of working artistically, breathing and health:
Growing to recognize the interrelationship of our own soul breathing with that of nature around us is a heal­ing/re-uniting experience. To discover, through painting with watercolor, the color moods of nature, the soul breath reflected in both the unfold­ing of a day from sunrise through sunset, and also in the seasons, kindles wonder, love and joy.  The Soul is nourished through the luminous colors and the element of water helps us, when we feel stuck, to dare to breathe out, to let go.

Traumas can also lead to the experience of evacuating the physical body, not daring to stay connected to one’s ‘house of pain’, so to gradually create a particular form in clay, a substance of the earth, calls for centering, a depth of concentration and imagination while our breathing deepens.

Through the black and white dynamic-stroke drawing an inner rhythm is established which harmonizes our breathing and blood circulation. A sensitivity for the relation­ship between light and dark and thus the subtle nuances of life develops. Such opportunities for soul-engagement strengthen our life forces, empowering us to embrace and work with the challenges before us.

Laying the intellect aside, the Hauschka artistic therapy helps to build inner soul substance while indirectly digesting traumas and challenges of life.

How can Hauschka Artistic Therapy Help?

By working with watercolor, clay, pastel or form/dynamic-stroke drawing, in this unique way, we are making a bee-line to the Soul, thus gradually reawakening and harmonizing that which has become silenced/out of bal­ance.

Initially, one requires guidance, not free expression for otherwise the illness may simply be perpetuated. The Soul is nourished through the artistic process. Therefore, it is this process and not the end result which counts. One need have no previous artistic experience.

The Hauschka Artistic Therapists role is to guide, to facilitate. The individual through his/her own will takes up the challenge and a process begins. The patient is never in the position to say, “You have healed me.” One has healed oneself through one’s engagement in one’s own artistic process.

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Please contact Bea Birch for further resources:  Grace Brook Farm, 26 Parker Road,  Brookline, VT. 05345

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