Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. The body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration. Art puts a person in a different brain wave pattern. Art affects a person’s autonomic nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters.
Art affects every cell in the body, creating a healing physiology that changes the immune system and blood flow to all the organs. Art also immediately changes a person’s perceptions of their world. Art changes attitude, emotional state, and pain perception. Art creates hope and positivity and helps people cope with difficulties. Art transforms a person’s outlook and way of being in the world.
In fact it is now known by neurophysiologists that art, prayer, and healing all come from the same source in the body, they all are associated with similar brain wave patterns, mind body changes and they all are deeply connected in feeling and meaning. Art, prayer, and healing all take us into our inner world, the world of imagery and emotion, of visions and feelings. This journey inward into what used to be called the spirit or soul and is now called the mind, is deeply healing. For healing comes to us from within, our own healing resources are freed to allow our immune system to operate optimally and that is always how we heal. This is the contemporary version of freeing our healing energies and is now recognized to be crucial to healing.
Excerpts from the website www.artashealing.org