Art Mandalas

The scared circle provides visual meditation and healing.

Carl Gustav Jung is credited with introducing the Eastern concept of the mandala to Western thought and believed this symbol represented the total personality– aka the Self. Jung noted that when a mandala image suddenly turned up in dreams or art, it was usually an indication of movement toward a new self-knowledge. He observed that his patients often spontaneously created circle drawings and had his own profound personal experience with mandala images.

Read more on the powers of creating a mandala

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-healing-arts/201003/cool-art-therapy-intervention-6-mandala-drawing

Creative arts may ease cancer-related anxiety, pain

By Genevra Pittman and Reuters | May 15, 2013
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Music, art and dance therapy may relieve anxiety and similar symptoms among people with cancer, according to a new analysis of past studies. Researchers who analyzed results from trials conducted between 1989 and 2011 said the benefits tied to creative arts therapies were small, but similar to those of other complementary techniques such as yoga and acupuncture. “People with cancer very often feel like their body has been taken over by the…

Art Therapy Helps Mental Patients Unmask Conflicts

 

By Martha Russis | March 20, 1995
How would it feel to have your face encased in chalky plaster as you sat in total darkness waiting the mixture to harden? “Wet and weird” was the answer from many of the 50 or so children who turned out recently at Good Shepherd Hospital to see a mirror image of themselves created in plaster of Paris. The children are not patients, but they came to the hospital’s psychiatric services unit to create masks and help demonstrate to the medical staff an art therapy technique…

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/keyword/art-therapy

The Guardian Reports on Analysing Louise Bourgeois: art, therapy and Freud

By

Christopher Turner

ublished April 2, 2012

Louise Bourgeois was in therapy for more than 30 years and wrote an essay on ‘Freud’s Toys’. The Freud museum in London has a display of her work and recently unearthed writings about her analysis

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/apr/06/louise-bourgeois-freud