Art

Amulets and Talismans: Mindful Healing

Amulets and Talismans Created our of all sorts of things. Offerings to the soul.

Four Simple Words Amulets and Talismans:  Lucky charms, protective totems – tangible symbols that focus our thoughts on a specific idea or intention Mindful: focused attention on the present moment Healing: to restore, to make whole   The creation of amulets and talismans has the power to lead us into a mindful approach to healing. Amulets and talismans…

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Art as Healing vs. Art Therapy

In dialog with what is being created, having no expectations, letting the process lead...

Art: something that is created with imagination that expresses important ideas or feelings Healing: to restore and make whole again Therapy: the treatment of physical or mental illnesses Art as Healing: My Way Most times when I explain what I do, I am met with the response, “Oh. You do art therapy.” I reply no, not…

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A Different Kind of Portrait: SCETV’s Original SC

    Creating a 5 minute video portrait that sums up an artist’s work is not an easy task! On Thursday February 3rd, this aired on SCETV’s Palmetto Scene.   The creator of the SCETV series Original SC, Tabitha Safdi, does an extraordinary job.  I received an email from Tabitha the very first day of December.…

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Art as Healing: Beginning an eCourse

The re-branding of Courageous Creagting

When I first heard the words eCourse, I panicked. After serving our local area for 20 years, I knew we had a Solid Mission and our board wanted us to have a Global Vision!  We’ve ushered thousands of cancer survivors through our offerings.  We’ve helped change lives and wanted to extend our reach beyond South Carolina.   Agata and Deana, our…

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Community Healing: The Monks Are Coming!

The Tibetan monks are ready to begin our community mandala.

    A Video Captures Our Story Our community needed healing.  Three weeks before the Tibetan monks were to arrive from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, our city was devastated by a”100 year flood.”  Extremely heavy rains caused our rivers to overflow, which caused many dams to break, which caused huge devastation throughout our community.  Homes were destroyed. Our water…

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Tibetan Inspired Community Art: Mandalas, Talismans and Prayer Flags

Talisman of Healing

  Tibetan Inspired Community Art For our 20th anniversary exhibition, Circles of Life: Making Art, Creating Communities of Hope, I wanted to pay tribute to the Tibetan Culture, as they had influenced the design of my creativity practices for at least 15 years. Curious why Tibet?  Read our earlier post – Travel Inspiration: Stumbling Across the Tibetan Sacred…

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Make Art: Creativity is Our Birthright

What is Art? In describing the work that we do at Healing Icons, many times I am fearful of using the word ART, as it can be intimidating. It conjures up images of hushed museums and galleries with stark white walls, where everyone is dressed in black, looking very pretentious and serious. Art has become more…

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Our Creativity Manifesto: Rules to Live By

“Care of the soul is quite different in scope from modern notions of psychology and psychotherapy.  It isn’t about curing, fixing, changing, adjusting or making healthy, and it isn’t about some idea of perfection or even improvement.  It doesn’t look to the future for an ideal, trouble-free existence.  Rather it remains patiently in the present,…

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