Influences

Artists * Writers * Trends in Art as Healing

Our founder fell in love with Joseph Campbell’s work on The Power of Myth, Carl Jung’s archetypal dream world, James’s Pennebaker’s research on how writing heals and used these passions to fuel the creation of our classes. It all boiled down to the Hero’s Journey and realizing the simple fact that stories are important to people. They are how we make sense of ourselves and the world we live in.

Stories help us find meaning in the pain we have endured! At Healing Icons®, we create visual stories that piece together into a classic telling the Hero’s Journey. It goes something like this…

One day when you least expected it, you received “The Call.”

Three simple words, “You Have Cancer” and your life changed forever.

Without warning you were thrust into a foreign world full of overwhelming choices, strange deadly potions and frightening events. As you entered this strange new world, you faced a rigorous battle. You endured severe challenges. While fighting for your life, you learned new things about yourself, surprising things and realized you were changing.

Returning home from battle was not easy as the world you left behind did not recognize you. Slowly you began to tell your story to others and they began to see you in a new light. As the conversation deepened, your story changed them, and in the telling all were stretched beyond the world before cancer.

Attitude

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakes.”

– Carl Jung

Intention

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

– Aristotle

Survival

“What art offers is space- a certain breathing room for the spirit.”

– John Updike

Action

“The arts are about to take upon their shoulders the burdens that have fallen from the shoulders of priests, and lead us back upon our journey by filling of our thoughts with the essence of things, not with things.”

– W. B. Yates