At the community discussion following the documentary The Foreigner’s Home about art and racism, a woman in my discussion group remarked that she had had an ‘aha’ moment.
She said it occurred to her for the first time that her hands-on healing practice was an art.
The definitions of health and healing originate from the concept of wholeness.
To be whole is to feel and to be integrated. It is not simply to be free of illness or injury (although it can include that). It’s beyond a simple definition of physical health.
True wholeness should include emotional, mental, and spiritual health. We all want a core of emotional stability and happiness, plus a spiritual sense of being connected to other people, and the ability/opportunity to contribute in some way.
And while medicine and scientific research can and should help us with that, the specific ways to find and embody health and wholeness will be different for everyone. It’s why some with terminal illnesses (or less severe but undiagnosable maladies) find healing at the same time that the allopathic medical establishment can’t cure them.
Art is simply the application of human creative skill and imagination.
And that’s why it’s an art for healers of all kinds to bring wholeness to those seeking it.
May we pursue our path, honoring the artistic impulses behind the quest to be whole,
P.S. A friend and client of mine is offering a St. Paul-based, in-person workshop for women devoted to achieving wholeness called Nurturing Your Feminine Leadership Journey. If it appeals, please check it out!