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Art As Medicine : Creating a Therapy of the Imagination - Shaun McNiff

Art As Medicine

Creating a Therapy of the Imagination

Paperback Published: 1st October 1992
ISBN: 9780877736585
Number Of Pages: 236

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"Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul," writes Shaun McNiff, "the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine." The medicine of the artist, like that of the shaman, arises from his or her relationship to "familiars"--the themes, methods, and materials that interact with the artist through the creative process. "Art As Medicine " demonstrates how the imagination heals and renews itself through this natural process. The author describes his pioneering methods of art therapy--including interpretation through performance and storytelling, creative collaboration, and dialoguing with images--and the ways in which they can revitalize both psychotherapy and art itself.

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"This well-written book shows brilliantly the interplay between soul and sacred, art and shamanism, sickness and health. It is a mature product, combining lucid philosophy with hands-on experience, and contains profound insights into the human psyche."--Intuition

"The fast-growing field of expressive arts therapy recognizes Shaun McNiff to be its most perceptive pioneer and articulate teacher. Art As Medicine clearly displays his gifts and solidly confirms his reputation."--James Hillman

Introductionp. 1
Simple Beginningsp. 9
Shamanic Continuitiesp. 16
Attunement to the Archetypalp. 27
A Link to the "Art World"p. 44
Psyche's Movementp. 54
Imaginal Realismp. 66
Artist and Angelp. 74
The Daimonic Traditionp. 89
Dialoguing and Other Methods
Loquent Meditationsp. 97
Creation Storiesp. 99
Respondingp. 102
Talking with Imagesp. 105
The Value of Dialoguep. 109
Performancep. 119
Dreamingp. 128
Image Dialoguesp. 145
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780877736585
ISBN-10: 0877736588
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 1st October 1992
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1