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Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Art can do amazing, unexpected things for people. 'Traumatic Brain Injury patients at UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle often work with art as part of their rehabilitation therapy. For some patients, the therapy becomes a passion, even a career. This video includes interviews with four TBI patients - Bret Hart, Michael Carlos, Carol Wessberg and Stacy Rosevear - and with Dr. Kathleen Bell of UW Medical Center.'

 

Arts & Art Therapy 


by  Paul Levy

The would-be shaman has to pass through the experience of madness without getting stuck in it. In the experience of madness the shaman descends into the underworld of the unconscious, where they have to come to terms with the darker parts of their being...

 

Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening. See Part 1 and Part 2.

 

Shamanism


by Deborah Smilovitz Foster, PhD

Intuition is a way of comprehending perceptions in terms of past experiences, present possibilities, future goals, and unconscious processes. Intuitive children integrate new information, often including unconscious material, quickly and automatically...

 

Editor´s Note: Children have a natural ability to use the relationship in psychotherapy to access wounds and heal trauma.This article explores the nature of the dynamic between therapist and child that is guided by intuition.

 

Psychotherapy


by  Paul Levy

I tried to explain to the psychiatrists that I WAS sick, however, but just not in the way they were imagining. I had a creative, psychological illness, which is to say that my seeming madness was an expression of my creative self, alchemically transforming an underlying perturbance in the field of consciousness so as to heal itself...

 

Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening. See Part 1.

 

Shamanism


by Paul Levy

In 1981 I spontaneously went into such an ecstatic state that I was hospitalized by what I call the “anti-bliss patrol.” The authorities had become alerted because I was simply unable to restrain my enthusiasm at the “good news” that was beginning to reveal itself to me about the nature of reality...

 

Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening.

 

Shamanism


by Laurie Roman

Prior to a head injury in 2006 I was a Freelance Native American Family History & Food Writer Researcher & Speaker.

That all ended when I was sent flying backwards head first into a cinder block wall...

 

Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: After experiencing a traumatic brain injury, Laurie Roman attempted to relearn crochet through conventional directions. It didn't work. After much frustration, she discovered the skill was stored not in her conscious memory but someplace deeper in the fabric of her being. Without directions or explicit memory, she began to crochet again.

 

Arts & Art Therapy


by Sara T. Baker

In my ten years of teaching creative writing to cancer patients, their families and caregivers, one of the most consistent and initially surprising aspects of the work has been that the patient writers want to write not just about the cancer experience, but about other traumatic experiences.  Often, what surfaces in the writing is an experience of growing up with alcoholic parents, or a painful divorce, or the beloved child lost to drugs or estrangement.  Everyone has a story to tell, and, before they were sick, no place or time to tell it...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Sara T. Baker has been conducting Woven Dialogue Workshops with Cancer patients since 2001. Read her thoughts on the efficacy of writing through trauma.

 

Writing & Poetry Therapy


 

Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Barbara Fish PhD discusses the role of art therapy in supporting creativity when working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Creativity offers opportunities to explore life's choices, opening potential for change and new growth. See more at barbarafisharttherapy.com.

 

Arts & Art Therapy 


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