HOW ART CAN SAVE YOUR SOUL

LISA-MAREE BOTTICELLI

International Coach + Transpersonal Art Therapist.

“Art can be a source of help with our problems — our innermost problems — the problems of the soul.”

“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness,” British philosopher Alain de Botton wrote in Art as Therapy, one of the best art books of 2013.

 

‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have’.

MAYA ANGELOU

Alain de Botton in his fantastic Sunday sermon from The School of Life, lecture series de Botton founded in 2008, expounds the idea that secular thought can learn a lot from the formats of religion, and went on to reimagine the self-help genre.

De Botton argues that in the 19th century, culture replaced scripture as our culture’s object of worship, but we are no longer allowed to bring our fears and anxieties to this modern cathedral. “It is simply not acceptable to bring the aches and pains of our souls to the guardians of culture,” he laments. He goes on to explore how we can reclaim this core soul-soothing function of art from the grip of empty elitism and sterile snobbery, focusing on  the seven psychological functions of art.

Enjoy this video where Alain Botton talks about Art As Therapy:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ~ Mary Oliver

"We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness." ~ Mary Oliver

We are very vulnerable, fragile creatures in desperate need of support and we generally don’t get it. … Art [can be] a source of help with our problems — our innermost problems — the problems of the soul. . . . Art can be a form of self-help and there is nothing demeaning about the concept of self-help — only the way in which some of self-help has been done so far, but there is nothing wrong with it as a concept. . . .

There is nothing wrong with [art today]. It’s not the art that’s the problem — it’s the frame around the art. We are simply not encouraged to bring ourselves to works of art. . . . The impact of art is often not what it should be because the frame is wrong.

[…]I believe that art should be propaganda of something [other than the Christian church] — not theology, but psychology. I believe that art should serve the needs of our psyche as efficiently and as clearly as it served the needs of theology for hundreds of years.

Art as Therapy is an excellent read in its entirety. Take a closer look at de Botton’s argument and his seven psychological functions of art hereBy .

From:  http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/08/alain-de-botton-art-as-therapy-talk/

“I believe art is utterly important. It is one of the things that could save us.”

MARY OLIVER

Want more?
Get access to AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVE VISION 50 SHADES OF COLOUR by filling in your details below….

REWILD

CONNECT WITH YOUR CREATIVITY + INFUSE LIFE WITH PASSION

Join our UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT PROGRAM

LEARN MORE >

THRIVE

HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE + MAKE MORE MONEY = DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Join our ONLINE PROGRAM:  THE ALCHEMY OF MONEY

LEARN MORE >

FLOURISH

AWAKEN + MAGNETISE = YOU ARE ENOUGH

Join our ONLINE PROGRAM:  YOUR INNER JOURNEY UNLOCKED

LEARN MORE >