Art Therapy and Spirituality
6th Feb 2011Posted in: Blog 0
Art Therapy and Spirituality
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What if spirituality as we know it, does not exist on the plane of scientific fields of enquiry? What if looking into spirituality with a scientific gaze is like trying to read Greek, knowing only Latin.  I think a lot of people are starting to agree that spirituality is socially constructed. That does not make it bad or useless though, by any stretch of the imagination.  Does our current state of affairs mean that any belief or practice which is not scietifically validated is to be discarded? Ultimately, art therapy will do what the Dalai Lama is doing with Buddhism. It will surrender to science and science will prove art therapy's foundation in objectively veryfiable information. The Dalai Lama is surrendering Buddhist monks to science's fMRI machines so that the effects of meditation can be examined in the brain. The hope and the data suggest that meditation changes your brain in a positive way. The hope and the data suggest that there is scientific support in favour of a Buddhist or meditative behaviour in people. Put simply, neurology is proving the benefit of meditation on human consciousness, and in particular the benefit of meditation on happiness. Art therapy will eventually follow suit and be proven a valid method of investigation into the broadening field of brain science known as neurology.

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