Music, art, human connection...make everything feel better.
— Karl Anthony
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What Does It Take To Be A Healing Artist?
by Karl Anthony

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Talented artists who care are living in your community. Yet there are more important things to consider than musicianship and fine artistry to be an effective healing artist.
When healing arts are introduced in a hospital setting, I have seen patients become instantly alert and willing to move their bodies after days of sedentary depression and often they will actually sing from the top of their lungs with enthusiasm and pure joy. Music is a connector and its secret is how it opens the channel for which human connection can take place.

The arts allow for an authentic human interaction to take place and that gentle receptivity reduces anxiety, improves mood and reduces stress.

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Being fully present and available once the emotional walls dissolve is a beautiful and important responsibility and being sensitive and accepting to another persons discomfort is a key qualification of every healing artist.

As a musician I can appreciate the space between each note for without those spaces, there would be no music, no rhythm, no melody or harmony.
With this in mind it certainly does not hurt to find an artist who is a good listener. This being another key qualification and talent which will help the hurt melt away.

Hold The Sky

A child in a hospital once told me that receiving chemotherapy was like having an earthquake inside them. When I responded, “What do you mean?”, they said it was like the ground was shaking inside them.  

Deeply moved I asked, “What do you do when the ground is shaking inside you?”  The child’s reply was, “Hold The Sky.”  

I simply smiled and said, “Let’s write a song called, Hold the Sky.”


Top Benefits of Healing Arts

  • ..lower blood pressure, reduced heart rates and feeling less pain.
  • ..a catalyst for psychological balance, improved mood and reduction of stress.
  • ..use of art and music stimulates connection and conversation.
  • ..patients are calmer and less anti-anxiety medication need be prescribed.
  • ..healing arts actually aids in healing.

How To Spot A Healing Artist

  • ..they are perfectly matched with what they do.
  • ..you wish everyone was a happy as they are.
  • ..after you meet them, you feel pleasantly different.

How To Become A Superb Healing Artist

  • ..discover your unique talents and enhance them a little each day.
  • ..share those talents which comes easy to you.
  • ..do what you are here to do
 

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