The healing power of art and music has been known throughout history. In fact the first healing was music and dance in hunter gatherer cultures. The first artists and healers were one figure in society, one person, the shaman. This figure went inward to the place of creativity and healing. She embodied the original rituals that previously were spontaneous and made them intentional. All tribal peoples believed that there was a healing spirit that could be freed from within a person by going into the space of music or art and fully participating in the experience.
Christian and Buddhist art also works on the principle that meditating on images or listening to certain sounds puts a person in a Sacred state and heals. In Navajo sandpainting the patient was put on the ground and the sand painting was made by a medicine man around them. The sand painting imagery told a traditional Navajo healing story and the healer told the story of the painting to the tribe as it was made. It is believed that the story, and the shapes and colors directly call the spirits to heal the patient.
Traditional cultures believed that art healed the world, not just the individual. It was believed that art and music changed the hunt, fertility, the crops, the weather, the life of the tribe, and the earth. Today many healing artists also believe that their art helps heal the individual, community and the Earth. The film highlighted here is about the source and power of art to heal.