Healing through Arts – Concept

14 July, 2004 at 23:14 1 comment

I think everyone of us at some point and at some level feel in awe of doctors working in a war or in a distress zone. Our respect for the profession and the people who are able to provide one of the fundamental services of human life viz. health shoots up by a magnitude or so whenever we happen to hear/see/meet such a person who has worked for truly altrusitic reasons. Of course, it is hard to find such people these days except as characters of fathers of heroines in many a novel and cartoons. However, I hope that there are still people out there. I wish to argue that health falls under the purview of “physical well-being”. There is perhaps another aspect to this well-being thing that most of us non-doctors can contribute and that is to give a hand to ensure the “emotional well-being” of the sufferers. Not many people think that this function is as important as that of its physical brethren. It turns out that this is perhaps as important and more. In most cases, a doctor takes up this role as well and that is what makes people feel great indebtness to doctors. Giving an injection or wind a bandage or perform a surgery is one thing but to actually listen to the patient and console him/her is another thing. The best doctors are those that do the latter more effectively than others in my opinion. It is that “soothing-touch” which makes some doctors truly special and I wonder if that is taught in the medical school. Anyway, contrary to what we may think, ensuring “emotional well-being” is not a science but an art and basically, can be done by anyone with a pure and willing heart. It is inherent in all of us and is constituent of what makes us human. To listen to a patients of their trauma or hold the patients arm while he is in pain or give the patient a flower or even spread a simple smile among other things all play a role, however insignificant, in brightening up the whole environment and lives of the patients and has been proven to drastically increase the healing rates of the sufferers and making the environement more efficient. In managing terms, it is called the “X-factor”.

Given, the immense benefits of this art, I wonder why something is not done to formalize it? When a country sends humanitarian aid in terms of food, medicines and doctors to the disadvantaged lot in other parts of the world, it should perhaps also want to send people who would just like to be around and spread-the-cheer. I know that many people volunteer for such things and even if some of them cannot afford to be at the scene, they try to help out by raising funds by running, cycling, organizing sales and other things. Those are quite admirable because the old Indian saying goes, “Time is the greatest donation of all”. Why would anyone give their time to help someone they would never even meet in their life is proof that there is still hope for a world which reacts as sensitively as ours does to the trauma of the unlucky. I am sure that there is enough suffering in the world that requires mobilization of people who would want to make a difference. And there are enough people doing arts these days who can be bootstrapped and even trained to go out there and heal people by ensuring their “emotional well-being”. I call for the start of a revolution, a new era to the application of arts, a new beginning – “Healing through Arts”.


Entry filed under: Arts, Cancer-Tales, CWorks, Glasgow-Travails, India, Life-Theories, Projects.

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  • 1. The Archive  |  31 July, 2004 at 22:46

    Srikant Jakilinki, straight from the heart? The art you propose needs paint, museum and media coverage! To start with 50% of the people say: YES and 50 say: NO. Let’s work to change the 50 no’s. What will be the ultimate goal? What do we need to reach that point?

    To start with I will link your website to: http://anti-aging1.blogspot.com (Decisions made for the human body during lifetime affect people all over the world).

    Best regards,
    Fred Meijer.



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