The Sacred Arts
The sacred arts are the most ancient of creative activities, originating from the earliest epoch of our human evolution, and practiced with intent to invoke and communicate with a spiritual presence.
The Sacred Arts pivot around the composition and enactment of recitals, comprising vocal sound and lyrical language, tonal music and percussive rhythm, often accompanied by choreographed movements.
These sonorous and animate artistic endeavours were integral to human expression long before any members of our species could speak or write, when through cry and call, intoning and bemoaning, we entered into conversant communion with the forces that seemed to direct our lives, shape our dreams, and relieve our pains, bidding visitation from a spiritual presence, hastening a healing that we believed only spirit could bring.
Thereby, Spiritual Healing was from the beginning inseparable from the healing made possible by voice and sound, words and music.
Later, with the coming of speech and script, these primordial recitals became prayers and mantras, devotions and meditations, eulogies and rhapsodies, hymns and psalms, myths and parables, which we recited, and embellished with gentle gestures and movements.
The scientific investigations of today reveal that these Sacred Arts remain one of the most effective forms of healing available to us.
For they directly influence the neurocognitive foundations of our perceptions, replacing disquiet and bewilderment with calm and confidence, substituting doubt and disillusion with faith and anticipation, such that even amid adversity, we have no fear.
Thereby, the Sacred Arts can bring hope and healing to all those facing any kind of significant challenge, even when lost in a seeming lack of light.