Create to heal

Getting creative is a powerful healing tool.  When we step into the creative zone, it is a fun, playful space to deal with issues we need to release or heal from.  Being creative came naturally to us as children. The older we got, the more we were taught to be responsible and work hard and that being creative was a luxurious hobby.   The power to create lives within each of us and when we access this power, we open doors that we otherwise would not access.

Creativity for healing:

Art therapy:  Art is a wonderful tool in healing.  It can be anything we need it to be – an escape into the creative zone, a release of pent-up emotions, an expression of things we are not ready to say out loud, a path to relaxation, a way to shine a light on old wounds that need healing, or a means to work out what we are feeling.  Attending art therapy class is wonderful for your healing journey.  However, even without external aid, we can begin at home.  Choose what medium speaks to you -painting,The word create on a background splash of color with a guitar, crystals bowls and a tuning fork. mixed media, working with paper, or any other form of art that you enjoy.  The form you initially choose may change as you go along. Decide, as you begin this journey, that this will be a judgment free space, choosing a place and time where you feel comfortable tapping into yourself and letting out whatever comes forth. Then simply allow yourself to let go, without expectation of what will come.  Don’t question yourself or go into a thinking space, but rather stay in your creative, feeling space.  Once you’re done, if it feels right, look at your creation and see what wisdom it holds for you.

Sound: Sound is a powerful tool to recenter and rebalance your being. We can use music to transport us to a memory of joy, or to get through an arduous task. Playing an instrument or generating sound using a crystal bowl, a rain stick, tuning forks, a drum, humming, and using your voice or any other instrument, can shift the mental state you are in and release stuck emotions.  Choose an instrument that generates a sound you enjoy or that you feel satisfaction playing, and just allow yourself to let go and play.   Notice how you feel before you play and the impact afterwards.

Movement:  Self-expression through movement is a physical form of providing a release and creating a tangible sense of freedom.  Be in a space where you feel comfortable and safe to let go. Go within.  You may want to put on music or bask in the external quiet for a deeper internal experience. Begin moving your body. This may become a dance with rhythm, or it may be uncoordinated movement – let your body guide you as to where and how to move.  This is not a thinking exercise but a feeling exercise to lose yourself in the movement and allow the physical motion to release stuck emotions, creating a feeling of freedom.

Healing occurs when we can reclaim the joy that is our birthright.  Joy lives within creativity.  When you find the creative outlet that feels good, play in that space as long as it feels right, and if it feels like an effort, find another activity.  Bring back the joy that being creative allows you.

Let me know what creative path you are exploring and how it is working for you.

Many Blessings,



This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022