‘Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.‘
Henry David Thoreau
Have you ever watched Australia’s Got Talent? Perhaps you were one of the millions who watched Jack Vidgen step onto the stage for the first time and blow the minds off the judges and audience when he sang I have nothing. Jack is a perfect example of a person doing what they are here to do. He was born to sing and in the process, touch the lives of millions with his exceptional voice. He was just 14 when his unique gift was exposed to the world. Susan Boyle on the other hand waited until she was 47 before she stepped onto the stage and brought the judges to tears in the English version of the same show. Imagine where her life might have gone if she had the self esteem and support to pursue her unique gift at Jack’s age.
Someone you probably have not heard of however, is Christopher Duffley. Christopher is a blind autistic 10 year old boy who is also an inspiring example of a soul shining their light. Like Jack, he has the gift of song and when he sings his ‘dis-ability’ dis-appears and all we see is ‘ability.’ In essence there is no difference between them, simply two boys doing what they love to do, touching peoples hearts in the process. Take a moment to watch Christopher sing, Lean on me on youtube … caution, you may need a box of tissues!
So what has all this got to do with Art Therapy you may be wondering? Art Therapy is one way to discover, explore and nurture your child’s innate gifts. How this process looks for each person is as unique as they are and this is the beauty of Art Therapy. When one is allowed to be creative, neural pathways light up in the brain leading to development in all areas of the brain.
During Art Therapy, a healing space is created where a child or adult feels safe to open up and express through art — what needs to be expressed.
It is in this magical place that doorways are revealed and opened, emotions and fears are acknowledged and loved, and healing can begin.
Sherre Maniks, Art Therapist at Harbord Homeopathic Clinic says: I truly believe that every single being on this planet has at least one unique gift to share with the world. It may not be an exceptional singing voice like Jack or Christopher, it could be something as simple, yet as powerful as spreading compassion wherever one goes. What this gift is, is not important, discovering, nurturing and allowing its fullest expression is! Because when we are doing what we were born to do, we radiate joy and love in every moment and if every being was doing this…..we would be so much closer to having peace on earth. Wouldn’t you like this for your child? I know I want it for my child … and I want it for yours too because I want to live in a world where all our hearts sing!
Sherree Maniks is a qualified Transpersonal Art Therapist practicing at HHC on Mondays & Thursdays. She works with children, adolescents and adults and has a special interest in children on the Autistic Spectrum. Call the clinic to make an appointment with Sherree on (02) 9905 9415.