By Thought Leader, Lori Daniel Falk –
The impact of the arts (from music, to theater and dance, to actual works of art) in the process of healing was recognized early on by Hippocrates, who understood the importance of uplifting his patients’ spirits. Over the past 15 years, there has been a dramatic growth in the use of the arts in medicine. In fact, renowned institutions such as Duke University Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School are doing research on the subject of art as a healing tool. These recent scientific studies show us that art heals by changing both a person’s physiology and their emotional attitude. 
The question that needs asking is how? It could be as simple as one word … Epigenetics. One of the leading experts in this burgeoning field is Dr. Bruce Lipton. His research tells us that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, in the environment surrounding it, including energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts, emotions, and beliefs.
Think about how many times you’ve listened to a piece of music and it brought tears to your eyes, or forced you to get up and put your dancing shoes on…or how many times you’ve gone to the theater and laughed until your stomach hurt, or were so moved by the story your heart melted, and your eyes overflowed with tears…or you went to an art museum or gallery, and were literally stopped in your tracks by the magnitude of the artwork you were viewing. In each of these moments you were emotionally moved, your thought processes were altered, and in turn, so was your physical DNA.
According to the Art As A Healing Force organization, when a person experiences art, “The body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration. Art and music put a person in a different brain wave pattern, art and music affect a person’s autonomic nervous system, their hormonal balance, and their brain neurotransmitters.”
Further research tells us this: “Neurophysiologists have shown that art, prayer and healing all come from the same source in the body, they all are associated with similar brain wave patterns, mind body changes and they all are deeply connected in feeling and meaning. Art, prayer, and healing all take us into our inner world, the world of imagery and emotion, of visions and feelings.”
Peter Canova, Researcher/Author/Educator, tells us, “No work of art can be personally transformative unless it engages both the heart and the mind of the viewer. To be touched intellectually is to be affected; to be touched emotionally is to be moved. To be touched by both is to be raised to a new perception of being.” 
The whole idea behind the infusion of art/music into ones’ world is that it brings the observer into the present moment. There is nothing else that matters except the joy of this experience. It takes our cares away, it puts our fears on hold, and for that moment in time, nothing else matters. Those feelings take us out of the limiting beliefs of the subconscious, into our conscious mind of pure potentiality, where anything is possible. This is the emotional state from which healing can begin.
Hospitals all over the world are incorporating music and art into patient care. Doctors, nurses, and therapists are now working with artists and musicians to heal people of all ages with many conditions, including cancer and AIDS.  “Now everybody understands that cancer is as much, if not more, epigenetic than genetic,” states Jean-Pierre Issa, a researcher from Temple University. 
“Medicine can do extraordinary things today. With the arts, it can do more,” stated Jill Sonke, director of University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, when she spoke at a recent TEDxUF event. “Art changes us.”  As art and healing merge, the field of art will be changed and the field of medicine will be changed forevermore. Put simply, art and music will heal the world.
Copyright © 2017 Lori Daniel Falk. All Rights Reserved.
Thought Leader Lori Daniel Falk is an Epigenetic Healing Artist, Author, and Coach who has been gifted with an artistic healing modality that enables her to communicate with, and share, the wisdom of the angels in both pictures and words. Her Angelic Message Portraits™ are not just images of beauty, they are epigenetic tools designed to heal at a deep emotional level. They bring a feeling of wonderment and inspiration to all who view them. To date they have found homes in 25 countries around the world, have graced the covers of numerous magazines, have been a regular feature on the DailyOm, and are exhibited at Hay House Publishing conferences across the country. Her recent books, What the World Needs to Know NOW: Wisdom of the Angels and Angelic Rx’s for Manifesting are available at wisdomoftheangels.com.