It is often said that picture is worth a thousand words. However, when the words are poetic, they become even more powerful.
From the very beginning, poetry has been one of the effective means of people to express their own deepest emotions and create healing in ceremonies and rituals. Poems have been viewed as the carrier of messages from unconscious to conscious minds. Every time people gather to mark a moment, they take time to speak from their hearts with poetry.
Poetry/Biblio therapy is considered as one of the creative art therapies. This is the use of the written worlds in order to bring personal growth as well as healing.
The use of poetry for therapeutic purposes is dated back to the primitive rites where the shamans would chant their poems from the individual’s welfare. Its use as mental treatment for various mental disorders can be traced back to Soranus, a Greek physician in the 2nd century AD. These days, most of the therapists utilize poetry during writing or reading in order to facilitate healing or in some cases promote patient’s personal growth.
As part of the therapy, there are some who might wish to explore the memories and feelings buried right in the subconscious and then identify how they might relate to the life circumstances in the present. Poetry is said to be very beneficial to the process as it can:
Poetry therapists have the freedom to choose from different poems they believe to provide therapeutic value, but majority tend to follow what the general guidelines are. It is highly recommended to choose poems that are concise, can address universal experiences or emotions, contain plan language, and most of all offer degree of hope.
Poetry has been utilized as part of treatment approach for various concerns such as identity issues, suicidal ideation, borderline personality, grief, and perfectionism. Studies show that poetry therapy is one of the most beneficial parts of the treatment process. Several researches also support this kind of therapy as an approach to the treatment of depression since it has shown to relieve symptoms of depression, improve both self-understanding and self-esteem, and most of all encourage the feelings of expression.
Poetry has a major role to play in the lives of different individuals. If you are depressed and anxious, reading poems is a great way to relieve what you are feeling, thus make you feel even more relaxed and calm.
Alvin A. Aquino
Alvin is a visionary poetic philosopher who seeks Enlightenment in life. Forging for a new way of understanding by sharing his personal experience and intuitive ideas for human development through creative pursuits.