There is a magic that transcends the verbal that the Expressive Arts (what I call the Muse Arts in my work) is able to tap into in a very real, tangible and powerful way. The Muse Arts aren't new by any means, nor is the concept of using them for healing, transformation and bridgebuilding. For thousands of years people have used music and art forms to come together in peaceful ways, to express their content and/or discontent, to share their stories and their sufferings, to celebrate life and come together in harmonious interaction. Even during times of war, often there would be co-mingling and sharing between enemies around dance, music and festivities where both sides would enter sort of a "cease fire" to enter into this world between worlds that the portals of music and dance allow. The arts afford us such a beautiful window to let go of the overly cognitive processes and to enter into the "universal" qualities of our human experiences.
I am honored to be a part of the first official graduate program offered in this exciting arena: The European Graduate School of Saas Fee's Master's of Expressive Arts for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding! I'm barely a week into the program and seeing so much potential and opportunity for bridge building and impactful opportunities to bring people together and I sincerely look forward to exploring new and old ways of creative Peacebuilding where the Muse Arts are invited to help us to communicate when words and dialogue simply aren't enough.