Dolls in the Healing Tradition TM
© 1999, Nina Reimer.
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Dolls and sculpted figures have been used for spiritual rituals, rites of passage, healing and celebration in many cultures around the world, for thousands of years. In American culture dolls are often used as a part of socialization of young girls (and boys), as a collector's delight, as artistic endeavors for designers and sculptors, and as tools for psychotherapy.
Native American dolls have taught young girls about their cultural history. Kachina dolls of the Hopi people, for example, are spiritual dolls used to impart to the owner the power symbolized by the particular type of doll.
Dolls originating in Africa and the Caribbean Islands historically embodied the concept of healing negative energy while gaining spiritual enlightenment. The ancient peoples of India, Egypt, Greece and Mexico all used elaborate sculptured and adorned figures as a way of depicting history, and maintaining a concrete visual connection to their religious and spiritual beliefs. Depictions in dolls of the rich spiritual folklore of Scandinavia, to the aesthetic costumed figurines of the Japanese culture, attest to the overwhelming bond between sculpted imagery and culture, as well.
In keeping with this tradition, much of the work I do as a Healing Artist and doll-maker is for the purpose of spiritual renewal and emotional healing. I make Intuitive Healing Dolls™, as I have named my work. These are soulful works of art and healing that I make by my gift of Intuitive Imagery™. Although I do not need to know recipient of the work nor work from photos, I can create a realistic portrait and figure that the person receiving the doll can recognize (such as a friend, family member or someone the recipient can relate to as a helper.)
Through my intuitive gift, I provide a reading (an uplifting healing message specific to the person receiving the personal work of art.) The art seems to generate a feeling of peace, comfort, emotional healing and reassurance for its owner. Sometimes it creates an opening on the emotional level for cleansing, rejuvenation, spiritual renewal or deeper dream-work.
Sometimes the portrait created is of a person that has passed over, sometimes of a person the recipient has not seen for a while, or it can even be one aspect the recipient her/himself. Sometimes the healing helps those suffering on the physical plane to gain insight, courage and self-appreciation; other times the healing helps those that are in physically good health with joy and celebration in marking an important event...
* Healing Dolls featured in Doll Magazine, May 2001, NY
(Profile in Caring, Soul Of The Doll; Exploring The Therapeutic Side of Doll-Making with Nina Reimer.)
All dolls pictured here are one-of-a-kind doll art; the photos are of original dolls by Nina Reimer.