Puzzle Project Has Healing Touch: Canadian Author Word Searched Her Way through Rheumatoid Arthritis


CONTACT: Cindy O’Neil
Phone: 705-207-4123

Puzzle Project Has Healing Touch: Canadian Author Word Searched Her Way through Rheumatoid Arthritis

Art, colour and puzzles increasingly used as forms of or part of healing & therapy

Kingston, Ontario — September 5, 2012 — People who are interested in alternative forms of healing and therapy can discover how Canadian author Cindy O’Neil used art, colour and word search puzzles to buoy her health and spirit during a long-term and life altering change in her health, and at the same time, potentially help themselves.

Healing Circle Puzzles is a unique book that Cindy began creating in the winter of 2001 after having just been released from a month long stay in hospital and diagnosed with severe, systemic Rheumatoid Arthritis. Confined to her home by disability, healing became Cindy’s full time job.

“Art is a powerful healing tool,” says Dr. Sean Ceaser, ND out of Victoria.  He “knows that colour, form and line create a powerful impression on the senses that can have a lasting effect on how we feel far beyond the time we are involved with the art.  It transcends our understanding and takes us into the world of magic and larger-than-life experiences that stimulate the senses, heal the body and releases a cascade of neurotransmitters and endorphins that can calm any uneasy mind if the images are just right.”

O’Neil didn’t want to create just any puzzles, and decided to integrate the concept of healing, circles, the world, art and connection into her word searches, as well as the fact that they would only be in circles.  In the process her pain and fear evaporated and she began to heal.

Numerous scientific studies have documented the fact that brain exercises that include the solving of puzzles have been known to slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s and aid in recovery after surgery.  Much has also been written about the healing powers of art therapy and colour therapy or Chromotherapy.  It is a fact that art, like laughter, promotes well being.

Healing Circle Puzzles combines original work of Canadian artists and photographers with unusually crafted word search puzzles.  Throughout the book, full colour images by very talented, undiscovered artists accompany each word search.  Word search themes encompass those things that helped Cindy in her healing: positive thoughts, actions, music, books, therapies, healthy foods and more.  The contents of the book focus on connectedness, harmony, healing and unity.

From now until September 20, 2012, Cindy O’Neil is offering a 20% discount with pre-release purchase of Healing Circle Puzzles athttps://www.passionatepuzzler.com.  For more information, contact Cindy at705-207-4123 or mail@cindyoneil.com. Learn more about Cindy O’Neil athttp://www.cindyoneil.com and at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorandSongwriterCindyONeil.


Paying Artists Who Walk

I’ve worked with the dynamic, talented and spirit-filled Sue Kenney and whole-heartedly believe in compensation for artists so I want to pass along this information from her to you.

“As you know, I’m passionate about walking and I’m writing today because I believe you will be interested in supporting artists in a creative way. Artistic creativity has played a significant role in culture across the centuries, yet today we are asking artists to create without compensation as their work is downloaded or viewed on-line for free. We need to be more creative about the way artists are compensated.

A story published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not explains how Beethoven was once commissioned to write music by three Austrian noblemen. Rather than pay him for the composition they paid him to walk every day from sunrise until noon, because they believed if he walked he would create a masterpiece and as we all know, he did. Casual research indicates that most artists walk to be more creative and this story solidified the idea of a correlation between walking and creativity. Vision One was born. One step, one idea, one artist can change the world.

Vision One Walk is an awareness and crowd funding campaign to raise money to create this foundation. To show our commitment and raise awareness, a group of 3 artists including myself will walk from Tobermory to Collingwood, Ontario over 20 days, covering 425 kilometers along the Bruce Trail from September 9-29, 2012. We will arrive in Collingwood in time to be part of a Culture Days event. Using the Indiegogo fundraising platform, we are excited to be launching a campaign on September 1st, that runs for 45 days. Each donor will receive a “gift” of gratitude and be a part of the creation of something very special.

So, what can you do?

1. Like.        See Facebook… https://www.facebook.com/pages/vision-one-walk/358799614188793 

2. Share.     Follow and Retweet on Twitter… https://twitter.com/visiononewalk

3. Donate.   As little as $10. Every penny counts. www.indiegogo.com/visiononewalk – Note: Campaign starts September 1, 2012.

We still need some volunteers to work on media and publicity, Social Media, administration and we welcome people who like talking to potential sponsors. Feel free to give me a call or drop me a message if you can offer something.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to learn about Vision One Walk and for all your support along the way. We’ll be sure to keep you updated too!

Love and light,

Susan Regan Kenney
Inspirational Speaker. Coach. Pilgrim.
Author of Canadian best-selling book My Camino
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