While showing the Celtic Art Therapy collection at major renaissance venues and street festivals has garnered a body of observational data, the majority of experiences have been with Autism, ADHD, and Anxiety.
However, there are many Celtic Art Therapy applications with only a single observation, and as such can constitute only the potential for therapeutic value. Still, the observations are both interesting and intriguing, and may provide a gateway for further study.
- At the San Luis Obispo Renaissance Festival, Anne Ravensdaughter met a woman who had recently undergone brain surgery. After working with the Elemental Celtic Cross Art Therapy Plate, the woman said she felt stimulation in her brain that she had not sensed since the surgery.
- At the Texas Renaissance Festival, Anne met a lady who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. The lady also had spinal tumors near her neck and required psychotropic medication to maintain proper mental activity. The lady began to work with the Celtic Curls Art Therapy Plate and immediately exclaimed that she felt parts of her brain “turn on” that she hadn’t in years. That night the lady continued to work with her Art Therapy Plate. She said three hours had elapsed, but the time only felt as though it had been ten minutes. At the end of her work, the lady did not feel the need to take her psychotropic medication and was able to maintain a normal mental process the following day.
- At the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Anne met a young serviceman who had returned home from his deployment and was having difficulty sleeping. Using the technique normally employed to ease anxiety, Anne showed the young man how to use the Celtic Trinity Knot Art Therapy Plate; only instead of centering the body and breathing deeply, she also told the young man to also relax his skull and frontal lobes until he felt like sleeping. The young man nearly feel asleep on his feet, at which point Anne gave him the cue to wake up and enjoy the Pleasure Faire.
- At the Arizona Renaissance Festival, a woman and her sister came into Anne’s Celtic Art booth. The woman was not lucid, having been invited on stage for the Festival’s hypnotist’s show and having undergone a mild hypnosis. Anne told the woman to trace the Celtic Trinity Knot At Therapy Plate, which the woman readily did given that she was still open to suggestion. Anne then told the woman to “wake up, wake up, WAKE UP,” at which point Anne snapped her fingers and the woman became – and remained – fully lucid.