Tracing the bends and curls of a Celtic Art Therapy Plate works the brain across the center cortex to engage both hemispheres in tandem. This moves the mind into a passive state known as “relaxed awareness”. Often this shift in focus occurs within seconds, which is why the response to Celtic Art Therapy Plates can be both quick and surprising to individuals who have never worked with this form of art therapy.
To use a Celtic Art Therapy Plate, pick up the stylus and follow the Celtic knot. Ignore the fact that the knot “weaves” which is to say that it crosses under and over. Weaving is proper to classic Celtic art, but occasionally individuals confuse a Celtic Art Therapy Plate with a puzzle maze. While mazes do not allow an individual to cross a line, Celtic Art Therapy Plates do because the Plate is not a puzzle to be solved but rather it is a pathway to be followed. While mazes have a starting and an ending point, Celtic Art Therapy Plates do not because the knots are closed loops that allow individuals to trace the same pathway over and over. With no “right” path and no “starting point”, simply choose a place on the Celtic Art Therapy Plate and begin to follow the line.
Some have compared tracing a Celtic Art Therapy Plates to tracing or walking a Celtic Labyrinth. While the meditative properties of both are similar, Labyrinths are based on archaic geometric shapes that have limitations when engaging the consciousness. They also have a “beginning and ending” terminus, which stops the meditation process. Celtic Art Therapy Plates, however, have a greater degree of intricacy and no terminus, which allows users to reach a deeper passive mental state.