Why I created word searches beyond words
Healing Circle Puzzles is a word search book that I began creating in the winter of 2001 in the midst of a long term and life altering health change.
Just released from a month long stay in hospital and diagnosed with severe, systemic rheumatoid arthritis I was in a highly transformed, painful and shockingly creative space. Confined to my home by disability, healing became my full time job. I was drawn to anything that buoyed my health and spirit. Doing word puzzles proved particularly effective.
Many a day dissolved as I played with words. At some point, ideas for word searches began to fill my mind. I was so engrossed in making these puzzles that I was up till all hours just picking themes, exploring words, researching places. In the process, my pain and fear evaporated; I was healing—my Healing Circle Puzzles project was born.
My Healing Circle Puzzles book combines unusually crafted word search puzzles with original works of art and photographs by very talented aspiring artists. All of the images and word searches are full colour.
I created the word searches in a time when I was healing. The concepts of healing and circles and the world and connection all fueled my puzzle making, so decided that they’d only be in circles. I designed the puzzles by hand.
All of the word searches in Healing Circle Puzzles have themes of things that helped me in my healing: positive thoughts and actions, music, books, therapies, healthy foods and more. The contents of the book focus on connectedness, harmony, healing, unity.
When I was creating the Healing Circle Puzzles, I was inspired by the thought that these word searches might someday be of help to someone else—someone in hospital, someone house bound due to health or injury. I hoped that one day my little project would bring other people release, joy or an uplifting perspective in whatever life situation they found themselves.
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