Artist Cindy O'Neil

Artist Cindy O'Neil

September 05, 2012 11:40 ET

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

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

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2012) - People 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 during a long-term, life altering health change, 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.

O'Neil didn't want to create just any puzzles, so decided that they would only be in circles while integrating concepts of healing, connection and art. In the process her pain and fear evaporated and she began to heal.

"Art is a powerful healing tool," says Dr. Sean Ceaser, ND from 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… experiences that stimulate the senses, heal the body and releases a cascade of neurotransmitters and endorphins that can calm any uneasy mind..."

Scientific studies have documented that brain exercises that include puzzle solving have been known to slow down the effects of Alzheimer's and aid in recovery after surgery. Much has also been written about healing powers of art and colour (Chromo) therapy. Art, like laughter promotes well being.

Healing Circle Puzzles combines original paintings and photos with unusually crafted word searches. Full colour images by very talented, undiscovered artists are featured throughout. Puzzle themes encompass things that helped Cindy's healing: positive thoughts, music, books, therapies, foods and more.

Until September 20, 2012, Cindy O'Neil is offering a 20% discount with pre-release purchase of Healing Circle Puzzles at