Museums are safe spaces for the objects they hold and for the persons that visit them,
providing environments that can function in therapeutic ways. Within the wide range of
objects, there is enough diversity to help guests discover what similarities they have with
others as well as what makes them unique as individuals. Within exhibits, individuals can
explore themselves through the reactions they have to particular pieces, through the observation
of what holds their attention within the environment, and through the awareness and
development of their contemplative mind. Museums can introduce transpersonal information,
add information to previous transpersonal experiences, and even promote expanded
states of awareness. With direction, guests can use museums to learn about themselves, thus
optimizing the therapeutic potentials of these institutions.
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