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Collaging with Cancer
By Ann Marie Bennett


Dreaming, Shamanism, Imagination
By Robert Moss


No Ordinary Time
By Jan Phillips


Getting Over Feeling You Don't Have Permission to Create

By Dave Storer

We are all born with incredible creative abilities, and few things in life make us happier than fully engaging those abilities. To let a belief that we haven't the proper "permission" — from either society, family and friends, or ourselves — stop us from developing our creative abilities and expressing our deepest, truest selves in the best creative way we know how would be a terrible loss.

How Society Tells Us Not to Create | How Friends May Convince Us Not to Create | How We Convince Ourselves Not to Create | Suggestions for Giving Yourself Permission


4 Whimsical Rock Painting Tutorials
By Ernestina Gallina


20 Creative Writing Exercises from 'The Right Brain Workbook'
By Bonnie Neubauer


10 Ways to Create a Quantum Leap
By Whitney Freya


How Guided Imagery Enhances Creativity

StoryworthyGuided Imagery intertwines words and imagination to evoke positive scenarios and possibilities to stimulate and inspire your creativity. These meditations are centered around the themes of discovery, expansion, surrender, nurturing, trust, courage, play, freedom, and comfort.

Discovery | Expansion | Surrender | Nurture | Trust | Courage | Play | Freedom | Comfort

The Enlightened Way To Clear Writer's Block
By Tom Evans


10 Days from 'A Year of Writing Dangerously'
By Barbara Abercrombie


19 Profiles of Creative Empowerment
By Diana Rivera


Light Bulb Moments on Tap
By Tom Evans


10 Writing Exercises to Build Momentum in Just 10 Minutes a Day
By Bonnie Neubauer


5 Creativity Eroding Notions to Resist
By Kate Quinlan


'I Don't Believe in Writer's Block'
By Natalie Goldberg


The Critics in Your Head Are Not You
By SARK


9 Guided Imageries to Inspire Your Creative Journey
By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire


9 Ways to Cultvate Habits to Spark Creative Genius at Work
By Jeannine McGlade


5 Creativity Nurturing Practices to Embrace
By Kate Quinlan


Storyworthy: The Secret to Great Storytelling
By Matthew Dicks


Edison and Cross-Generation Collaboration
By Chris Dunmire


How Creativity Helps Kids Love Writing
By Maria Chatzi


Getting Unstuck: 9 Ways to Escape from Creativity-Halting Goo
By Rick Benzel


The Rite of Passage for the Creative
By Diana Rivera

Freeing the Writer Within with Natalie Goldberg

Natalie GoldbergNatalie Goldberg lived in Brooklyn until she was six, when her family moved out to Farmingdale, Long Island, where her father owned the bar the Aero Tavern. From a young age, Goldberg was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Carson McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, which she read in ninth grade. She thinks that single book led her eventually to put pen to paper when she was twenty-four years old.

'I Don't Believe in Writer's Block' | 'Thunder and Lightning' Interview | Beginner's Mind, Pen and Paper | Engendering Compassion | Alleviating Writer's Anxiety | What is Practice? | How to Flourish in Your Writing | Living the Writer's Life | Warning! (To Writers)

Women, Painting and Power
By Chris Zydel


Depression: The Repressed Voice of Creativity
By Lisa Agaran


The Need to Create
By Barbara Bowen


A Journey through Gail McMeekin's 'The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women'
By Chris Dunmire


32 Traits of Creative People
By Robert Allan Black


A Challenge to Write Long(er)
By Naomi Rose


Collaging Artistic Creations
By Chris Dunmire

9 Steps to Your First SoulCollage® Card

By Anne Marie Bennett

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SoulCollage® is a unique blend of spiritual practice and the fun of collage. It was created by Seena Frost in 1980 as she worked with clients in her therapy practice in California. Each card in a SoulCollage® deck represents and honors one of the following facets of my unique life: a voice that lives inside of me, a person who supports me, an animal that has special energy to give me, or a mythical figure which guides me.


Healing Through Collage Series
Second Time Around | Journey, Interrupted | Collaging the Fear | Standing Up to Cancer | Being Held by Community | Resting in the Healing Light | Stay Away | Celebrating Life | Goddess of Peace and Mindfulness | Cancer and the Wounded Body | My Healing Team | Possibility Awaits | Opening to Healing


Playing with Signs, Symbols, and Synchronicity

By Robert Moss

SidewalkPart of the secret logic of our lives may be that our paths constantly interweave with those of numberless parallel selves, sometimes converging or even merging, sometimes diverging ever farther. The gifts and failings of these alternate selves — with all the baggage train of their separate lives — may influence us, when our paths converge, in ways that we generally fail to recognize.

Everyone Who Dreams is a Little Bit Shaman | Meeting the Soul of the Soul | In the Secret Library | Dreaming the Soul Back Home


Creativity and the New Cosmology

By Jan Phillips

No Ordinary TimeWe're like caterpillars getting close to the Great Transformation. In preparation for its metamorphosis, the caterpillar eats 100 times its weight, falls asleep, and then forms a chrysalis. When the first imaginal cells of the butterfly begin to form themselves, the immune system of the caterpillar tries to fight them off. The immune system fails, and the caterpillar cells become the soup that nourishes the emerging butterfly.

No Ordinary Time Interview | Creativity and the New Cosmology | Homo Sentiens: Feeling Human | Once, in India


4 Whimsical Rock Painting Tutorials

By Ernestina Gallina

Rock PaintingThis fun series of rock painting tutorials will teach you how to transform smooth stones into unique works of art. Once you understand the fundamentals of rock painting, you can use your imagination to design your own creations!

Love Bugs | Pansies | Messages in Stone | Flower Cactus


20 Write-Brain Exercises

By Bonnie Neubauer

Write-BrainTake the Write-Brain writing challenge with one of these 20 challenging writing prompts, story starters, and creative exercises. Download original printable PDF pages from The Write-Brain Workbook and get ready to stretch your imagination and flex your creative writing muscles!

Ambidextrous | Muse-ings | One Sill a Bull | Onomatopoeia | Revenge of the Journal | Run-On | Scribble One | Sideways Glance | States of Mind | Tooth Fairy | It's All In Your Head | Comfort Foods | Dribbling Bananas | Emoti- Cans and Cant's | A Forkful of Spoonerisms | Hodge Podge | Invisible Ink | Take a Letter | Time Traveler | Truth is Stranger Than Fiction


Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned Painting

By Whitney Freya

PaintI began my art career as a COMPLETE beginner. I even opened an art center without knowing what colors of paint to order for the painting class and NO formal art training. I learned quickly because I had been unexplainably inspired to catapult myself from a sales career to an art career.


The Physicality Of Inspiration

By Tom Evans

Yin YangThe brain is about two per cent of the adult total body weight but consumes something like 25 percent of the energy from our bodies. It also burns about 25 percent of the body's nutrients and it is estimated it takes 70 percent of the glucose we consume.


10 Ways to Create a Quantum Leap

By Whitney Freya

SpaceWhat is a "Quantum Leap" and why would you want to create one? "Quantum" refers to the "smallest amount of a physical quantity that can exist independently." Quantum physics has observed the quality of energy that enables it to instantly move from one space to another, without a visual transition — it leaps rather than progresses.

How to Create a More Intentional Life | The Eight Principles of Design | Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned Painting


10 Days of Writing Dangerously

By Barbara Abercrombie

Writing Dangerously

[In writing] we all have our own road up the mountain, or down into the valley, or in a small rickety boat over deep and dark water. Pick your metaphor. There's no way to glide gracefully into writing, no way to hide who we really are. There's always that loud space of emptiness and silence when you start to write, whether you're in a cabin or your bedroom or an office. There's no way to guarantee a safe, easy journey into words on the page. It's just you and your memory and experience and imagination. Naked.

Switchbacks up the Mountain | Daring to Tell | Racing Hearts and Churning Stomachs | Life Rafts | Writers with a View | The DVD in Your Head | One of the Worst Things a Writer Can Do | A Mess of Questions and Detail | Sailing from Context | Getting Published | Writing Dangerously Interview


Art Appreciation: 'La Grande Jatte'

By Chris Dunmire

SeuratA comparison and contrast of two iconic art pieces and subjective take on the visual elements, principles of design, and differences of viewing the art either in-person at Chicago's Art Institute and in an online gallery.


What Blocks Light Bulb Moments?

By Tom Evans

LightbulbThere are several states of being that stop light bulb moments in their tracks. I say 'states of being' as they are not limited to our state of mind. If you are in pain or discomfort, creativity can fly out of the window. A toothache perhaps affects an area of just a few square millimeters but it can put your whole mind in abeyance until you get it sorted. While you are in that dentist's chair, you probably won't be composing an opera. Somewhat ironically, if you could manage to do so, it would make the time go much faster.

Light Bulb Moments on Tap Introduction | What Blocks Light Bulb Moments? | The Anatomy of a Light Bulb Moment | Moments of Light | The Inspirational Breath | Which Side Are You On? (Mind Mapping) | The Goals of Learning


Nine Modern Day Muses

Aha-phrodite: Muse of Paying Attention to Possibilities

By Jill Badonsky

AhaphroditeI would like to acquaint you with a creative concept in the persona of a Muse. The concept is paying attention and the Muse is Aha-phrodite. What does paying attention mean to you in the creative process? If you are so inclined to engage your brain actively in this moment (always a good exercise for strengthening creative muscles), make a list of all the ways your creative process could benefit from paying attention. Go.


Take Ten for Writers Exercises

Writing the Opening Scene for a Biopic of Your Life

By Bonnie Neubauer

BiopicA biopic is a film that depicts and dramatizes the life of an important historical person, sometimes stretching the truth and telling the life story with varying degrees of accuracy. For this exercise, think of a riveting event from your life; get a good mental picture of it. You will be using it as the basis of the opening scene for a biopic of your life.

Super Wordacious | Hearing Voices | I Wood If I Could | LINGO-istics | Listing | Seuss-erific Q&A | Saucy Millionaire | Simile But Different | VocabuLeery |


Inspiring Creativity

It's Not What You Create, It's That You Create

By Kate Quinlan

Inspiring CreativityWe've all heard it. Many of us have muttered it in frustration, or silently surrendered to the anguished thought. "I'm just not very creative." When I hear someone say this (or hear the words drag dejectedly through my own mind, like the losing team leaving the field), I politely but firmly repudiate this damaging admission. Let me start with what I offer as proof that you, whoever, wherever you are, undeniably possess creative ability.

Repudiating You're Not Creative | 5 Eroding Notions to Resist | 5 Nurturing Practices to Embrace

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