Elemental Muses to Inspire Creativity

The Fire of Inspiration: Pele

Molly Anderson-Childers

Pele, the Fiery Mountain Woman of Hawaiian legend, is the perfect Muse to help invoke the creative, passionate energies of fire. The element of fire has long been associated with creative inspiration, transformation, energy, intense emotion, and change. According to legends, Pele created the Hawaiian Islands — her volcanic, explosive energy forms new islands, even as old ones are destroyed.

· Water: Fount of Inspiration
· Earth: Creative Bedrock
Air: Soaring with Swans
· Dark: Muse of Shadows
· Light: A Return to Joy

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The Critics in Your Head Are Not You


Succulent Wild Love by SARK and Dr John WaddellYou have a constant stream of thoughts running through your mind, and we use the term "inner critics" to describe the thoughts that criticize you or tell you that you should be ashamed or feel guilty if you do what you want to do.

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How to Overcome Creativity Blocks

Jeannine McGlade

Like so many people, you might find yourself wondering (from time to time or perhaps all the time!) "What exactly happened to my life? What happened to the plans, dreams, and goals I had when I was younger and so full of creative ideas, inspiration and passion?" Or, you try and try but you just can't seem to come up with creative ideas, not even sure what you would do if you could do anything that you want, don't really know what your passions and dreams even are anymore.

The Need to Create | Shape Creative Genius | Manage Energy, Not Time | Play | Possibilities | Stimulate Creative Genius | Spark Passion

Creative Process

The Art of the Critique

Deanna Fitzpatrick

Deanne FitzpatrickAs we make art, we all begin to wonder what others are thinking about it. Sometimes we seek out the input of others into our work. Sometimes we are asked to give someone else feedback. Either way the "critique" can be tricky business, and it takes both backbone, and soul for it to work right.

Romancing the Cod | Creativity and Inspiration | Digging for Ideas | Ideas to Nourish Creative Genius

Business Innovation

Why Celebrate Failure?

Johnathan Vehar

We all bare the scars of failure. Life breaks everyone. However, some people end up stronger in the broken places. This is true of teams, too. Do you recognize a broken team? Have you been a member of a scarred team? Is your team failing now? If so... celebrate!

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Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)

Doing Nothing with a Muse called Lull

Jill Badonsky, MeD

You know how we are always doing ... well, something? I have it from some excellent sources, yes, world renown people that, okay listen carefully: doing nothing is actually going to get you somewhere. That's right and, this is the extra special, prize in the cereal box, grand jack-pot: doing nothing can make you more creative. What a concept eh?

Another Fine Myth | Aha-phrodite | Albert | Audacity | Bea Silly | Marge | Muse Song | Shadow Muse | Spills | Arnold (Bodyguard)

Creative Process

Highly Sensitive Person and Creativity

Lisa Agaran

Throughout my practice, I have encountered a connection between highly sensitive people and their own creative impulses. This characteristic does not discriminate between painter, actor, or musician — they all appear to have one thing in common: they experience the world differently than the average individual.

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Beginner's Mind, Pen and Paper

Natalie Goldberg

Natalie GoldbergWhen I teach a beginning class, it is good. I have to come back to beginner's mind, the first way I thought and felt about writing. In a sense, that beginner's mind is what we must come back to every time we sit down and write. There is no security, no assurance that because we wrote something good two months ago, we will do it again. Actually, every time we begin, we wonder how we ever did it before. Each time is a new journey with no maps.


Writing as Therapy

Diana Raab

Today, many therapists use writing to augment talk therapy. In fact, sometimes writing is a vital part of many psychological interventions. Usually, writing is a solitary activity that can be done before or after a therapy session. Sometimes practitioners ask their clients to share their writings as a springboard for beginning the discussion.


Your Life-Changing Story

Sandra Marinella

The Story You Need to TellWe all have a story. Sometimes it is the story of being knocked to the ground — perhaps because of a cancer diagnosis or the death of a loved one. And if we aren't careful a story like this can get buried within us. We can deny it ever happened and this might lead to physical or psychological problems. Let's explore how we can find and begin to navigate a story we need to tell.

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Multicultural Muses to Inspire Creativity

Soaring with the Hopi Butterfly Maiden

Molly Anderson-Childers

It is this sure knowledge of spring's return that helps me to survive another long, cold night. The Butterfly Maiden, Queen of Transformation, Metamorphosis, and Change, has much to teach us; as creative souls, we would do well to embrace her lessons.

· Zarpandit: Ruler of the Moon and Night
· Finding Yemaya: An Adventure At Home
· Ninsaba's Garden of Dreams and Delights
· Leanan Sidhe: Dark Faery of Emerald Isle
· Following La Fauna: A Journey to the Heart
· Seeking the Elusive High Desert Gnome
· Sirens to Selkies: Mermaids as Muses

Creative Projects

7 Ways to Commit Random Acts of Kindness

Chris Dunmire

  • KindnessPay for the person next in line at your favorite coffee shop or cafe.
  • Toss extra change in the toll booth or subway for the person behind you.
  • Shovel snow or rake leaves for your neighbor.
  • Look for opportunities to lend a hand in small, helpful ways.
  • Offer compliments and praise for sincere contributions.
  • Be creative in finding other ways to spread kindness.
  • Gift away Random Acts of Kindness cards.

Creating Time

Experiences of Time: Kronos and Kairos

Marney Makridakis

clockThere is an interesting historical context for a subjective perception of time that can help prepare the way for the conceptual journey of creating time. The ancient Greeks had two words for marking the differences between the experiences of time: kronos and kairos.

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Creative Projects

Tear, Glue, and Paint Mixed Media Masterpieces

Chris Dunmire

Collage creationsCollage art is a fun and relaxing way to begin experimenting with the endless possibilities of mixed media. This tutorial provides a loose framework for how to begin a mixed media project starting with magazine collage, adding in embellishments or found objects, and then applying additional media. After you've mastered the basics, you can explore creating your art on a variety of substrates such as book covers or wood panels and play with unique textures and effects.