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By Abby Connors
When I was a child, I thought naming a doll was almost as fun as the doll itself. I'd spend days happily hemming and hawing over the perfect name. Like every other form of creative expression, there's no one right way to give a toy a name — except the way you want to. Naming is also a form of pretend play, just like dressing up in princess gowns, playing house with a toy kitchen set, or "building" with a toy tool kit. Pretend play centered around grownup activities gives young children the opportunity to explore their feelings about their parents and other adults in their lives and "practice" adult roles.
Dreaming the Soul Back Home
By Robert Moss
The essence of the shaman’s power to travel and to heal is the ability to dream strong. In our everyday modern lives, we stand at the edge of such power when we dream and remember to do something with our dreams. We all dream, and as the Kagwahiv, of Brazil, say: “Everyone who dreams is a little bit shaman.” Our dreams will show us how far we can go and when it is time for us to embark on our deeper journeys. “The work will teach you how to do it,” goes an Estonian proverb. In respect to soul, we can say this: the dream will teach you how to recover and nourish your soul.
Habits to Spark Creative Genius
By Jeannine McGlade
What if we could change the world through play? Or stimulate our creativity with humor? What if how we imagine was recognized as being more important than what we know? According to Plato, "You can learn more about a person in one hour of play than in a year of conversation."
Creative Careers Interviews
By Molly Anderson-Childers
Chris Zydel, MA, founder of Creative Juices Arts and Painting From The Wild Heart has been leading groups her whole life (she is the eldest of eight children) and has been facilitating creativity workshops ever since she was eleven years old when she would organize the neighborhood kids and put on skits, plays and musical events! She has had no formal training as an artist but has led a wildly creative life and has never once regretted choices made by following her heart and her muse.
Writing from the Deeper Self
By Naomi Rose
Refinements are always part of what an artist does. In the beginning is the rough idea, the desire, the glimpse. And then, once something is down on paper (or screen, or canvas), what is there that is imperfect itself suggests the refinements needed. Some people work everything out in their heads beforehand, and putting it down is almost a matter of dictation. Not so for me: I get the urge, and then I have to see it played out to some degree, have to have my hands in it, to move things around and try this and that. I'm sure things would go smoother if I just knew exactly what I wanted and executed it, like an engineer. But though engineering has its place, artistry is something else. There is an interaction between the known and the unknown; and the artist, the real medium of the manifestation, bridges the worlds of the unseen and the seen.
Kaizen-Muse™ Body Blissmas
By Jill Badonsky, MEd
Embrace an inspiration; set free an expression and in between, let the flow be effortless. Inhale, exhale, flow and release; test the edge. Explore stretching beyond your limitations, let go of the struggle. The above pertains both to the creative process and to the practice of yoga. In the Body Blissmas quest for creative wellness for spirit, mind and body, yoga is a powerful conduit for deepening our creative experience. And creative thought can in turn enrich our yoga practice or any practice concerning reverence for the body.
Inner Voices of Creativity
By Anne Marie Bennett
Patience can be one of the most difficult inner voices to hear in our lives. If you're struggling with this on your own creative journey right now, make a list of all of your creative projects that you have in process right now. Are there any projects specifically where your Voice of Patience can help you? Spend just two minutes each day this week in silent meditation. Simply breathe in and out for two minutes... nothing to do, nowhere to go. If thoughts come to distract you, notice them, but remember they are just thoughts and not who you are. Meditating like this can be a big help in strengthening your own inner voice of Patience.
Premiums and Printables
By Chris Dunmire
With fake fun printable 'Cashius monetarius' seed packet! As featured in Money: Everything You Never Knew About Your Favorite Thing to Find, Save, Spend, and Covet by Sandra and Harry Chonron, this unique origami money plant makes a delightful gift to create, but hard to give away! Learn how to make this truly memorable craft with my with easy-to-follow instructions in a fully-illustrated, step-by-step 23-page project book.
By Orna Ross
Ever been told you are "too sensitive," "think too much" or are "too much of a perfectionist"? In a society that doesn't appreciate them, creative abilities can be labelled and experienced as liabilities, says Mary Taylor, LCSW, of the Creative Intelligence Centre. "Highly creative people often face a lifetime of hardship and psychological pain because they do not see themselves or their abilities clearly," says Taylor. "The abilities of highly creative people are frequently hidden under emotional, occupational and relationship difficulties." While the [creative] person is all too aware of their problems, they are often unaware of their abilities.
Open to possibilities and allow this inspirational instrument to help you play in the world of imagination. Manifest beautiful music and works of art through your thoughts and words. Remember, the unique element you bring to LIFE, and in this context, the writing table, is YOU. The prompts are here as a beginning, but what you bring through your unique perspective, experience, gifts, and imagination brings completeness to the creative process you are about to engage in. What a gift to treasure and share! Are you ready?