Today's Creativity Wisdom

Awaken Your Creativity

In Praise of the Creative Spirit
with Peter Clothier

Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play
Tranquilista with Kimberly Wilson

Improvisation: Twists & Turns; Rubbing; Mushrooms & Tide Pools
The Art of Is with Stephen Nachmanovitch

Spirited Woman Q & A
with Nancy Mills

Invoking the 9 Greek Muses
with Molly Anderson-Childers

Standing at Water's Edge
with Anne Paris, PhD

Write What You See
with Hank Kellner

CreativiTea for Creative Brains!
with Chris Dunmire

Reflect & Write
with Hank Kellner

Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™ Features
with Jill Badonsky, MEd

The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman
with Danielle Dulsky

Body Blissmass: Creativity & Wellness
with Jill Badonsky, MEd

Cre8ng People, Places & Possibilities
with Robert Alan Black, PhD

The New Wisdom of Doodling
with Chris Dunmire

Visual Journaling Prompts & Altered Art
with Violette

Guide to Publishers, Editors & Agents
with Jeff and Deborah Herman

Writing from the Deeper Self
with Naomi Rose

Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock
with Marney Makridakis

Repudiating the Damaging Admission that You're Not Creative
with Kate Quinlan

Making Space
Heeding the Call
Nurturing the Artist Within
PERSIST: The Big Lie
Peter Clothier MIND WORK Interview
Today Is Thine: Tempus Fugit
Not Just a Number
Enlightened Work & Mindful Play
Your Life Is Art
6 Ways to Evoke Creativity
Modes of Creativity
Stephen Nachmanovitch: The Art of Is
Improvisation: Rubbing
Improvisation: Mushrooms & Tide Pools
Improvisation: Twists and Turns
Wine Maker Lane Tanner
Actress and Producer Sybil Temtchine
Mediabistro's Laurel Touby
'The Girl Blue Project' Marlow Wyatt
Artist and Activist Ellen Spencer
Sally Shore, Storyteller & Spoken Word Artist
Cathy Salser: A Window Between Worlds
Astrology Zone's Susan Miller
Swirly Girl Creator Christine Mason Miller
Mystery Writer Rochelle Krich
Jewelry Designer Katy Leakey
Swirly Girl Creator Christine Mason Miller
Jet Set Modeling Cindy Kauanui
Mystery Writer Rochelle Krich
World Traveler Marie Javins
Radio Host Frances Halpern
Creative Sage's Cathryn Hrudicka
Author & Actress Fannie Flagg
Writer Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
Social Entrepreneur Crystal Allene Cook
Frou Frou Flip Flops Kidpreneur Alice
Lotus Blossom Style Clothier Tabby Biddle
Actress, Comedienne, Storyteller Roz Browne
Humor Inspires Writing
Metaphors Inspire Writing
Interview with Artist Angela Cartwright
Rap as Poetry
Crossing Bridges
Where You're From
Nature's Forms in Poetry and Prose
The Power of the Visual
Isolation and Education
Black & White Images Stimulate Creativity
Why Do People Respond to Graphic Images?
Graphic Images Surround Us
Find Inspiration in Claude Monet
Historic Buildings in Community Theater
Writing Prompts: Bird Cage Theatre
Community Theater
Joke Word Search Puzzles
Shifting Perspectives
Combining Photos with Poems
Photo Essays Tell Stories
Connect Seeing with Writing
Photos Trigger Words
Photos as Writing Prompts
Shifting Perspectives
Contrast in Writing Subjects
Combining Photos with Poems
Using Photography to Inspire Writing
Less is More
Every Photograph Tells a Story
Shakti Gawain Interview
Becoming a Creative Channel
Trusting Intuition
Transforming Our World
11 Tips for Surviving a Day Job
Why Talent Isn't Nearly Enough
The Creative Power of Writing
How to Get Your Day Job to Leave YOU
Define Creativity — I Dare You
Are You Highly Creative?
Conventional vs. Creative Intelligence
Creatives: Transform or Perish
F-R-E-E-Writing Tutorial
Note to Beginner Writers
7 Stages of The Creative Process
8 Habits of the Creatively Intelligent
Innovative Wire Sculpture Workshop
Tips for Artists Working at Home
Create Unconventional Art
Paralyzed by Perfectionism
Why Aren't I More Disciplined?
For Highly-Sensitive Creatives
The Four Steps of Creativity

Slow Looking

Series Spotlight

Slow Looking with Peter Clothier

Slow Looking: The Art of Looking At Art is based on the “One Hour/One Painting” sessions Peter began offering a number of years ago to practice a more profound and rewarding way of looking at art. Combining the skills of meditation and contemplation, it invites participants to sit with a single work of art for a full hour; and by extension it models the way in which the mind benefits from the simple practice of paying close attention — whether in art or, more broadly, in life itself. Explore The Art of Looking At Art, take part in an Eyes Open Meditation, and contemplate the dimensional space in Silence

Author Spotlight

In Praise of the Creative Spirit with Peter Clothier

PersistPeter Clothier is a long time observer of the contemporary art world, and a widely published writer. His publications include fiction, poetry, and a memoir, as well as David Hockney (a monograph), and a collection of political essays, The Bush Diaries. His books include Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce, Mind Work: Shedding Delusions on the Path to the Creative Core, and Slow Looking: The Art of Looking at Art.

Making Space | Heeding the Call | Nurturing the Artist Within | The Big Lie (Self-Sabotage) | 'Mind Work' Interview | Today Is Thine: Tempus Fugit | Not Just a Number | The Art of Looking At Art | 'Slow Looking' Meditation | 'Slow Looking' Silence

The Art of Is

Improvisation: Mushrooms and Tide Pools

By Stephen Nachmanovitch

Art of Is: Improvising as a Way of LifeWhether it is Jackson Pollock's drippings — the dynamic trace of a man crouching and jumping around a canvas on the floor with a can of paint in his hand — or a rap song or a handmade table, art is, as Bateson put it, form secreted from process. The bodies of living beings, the sounds we make, the artworks we make, are secreted from a process of movement, touch, and interplay, which is life. That is what we're doing, whether we're receiving the art or making the art. Of course creating and receiving are inseparable arcs of the same feedback loop.

Books & Printables

Boost your Brain Power: Tree-mendous Memory! Games

By Chris Dunmire

Treemendous Memory! GameDid you know memory-boosting exercises help improve brain function and positively impact your creative ability as you age? That's why so many sage people are addicted to puzzles like word searches and Sudoku! Here's a playful way to exercise your memory and boost your brainpower: Engage with my Tree-mendous Memory! papercraft and game.

Writing from the Deeper Self

Not-Knowing: A Sometimes Unnerving but Utterly Reliable Guide

By Naomi Rose

Writing from the Deeper SelfI've written about the need to accept, even welcome, not-knowing as part of the process of writing a book. We want to know. We want to know things beforehand, ahead of time. We want to know where we are going, why we are going there, what we will encounter (and should thus prepare for) along the way. Will it be cold? Should we bring our thermal underwear? Should we make an outline of our intent, chapter by chapter, without yet having a real sense of what those chapters will feel like, will be like inside us? We should know where we're going. We should know how to get there. Certainly, if we're taking a plane somewhere, we want the pilot to know the destination, and for sure the route. No collisions, no delays. No surprises, other than perhaps wind currents, and the altitude needed to get above the clouds. And we tend to think that writing a book should be the same.

Fostering Creativity

Prepare to Be Amazed with the Appearance of Creative Ideas

By Abby Connors

Fostering CreativityI've been teaching young children for over twenty years, and every day I'm amazed at my students' creativity. In fact, almost every day I teach, at least one student shares an idea I've never seen or heard before! When I tell this to teachers at my workshops, I see a few indulgent smiles ("Yes, you love kids, we get it") and a few frankly skeptical raised eyebrows. But it's true — almost every day I see something completely new. Because I'm looking for it. I'm listening for it. I'm prepared to be amazed.

Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock

Time Besides Time: Creating Time through Synchronicity

By Marney Makridakis

Creating TimeWhen we embrace nonlinear time, we can explore synchronicity as a new way to order our personal time. Synchronicity refers to the awareness of meaningful connections between objects, people, events, symbols, and feelings. The word literally means "same time"; Carl Jung coined it to describe what he called "an acausal connecting principle" that links mind and matter. He identified three types of synchronicity.

Spirited Woman Q & A

Interview with Creative Sage's Cathryn Hrudicka

By Nancy Mills

Spirited Woman InterviewsCathryn genuinely impressed me as a really creative woman. It was the way she dressed and expressed and pondered — and just was — as though every nerve ending was bursting with creativity. My instincts were right on. Cathryn, I later found out, refers to herself as the Chief Imagination Officer (CIO) of her company, Creative Sage, where she enables businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, healthcare facilities and individuals to enhance their creativity and think in new, innovative ways. Also, for 15+ years, in addition to owning Creative Sage, she has led Cathryn Hrudicka & Associates, a multi-media development services company.

Elemental Muses

Air: An Ugly Duckling Soaring with Swans

MusesLet the muses of air inspire you. Pick your favorite fairy, sprite, air goddess or deity, and dedicate a poem, story, or work of art in her honor. Create a portrait of a swan maiden, make fairy wings and wear them to the grocery store, write a poem about a fairy, or just lie back and watch the summer clouds roll by. Let the Muses of Air inspire you to soar with the swans, even if you feel like an ugly duckling.

Inner Voices of Creativity

Calm the Stirrings of Impatience Through SoulCollage

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollageSpend some time this week listening for your own inner voice of impatience. Remember that it is only a small part of you. Notice how it makes itself known to you in your body. Make a SoulCollage® card for your deck to honor this part of you. Give him or her a name and actually talk to it the next time you hear it trying to rush you along on your own creative path. You might be surprised what it has to say to you.