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FEATURES & SERIES

Teaching Creativity & Music to Children
with Abby Connors


Juicy Journals & Wild Words
with Molly J. Anderson-Childers


Intuitive Process Painting
with Chris Zydel


Learning from Leonardo: DaVinci's Genius Habits
with Linda Dessau


Creative Process, Highly Sensitive Person & Creativity
with Lisa Agaran


10 Mind-Expanding 'Take Ten' Writing Exercises
with Bonnie Neubauer


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


20 'Right Brain' Exercises
with Bonnie Neubauer


Author Interviews

Dreaming the Soul Back Home Q&A with Author Robert Moss

By New World Library

Robert MossOur dreams can tell us which parts of ourselves may be missing, and when it is timely to bring them home. Recurring dreams in which we go back to a scene from our earlier lives may indicate that a part of us has remained there. Dreams in which we perceive a younger self as a separate individual may be nudging us to recognize and recover a part of ourselves we lost at that age. Sometimes we do not know who that beautiful child is — until we take a closer look.


Writing with Courage and Craft
with Barbara Abercrombie


Lightbulb Moments on Tap
with Tom Evans


Inner Voices of Creativity
SoulCollage® with Ann Marie Bennett


Dreaming, Shamanism, & Imagination
with Robert Moss


SoulCollaging with Cancer
with Ann Marie Bennett


No Ordinary Time
with Jan Phillips


4 Whimsical Rock Painting Tutorials
with Ernestina Gallina


Art as a Spiritual Practice
with Whitney Freya


10 Days of 'Writing Dangerously'
with Barbara Abercrombie


19 Profiles of Creative Empowerment
with Diana Rivera


Inspiring Creativity
with Kate Quinlan


Creativity & Inner Care
with SARK


9 Guided Imageries to Inspire Your Creative Journey
with Molly Anderson-Childers & Chris Dunmire


Habits to Spark Creative Genius at Work
with Jeannine McGlade


Storyworthy: The Secret to Great Storytelling
with Matthew Dicks


How Creativity Helps Kids Love Writing
By Maria Chatzi


The Need to Create
By Barbara Bowen


32 Traits of Creative People
By Robert Allan Black


Writing from the Deeper Self
with Naomi Rose


Collaging Artistic Creations
By Chris Dunmire

Art of the Song

Taking a Creative Escape: 6 Ideas to Get You Started

By Eric Maisel, PhD

Inspiring CreativityA creative escape is a little time-out-of-time that you carve from your schedule to devote to running away to art. A creative escape is like getting away for a romantic weekend with your lover — except in this case your lover is your creative nature. It is a chance to fall back in love with music, poetry, and silence.


Fostering Creativity

The Crunchy Munchy Salad Activity

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Fostering CreativityYou will not find too many children’s songs about healthy foods. I always hope this activity will inspire interest in eating salad. At least it inspires interest in pretending to be salad! Learning benefits of this activity include: Auditory memory (remembering musical cues to jump and clap); Cognitive development (colors); Curiosity; Fine-motor skills (clapping); Gross-motor skills (jumping); Imagination (pretending to be vegetables); Listening skills (waiting for their colors to be called); and Vocabulary (lettuce, onion, tomato, carrot).


Juicy Journal & Wild Words

The Empty Well: Keys to Staying Juicy!

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Juicy JournalsIt's often said that you cannot draw water from an empty well. My grandfather, a well-driller who spent his life seeking sweet water, always said, "You'll know the worth of water when the well runs dry." I've often thought that he was right. Water is a precious element; and we cannot live without it. So, too, is the flow of creative juice — yet, no one tries to protect this natural resource, or stop it from being dammed, polluted, or otherwise interfered with. There are no laws stating that it's illegal to kill a dream — and yet, they die violent deaths every day. We murder them ourselves, or let others do it for us.


Inspiring Creativity

The Marcel Proust Approach to Getting Creatively Unstuck

By Rick Benzel

Inspiring CreativityTapping into the stream of consciousness. The great French writer Marcel Proust is known for a style of writing called stream of consciousness, in which he poured his feelings out onto the page like water over a dam. Proust's novels are long extensions of his thoughts and memories, with thousands of words devoted to the smallest of incidents.


DaVinci's Genius Habits

Using Both Sides of Your Brain

By Linda Dessau

DavinciDavinci made the most of the left- and right-sides of his brain as seen in his note taking, likely inspiring Tony Buzan's technique of mind mapping. Michael Gelb writes, “Left-brainers think, ‘I'm sorry, I'm left-brained. I can't possibly be creative or imaginative.’ And right-brainers make the mistake of programming themselves: ‘Well, I'm right-brained — I can't possibly come to meetings on time.’” So it's not just artists. Right- or left-brained, we've all become victims of our stereotypes.


Guided Imageries to Engage Your Imagination

By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire

StoryworthyGuided Imagery intertwines words and imagery in a contemplative container to evoke positive scenarios and possibilities to stimulate your imagination and inspire your creativity.

Try one of these guided meditations to open the portal to possibilities. Themes include: Discovery, Expansion, Surrender, Nurture, Trust, Courage, Play, Freedom, and Comfort.


Inspirational Muses

Invoking Leanan Sidhe: Dark Faery Muse of the Emerald Isle

MusesDarkness can make a fascinating subject for an artist to explore. Leanan Sidhe calls to me. I enter the forest, and she takes my hand to lead me through the mossy darkness. We come to the edge of a lake, with an oddly-shaped island in the center, shrouded in mist and mystery. My heart longs for those cliffs, those green hills! She whistles a strange, haunting tune and watches the dark waters with her hands clasped upon her chest. When the song is done, she holds her hands out to me, cupped around something.


Creativity & Inspiration

The Cascade of Creativity

By Tom Evans

LightbulbIf you were introduced to the idea of the atom at school, in all probability, you would have been told the atom had a nucleus with electrons revolving around it — much like our Sun and its orbiting planets. If you continued further study, this would have been replaced as a model by one where the nucleus and its components and the orbiting electrons were really waves of potential and probability — not particles at all.


Writing Inspiration & Encouragement

Writing Around Numbers

By Barbara Abercrobmie

WritingThere's comfort in numbers for writers. Carolyn See tells writers to write 1,000 words five days a week and one "charming note". Ray Bradbury says to write 1,000 to 2,000 words everyday for the next twenty years. Dorothea Brande in Becoming a Writer advises getting up one hour earlier every morning and writing whatever comes to you. There's a Web site called One Hundred Words. I'm always pushing five minute exercises. We all have a magic number, a formula for you. A poem every morning for 100 days, or 1,000 words every day. Beginning to write can feel like such chaos in the beginning that these numbers are like little rooms for organizing the chaos.


Inner Voices of Creativity

Create SoulCollage to Rest and Rejuventate

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollageThink of a creative project that is in the works for you right now. Imagine taking a short break (even an hour, or an afternoon) from it. There probably will be a part of you that resists this small break, but see if you can access your own Permission to Rest voice and allow yourself some luscious time and space away from the project. If you don't have any creative projects on the burner right now, try simply giving yourself permission to rest in some other way in your life. Make your own SoulCollage® card to express something similar in your own life.


Art Perspectives

The Eight Principles of Design

By Whitney Freya

DesignThe principles of design are not the result of a panel of art academics who felt the need to create more rules. The principles of design are the language of our mind's eye, how we visually analyze everything we see. They have been used by artists for centuries to create paintings that successfully communicate their heart's desire, the natural beauty of a landscape, the spirit of a portrait, or the innate element of objects in a still life. Now you are going to learn how to use them. The principles of design are interwoven throughout our lives because we process so much of our world and our life visually.


Sidewalk Oracles

Playing with Signs, Symbols, and Synchronicity

By Robert Moss

OraclesPart 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.


How to Create Your Own SoulCollage Cards

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollage

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.

FRESH INSPIRATIONS

Childhood Educator Abigail Connors Interview

The Secret (and Very Creative) Life of Puppets

Teachers: Use Your Creativity to Find the Beauty of Burnout

How to Help Children Stay Creative

Keep 'Creativity Folders' of Children's Ideas

6 Ways Music and Movement Activities Help Children Learn and Grow

The Crunchy Munchy Salad Activity

Creating Music and Dance with Young Children

Juicy Journal & Wild Words Intro

Recipes for Creative Journaling Entrees

Creating an Artist's Sketchbook

Creating a Nature Journal

Creating a Poet's Journal

Creating Travel Journals

Creating a Writer's Notebook

The Empty Well: Keys to Staying Juicy!

Playing with Paint: Let's Get Messy!

Tips to Journaling Online

Musing Through SARK's 'Make Your Creative Dreams Real'

Reflections on Eric Maisel's 'The Van Gogh Blues'

A Light Bulb Moment on Edison's Creative Genius

Contemplations on 'The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women'

Arte & Scienza: Using Both Sides of Your Brain

Sfumato: Being Open to Experience

Dimostrazione: Leaping into Your Experiences

Corporalita: Taking Care of Your Body

Sensazione: Awakening Your Senses

Connessione: Seeing the Connection in Everything

Curiosita: Being Curious About Everything

Creative Writing Prompts

'Simile But Different' Writing Exercise

By Bonnie Neubauer

SimileSimiles are comparisons that jazz up your writing. Creative people also tend to be quite adept at another type comparison: comparing themselves to others, usually those who are more prolific or successful. This is destructive and a waste of time.

Instead, take the time to honor who you are. If you want to be more prolific, set aside more writing time. If you want to be more successful, learn how make your work more professional to send out into the world. Change because you want it for yourself, not because you are comparing yourself to, or competing with, someone else.


10 Ways Improvisation Helps Children Learn

Children Need to Know We Value Their Ideas

Creative Arts and Creative Thinking Are Not the Same Thing!

My Student Just Did Something Creative... Now What?

Think Outside the Catalog

The Secret Ingredient to Teaching Creativity

Never Say 'No' to Creativity

Prepare to Be Amazed with Creative Ideas

Raising Creative Children

E. Paul Torrance's Creative Manifesto for Children

10 Ways Improvisation Helps Children Learn

Children Need to Know We Value Their Ideas

The Creative Magic of Naming

Richard Feynman's 'Explore the World'

Robert Henri's 'The Art Spirit'

Writing: Just Do It

Writing Around Numbers

Personal Essays: Short Takes

Digging Truthfully Into Your Own Life

Writing Your Own History

Habit Forming: Keeping a Journal

Switchbacks up the Mountain

Daring to Tell

Racing Hearts and Churning Stomachs

Life Rafts

Writers with a View

The Story 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

How to Write an Artist's Statement with Integrity

Design Principles in 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte'

The 6-Day Pottery Class Experiment