Trust the Process

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Whether in painting, poetry, performance, music, dance, or life, there is an intelligence working in every situation. This force is the primary carrier of creation.

If we trust it and follow its natural movement, it will astound us with its ability to find a way through problems—and even make creative use of our mistakes and failures.

There is a magic to this process that cannot be controlled by the ego. ...

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Trust the Process: An Artist's Guide to Letting Go

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Overview

Whether in painting, poetry, performance, music, dance, or life, there is an intelligence working in every situation. This force is the primary carrier of creation.

If we trust it and follow its natural movement, it will astound us with its ability to find a way through problems—and even make creative use of our mistakes and failures.

There is a magic to this process that cannot be controlled by the ego. Somehow it always finds the way to the place where you need to be, and a destination you never could have known in advance.

When everything seems as if it is hopeless and going nowhere . . . trust the process.

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"McNiff is able to expand the reader's view of what it means to truly live with the labyrinthine path of the creative spirit, conveying an unlimited sense of the ways of the lived imagination."— Common Boundary

"The instructions and insights in this 'artist's guide to letting go' can lead you to creative heights and depths no matter what your medium."— Yoga Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570623578
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 540,025
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Shaun McNiff is internationally recognized as a founder and leading figure in the arts and healing field. University Professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is past president of the American Art Therapy Association and the author of several other books including Art As Medicine, Trust the Process, and Creating with Others .
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
License to Create 1
1 Unpredictable Magic 9
The Wellspring of Movement 11
Stepping into the Unknown 22
Emanation 33
Mistakes and Distortions 41
2 In the Beginning Is the Attitude 47
The Many Ways of Creating 49
The Blank Page 60
Reframing 69
Blocks 75
Moving between Worlds 81
3 Every Experience Has Something to Offer 91
Karma of Simple Acts 93
Distilling 100
Gathering and Arranging Things 109
Play and Ornamentation 115
At Work 124
Vision 132
4 Create with What You Already Have 139
Beginning Close to Home 141
Creating with the Environment 149
Childhood Memories and Gifts 159
5 Practice 171
Acting and Not Acting 173
Becoming a Stranger 175
Repetition 181
Going On to the Next One 190
Criticism 193
Wonder before the Object 204
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    get off the pot

    lookin for inspiration? this book will help you break old patterns. enlarge your imagination.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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