Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit

Deep Creativity: Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit


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A deeply intimate exploration of the "7 Ways" to creativity led by three authors whose collaboration provides meditations on the creative process as well as practical and reflective exercises.

Reignite your creative spark with accessible meditations and practices developed by three experts on creativity and collaboration across three generations. Whether you’re a filmmaker, writer, musician, artist, graphic designer, dabbler, or doodler, all creative people face the challenges of myriad distractions and pressure to produce. Devoting space for the creative spark has become increasingly difficult. Deep Creativity is a call for making that space and an invitation to intentionally and introspectively engage with the creative life through seven time-tested pathways, available to you right where you are. The authors’ novel approach includes fifteen principles of creativity that not only inspire but also set you up for a lifetime of self-expression. This highly resourceful book offers practical guidance as well as deep reflection on the creative process.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611806762
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 467,893
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Deborah Anne Quibell, PhD, has taught healing and meditation for over fourteen years and holds a PhD in depth psychology. She studied under Master Choa Kok Sui, the founder of modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga. She has published in academic journals and top online publications and authored Soulbird: Poems for Flying. She is a senior instructor for the Institute for Inner Studies and teaches pranic healing, yoga, and meditation in Europe and the United States. She is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and festivals and has made television and radio appearances.

Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD, spent over thirty years in education, where she was known for her innovative and cross-disciplinary approach to curriculum and program development in literature, humanities, and depth psychology. She travels the world teaching courses on deep creativity, including deep memoir and deep vocation. She is the author of dozens of newspaper articles, book reviews, journal articles, three screenplays, and is either the author, editor, contributor, or publisher of over sixteen books. She is a frequently invited speaker to national and international conferences, symposiums, and workshops.

Dennis Patrick Slattery, PhD, has taught for over forty-five years, most recently at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he is faculty emeritus. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor, of twenty-four books including seven volumes of poetry and a novel, and he has published over two hundred articles. A frequent guest on radio talk shows, he offers “riting” personal myth retreats across the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Switzerland. He enjoys working with a wide variety of audiences interested in using writing and drawing to explore the mythology that moves within them.

Table of Contents

Foreword Thomas Moore, PhD ix

Introduction 1

Fifteen Principles of Deep Creativity 7

Part 1 The Way Of Love

Breathing into Love 11

The Gasp: Falling in Love with, the Particularity of Things 14

Love, Death, and a Loaded Gun: Meditations on Creative Immortality 28

Creating Love through the Love of Creating 40

Breathing Love Out 49

Part 2 The Way Of Nature

Breathing into Nature 55

Understanding Sea Turtle: Moving toward the Spirit of the Depths 58

"A Creativity We Cannot Fathom": Hallowed Be Nature's Name 71

Creativity, Nature, and the Field of Play 84

Breathing Nature Out 95

Part 3 The Way Of The Muse

Breathing into the Muse 101

Amidst a Sultry City: The Muse Is Not Only in the Meadow 104

The Ones Who Light Our Way: Honoring Our Muses 116

Inspiriting the Muses and Musing the Spirits 128

Breathing the Muse Out 139

Part 4 The Way Of Suffering

Breathing into Suffering 145

The Rupture Within: Releasing the Soul-Bird 148

To Create Is to Re-Create: Repairing and Restorying Childhood Suffering 160

Suffering the Story into Being 174

Breathing Suffering Out 185

Part 5 The Way Of Practice

Breathing into Practice 191

The Creative Practices: An Imaginal Dialogue with the Voice That Moves (and Blocks) Me 194

Strategies to Survive the Flood, Land the Plane, and Get the Kernel to Pop without Mortifying Oneself at 4:00 in the Morning 209

One Writer's Insistence on Resistance 221

Breathing Practice Out 235

Part 6 The Way Of The Sacred

Breathing into the Sacred 239

Art as Sacrament: In Holy Dialogue with the Divine 242

All That You Do Is Sacred: Everyday Reverence as Attitude and Act 255

Knocked from Your Horse by the Creative Spirit 267

Breathing the Sacred Out 277

Part 7 The Way Of Art

Breathing into Art 281

Alas! The Sky Is Blue!: Using the Art of Color to Inspire Our Creativity 284

Breathing In, Breathing Out: The Ekphrastic Response 296

Origin and Originality; What Spurs Us to Create? 308

Breathing Art Out 319

Examples of the Fifteen Principles of Deep Creativity 321

List of Reflection Questions and Creative Practices 326

About the Authors 339

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