The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within

The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within

by Diana Rowan
The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within

The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within

by Diana Rowan


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The Bright Way is an interactive handbook for mastering Diana Rowan’s proven system for freeing your innate creativity.

The Bright Way System has helped thousands of creatives regain their inspiration and motivation, and move past fears so that they can courageously share their visions with the world. It is based on these three principles:

1. Everyone is creative. Creativity happens whenever you directly engage with your chosen activity. (It isn’t just for artists!)

2. You must be creative to be fulfilled in life. If you’re unengaged with life, you will feel dissatisfied, like something is missing. Engage directly with life by reigniting your creativity so that you come back home to your true self.

3. You can tap into your creativity anytime, anyplace, at any age. It’s never too late, and no matter the circumstances, you can be creative.

Written for all creatives from young adults to seniors, The Bright Way’s empowering and reliable system works for a lifetime to help you:

  • move through creative blocks so that your creativity consistently flows
  • transform performance fear into joyful sharing of your work
  • finally let go of self-doubt and embrace unshakable self-confidence
Inspired by Diana’s own journey from severe creative performance anxiety to a fulfilling career as a full-time artist, this handbook is packed with actionable tips and dozens of examples so that you can make this simple yet powerful system truly your own.

Start your Bright Way journey today to access your unique creative voice and shine your light in our new world!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608686445
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 03/02/2020
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 1,087,836
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Creative alchemist Diana Rowan is founder of the Bright Way Guild, a virtual learning environment dedicated to transforming and inspiring a global community of creatives. She is also a musician and composer, performing and teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives, and throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Invitation and Initiation

As Above, So Below 3

Your Story Is My Story 13

The Bright Way Ignites 29

The Bright Way Readiness Quiz 37

The Bright Way Revelation 39

The Bright Way Philosophy: Past Wisdom + Present Illumination 45

The Bright Way Spiral: Navigating the Spiral 55

Part 2 Step into the Bright Way

Step 1 Define Your purpose 81

Fire: Light Your Eternal Flame

Step 2 Set Your Intentions 109

Water: Pour Heart and Soul into Your Purpose

Step 3 Create Your Practicum plan 129

Air: Prepare to Fly: Map Your Dreams

Step 4 Integration 161

Earth: Ground Your Intentions in Real Life

Step 5 Fulfillment 193

Spirit: Your Ongoing Creative Story: Joy and Resilience in Sacred Reciprocity

Part 3 Homecoming

Valediction: Your Creativity Spirals Ever Outward: The Wheel Turns 227

Acknowledgments 236

List of Practices 239

List of Illustrations 242

Notes 243

Bibliography 249

About the Author 253

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“The rekindling of our creative spark is the very medicine our world needs now, and this book is an exquisite testament to creativity’s value, accessibility, and necessity. . . . A clear, step-by-step framework to access your creative spark, your light of inspiration, and to come to your own bright and wild art.”
— Danielle Dulsky, author of The Holy Wild and Seasons of Moon and Flame

“Drawing from many traditions, The Bright Way offers a friendly, well-paced system for reconnecting with one’s own artistic voice, no matter how long it’s been. Rediscovering the profound joy of the creative process can be life-changing — utterly transformative — and lots of fun, especially with Diana Rowan as your guide.”
— Sam Bennett, author of Get It Done and Start Right Where You Are

“Diana Rowan’s beautiful book will be an invaluable guide and inspiration for anyone who has felt exiled from their creative self. There are depth and wisdom here; the author’s five steps offer a powerful yet accessible and practical process that will help even the most creatively blocked of us share our gifts joyfully and confidently with the world. The Bright Way shines; in its pages, creativity becomes a magical, transformative, and healing practice that enriches both self and community.”
— Philip Carr-Gomm, author of Lessons in Magic and Empower Your Life with Sophrology

“Drawing on the riches of the world’s wisdom traditions and her own personal experience, Diana Rowan invites the reader on a journey to the creative spark that is the birthright of every human being. Filled with inventive exercises and compassionate encouragement, The Bright Way offers people from all walks of life a practical road map to the creative life.”
— Gail Needleman, cocreator of the online American Folk Song Collection (

“This is that rarest of things, the self-help book that will actually help! And for the most abstract and elusive of pursuits, creativity. Every creative person knows the paralysis of performance anxiety or being blocked — including the author, who so revealingly shares that experience, and maps a beautiful way out of it.”
— Bob Guccione Jr., editor and publisher of WONDERLUST

“This illuminated manuscript presents a beautiful path to overcoming blocks and anxiety so that you can do what matters most: live your purpose, give your gifts, and connect with others.”
— Kaia Alexander (a.k.a. K. Hollan Van Zandt), award-winning author of Written in the Ashes

“If you’ve been feeling stagnant in any aspect of your life, The Bright Way will guide you to a path of illumination and newfound creativity. Diana Rowan paints in words a clear understanding of how to access a well of peace and worthiness.”
— Joanna Garzilli, award-winning author of Big Miracles

“Artist and author Diana Rowan has given us a gift. She grounds lofty philosophies and themes in practical language and lessons, with detailed guidance on discovering, exercising, sharing, and rejoicing in each person’s creative self. . . . A virtuoso performance.”
— Patrice Adcroft, former editor in chief of Seventeen magazine and author of Every Day Doughnuts and Mother, Father, Me

“If you have ever felt stuck or unsure about sharing your creativity with the world, please read Diana Rowan’s personal story of recovery and how she harnessed her fears by learning to share from her heart. If you have any inkling of doubt about sharing your creative gifts with the world, The Bright Way will guide you in fulfilling your creative purpose.”
— Cary Broussard, author of From Cinderella to CEO and CEO of Broussard Global Communications

“A powerful tool for all on the creative path, The Bright Way guides us to reconnect with our innate creative selves. Diana Rowan is a wise and loving mentor on this journey. She distills the ancient intuitive art of creativity into a thorough, practical, and clear pathway for us all.”
— Alice Giles, world-renowned harpist

“The extraordinary Irish-born musician Diana Rowan provides a much-needed window into the creative process and spirit within each of us.”
— Sam Barry, author of How to Play the Harmonica and Other Life Lessons

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