In her book, If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland wrote: When we ignore the imagination, we stop living from our center, from the creative fountain, and we live from the periphery, from externals. Imagination brings possibility. As educator Maxine Greene said, “The role of imagination is to awaken, to disclose the ordinarily unseen, unheard, [ Read more … ]
Learning & Creative Process
We get to the true heart of who we are when we do our most creative work.
When we do the most creative work that we can possibly do, we get to the true heart of who we are. Creating requires openness, flexibility, and ‘not knowing’: Hold beginner’s mind: Step back from what’s happening so you can see what wants to emerge. Work with what’s available: encourage what’s under the surface to [ Read more … ]
6 questions to ask when you’re stuck
6 questions to ask when you’re stuck: How can I give myself and this project more space? What do I really love or feel passionate about? If I wasn’t stuck, what would I do? Where is the most beautiful, nurturing place I can take a walk right now? Is there a tiny action step I [ Read more … ]
Creativity lets us have a conversation with Something greater than ourselves.
Our desire to create certain outcomes impedes transformation. For brilliant work (and lives) we need to let go and let Something else work through us.
The psyche prefers to work with images.
For many years I led creative writing workshops. Early on I noticed that some writing prompts tended to keep people entrenched in analytical thinking and their subsequent writing was heady and dry. These exercises often involved using a word or newspaper headline to write from. Their writing might have been slick and witty, but it [ Read more … ]