In his book On Becoming a Person, Carl Rogers wrote the following set of conditions for “constructive creativity” (rather than destructive creativity.) BTW, Carl Rogers is considered one of the founders of Humanistic Psychology… 1) Openness to experience, which he called “extensionality.” This is the opposite of psychological defensiveness and it implies a tolerance for [ Read more … ]
Teaching, Coaching & Facilitating
In No More Secondhand Art, Peter London wrote that artists were custodians of issues larger than themselves. This is also true for those of us working in diverse areas of social change: our tasks our larger than we are. Our work isn’t simply a matter of expressing ourselves properly, fixing what appears to be broken, [ Read more … ]
From the artist Corita Kent’s book, Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit: “A tremendously constricting force on our contemporary society is the concept of the professional or specialist, who deals for the most part with what has already been done and builds on his own limits. To the extent we can approach [ Read more … ]
Magda Cragg, speaking of her partner, the poet Lew Welch said, "He made space around you, so you could grow."
Saints and sages have always claimed that the true seat of the mind is in the heart. In 1932 an American Indian medicine man told Carl Jung that white men, with their wrinkled faces and constant anger, were insane and killed so wantonly becuase they thought in their heads. Whole people, he explained, think in [ Read more … ]