Today’s topic is The Creative Process. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants.
I was interviewed recently by Susun Weed, famed herbal wisewoman and shamanic practitioner. We had a very interesting conversation about healing ancestral patterns in families, using creativity to heal and access information in our psyche that integrates us, and the nature of balance and yin/yang or feminine/masculine energy dynamics. We disagreed sometimes, but it was a rousing discussion!
My sense about creative approaches to healing is that it is a great untapped resource. Obviously people have been creating since the beginning of time, but utilizing the creative spirit as a healing application is still not considered a main stream practice. Yet, I can think of no faster way (that I’ve experienced) to integrate one’s psyche. And it’s FUN.
I’ve experienced so many modes of healing…psychotherapy, group therapy, art therapy, sand tray therapy, body work, rage work, grief work, energy work…and all of them are useful in their own way. I have found that certain modalities were great at certain times, and that sometimes a combination of modalities was the correct way to go. All of these are wonderful, and have their place in the world of healing.
Having said that (and honoring the bridges that carried me over), creative work has been my ace in the hole. The spontaneous creation of visual, musical, or expressive arts has been the quickest, most effective and painless way to heal. I believe it is because it emanates from the inside, rather than being prompted from the outside.
Our creativity is a natural out flowing of energy that moves through us…an expression of our readiness, our state of being, our interest and curiosity. Our psyche will never let us go where it is not ready to explore. Sometimes if we are relying on a practitioner to guide us, we can be pushed into territory we aren’t necessarily equipped to deal with.
When we are partnering with our own creativity, we are in safe company. If we are following our inner prompts through creativity, we can never receive pushing from the outside that might edge us into a place that we aren’t ready to handle, or worse, traumatize us further. I know that practitioners have every intention of helping us, but they are human, too. It is possible that they can say or do something that is outside what we’re ready for in our healing process.
I have been fortunate to have attracted some exquisite practitioners, and I’m so grateful for their help. And now, when I do feel the need for another set of eyes and ears, I can hire someone for targeted assistance because I know what I need.
This is the way I work with clients, too. I tend to attract people who already have a sense of self, but want a well-traveled guide to help them navigate the wilds of the inner territories of the psyche. And I utilize creativity as a key component of the work because it enables them to make maps of that marvelous inner landscape that they are traveling. FROM THE INSIDE.
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- Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud looks at the common lies we tell ourselves about creativity in The Eternal Summer of the Creative Mind.
- Caitriona at Wholesome Ireland – from start to new beginnings.
- Hannah M. Davis writes about Unleashing Your Authentic Voice. So many of us would love to write a life-changing book. How do you get over the blocks and barriers that hold you back?
- Sylda from Mind the Baby compares her creative process to a maelstrom of weather warnings.
- In “As an Artist”, Lucy Pierce at Soulskin Musings offers a poem about how the creative process beckons her through many of the archetypes of womanhood.
- Jackie Stewart at Flowerspirit.co.uk talks about how creativity is opening up a space for the unknown to reveal itself to you in ‘Creativity Flourishes in the Sacred Unknown’.
- Alex at Art of Birth shares some practical tips on how you can unlock your creative goddess within!
- Nicki at justlikeplay shares a love letter to her muse.
- Marija Smits has a conversation with her muse and reflects on the difficulties of catching and creating from the Goddess of Inspiration.
- Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on her creative process.
- Licia Berry, Illumined Arts “Creativity and Healing are Ideal Partners”. The creation of visual, musical, or expressive arts is the quickest, most effective and painless way to heal.
- Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak – My creative process and how to break creative blocks.
- Ali Baker talks about connecting
with the call of the wolf when she cries to us to do so means giving
our time and permission to honour the creative process within all of us.
- Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush reflects on her creative process.
- KatyStuff thinks that projects need time to mature, that is why she is a fabric and craft hoarder.
- Aimée at Creativeflutters goes into her creative process and looks at what makes things tick or flop in “Spontaneous She – How to Keep Your Muse at Work”.
- Kae at The Wilde Womb muses about her common creative blocks as a parent and how she systematically breaks through them.
- Angela at Peach Coglo tries to get comfortable with her own creative process.
- Biromums write about their creative processes.
- Dawn at The Barefoot Home believes the creative process can’t be taught it has to come organically and at its own pace.
- Tara at Aquamarine Art began uncovering her lost inner artist over 5 years ago and shares her experiences and inspirations in “From Spark to Bonfire: The Evolution of A Creative Process.”
- Darcel at The Mahogany Way examines her own creative process.
- Sharron at Adventures on the mindful path writes and creates in between (and sometimes while) chasing two little boys and a puppy.
- Laura at Authentic Parenting reflects on her creative process.
- Georgie at Visual Toast explores what the creative process looks like for her.