Creating From the Spirit

Creating From the Spirit

Living Each Day as A Creative Act

Book - 1996
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Providing a thought-provoking introduction to the roots of creativity, the best-selling author of Expect a Miracle explains how to unleash creativity within ourselves and how to bring it to bear in every aspect of our lives. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Wakefield explodes the many myths often associated with the mysterious creative process: that creativity is only for the artistic elite, that women's work is less creative than men's, and that to be creative means one must be tormented, alienated, neurotic, irresponsible, and a failure at relationships. The truth is that many of us are blocked by low self-esteem, unrealistic expectations, stultifying routine, or the double demons of money and artistic standing - we compartmentalize our lives into the "creative" and the "commonplace".
Drawing on examples from religion, philosophy, and literature, and exercises such as journaling and right-brain drawing, Creating from the Spirit teaches us that the key to creation is clarity of body, mind, and spirit. This book challenges the "dangerous nirvanas" of drug and alcohol as false agents of inspiration, examines the stereotype of tortured artists like Dylan Thomas, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jackson Pollock, and Kurt Cobain, and contrasts them with portraits of fulfilled and healthy creators, such as Toni Morrison, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Michael Jordan, and Hildegarde of Bingen. Creating from the Spirit guides us into the art of "emptying" ourselves of the incessant chatter that deadens both senses and soul. It teaches us the wisdom of "filling up" by accessing our natural perceptions and hidden creative resources. This cycle is brilliantly expressed in the lives and words of twenty "creators of the spirit" - from artists and writers to scientists and athletes, to CEOs and chefs - who have learned to embrace each moment as a creative act.

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Providing an introduction to the roots of creativity, the author explains how to unleash creativity within ourselves and how to bring it to bear in every aspect of our lives

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345374301
Branch Call Number: 153.35 Wa 1996
Characteristics: viii, 321 pages ; 24 cm


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May 30, 2015

(Writing.) It's hard not to feel compassion and admiration for Wakefield. In his book, he describes every demon that ever haunted him or blocked his creative self. Through illustrations from his own life and the lives of other famous creative types, he does his best to protect his readers from the same traps. From time to time, the tone is preachy, but that is because Wakefield makes such a fervent attempt to ensure that others won't endure his fate or mistake suffering for romantic creative catalyst. Exercises in self-knowledge and creativity at the back.


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