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Science of Mind Magazine Book Review

Science of Mind Magazine Book Review

Activate Divine Creativity: The Life Changing Magic of the Mandala By Kathy Rausch Reviewed by Erika Luckett If you’re looking for a powerful and simple way to access an expanded state of awareness, Kathy Rausch’s book, Activate Divine Creativity: The Life Changing Magic of the Mandala is just what you’ve been looking for. Having experienced remarkable shifts through her own journey with mandalas, Rausch shares a map for exploration and allows the reader to delight in discovering their unique terrain. Writing with the ease and intimacy of a close friend, she offers a clear and rewarding path

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The Mandala Guidebook Book Review

The Mandala Guidebook Book Review

Here’s a wonderful book that makes a perfect companion to my book, Activate Divine Creativity, The Life-Changing Magic of the Mandala. I have been studying and creating mandalas since 2000. There are quite a few good books available, however I have found most of them are either way to dense and academic, or are full of what look like computer generated mandalas to color. I teach a 10 week class based on my book. It was during this class that I discovered The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint and Color Expressive Mandala Art . While my

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What is Creativity? An Interview With Darren Poirier

What is Creativity? An Interview With Darren Poirier

Darren Poirier is one of the most surprisingly creative artists I’ve ever come across. I knew him as a passionate musician first (guitar), and then later as a self taught illustrator and painter. I’ve known Darren for several years through my good friend, Angela Croft (his wife). She would tell me about Darren who was an amazing guitarist and that he was the lead guitarist in the traveling Broadway Musical “Mamma Mia!” We were able to go to a performance of “Mamma Mia!” but of course could not discern the extent of his talent from that. It wasn’t

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What is Creativity?

What is Creativity?

I cringe when someone tells me, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” If you weren’t creative, you would have no bones… you’d be dead. This is the truth. Plain and simple. Your body needs creativity to function.  No, I’m not saying you are somehow magically doing an oil painting you’re not aware of. I’m stating the fact that your body is constantly creating, everyday, 24/7, 100% of the time.  Blood. Sweat. Tears. (And a whole lot of other gross stuff). I mean, this is no small feat! Think of it, your body is generating

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The Life-Changing Magic of the Mandala

The Life-Changing Magic of the Mandala

If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh The year 2000 was a dark time for me. I wore mostly black. I was grossly overweight and unhappy. I was drinking so much that it was affecting my company and my family life. I felt lost and alone. A few years prior to that I was cut off from my family of origin. Coming from a large tight knit family, being cut off was unheard of. Without the support I

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8 Simple Steps to Doodle Your Own Mandalas

8 Simple Steps to Doodle Your Own Mandalas

Don’t be fooled, doodling is a powerful tool to activate your divine creative self. When doodling is combined with the power of the mandala, you are accessing deep parts of your creative self! Carl Jung encouraged his patients to doodle and color mandalas. I explain this in much more detail in the book, but for now, here are the 8 steps you can use right now! Step 1. The Seed is Planted: Creation Put a dot in the middle of your paper/canvas.  This represents the “seed” of an idea you want to explore and get creative with. 

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Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert

I read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and wow, I am in love with this author. I’ve read 2 of her other books, “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Signature of All Things.“ If you haven’t read “Eat, Pray, Love”, you’ve probably been living under a rock. It was wildly popular for years and an international best seller selling over 10 million copies (much to the author’s surprise, according to her).  “The Signature of All Things” is very different. It’s a historical novel depicting the history of horticulture, agricultural trade (mostly herbs and spices) and the story of a woman growing

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3 Reasons Why Adult Coloring Books are Popular

3 Reasons Why Adult Coloring Books are Popular

Have you seen the amount of adult coloring books showing up on bookstore shelves and on Amazon? What’s the big deal? Why are they so popular? 1. We are all tired of technology. Computers, laptops, ipads, iphones, apps, updates, emails, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. Yikes!  It’s no wonder that people are taking to grabbing colored pencils and coloring on paper. We’ve had enough of it! Our brains are saturated. We’re overwhelmed. We’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. We need a rest. 2. Coloring settles the mind. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve

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Ever Changing: Always Changing

Ever Changing: Always Changing

This mandala was inspired by the ever changing nature of life. As I doodled it, I had no agenda in mind as to what I wanted to end up in the mandala. You may say, “That’s obvious! It’s so simple!” Yes, it is simple. The rule that everything changes is simple and easy if we allow it. Think of a few milestones in your life. We have hundreds of them! Everyday is a new adventure. Even as we’re going through big changes like getting married or getting a divorce, we still have to get up, suit up and show up.

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Grace and Ease: The Art of Allowing

Grace and Ease: The Art of Allowing

This mandala (my favorite one in the book) was inspired by the realization that life unfolds in perfect and miraculous ways like a flower blooming into perfection with no intervention. When I was going through the worst periods of my life, I thought it would never get better and that I didn’t deserve love. I could not see how I could possibly fix the mess that I perceived my life to be. Looking back, I see that by the grace of God, we are placed into circles and communities of people who are supporting us, even if we’re not aware.

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