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The Pleasures of Being Human

The Pleasures of Being Human

The Pleasures of Being Human by Jeff Leisawitz, illustration by Megan Hills   The other day I was cruising down the I5 freeway going from Seattle to Olympia to visit Jetta, an old college friend. It was a day off. I was free from the job, the hassle of life in general, everything. It felt like summer vacation when I was a kid growing up in Pennsylvania. More than anything it felt like I had space— in my mind, in my heart, and on the open road. I was sort of sick of the million songs on my

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Science of Mind Magazine Book Review

Science of Mind Magazine Book Review

Science of Mind Magazine Book Review I am honored and excited to have gotten a wonderful review in the international magazine: Science of Mind. Below is the review in it’s entirety. 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

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How to Doodle a Mandala

How to Doodle a Mandala

How do you draw a mandala? (See video at the end of the blog post). While there are many ways to draw a mandala, my favorite is to get out a pad of paper, a pencil and start doodling one! I find my best mandala moments are spur of the moment and not thought out. This whole thing (the book, the workshops, retreats and blog) all started from a simple mandala doodle. Once I realized I could just draw one without special equipment (a compass, a ruler, etc), I couldn’t stop. The first mandala I just doodled

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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 until

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8 Simple Steps to Draw a Mandala

8 Simple Steps to Draw a Mandala

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. Draw a dot 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.  It’s like

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Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert

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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