Archive for the Creativity Category

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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What is Creativity? An Interview with Lisa Ferraro

What is Creativity? An Interview with Lisa Ferraro

You can’t mention Lisa Ferraro without including Erika Luckett. Lisa and Erika are a spiritual duo that bring the power of pure love and divine creative energy to us through their presence as devotees and gifted musicians and singers. The lists of accolades for both Lisa and Erika are well deserved and long! Here’s a highlight for each: Lisa Ferraro’s CD “Serenading the Moon” made the Billboard Jazz Charts. She has written music for ABC TV (Wife Swap), Polygram Films, Major League Baseball (More Than A Man for Roberto Clemente), The Roberto Clemente Foundation, PBS (The Other Side

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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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What is Creativity? An Interview with Kirsten Bowen

What is Creativity? An Interview with Kirsten Bowen

I met Kirsten Bowen through Hayley Savage (now Hayley Deeter) at Hayley Gallery in New Albany, Ohio. I was planning a surprise birthday party for my husband and was looking for a venue that was different than the usual spots and ended up at Hayley Gallery. Kirsten had her work on display at the gallery when I went to make the plans for the party. First of all Hayley Deeter is one of the most influential women in the arts in Ohio. Her gallery has an incredible story of its own, stemming from her love and commitment

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What is Creativity? An Interview with Paul Haussenstamm

What is Creativity? An Interview with Paul Haussenstamm

I met Paul Haussenstamm about 15 years ago through my mandala teacher, Merry Norris.  Merry had studied with Paul for a couple of years and brought him into her home to do a colored pencil mandala workshop.  I knew Paul was from California, but I wasn’t expecting him to look like an athletic surfer. Turns out, he was a surfer and in many ways, acted like a surfer, at least my stereotypical view of one. Kind of macho and funny and authentic. When it came to mandalas, Paul was 100% engaging. The story I remember him telling us

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What is Creativity? An Interview with Carisa Holmes

What is Creativity? An Interview with Carisa Holmes

I met Carisa Holmes at the Center for Spiritual Living. The first time I experienced her creative magic is when she was the guest performer. Carisa is a beautiful woman and reminded me of someone I had met before. It took me a long time to figure out who it was. It turns out it wasn’t a person, it was Sri Lankan goddesses. I was looking at some pictures of a trip that I had taken to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a tiny island just off the southern tip of India. It is rich in Buddhist and

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What is Creativity? An Interview With Karen Drucker

What is Creativity? An Interview With Karen Drucker

Karen Drucker is a goddess and a highly sought-after singer, speaker and workshop/retreat facilitator. Her experience in music is diverse and long. She has been a singing mermaid, a singing casket, and was literally “elevator music” when she was hired to sing and play piano in a moving elevator. Karen was the music director for 3 different New Thought churches and was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Music for her work within The Centers for Spiritual Living Community, and a “Grace Note” award for her work within the Unity Movement. WOW. I experienced first hand Karen’s

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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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