The Creative Soul: Art and the Quest for Wholeness ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Lawrence H Staples

The Creative Soul: Art and the Quest for Wholeness

Fisher King Press
Publication date: April 2012
ISBN: 9780981034447
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Who we most deeply are is mirrored in our artistic work. Our need for mirroring simultaneously attracts us to and repels us from our creative callings and relationships. It is one of life's great dilemmas. Artist's block and lover's block flow from the same pool. Often, we fear deeply the very thing needed to create original art, to experience intimate relationships and to live authentic lives: we are frightened by the impulse to be fully revealed to ourselves, and to others, as this most often entails exposing the unacceptable shadowy aspects of our humanity and risking rejection. Mirrors in all their manifold guises permit us to safely see and experience ourselves in reflection and become better acquainted with the rejected, ostracized aspects of our personalities. Creative work is one of the few places where we can truly express and witness lost aspects of our authentic selves. Within us a treasure beckons. This is what we spend our lives pursuing. What slows and distracts us is not the object we long for, but where we search. To find this precious gem, we must eventually return to our own creative spirits. Topics explored in THE CREATIVE SOUL include: * OPPOSITES AND CREATIVITY -- * THE CREATIVE INSTINCT -- * OUR UNIQUE IDENTITY -- * SOME ELEMENTS OF CREATIVITY -- * SOME PREREQUISITES OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS -- * LA PETITE MORT -- * GIVING VOICE TO THE MANY LIVES WITHIN -- * DREAMS AND ACTIVE IMAGINATION AS TRIGGERS TO CREATIVITY -- * CREATIVITY AS AN INNER PARENT -- * CREATIVITY WITHIN BOUNDS -- * THE CREATIVE GAP -- * THE POWER OF SMALL -- * CREATIVITY AND INDEPENDENCE -- * ART AND THE QUEST FOR WHOLENESS -- * THERAPY AS ART -- * FEAR OF SELF-REVELATION BLOCKS CREATIVITY -- * INTIMACY AND CREATIVITY -- * THE IMPORTANCE OF MIRRORING -- * CREATIVITY, GUILT, AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT -- * CREATIVITY AND LONELINESS -- * LIFE AND THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES -- About the Author -- Lawrence Staples has a Ph.D. in psychology; his special areas of interest are the problems of midlife, guilt, and creativity. Dr. Staples is a diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich, Switzerland, and also holds AB and MBA degrees from Harvard. In addition to The Creative Soul, Lawrence is author of the popular book 'Guilt with a Twist: The Promethean Way.'
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The Creative Soul reveals the power of creativity indwelled in our souls. We have a creative instinct and another one to hide our creativity. This happens mainly because it represents ourselves, it is a mirror of our soul and we are not always prepared to face the real us. The author of this book is outlining all these mysterious feelings about creativity and the importance of this process in one’s life. This is more a philosophical book with an approach to psychology. Really captivating!
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