• An Artist's Journey,  Applied Creativity

    Clarity In Chaos: How to Be Confident In Uncertain Times

    With my partner still out of work and unemployment benefits about to run out, I am wondering we will heat our home for the winter.   I am one of the lucky ones, and I know it. At least I’m not wondering where home will be.  Here in the United States, not only are we dealing with a pandemic that has shut down life as we knew it, but our politicians are so busy playing partisan games that there is still, after months of talks, no relief in sight for Americans facing joblessness, homelessness, and worse.  We may wish to make a plan, but the variables are overwhelming: How long will the pandemic last? How will the election impact…

  • Applied Creativity

    Compassionate Witness

    One of my favorite items is a small tooled leather notebook cover by Oberon Design*. It holds a tiny Moleskine book that has become a core part of my creative practice, moving it from the mundane to the spiritual, and augmenting the resilience I draw from it. I call it my “Witness Book”. Within the body of practice known as Intentional Creativity, we commonly refer to the legend of the Red Thread, which says that we are connected from birth by an invisible red thread to all those whom we need to meet in our life on Earth. This thread can stretch and tangle, but it can never break. When…

  • Applied Creativity

    Creativity and the Change I Want to Be

    I love Gandhi’s teaching to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world’. In practice, though, it often feels overwhelming. There is too much that needs changing: no one person can ‘be’ all of it. Systems of finance, government and education seem to conspire in teaching that change comes at too high a cost; and we are socialized to know that being different carries a heavy penalty. For those who have the resources to effect significant change, there is tremendous incentive to maintain the status quo. We can choose to be the change anyway. We must be gentle with ourselves, especially at first: just pick one. We must…