Posts Tagged 'creativity'

Quote of the Day

“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say, ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’ This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”         Wendell Berry, from Poetry and Marriage: The Use of Old Forms

Quote of the Day

Concerning the Via Creativa path of creation spirituality: “Creativity is not about painting a picture or producing an object; it is about wrestling with the demons and angels in the depths of our psyches and daring to name them, to put them where they can breathe and have space and we can look at them. This process of listening to our images and birthing them allows us to embrace our ‘enemies’—that is, the shadow side of ourselves—as well as to embrace our biggest visions and dreams. Art-as-meditation becomes the basic prayer form in the practice of creation spirituality.”
Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth

Quote of the Day

“If you take life absolutely seriously, you must realize there’s the counter-play to it, that the world of law is simply an optional world. When you do something you create a pattern that excludes other possibilities, and there comes a time for opening up to all possibility and the creative act.

Actually, everybody who has ever done creative work of any kind knows this moment. You make your plans in terms of what the mind can think of, and if you hold to those plans you’re going to have a dry, dead piece of work. What you have to do is open out underneath into chaos, and then a new thing comes, and if you bring your critical faculty down too early you’re going to kill it.

There’s a beautiful letter that Schiller wrote to a young author who was having the trouble that’s known as writer’s block. This young writer had oh, so much to say, but he couldn’t write. This is a normal situation. Schiller said simply, ‘Your problem is that you’re bringing the critical factor into play before you have let the lyric factor work.’

Look what happens to us in our schools: we learn to criticize Milton and Shakespeare and Goethe and everybody else, and then the teacher says, ‘Now do some creative work.’ You sit down and this bit of spilth begins coming out and you think, Oh, my God! That’s nothing. Of course you can’t write like Shakespeare, but you can write like you, perhaps, if you let yourself go.”

Joseph Campbell, Goddeses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine

Word Collage

img026At our most recent meeting of the NWA Friends of Jung as part of our Creativity theme, we did a word collage project where we cut out words that interested us and then made a poem or “word person” graphic out of them. Attached below is a PDF of the results.


Are More Eccentric Artists Perceived As Better Artists?


Check out this short NPR article on our perceptions and stereotypes about eccentric artists.

The Dark Side of Creativity


In preparation for our discussions next month on Creativity and Depression, here’s a CNN article by William Lee Adams on the possible links between creativity and mental health.

Teleseminar on Creativity

The Assisi Institute presents a teleseminar “Patterns of the Creative Psyche” on Thursday evenings, October 3, 10, and 17, 2013 from 8–9pm EST. Specifically, the topics to be explored are:

October 3rd, 2013
Expressions of “The Wounded Healer Archetype” in the Creative Unconscious
Sandra Salzillo

October 10th, 2013
The Exile and Ecstasy of the Creative Psyche:
Exploring the Creative Tension Inherent within the Artist
Loralee Scott-Conforti

October 17th, 2013
Bearing the Shadow, Bringing the Light:
Mary Magdalene and the Arts
Kayleen Asbo

Cost is $49 for the series or $20 per seminar. Go to the website to register.

Images of Wholeness Through the Genius of Art with Mary Wells Barron

Please check the Events page for information on two workshops by Senior Jungian Analyst Mary Wells Barron in Rogers, Arkansas, on November 8-9, 2013.

Creative Problem Solving


At our first meeting of NWA Friends of Jung last night, we were deep in discussion about this year’s topic: Creativity. At one point there was a flurry of activity on one side of the room when Lois lost a microscopic screw out of her glasses and a lens fell out. The group discussion continued on while Lois worried how she would drive home. I noticed at some point that Jim had left the room and I assumed he had to take a phone call or needed a break. When he returned he had Lois’s glasses, all in one piece. He had gone to his car hoping to find something to use as a temporary fix and found a staple, which worked perfectly. Creativity as we speak!

What Tugs on Our Sleeves


As a follow-up to the previous post on Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk, I saw this on author Anne Lamott’s Facebook page, also speaking about our relationship to creativity and our obligation to it.

“. . . Anyway, Onward and Upward. I have a new piece to work on. It stopped by the other day, and tugged on my sleeve. Luckily, I had a pen on me. I began to scribble ideas and glimpses down. I always try to act like a story’s law clerk—do the research, scribble down possible structures, take dictation, and in general be its go-fer; be at its beck and call. I have two really god-awful paragraphs so far, that are earnest AND incoherent, way too detailed and ironic, trying too hard to be funny and erudite…to which I say HOORAY. Back in the saddle!”


The NWA Friends of Jung meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month in the library at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Sunday Dream Group meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 2–3:30 in the library at St. Paul’s.

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