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Deborah Anne Quibell, Jennifer Leigh Selig and Dennis Patrick Slattery

Seven Ways to Spark Your Creative Spirit

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Deep Creativity by Deborah Anne Quibell, Jennifer Leigh Selig, and Dennis Patrick Slattery explores the depths of the creative process and how to access it. The authors offer insights, exercises and examples to inspire and guide individuals towards unlocking their full creative potential.

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    We are all creative at a deep level, and can embrace this in various ways – the first of which is through love.

    Have you ever wondered what’s going on deep below the surface of your consciousness?

    Well, if you’d ask a depth psychologist, they’ll tell you: a lot. Underneath the conscious level, our psyche is constantly active, influencing us in mysterious ways.

    And it’s constantly creative, too. What are dreams and fantasies, ideas and moods, but the imaginative creations of our subconscious?

    Our inherent creativity is something we should all celebrate. The authors call it deep creativity – the creativity that stems from the depths of our subconscious. At this deep level, we are all creative, and we should cultivate this creativity.

    So let’s dive in.

    The key message here is: We’re all creative at a deep level, and can embrace this in various ways – the first of which is through love.

    The three authors identify seven ways to tap into our deep creativity, and we’ll explore each in turn, starting with the first: love.

    Romantic love is a well-established engine of creativity. Just think of the great Italian poet Dante, who was inspired to write reams of poetry after just a fleeting encounter with his muse, Beatrice.

    But other sorts of love can also inspire creative work – even the love of creating itself. Recently, Dennis – one of the authors – took up painting for the first time in decades. Back when he was in high school, a teacher had chastised him for painting unrealistically colorful trees. But he now realizes that, for him, realism is beside the point. What’s important is the love of creation.

    Having said that, Deborah – one of the other authors – notes that reality can be inspirational, too. She describes reality as the particularity of the world, and encourages everyone to look at, and love, the precise way that things are. Look at the leaves on a tree in fall. What story are they telling, as they curl and brown and fall to the earth? Love the world around you, and it will reward you with inspiration.

    When Jennifer – the third author – thinks of love, she thinks of life. When she was 12 years old, she almost died when a friend shot her at point-blank range. Luckily, the gun was only loaded with blanks. However, this near-death experience opened her up to the simple joy of existence, and loving the wonders of the world around her.

    How does love inspire you? Whether it’s love for a person, the world, or even creation itself, it can help you unlock your innate creativity.

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    What is Deep Creativity about?

    Deep Creativity (2019) encourages you to celebrate your inner creative impulses as a means of self-expression. The three authors tell personal stories about their creative practice and offer sage advice for how to live a creatively satisfying life.

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    Deep Creativity (2019) explores the depths of the creative process and invites readers to tap into their own unique wellspring of creativity. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its thought-provoking insights and exercises, it challenges readers to expand their understanding of creativity and unlock new avenues of imagination.
    • Drawing from diverse disciplines such as psychology, mythology, and spirituality, it offers a holistic approach to creativity that goes beyond traditional notions.
    • The book's emphasis on self-discovery and self-expression encourages readers to explore their inner landscape and embrace the transformative power of creative expression.

    Who should read Deep Creativity?

    • Creative souls
    • Dabblers in depth psychology
    • Searchers for inner peace and fulfillment

    About the Author

    Deborah Anne Quibell, Jennifer Leigh Selig, and Dennis Patrick Slattery are all writers and depth psychologists. All doctors of philosophy, they either studied or have taught at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. Deborah is a published poet and healing and meditation teacher; Jennifer worked in education for over 30 years and has written or worked on over 16 books; and Dennis is faculty emeritus at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has worked on 24 books, including a novel.

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    The main message of Deep Creativity is that everyone is capable of tapping into their creativity and harnessing it to bring about positive change.

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    Deep Creativity is definitely worth reading. It offers profound insights and practical techniques that will ignite your creative potential and help you thrive.

    Who is the author of Deep Creativity?

    The authors of Deep Creativity are Deborah Anne Quibell, Jennifer Leigh Selig, and Dennis Patrick Slattery.

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