WHAT WE ACHE FOR: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul

Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Author, Oriah, Author . Harper San Francisco
, 21.95 (240p) ISBN (240p) ISBN 978-0-06-001196-3

"I am drawn to write not because I think the creative process will bring me happiness, but because when I write I am happy." So admits Oriah Mountain Dreamer, writer, artist, workshop and retreat leader. Sharing more than a handful of deeply personal experiences, she demonstrates the intrinsic connection between creativity, spirituality and sexuality, which she defines as "an awareness of and appreciation for our physical life and a material reality alive with sensual detail." While most of her examples discuss the process of writing, she carefully includes all forms of creativity—from dance to music to physical art. A ready-made audience familiar with her bestselling titles (The Invitation, The Dance and The Call ) will welcome her latest offering. New readers, artists or not, will find a variety of treasures within this volume: the suggested contemplations, warm-up or writing exercises or even just her personal struggles as a creator. Many may breathe a sigh of relief when given permission to end a thought mid-sentence if it's going nowhere; may not realize that they're stifling creativity if they're trying to create in the same place they pay their bills; may not admit that creative people must cultivate "necessary silence." Those looking to refresh their spirit, revive their creativity or merely get to know themselves better should spend some time with this book. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/28/2005
Release date: 04/01/2005
Genre: Nonfiction
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