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DL: Creative Connection
Transcript of DL: Creative Connection
a book review
by Julie Flynn
The Creative Connection was written by Natalie Rogers, daughter of Carl Rogers, in 1993
In this book Natalie outlines how to combine person-centered therapy and creative expression for individuals and their clients. She uses mediums like:
Paint, Pastels, Crayons, Pencils, Markers
Humanistic Principles that form the foundation of the Creative Connection Process.
All people have an innate ability to be creative.
The creative process is healing.
Personal growth and higher states of consciousness are achieved through self-awareness, self-understanding, and insight.
Self-awareness, understanding and insight are achieved by delving into our emotions.
Our feelings and emotions are an energy source.
The expressive arts- including movement, art, writing, sound, music, meditation and imagery- leads us into the unconsciousness.
Art modes interrelate in what I call the creative connection. When we move, it affects how we write or paint. When we write or paint, it affects how we think and feel. During the creative Connection process, one art stimulates and nurtures the other, bringing us to an inner core or essence which is our life energy.
A connection exists between our life force- our inner-core, or soul- and the essence of all beings.
Therefore, as we journey inward to discover our essence or wholeness, we discover our relatedness to the outer world. The inner and outer world become one.
Expressive Art Therapy "is focused on getting in touch with your own psychomythology, instead of being fixated on their psychopathology" (49).
Doing this kind of work can help clients:
Identify and be in touch with feelings
Explore unconscious material
Discover Intuitive, mythological and spiritual dimensions of
Natalie's Credo for working people in expressive arts therapy is a beautiful way to create sacred creative space- the kind I hope to create when working with kids and adults in my studio. It is written as follows:
I am aware that going on one's inner journey can be a frightening, exhilarating,
and exhausting adventure.
I will be present for you but not intrusive.
I have faith that you know how to take care of yourself. I won't be responsible for you or take away your power.
Nor will I abandon you.
I will respect you and your decision for yourself. I have faith in you ability.
I will support you and encourage you on your inner journey.
I may challenge you and your belief system, at times, but I will always respect you and your truth. I will encourage you to try new things, to take risks into the unknown of your inner world, but I will never push you.
I will offer you expressive arts media to help you open to your own innate creativity and discover your inner essence. You are free to not use these media.
At times I will give you my opinions and feedback but you will always check it out to see if it is meaningful to you.
I will honor my own boundaries and yours to the best of my ability. I will share my value system and beliefs with you so that you know why I am saying and doing what I say and do.
I am open to learning from you at all times.
I make mistakes, do things I'm not pleased with and am misguided at times. In such instances I will say so. I am able to so 'I'm sorry'
I feel this creative work is incredibly important and I want to share it with kids and adults- with hopes to increase the value we place on creativity in our society. Natalie says in this book: "
It seems imperative that we offer many ways and opportunities for people- particularly youth- to use their creative energy constructively. We currently have stifled so much of the individual's playful, spontaneous expression that the society is functioning like a pressure cooker about to explode
So let's create!!!