Spotlight: Wonder, Awe, and Imagination

POSTED May 4, 2016 IN
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Wonder, awe, and imagination are the active ingredients for a passionate and creative life. Justine Willis Toms is fond of saying, “Whatever you give your fullness to will take you where you need to go.” And when you add curiosity to the mix you’ll have access to a wider landscape. Here are 4 MP3s selected from our programs to help you become your own anthropologist of the imagination.


J. Ruth GendlerThe Essential Human Essences Of Creativity, Imagination And Beauty
with J.  Ruth Gendler

Program #3521
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At a very young age, Gendler became enamored with elements of creativity such as words, colors and beauty. After years of writing, painting and teaching, she has come to know herself as an “Anthropologist of the Imagination.” She offers insight into qualities that make us human, such as joy, beauty, curiosity, and courtesy. She suggests some ways to spark our creativity. Read more »


Eric-MaiselDiscovering Your Creative Fire
with Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

Program #3531
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As a creativity coach, Dr. Maisel helps us to avoid getting stuck. He has learned to distinguish between every day creativity and the creative identity. When one self-identifies with an art form, it involves a new level of responsibility and commitment. He reminds us that great work takes more than mere interest, it takes love. Read more »


Program #3539
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A sense of wonder is an active ingredient in a passionate life. Even suffering and restlessness can be seen with curiosity, says Levoy. Making space in our minds for the unknown, and allowing creativity to flow, he says, can keep us from being pulled into the “burden of purpose.” Levoy talks of the powerful effects of small actions and the importance of saying “yes.” Read more »


Patrice VecchioneThe Wall-Less Rooms Of Nature That Inspire Imagination
With Patrice Vecchione

Program #3544
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Nature and the imagination thrive when boundaries are exposed, and both persevere when challenged. Vecchione explains how the act of being in nature expanded her imagination, which made the act of doing art become more meaningful. Wandering and letting go of control, she says, are the best ways to spark creativity. Read more »

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