Dressing for War

I have been hopeful, prayerful, committed to the positive, the good, the light shining through. I visualize justice, affirm fairness, put dollars and love in the hands of the poor, but every day the light is eclipsed by a curtain of darkness. It is rolling in like the tide, taking our breath away, drowning our hope, our memories of a kind and gentle nation. I am putting on my combat gear, dressing for war against this tsunami Continue reading

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The Many Sides of Telling a Story

  I spoke with a friend yesterday who’s recovering from breast cancer. I’ve known her for thirty years. When I asked how she was doing, she said, “Well, I’m learning how to get my story right.” “Remember that story about me hunting with my father when I was a teen?” she asked. “The one where I had my .22 rifle and Dad went up ahead with the dog to flush out some quail?” “Yes, I remember. You Continue reading

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Learning the Art of Spiritual Storytelling

The path of spiritual evolution is one of the rockiest and most perilous of paths— filled with conflict, pitfalls and drama. For a writer, that’s the good news. Jan Phillips Here’s a nutshell description of a spiritual memoir that’s being shopped around right now by an agent in Manhattan: Accidental Mystic is a memoir of sensual awakening and spiritual transformation. It follows the trajectory of a young, Catholic lesbian who shape-shifts from misfit to mystic as she Continue reading

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Why Your Story Matters

One night during a lecture by Gloria Steinem at Syracuse University, a female student in her twenties stood up at the podium during the question and answer period. She said that she had been raised in a family with four brothers and a father who was abusive to their mother as well as the children. She was concerned be­cause she was noticing that her brothers were becoming abusive to their girl­friends and that all she knew to Continue reading

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Maybe Not My President, But Definitely My Muse

You have awakened the creative spirit of so many Americans. You are instigating deep prayer, fervent hope, prophetic action among those who resist your divisive actions. You are rousing the masses from a time of drowsiness and igniting our imaginations as we co-create communities of kindness and compassion.

We are the artists at life, the creators of culture, and we will prevail. This is what we celebrate: we are the leaven of this land, and we are on the rise.

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An Artist Goes to the Wall for Her Beliefs

It’s impossible to find good news on the television these days, so I’m being forced to create my own. Luckily, this is not hard. I am surrounded by people who amaze me. My friend Ruth is one of them. Not only did she co-author my latest book, Creativity Unzipped: Why Your Thoughts Matter, but she created an entire body of work called FLOW that she donated to the Institute of Noetic Sciences—the whole works—as a fundraiser for Continue reading

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Stop Learning, Start Knowing

You have learned enough. You do not need another how-to book. Your research is done, for the time being, and it is time now to make something of what you know. The process of enlightenment is one of subtraction, not addition, writes mystic Meister Eckhart. To become luminous, let go of the darkness, let go of your negative beliefs. Luminous is our natural state. We are children of the light, born from exploding stars and supernovae. Carl Continue reading

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A cool thing about prayer

May 18, 2106-I sent this in my Museletter today. If you don’t receive it, you might like to sign up. The artist deals with what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words. Ursula LeGuin (Introduction to Left Hand of Darkness) The quote above by LeGuin is why I hold fiction writers in the highest regard. Since Creativity Unzipped Continue reading

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Intro to “Marry Your Muse”

Silhouette of woman watching sunset on the beach

I ran across this piece of writing as I was redoing this website and transferring files. It’s the introduction to my book Marry Your Muse. I thought when I read it, that it still has some value, so I’m sharing it here. I hope you enjoy it…

This is a book about deepening our relationship with the Creative Spirit. It is an exploration into possibility, an exercise in dissolving the line between the mundane and the magical, the sacred and the secular. As much as it is about doing, it is about undoing. As clearly as it speaks to creating, it speaks to being created.

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