Intentional Creativity Gives Your Heart Wings
The picture to the right depicts the rich lineage of the Intentional Creativity movement. American sculptor and author, Lenore Thomas Straus, mentored Master Painter & teacher, Sue Hoya Sellars, who mentored Intentional Creativity® movement and Color of Woman school founder, Shiloh Sophia McCloud. With the founding of the school, Shiloh took the movement to a broader level, educating hundreds of women who in turn use the method in their teaching, coaching and numerous other modalities.
At this point, the growth of the movement is exponential, like the circle of ripples radiating when a stone hits a pool of water. People all over the world are touched by the loving wave of the Intentional Creativity movement.
The Intentional Creativity method comes down to this – people exploring those deep inner heart spaces they may not have been able to access before, and as a result, experiencing positive transformation and healing. All through the stroke of the pen and the wielding of the paintbrush. I’ve been honored to witness it time and again – women standing at their easels, experiencing profound discoveries and shifts in their thinking and their relationship to the world around them.
Change is happening, one heart, one soul at a time.
I’m a Color of Woman School 2016 graduate, and I’m deeply moved and feel extraordinarily fortunate to be a part of this evolution.
“Intentional Creativity” is as old as time itself, and can be simply defined as taking an action with mindfulness. Cooking a meal while thinking about how you want to nourish and love those who eat the food is intentional creativity. Writing a blog with the intention of helping your audience transform a negative belief into something positive is intentional creativity. And, creating a painting with the intention of diving deeply within your own being to uncover your deepest, most authentic truth is intentional creativity.
My own practice of intentional creativity is based on the teachings of Shiloh Sophia McCloud, founder of the Color of Woman School and the Intentional Creativity® movement. Before I encountered Shiloh and her work, I figured that all artists decide what to paint, grab a brush, and paint it – the end. In my limited view, everything moved from the artist to the canvas. I didn’t consider when we paint with intention and openness, we avail ourselves to the portal of the canvas, creating a back and forth information flow, and can receive the messages and visions that come toward us. The process can lead to profound transformations in our lives.
Now when I paint, it’s a symbiotic relationship between the canvas and myself, as if I’m dancing with the canvas. And as the music intensifies and our movement progresses, this tango takes me to unexpected, amazing places.
In this dance, I inquire. I listen. I paint. And the steps are repeated as I sashay across the floor. I continue these steps of inquiring, listening, and painting – until the dance for that particular painting is complete.
Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.
– L.R. Knost
An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.
– Ancient Chinese Proverb
Our intention creates our reality.
– Wayne Dyer
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
– Erich Fromm
Intentional Creativity Lineage Photograph
provided by Shiloh Sophia McCloud
Original Artwork and other photographs
by Andrea Christensen