A teacher of mine once told me that creativity, healing and sexuality were the same substance. We separate them conceptually and linguistically because we have to, but they are in essence the same. He gave examples; the best doctors always employ creative approaches to health and healing. If I cut my hand, new skin is literally created to heal the wound. A powerful creative process is intensely alive. Sometimes referred to as flow states, the catharsis of art and expression is obviously healthy. He described sexuality in this context not as the images in advertising and television, but as "life force", our vitality and ability to procreate.
Though I was told this long before I was a hypnotherapist practicing full time, the idea stayed with me and I now believe I've witnessed this intersection of forces countless times. It started for me with designers... During an exercise called the "metaphoric two-step", I sometimes ask my clients to imagine a feeling as a thing or object. Particularly if it's a negative emotion, I'll ask them "what do we need to do with it?" When they have their answer I'll ask them to go through that process in the imagination, staying with the senses as they interact with the object. Invariably, this creates shifts. The thing or object has become a symbol for the feeling and they are linked so that if one changes, the other does too... After doing this enough I was left wondering what this would be like for designers, as the images in their heads are their most fundamental tools.
I began offering Tools of the Mind for Designers, a workshop held at the Shillington School in conjunction with Dailey Crafton and Cindy Rodriguez of Lockstep Studios. (Will insert links) This eventually turned into Guided Meditation for Designers which was a traveling series that ended up in Dailey and Cindy's backyard in Williamsburg. Serving a homespun group of designers and artists, we would talk and meditate together outside on summer mornings. It was beautiful. As the event grew and changed, so did the scope of the subject matter. It naturally extended beyond design and into all forms of art and creative thought.
I've come to believe that the imagination is the unsung hero of all therapies. Without it we cannot ask "what will life will be like after x?" How does it feel after you pass through fear? How does it feel after one overcomes anxiety, stress, depression or any of the other negative forces which will probably be experienced at some point or another through life? How do we know when we're healing and does it take a doctor or authority figure to give us permission to heal? To explore these questions and close these gaps in understanding, we're offering Guided Meditation for Creatives. a series of events that use meditation as a basis to explore the mind and how to use it. We believe every human is creative, whether they know it or not. Through enriching conversation with good company and the natural restoration of meditation, this awareness can naturally rise.
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: The One Club MAP
260 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor
(between 28th & 29th St)
New York, NY
Conversation: 6:00 pm - 6:20 pm
Meditation: 6:20 pm - 6:40 pm
Observation: 6:40 pm - 7:00 pm
Snacks & Networking: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$5 donation to attend
Pay in advance HERE or pay at the door upon arrival.