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Offline adventurerTopic starter

The Alchemy Of Creativity
« on: April 11, 2010, 07:51:38 AM »
A fascinating article. By Jean Houston:

The Alchemy of Creativity

My favorite passage:

"If you would be so bold as to investigate your own
private network of enterprises, the spill of projects and plans,
explorations that tumble through your life, you would see a
remarkable growing up among and between these networks, one that
seems to have its own life for which you are the progenitor. And
if you were to take this further, and begin to craft this world,
then you would be at the very center of this again and discover
what your place in the ongoing equation between the universal and
the individual. You would come much closer to your own reason
for being. You will discover, too, that any
part that you make will represent the whole."
« Last Edit: April 11, 2010, 07:52:47 AM by adventurer »

Offline Jude

Re: The Alchemy Of Creativity
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 12:41:25 PM »
Fooor a little perspective:
Quote from: Wikipedia
Jean Houston, Ph.D. (born 10 May 1937) is an author of New Thought or New Age books.
Quote from: Wikipedia
According to her autobiography, A Mythic Life (1996), Jean Houston was born prematurely on May 10, 1937, in New York City. Her mother Mary Todaro Houston had studied acting. Her father was a comedy writer. Her forebears and relatives include Sam Houston, Robert E. Lee, William and Mary Randolph of Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson.

When Jean was 14, she literally ran into an old man on Park Avenue in New York City on her way to school.[citation needed] After this mishap, they became friends, and she enjoyed listening to him on various occasions.[citation needed] At the time she learned to pronounce his name as "Mr. Thayer." At a much later time, she learned that she had been talking with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, ( pronounced "tay-yar".)

Houston earned a B.A. from Barnard College, a Ph.D. in psychology from the Union Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in religion from the Graduate Theological Foundation.

She was deeply influenced by the work of Joseph Campbell, most notably by The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949). A significant mentor was Margaret Mead.

With her spouse Dr. Robert Masters, Dr. Houston founded the Foundation for Mind Research. She is also the founder and chief teacher of the Mystery School, a program of cross-cultural study of spirituality and ritual processes. She conducted the Mystery School on east and west coasts for more than two decades. In 1984, she started a national non-profit organization, The Possible Society to explore new ways for people to help solve societal problems. More recently, she founded the International Institute for Social Artistry. She is currently working with the United Nations Development Programme in her new field of social artistry, training U.N. staff and leaders in certain developing countries.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2010, 12:42:36 PM by Jude »

Offline Paradox

Re: The Alchemy Of Creativity
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2010, 12:45:44 PM »
Sam Houston, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas Jefferson? Really?