The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of MotherhoodPaperback
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- Publisher: Soul Rocks Books
- Format: Paperback | 335 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 28mm | 320g
- Publication date: 13 December 2013
- Publication City/Country: Ropley
- ISBN 10: 1782790284
- ISBN 13: 9781782790280
- Sales rank: 157,829
Visioned as the guide and mentor that most creative women yearn for, but never find in their daily lives, The Rainbow Way explores the depths of the creative urge, from psychological, biological, spiritual and cultural perspectives. This positive, nurturing and practical book will help to empower you to unlock your creative potential within the constraints of your demanding life as a mother. Featuring the wisdom of over fifty creative mothers: artists, writers, film-makers, performers and crafters, including: Jennifer Louden (multiple best-selling author), Pam England (author, artist and founder Birthing From Within), Julie Daley (writer, photographer, dancer and creator of Unabashedly Female), Indigo Bacal (founder of WILDE Tribe). Foreword by Leonie Dawson (author, artist, entrepreneur and women's business and creativity mentor).
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Lucy H. Pearce, 32, lives and breathes the creative rainbow mother archetype in a little pink house on the south coast of Ireland. She is an established writer, editor, artist, women's workshop facilitator and mother of three young children (aged 8, 5, and 3).
By Catherine Harris 29 Apr 2014
When society mapped out Motherhood, it left out one very important area: The Creative Rainbow Mother. The aspect of Motherhood that caters for the Mother's needs, not just of food and shelter but for the creative urge. This book will help you sail these uncharted seas. "The Rainbow Way explores the depths of the creative urge, from psychological, biological, spiritual and cultural perspectives." If you feel that urge, but are not sure how to unleash it, this is the book for you. If you feel that you haven't got time to work with that aspect, gentle exercises and reflections, that only take a moment of your day will help you to walk the path of the Creative Rainbow Mother. I read The Rainbow Way, and within a few days, my life and the way I look at what I do was transformed. Everything I do is creative, from cooking family meals to brushing the children's hair. Through the book, Lucy was my doula for my own creative re-birthing. I realised that what I thought was my creative urge, wasn't, and the frustration of not doing things subsided, making way for the creative flow. Making a few moments here and there has made a profound difference and my family are noticing too.
At the beginning, Lucy promises Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢??This is book is not about doing more stuffÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¢?? this book is about you, about what you already do creatively, and how to recognise and work with that. How to make that creative wave, that ripples out across your life, barely disrupting the pond life yet a creative tsunami to you. There are moments of reflection and pauses to ponder and apply what you have just been reading. With inspiration and encouragement from the words of artists and mothers, women just like you who have that desire to create, yet feel that it must be hidden away behind the needs of the family. The Rainbow Way is about opening up to, and connecting with your creative side, bringing those ideas into the light, with paint, wool or words.
The Rainbow Way is much more than a practical guide for mothers to stay creative, it is a spiritual and personal journey to understand the essence of one s true self. This book is big and all encompassing. Lucy has managed to cover almost every aspect of working creatively from specific exercises and tools to the psychology of fears, doubt, vulnerability, courage and sensitivity. She discusses with nuance and insightfulness the ideas of finding flow, needing a muse, intuition, using dreams, and imagination. She understands and has experience working with other mothers and values the importance of supporting each other. The testaments from other mothers about the absolute need to be creative in their lives while raising children are wonderful, inspiring and sometimes painful. But all experiences we can relate to even if one is not a mother. In all ways, Lucy, has depicted every color of the rainbow in this book. It inspired me greatly and I know it will inspire so many others. The best gift of all from this rainbow of ideas is that our creative force as mothers will not only help us grow but it will help our children grow into creative, caring and compassionate human beings.--Mary Trunk, filmmaker, director of Lost in Living a documentary film about creative mothers"