Our Research into Intentional Creativity®

2017 Research – Here’s some data from our community

Practice and Compassion

93% said they experience creativity as a mindfulness practice

89% said they include creativity as a part of their spiritual practice

89% felt a sense of connection with the Divine (as they define it)

86% felt that their creative practice positively impacted those closest to them

92% feel that creativity influences their compassion for themselves

90% said they experienced compassion for others near them through creativity

83% experienced compassion for others they did not know through stories they heard

80% said they would suggest creative process to others who experience depression

Self Expression and Well Being

87% consider themselves self expressed as compared to before they were creating

86% said they have experienced breakthroughs and aha’s during painting

77% said they choose painting specifically to work through a chosen breakthrough

90% said they have experienced a shift in their default thinking

88% said they experienced a shift in their personal story through creating with intention

89% said they bring insights into their life discovered while painting

85% said they experienced an expanded sense of self

79% noticed an ease of physical symptoms while creating

93% experience creating as a relief/break that benefits their overall well being

90% have experienced a shift in recurring emotional pain through creative process

90% said that creativity helped them maintain a healthy outlook


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“We stand firm in our commitment to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression, including artistic and creative expression. In addition to being an integral part of the protected human right to freedom of expression, artistic and creative expression is critical to the human spirit, the development of vibrant cultures, and the functioning of democratic societies. Artistic expression connects us all, transcending borders and barriers.”

The Human Rights Commission in Geneva, along with 57 member states affirms Right to Freedom of Expression Including Creative and Artistic Expression in September 2015.

IMG_8115We are exploring the field of Intentional Creativity and the impact it has had and can have in the lives of those who work with this Intentional Creativity. We define Intentional Creativity simply as: creating with mindfulness. As part of the IC process, we created, see what emerges and make observations about it for self reflection. Our hope is to demonstrate the power of this approach to healing, trauma and the capacity to bring empowerment to our lives. With our research we hope to inspire individuals and organizations to bring creativity into their teaching models – and to demonstrate that this kind of creating is not specific to those who are skilled or artistically inclined, but can be used as a tool by anyone to bring a shift in their story.

Self expression is a basic human right – which is the power of each person to have the tools to be able to share and articulate their ideas, dreams and visions in form. Creating form, and witnessing what is created can be a haptic feedback teaching tool for individuals to learn more about themselves, how they are feeling, and how to shift into a potential new state through conscious choice. Our hope is that this method can become a practiced approach to empowerment for women and girls towards the goals we are working towards together, the Sustainable Development Goals SDG30 as part of the ongoing work with CSW.

The founder of Intentional Creativity Foundation,Shiloh Sophia McCloud says:

DSC_6898“Intentional Creativity as an approach to creating art has the capacity to catalyze consciousness. In the act of creating, we voyage on a personal journey towards something, often hidden, within our psyches. We begin with an intention, which creates a structure in which the work can be channeled. For example, a trauma that won’t heal. Then, we create, and notice what arises. This arising creates an opening within us, that was once a darkened space. We can see what we did not see before in a new light. This creates the capacity for a shift in story, and new choices arise that were previously hidden from view.”

  • Intentional Creativity can be used to heal and transform our stories.
  • Catalyze our stuck stories into stories of possibility
  • Transform stories of trauma into tools for empowerment
  • Show what is hidden that is ready to be revealed
  • Provide a tool for looking inward for our own information
  • Grants access to a new way of working with PTSD
  • Integrate right and left brain for maximum access to thought
  • Inspire action through liberating stuck energy
  • Bring movement into the body and the field of space around the body
  • Illuminate the gifts of the individual and provide image and language
  • Move ideas into actions by providing clarity
  • The creation itself, becomes a witness to what is possible.
  • Increase self awareness and intuition
  • Create connection in creativity community
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Sue Hoya Sellars and Shiloh Sophia working on Mother Teresa painting; a class offered in the Hoya-Straus Library.