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Exploring the impact of Intentional Creativity in women’s lives as a tool for transforming trauma into empowerment.
“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.
We 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:
“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