What is Intentional Creativity?
Intentional creativity is a path to accessing the within – the language of the heart.
~ Shiloh Sophia
Amber Bonnici and Shiloh Sophia painting on Terra Sophia for their course in 2015 called Legacy.
Everything within us, past, present, and future lives in story. When we create around our story, we gain clarity. When we create with intention, we activate both sides of the brain. When we activate our brain, we gain greater access to our own information, how to articulate it and how to move it from the stuck places.
Creating with intention is simply working with mindfulness in whatever we set our hands to. Whether it is creating a soup, a garden, a business plan or a painting. We are more present because we choose to be and the results are different than if we are not paying attention. Intentional Creativity is an approach to creating that yields greater access to who we are now and who we are becoming, and what is possible for us and our unfolding future.
Often we fear the places within us, because we don’t understand them, or don’t have any idea how to reach them. The wounds are many layers deep – how do you get inside to where the stories live? In our work it is at the canvas that the hidden stories start to come unraveled and revealed. The light pours into the wounds with brush in hand. This is Intentional Creativity. Wounds become tools for transformation, and then potential for teaching and healing others emerges.
This is the movement the soul has been seeking for so long – to be expressed. Self-expression is one of the keys to healing the past, living in the present fully-embodied, and authoring a fascinating future, a legend even. This is about fearless belonging. To yourself. To your life work. To the universe. To one another. We belong here – when we create, we come to life. We tug on the red thread and realize we are indeed connected to everything – and that connection cries out for self-expression.
~ Shiloh Sophia
Here’s a few videos from our community and our founder, Shiloh Sophia if you are interested in exploring…
CORE TEACHINGS within INTENTIONAL CREATIVITY
Intentional Creativity is a framework, a chosen approach, a viewing window and a portal of inquiry. Here is our essential operative vocabulary as seen through the framework of Intentional Creativity, meaning there is a lens through which you are viewing the words. Each word serves as a linguistic abstraction that can be applied to any medium, including thought, movement, art and sound – anything you make. And especially if you do it with love and or a sacred intent.
Intentional Creativity does not necessarily refer only to painting or writing, rather it expands on a philosophy of being, living, and falling in love with our lives, one another, and creation itself. There are, of course, 13 core teachings based on chosen conscious transformation. These are the practices of those in our tribe and the practices employed in every class or experience using Intentional Creativity.
These remain conceptual until brought into form, hence the reason we call ourselves the Guild of Intentional Creatives. We are makers and collaborators with quantum potential. We all contribute our ideas, dreams & curriculum to the greater community as we develop ways of working and self discovery. Here’s the amazing part, when we create with intention, all of these are somehow active at once without us needing to name them at all. Separating them out as words simply helps us take a better look. It’s rather like trying to lasso the mystery. This kind of thinking has been around since the beginning of time, it’s nothing new, but we may be new to it. The idea of working with image and word together as a path of intentional inquiry was sparked within the framework of our Intentional Creativity Lineage in the 1930ies by Lenore Thomas Straus and passed to my teacher, Sue Hoya Sellars, and in collaboration with my mom, Caron McCloud on to me. ~ Maestra Shiloh Sophia
13 Core Teachings of Intentional Creativity
CURIOSITY – Enter into the space of inquiry inspired wonder
ACCESS – Journey and establish pathways of connection with your heart and soul
AWARENESS – Inquire within, you are not who you think you are: ‘who lives in here?’
CONNECTION – Claim that you are a co-creator in the greater circle of sacred life
INTENTION – Activate quantum consciousness through mindful creations
INVITATION – Allow discovery, and being your own witness to enter into your processes
CREATION – Alchemize your content across the veil into form, and practice regularly
CATALYZE – Choose to continually move out of default settings into possibility
COMPASSION – Lovingly collaborate with the collective through your offerings
AWAKENING – Explore and expand the infinite palette of your many senses
COHERENCE – Create alignment between your gifts, your Source, and Creation
BELONGING – Choose to be embodied, and belong to a tribe of creatives
CEREMONY – Design experiences which both mark transitions and celebrate!
Who lives in here? ~ Sue Hoya Sellars
What are you here to cause and create? ~ Shiloh Sophia
What ancient knowing lives within these hands? ~ Lenore Thomas Straus
INQUIRY – What is Intentional Creativity for you?
We asked some of our graduates from the Color of Woman School what Intentional Creativity is for them, because beyond the basics of creating with mindfulness, it really is up to the individual to define what Intentional Creativity is for them.
As an Intentional Creativity® facilitator and teacher I strive to encourage others (women in particular) to acknowledge, accept and activate their own innate creativity giving them a visual method to consider using on their healing path.
Acknowledging what we don’t know but having the willingness of Accepting possibilities you become open to making choices that are NOT based on past experiences. There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is exactly that, past and we cannot change it. We can change the stories we tell ourselves and how we perceive them and by changing those stories we can change our futures. It is more about doing what you wouldn’t normally do and letting it all be okay! The remedy for inertia is Action. Taking the step to activate your internal creativity….with Intention!”
Intentional Creativity is the willingness to receive new information through creating. Expressive creativity is amazing and can help us release and celebrate. By adding intention – we discover something new, rediscover what we’ve forgotten, change the context or angle at which we relate to an experience, thought, or emotion – we prepare ourselves to receive that which we desire.
~ Ti Stoneman
By creating with intention, we create a cosmic portal, a quantum field where we can explore our potential and possibilities. We shine the divine light of our higher self into the darkness of our shadow self. We are able to heal and integrate all aspects of our psyche and to access a miracle field, the space between the thoughts where our divine spark lives. If I were to “locate” our soul-fire, divine spark, life force energy, it would be in the space between the visible and the invisible, between our thoughts and intention.
Creativity is the gateway to this, a higher realm of consciousness. Creativity is the energy of who we are at the core essence of our soul. Intention opens the doorway to the quantum field and the abundance of the Universe. Intentional creativity is an action connecting heaven and earth and allowing us to bring spirit into form.
~ Elizabeth Gibbons
Intentional Creativity is about creating a connection, connecting to your inner guidance. Listening and creating, asking and seeking from the space within that knows your truest hopes and dreams for yourself. When creating, I may (often) (always) meet up with my perfectionist self who then makes way for my bold self and brave self, and my freedom-seeking self.
When I have intention, I open up a space for myself. This space encourages CONNECTION, celebration, play, wonder, validation, mess, TRUTH, self healing, color, collage, embellishment, possibility, dream tending, memory keeping, release, questions, answers, guidance, introspection, inspiration, – a well spring of wonder. I believe it’s sacred – because when you take an ordinary thing and add intention and love, it becomes sacred and sensory.
~ Denise Daffara
Intention is everything. When we create with intention we choose to open ourselves up, to step into a container of opportunity. Our intention is the light illuminating our path forward. Setting an intention is a promise, a key opening doorways we didn’t know needed opening, bringing messages and gifts, and taking us on a journey of the heart. The heart is at the center of Intentional Creativity, because it is when we unlock our heart’s desire through our intention, that we hear the voice of our soul.
When we engage our brain with intention and painting and writing, we ask the right and left sides of our brain to work together. The place they merge represents a doorway of intuition and inspiration. When we step through this doorway with intention and purpose, magic awaits us. We embark on a journey of vision. We ask and receive messages and images.
We bring these gifts back and with a paintbrush convey them onto the canvas creating transformation, magic, and new contexts to live our life in. Intention is the heart of transformation and the heart of the Intentional Creativity movement. It is the doorway to our soul.
~ Annette Wagner, Art Doctor
Intentional Creativity provides the opportunity to come from a place of intention, to delve into our innermost sanctuary of the soul, to listen to her voice, and to access information we don’t know that we know. When we courageously allow those messages to manifest on the portal of our canvas they reveal the truths and gifts of our own Being, resulting in a Healing, and Re-Membering of our Truest Divine Selves.
~ Carole Thomassy
Intentional Creativity allows a space to open into the Mystery of Presence & Timelessness, of being with one’s Soul as it unfolds, as Self meets Intention, Color and Canvas. The Unknown reveals itself to weave with the heart’s yearning, expressing the tales which lie deep within.
~ Kendall Sarah Scott
- 1. Become consciously aware of setting one’s intention to transform a thought or story.
- 2. To vision/encounter your story by accessing your Inner Wisdom (tapping your subconscious and / or unconscious)
- 3. By Journaling/writing the words/story you are exploring
- 4. Application of color or images thereby altering the internal encounter.
- 5. Listening and Seeking insight from the work.
All steps are performed while in contact with Your Muse or Inner Voice
~ Eileen Nash
Intentional Creativity is about offering your intention and then being willing to allow the process of creating to reveal wisdom, truth, beauty, self-awareness. Allowing it to transform the creator and possibly those who view it.
~ Trish O’Malley
I do not see Intentional Creativity as being a totally “inside job” or just about accessing our own inner experience and resources. My Red String Theory is as follows: Taking action rather than being reactive requires forethought which is a function of creativity. This function is empowered by the focus of a clear and stated intention of the desired outcome of the action.
The degree to which this empowerment has been observed leads us to speculate that the desired result is somehow already in effect and that being targeted by the focus of clear and stated intention releases the energy that empowers the action in process to manifest that intended. This is what I hold as being “intentional creativity” regardless of the specific project or application.
~ Caron McCloud, poet, author and instructor
Intentional Creativity, for me, is a practice. It is a set of behaviors operating under the assumption that one’s inner and outer landscapes are passable, viewable, in relationship, and in constant flux. A practitioner of Intentional Creativity learns to test, and then to trust, that the mutability of the boundary between manifest and un-manifest is as pliable as that between sub-conscious and consciousness.
While Intentional Creativity can be applied in a vast array of physical approaches, it has a few distinctive elements that MUST be present:
- 1) A desire, a true desire – one that is consciously or sub-consciously recognized by the practitioner as being necessary for healing or growth.
- 2) A sustained willingness to serve the greatest benevolence through creative action toward the stated desire.
- 3) Diligent and honest witnessing of all outcomes surrounding the act and its products.
Not unlike the scientific method, Intentional Creativity employs and tests theories of the functioning of the universe. The ‘Creationer’, if you will, conducts a deeply personal series of creative experiments to illuminate (primarily to ones own self and then consequently to all other witnesses available over time) what is sacred, what is worthwhile, and eventually, what is possible.
~ Crystal Charlotte Easton
With years of protective layers, I find I relate more to the other end of the Intentional Creativity spectrum of removing limiting beliefs around “I can’t do this” (painting being a powerful introduction to the possibility of other limiting beliefs being confronted). I trust the deeper stuff is happening in my sub/unconscious. I focus on love and physical healing.
People come to us with all sorts of layers and limitations, and, especially newbies, probably don’t feel comfortable with the language of the super deep so eloquently spoken in the words of my sisters above. Besides, I as a newbie painter and teacher and soul journeyer who is just scratching the surface, can barely can speak the language at this time anyway, but I don’t want leave out folks because I can’t.
I want to trust that even though I’m teaching/working more on the upper levels, important stuff is happening underneath whether they know it or not. So, perhaps the language should also entail the other end of the spectrum of the fun and joy and playfulness of reconnecting with the inner child, and banishing limiting beliefs of “I can’t.”
~ Julie Greer