Chi and Creativity: Vital Energy and Your Inner Artist

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Blue Snake Books, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 323 pages
Most people tend to idealize artists, writers, and others of the “creative class” as uniquely gifted. But the capacity to create is part of being human–whether that means writing, making art, cooking, gardening, sewing, dancing, acting, singing, or virtually any activity. In Chi and Creativity, Kaleo Ching and Elise Dirlam Ching show readers how to use a wide range of strategies to harness the energy of chi to uncover, and cultivate, that often elusive inner artist.Based on their popular workshops, the authors offer an integrative process to generate the joy, wonder, and sense of well-being necessary for artistic self-expression. Specific exercises draw on everything from acupressure and breathing techniques to Chi Kung movement and meditation. Through Chi Awareness, the body, mind, emotions, and spirit come into greater harmony. Through guided imagery, they dialogue. Through journaling, they speak. Through art, they join in creative expression of the inner discoveries along the path to greater balance and integration. Chi and Creativity is the authors' way of sharing this magical transformative process and can be used by anyone who wants to add fuel to their creative fires.
 

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Contents

The Journey by Kaleo mixed media lithograph 28h x 20w
4
Chi Awareness
5
IX
7
Raven
12
Climbing Castle Peak
19
Gilles
21
Elise
27
Practice Guidelines for Chi Awareness
29
Stephanie
137
Earth Spleen Stomach
146
Ruth
153
Tan Tien Organ Breathing with a Partner 156 Guided Imagery Your Inner
161
Dane and Pam
172
Five Element Interaction
175
Five Element Medicine Wheel
180
Alchemical Vessel Jamie
185

Spirit Boat by Kaleo and Elise Elises lower leg sculpture4h x2w X6d
34
Expanding Chi Awareness Carolyn
50
Exploring Chi
51
Feeling Chi 56 Seeing Chi 58 Listening to Chi
59
awaken squeeze stretch pump wave vibrate
62
An Adventure in Chi
70
Alina
77
Exploring Chi and Creativity
79
Your Personal Place in Nature and Circle of Chi
83
Into the Banyan Portal
84
Chi Awareness to Stimulate Creativity
90
Artmaking Tomoko
95
Creativity and Ancestral Wisdom
100
Caroline
102
Practice
113
Lung Yin
115
Matt
121
Benito
202
Becoming Stone Big Sur
219
Chi Circuits and Chakras
221
Microcosmic Orbit Pathway
225
Macrocosmic Orbit
234
James
237
Cultivating Acceptance
244
Mind Chakra Beam of Light
250
Carolyn
251
XI
259
Tigers Breath
293
Conclusion
297
Glossary
309
Selected Bibliography
315
About the Authors
323
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About the author (2007)

Kaleo Ching and Elise Dirlam Ching hold popular workshops on using chi for creative work at national and international workshops and conferences. They have taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies, John F. Kennedy University, Naropa University, New College of California, and others. They live in Richmond, CA.

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