Muse Letters | Is Creativity Alive! After 50?
The March-April issue of Modern Maturity Magazine (received when you join AARP) features two great articles on creativity. It was inspiring to read that creative people do not dry up at 50 years of age! I was so happy to read this as I am just now beginning to share my mandalas and silk painting with the world!
Poet, Maya Angelou is writing at the ripe age of 71. George Bernard Shaw won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1925 at the age of 69 and was working on a new play when he died at 94. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim Museum in New York City at 91. Mary Baker Eddy established The Christian Science Monitor at 87. Golda Meir served as prime minister of Israel from age 70-76. The article goes on to mention MANY more.
Creativity is an energy that moves through us at any age. It is the ability to think and express ourselves in a new way, When our life force is strong and we feel alive! our creativity flows. Gene Cohen says in his article, “Creativity can actually contribute to physical health as we age. Creative expression fosters positive feelings that prompt a positive outlook and a sense of well-being. By promoting positive emotions, creativity promotes positive immune function.”
When I used to visit Hawaii on vacation, I always dreamed about what it would be like to live here. The biggest question was how could I support myself? I had a vision of painting on pareos, or sarongs, with natural dyes. Working as a costume designer and then an image consultant, beauty, color, creativity, clothes and self-expression have always been my passion. I didn’t realize in those days, when I used to dream, that these images were my heart and soul calling. I didn’t know how powerful my images, thoughts and feelings were and that I could really manifest my dream. I wasn’t conscious of the creative process and how it works.
Now, as I am creating my life here in Hawaii as an artist, transformational retreat facilitator and life coach, I see that I put this vision into motion about 15 years ago! I discovered that life coaching (done mostly by phone) allows me the flexibility to live wherever I want. With this passion supporting me, I am free to pursue my other love–creating beauty through mandalas, masks and fabric painting. The more I share my “Spirit Art” with others, the more I realize it’s effect on others. Because now I am conscious of the creative process, all is becoming manifest much more quickly. Now I am very specific and detailed with my vision to travel the world leading creative spiritual journeys, to express myself as an artist, and to create a home/retreat center in Hawaii and in the mountains. You can live your vision too!
"Carol, Your work embodies the range of the Divine Feminine. With the flowing grace of the silks and the abundance of the colorful rainbow, you share with women how to flow with their power in a graceful manner.
Your silks capture the essence of the high visionary with creativity, color, grace, and inspiration. Your work supports the Dreamer and the Doer."
Teresa Surya Ma McKee,
Transformational Catalyst, www.RealSoulCare.com