Eric Fromm said that ‘Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties’. In my own creative process of writing a poem I recognize the stages of this. It all begins with an idea, a
About Alison SmithAlison Smith graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Philosophy in 1982. Following on from this she became a qualified teacher in 1990 and a person-centred therapist in 2009. Her experiences with Zen Buddhism, Feminism and her own personal practice of writing poetry informed her from early adulthood onwards. She gained an MA in Creative Writing specialising in poetry, and a Diploma in Professional Coaching, in 2018. She currently lives in Northumberland UK where she enjoys exploring some of the most beautiful shorelines in the world. She loves the forest, the sea and mountains, and has a soul affinity with the island of Crete where she has traveled extensively over the past 25 years. Over the past three years she has been working with creative, spiritual women birth the New Earth and come into the fullness of themselves through online circles, workshops, 1:1 therapy and face to face retreats. Her work explores the links between creativity - particularly poetry - and coming home to yourself. Her creative sweet spot is 'the edge' - that space of focused awareness between not-knowing and expressing a deep inner knowing, or gnosis.
I first came across this notion in the work of Carl Rogers when I was doing my training in person centred counselling. Authenticity, or ‘congruence’ or ‘genuineness’ is according to Rogers, and he spoke and
I’m a great believer in starting anything new with a settling into the NOW. How am I feeling right now, this moment, what thoughts are arising, what do I observe within and around me? As
I started off my adulthood by writing a poem. What happened was this – I was studying A Level English Literature in the sixth form. That in itself was the
Human beings, being part of the universe, are evolving. In this phase, we are gradually becoming aware of our separateness and also of our desire for connection and union. We feel our separation more keenly,