When we look for definitions many turn first to the dictionary and there we find these answers: ‘the condition or right of being able or allowed to do, say, think, etc. whatever you want to,
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 feel wonderful today as I write this, and not because my life is perfect, or even because the sun is shining, but because I am alive, and I have the gift of another day
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
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