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The Call to Create:
Listening to the Muse in Art and Everyday Life

by Linda Schierse Leonard

ISBN: 978-1-935528-01-2
285 pp.

This is the first paperback edition of this book. It was originally published in hardback in 2000 under the title The Call to Create: Celebrating Acts of the Imagination by Harmony Books, a Member of Crown Publishing Group.
Linda Schierse Leonard, renowned Jungian analyst, teacher, and best-selling author, helps readers release their creative energies so that they can reap the spiritual, emotional, and instinctual joys of creating, self-discovery, and transformation—whether they are working artists, art students or ordinary people meeting the challenges of their daily lives.

Leonard demonstrates the many parallels between the cycles, moods, and landscapes of nature and the phases of the creative process—parallels that can foster inspiration, renewal, and hope. She also introduces us to archetypal patterns and characters—such as the Muse, the Star, the Critic and the Celebrant—that arise within us as we go about imagining a better life, each of which can either sabotage or support our creative efforts. And she provides accounts of well-known artists, because their struggles often reveal themselves in bold, dramatic strokes, as well as relating some of her own struggles along the creative path.

Many artists face profound challenges in the course of their creative work, and many more people do not think of themselves as creative at all, though their everyday discoveries, work and personal lives can be deeply creative acts. Leonard shows how nature and creativity are healing and even necessary tools for her clients, readers and students, and how we can appreciate and develop creativity in everything from our search for meaning to family and love relationships, from communications and business ventures to artistic endeavors.
*****
Praise for The Call to Create
"…an author of profound insight".
ROBERT JOHNSON, AUTHOR OF HE, SHE AND WE
"…Linda Leonard brings great clarity to the creative crises found in each of us. By personifying these disparate energies … she enables us to make these competing drives more conscious … and illustrates how greater intentionality may be brought to bear on the governance of our own lives."
JAMES HOLLIS, PH. D., JUNGIAN ANALYST, AND AUTHOR OF WHAT MATTERS MOST: LIVING A MORE CONSIDERED LIFE
Without experiencing the creative spark in us, we are less than fully human. Linda Leonard's The Call to Create encourages each of us to hear and heed the call of imagination. Then the adventure of an enriched lived life begins in earnest.
DENNIS SLATTERY, AUTHOR OF THE WOUNDED BODY AND GRACE IN THE DESERT, CORE FACULTY, PACIFICA GRADUATE INSTITUTE, SANTA BARBARA, CA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface: Creating from the Wilderness
Introduction: Adventure of the Soul
PART ONE: THE SEEDING
1 Inspiration: The Muse of Nature
2 Commitment: The Sower
3 Doubt: The Cynic
PART TWO: THE CARING
4 Courage: The Witness Confronts the Tyrant and the Victim
5 Consciousness: The Sentinel Awakens the Escape Artist
6 Discovery: The Adventurer Challenges the Conformist
7 Toil: The Artisan Teaches the Star Humility
PART THREE: THE BLOSSOMING
8 Play: The Dummling Shows the Perfectionist How to Play
9 Compassion: The Lover Opens the Critic's Heart
PART FOUR: THE HARVESTING
10 To Praise is the Whole Thing: The Celebrant
About the Author:
Linda Schierse Leonard, Ph.D., is a philosopher who trained as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She has been in private practice for forty years and is the author of many best-selling books, among them The Wounded Woman (translated into fifteen languages), Following the Reindeer Woman: Path of Peace and Harmony (Spring Journal Books), On the Way to the Wedding and Meeting the Madwoman. Leonard lectures and gives workshops on creativity internationally, has held teaching positions in the California State Universities and the University of Colorado at Denver, and provides private consultations on creativity, dreamwork and writing. She is in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, and can be contacted through the Boulder Psychotherapy Institute: www.boulderpsych.com.