What We Ache For : Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul, Hardback Book

What We Ache For : Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul Hardback

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In her previous books, Oriah Mountain Dreamer has challenged readers to live with passion and honesty, to embrace the true, fallible, human self.

What We Ache For is a moving and eloquent call to delve deeply into our creative selves, to do our creative work, and offer it to the world.The creative process is essential to human nature.

It is as essential as spirituality and sexuality, and in fact all three are deeply intertwined.

What We Ache For is a practical book allowing readers to embrace the urgency and necessity of their creativity, whatever their medium -- writing, painting, sculpture, dance, music, or film. As Oriah says, "Doing creative work allows us to follow the thread of what we ache for into a deeper life, offering us a way to cultivate a life of making love to the world."Following Oriah through this journey in such chapters as "The Seduction of the Artist," "Learning to See," and "Risk and Sacrifice," What We Ache For challenges and inspires readers to fully embrace their artistic selves as a way of forging a path of spiritual unfolding.


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This book is a fantastic journey through the creative process. Living a creative life is the kind of thing so many people idealize, but here we are presented with the reality, the fears, the risks, the vulnerabilities, all the harsh things artists of all sorts will put themselves through repeatedly in order to live a creative life, not because it's what they want to do but because they are compelled. It's difficult for me to review a book that touches me in so personal a way, but this book has made such a profound impact on me that I feel I have to say something about it. I think the title says it all. If you can look at the title, "What We Ache For", and feel that sharp tug in your heart, if you know what it is to ache for creative expression, then you will find comfort, camaraderie and plenty of invaluable tips for living a creative life within these pages. This book is pure, blazing-bright inspiration to me, and I'm forever grateful to it's author for sharing her thoughts and experiences.