The Creative Seed: How to Enrich your Life through Creativity

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Enrichment through creativity is easier than you might think. Whether you already engage in a creative pursuit, or are considering picking up a pen, paintbrush or instrument, for the first time, The Creative SEED provides a host of strategies to encourage you in gaining self-awareness and discovering your creative strengths.

Charming and motivational, The Creative SEED will help you identify your own unique skills and interests to explore, and guide you through the innovative SEED approach to the creativity process. Full of inspiration, ideas and advice on how to overcome common obstacles, this is the perfect guide to fostering creativity in your life.

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 210 x 170 mm / 8 ½ x 6 ¾ Inches | 240 Pages |

Lilian Wissink has over twenty years’ experience as a counselling psychologist. Assisting people to realise their potential by helping them to develop compassionate self-awareness and new skills is fundamental to her philosophy. She has designed and delivered numerous self-development programs over the years. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Counselling Psychologists. Lilian has experienced the joy and fascination of creativity in realms such as acting, singing, dance, photography and more recently, drawing and painting. She aspires to help others discover and nurture their unique creative gifts.

The Creative Seed is the prefect guidebook for anyone who has an interest in exploring some form of creative expression. Even if you think you don’t have an ounce of creative flair, you can discover and nurture a new, exciting dimension in your life. Whether you are already involved in some form of creative expression, a raw beginner or well established, this book provides a host of strategies to keep you inspired and on track in living your creative dream. The book is written in two parts.

The first is designed for newcomers to identify the creative interest they would like to explore. The common myths of creativity are challenged and stimulating exercises are provided to help the reader discover their creative strengths. This section concludes with an original concept explaining the creative process called the SEED approach — an acronym that stands for skills, experimentation, evaluation and discovery. The concept is aimed at guiding beginners and established creators to clearly understand the nature of the creative process.

Part Two addresses the common difficulties people experience, such as anxiety, low self-confidence and procrastination. Chapters provide case histories, questions and exercises to assist the reader in gaining self-awareness and practical skills to be active and successful in their creative expression.

Su Dorland, Retired Psychologist and Author

“A book that gently yet persuasively instils confidence in the capacity for creativity of all individuals is a rare find. The Creative Seed is such a find. The author takes readers on a satisfying journey from remembering the pleasures and facing up to the discouragements of our earliest experiences creating.” 

Timaru Herald, November 2013
“This is a book worth having on the shelf when your creativity needs a kick-start.”



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Associate Professor Linda Turner, Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada
“A book that gently yet persuasively instils confidence in the capacity for creativity of all individuals is a rare find. The Creative Seed is such a find. The author takes readers on a satisfying journey from remembering the pleasures and facing up to the discouragements of our earliest experiences creating. Together we end up with manageable steps to move forward, enabling anyone to soon begin to enjoy the offerings of a commitment to creativity.

This book is unique in its clear and highly positive writing style, its pertinent activities, and especially its kind and supportive messages that assure any reader they can soon find the refreshments offered by their creative imagination and talents. This book will particularly appeal to people who have lost sight of their creative capacity and who want to be led back to having a creative passion that celebrates the gifts of expression.”

Margaret Hadfield,
“Lilian’s book has been written especially for me!! Because of the pressures of everyday life my creativity had been pushed well and truly onto the ‘back burner’. Lilian writes in a nurturing, sensitive and encouraging way. Her journey into developing her own creative expression coupled with her experience as a counselling psychologist, provide a depth of understanding, and a wonderfully clear guide to letting go of the fear and having fun with one’s forgotten creative self.”

Brian Connor AM, Senior Lecturer, Joint Medical Program, University of New England, Armidale. NSW
“Lilian writes from experience and a maturity which allows her to speak to a wide audience. In this way she is able to develop a broad-brush approach to creativity. This is extended through a series of exercises which can help to frame the individual’s imaginative path. They not only help to unravel blocks to personal inspiration but can be regarded as necessary building blocks which we all need in our endeavours towards wholeness of life.

The creative life is one we should all be travelling. It is a way of significance and meaning. Lilian Wissink has been able to guide her audience towards a review of those facets of our existence which hold us back and those which will drive us forward towards greater personal fulfilment. The writing contains a special combination of insights and I commend it for its clarity and great wisdom. This is the sort of material we all need.”

Su Dorland, Retired Psychologist and author
The Creative Seed by Lilian Wissink, is written in an easy-to-read conversational style and is a useful resource for readers of any age and background. The author’s presence throughout the book is encouraging as she explains quite complex issues in a simple way so that the reader can discover and stimulate their own creativity.

The book is written for all ages and backgrounds, from secondary school students to those who are retired. In addition, the reader is able to develop insights and strategies in whatever genre of creativity they choose, for example writing, drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, dancing and acting.

By reading the case studies, doing the self-help exercises and journaling as suggested, the reader will be able to unlock their own creative seed and allow it to grow.


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