Doorways to Transformation: Everyday Wisdom for the Creative Soul
I'm currently working on my second book, a compilation of contemplative reflections on the creative process, abundance, transitions, stepping into your power, navigating fear, and embracing the unknown. It is intended for the awakened creative reader who longs to live an examined and thoughtful life.

This meditative guidebook encourages readers to think deeply about their own process of transformation. The chapters are intentionally short in order to encapsulate a truth, idea, or deeper reality in a digestible form. Each chapter ends with a journal prompt to elicit deeper reflection.

Read the introduction below...
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Introduction
"The larger the life you move into, the more you will be called to trust in the Presence of a Love and Intelligence that is beyond your linear mind. Your greatest desires will call you to go where you have never been before.” —Tama Kieves
   This book is about the process of expansion. It is about seizing all of who we are and daring to express it. It is an offering of the soul ~ a manual for everyday spiritual and creative growth ~ a celebration of the ordinary. It is about pursuing transformative living and crafting a life of meaning as we do.

   Throughout this meditative guidebook, my desire is to lead you on a journey of self-awareness and encourage you to think deeply about both your creative work and your larger life. The principles and encouragement I share have arisen from my own pursuit of transformation and my journey as a professional artist and writer who has engaged in creative practice and contemplative spirituality for over twenty years. I also share insights I have gleaned from being part of a community of writers, musicians, and artists over the decades. Creative people are natural observers, and my goal is to help you see your daily reality in new ways.

   On the following pages, you will encounter the marriage of creativity and spirituality in a context that extends beyond the craft of creating to address broader life experiences. Each chapter is designed to bring the energy of awakening into your day-to-day living and lead you to discover anew that all things are an opportunity for evolution, if we allow them to be.

    The chapters are kept intentionally short in order to encapsulate a larger truth, idea, or deeper reality in a digestible form. Each one ends with prompts to elicit reflection. Use these prompts in the best way you see fit. Take them with you on a walk, journal about what you discover, or simply grow still and listen to what surfaces in response. Engage in the practice that most assists you in uncovering the gifts in the depths of your soul.

    I have written the entirety of this book while living as an expat in Mexico, and I believe it is no accident that this particular work has been birthed in this country. For this offering needed a slow ripening ~ it was asking to be lived as it was written. And living cannot be sped up, as hard as we might try.

    Through being immersed in a completely different cultural context, I have come to view life through another lens, one outside of the consumer-driven focus of the States. Mexican culture places greater value on the core of what truly matters ~ things like human connection, meaningful work, celebration, and faith. As a result, my own paradigms have shifted, resulting in a broader and richer spiritual worldview. I draw from this cultural influence to offer expanded insights into our own human metamorphosis.

   In looking back, I can now see clearly that this has been a work of profound process. Mexico has allowed for and nurtured this unhurried maturation, and I hope you enjoy the beauty of another cultural thread woven throughout these pages.

   The contemplations that ensue are succinct and gentle. It is not necessary to read them in a particular order, although I have given thought to the order in which they are placed. Listen to what you are drawn to and go there.

   Above all, this book is a book of wisdom. I hope it will provide a treasure trove of jeweled truths that bolster your creative work and your larger life. May its writing prompts and reflections lead you to an experience of inner freedom, joy, peace, and abundance. 
© 2021 Karen Kinney. All rights reserved.
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