Jan Phillips is a writer, photographer, and activist who connects the dots between evolutionary creativity, spiritual intelligence, and social action. Profiled as a Living Spiritual Teacher on S&P, she has written ten books including Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path. Her co-writer on this book, Ruth Westreich, has worked many years as a strategic marketer and cause marketer in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. In a variety of successful collaborations, she has had a role in building strong women leaders.
Taking a cue from the inimitable artist and spiritual writer Frederick Franck, Phillips and Westreich probe the creativity we utilize as "artists of being alive." Our thoughts, words, and deeds are the tools with which we fabricate and renew our days and doings. Ramana Maharshi once said: "Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world." Telling and reshaping your personal story takes patience and perseverance. Artists play a major role in this process: "Artists are the ones who make the invisible visible, who give words and colors and sounds and shapes to the human adventure."
Phillips and Westreich are interested in women and men who are willing to commit themselves to live imaginative and inspiring lives as co-creators of a new global civilization. A few good questions can serve as the launchpad for service of others: "What is life asking of us for today? What do we have to contribute? How can we make this offering in a way that sustains us as it enlivens others?"
Throughout the book, the authors profile and present an impressive mix of creative individuals, communities, and organizations who exhibit a magical blend of imagination, art, and healing. They conclude that "conscious creativity is the new activism." For those seeking this holy grail, this book inspires, illustrates, and instructs.