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Whipple_CreativityAndQuest

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CreativityandQuestGailTuckerWhippleInstituteforTranspersonalPsychologyAuthorNoteThispaperwaswrittenonMarch21,2011infulfillmentofApplicationofCoachingProcessclassrequirements.
 
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CREATIVITYANDQUESTVision,Mission,andPhilosophy
Throughoutmylife,myvisionhasbeenthatunderneatheveryworldlypurposeeachofushasadivinepath—acallingtodowhatwehavethepowertodotocreatealifeofpositivepurposeforourselfandothers(Pearson,1992).Havinggrownupinahouseholdwheremyparentsstrivedtomakeawayintheworldforpeoplewithcognitivedisabilities,Iearlyonexperiencedthearcofthehero’sjourney:Heedingacalllargerthanoneself(evenifatfirstonewishestodemur),takingthetransformativejourney,findingthegiftsandsharingthemwithothers.Oneofmybirthgiftswasafacilitywithwordsandmusic,andIalsobecamefamiliarwiththecreativeprocessatayoungage:Preparation(practice!)incubation,illuminationandverification(oroutcome)withtheprocessresultingingrowth.Myenvironmentwasrichwithart,music,andbooks,includingallthepossibilityandtruththeartscelebrate.Therefore,myearliestlearningechoesboththeheroicjourneyandthecreativeprocessofmovingfromaplaceofmusingpossibilitytomaking/being/feeling/seeingsomethingwholeandnew.EverytimeIexperiencedthisground,insmallorlargeways,consciousorunconscious,IfeltdeepinspirationandbeliefthatthehandofGodwasatworkintheworld,thattherewashope.Icametounderstandthatweeachcould—andwould—makeadifferenceofsomesort,justbybeingborn.Whynotmakethepathacreativeandheroicone?Inmyparent’scase,alongfortheirjourneyattheearlypartofmylife,Isawtheir
 
2incredibleresults—andfrustrations—ofworkingforsystemicchange.Therefore,IdecidedmypersonalapproachtodoingwhatIhadthepowertodowouldbetochangetheworldbychangingmyself.That’swhytodaymylifeandcoachingpracticeisdedicatedtothefollowingmission:
Istrivetoembodymyhighestpotential,andassistothersinembodyingtheirs.
OnmyjourneytodosoIhaveexperiencedmanytransformations.Oneofthemostpowerfulistheagingprocessitself.AsawomaninmyfiftiesIhavelivedlongenoughtobemarriedforaquarter-century,raisechildren,buryparentsandlovedones,careforabrotherwhoisdisabled,earnamaster’sdegreeintranspersonalpsychology,atranspersonalcoachingcertification,ablackbeltinTo-Shin-Do(whichmeans“eventhoughtheenemyholdsabladeovermyheartIwillpersevere”),andaspiritualordinationinhonorofmygoodworksinthebroadercommunity.I’vealsobeenabletoworkwithmycreativity,makingcontributionsalongthewayasawriter,musician,technicalartist,composer,teacher,andcoach.AllthishasbeenbornoutofinnatepotentialgivenbyCreationitself,andinspiredbycountlessfellowbeingsthatI’vemetalongtheway,allofwhomhavebestowedmanygemsofwisdomthathavefoundtheirwayintomyphilosophy:1.
 
Everyonehasacalling,andcreativepowertopursueit.2.
 
Theworldneedsheroesandyoucanbeoneofthem.3.
 
Changeyourselfandyouchangetheworld.4.
 
Thereareendlesspositivechoicestobemade.5.
 
Lifeisnotperfect,butit’spowerful.6.
 
It’snot“TherebutforthegraceofGod,amI.”It’s“ThereIam.”7.
 
Dowhatyouhavethepowertodo.8.
 
Acceptyourabilitiesevenasyouaspiretoexpandthem.

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