by Susie Merz 

It's tempting to think that only certain people are creative, the ones whose art or photography or writing we admire. But it seems more likely that we all possess creative energy and a creative spirit. The challenge is to give ourselves the opportunity, and often permission, to create.

photo by Jim Glen / click to enlarge

The link below to an article about creativity is speaking somewhat more to introverts, acknowledging that those on the introvert side of the continuum need to look inward in order to access their creativity. But the concept of making space in one's brain to create is a practice that makes sense no matter where we fall on the introvert/extrovert continuum. 

This idea of making space in our brains prompted me to think of the ways we make space for healing as well, when we have experienced the stress of cancer and it's treatment, whether personally or through someone close to us. Giving space for healing can take many forms, but it seems that creativity and healing are intertwined. As we give our brains and minds the space to heal, we are also cultivating fertile ground for creativity to spring up. Maybe it's no coincidence that in the aftermath of cancer, we write and paint and sing and express our creative and healing selves, which is to say, our essence. And what an enduringly beautiful gift this is to give to the world.

See full article: Four Ways to Make Space in Your Brain to Create


Susie Merz first came to Callanish as a retreat participant in 2015 and has since joined the staff team as a clinical counsellor. She has worked as a therapist for over 14 years, both in nonprofit agencies and in her own counselling practice.