Shiloh Sophia - Handprint on Canvas
2017 RESEARCH – HERE’S SOME DATA FROM OUR COMMUNITY
There is so much more to painting than we may have really known in the past – or had access to. Over 500 people responded to a survey conducted by the Intentional Creativity Foundation. We thought you might like to see a few of the results in categories near and dear to many of our hearts.
PRACTICE AND COMPASSION
93% said they experience creativity as a mindfulness practice 89% said they include creativity as a part of their spiritual practice 89% felt a sense of connection with the Divine (as they define it) 86% felt that their creative practice positively impacted those closest to them 92% feel that creativity influences their compassion for themselves 90% said they experienced compassion for others near them through creativity 83% experienced compassion for others they did not know through stories they heard 80% said they would suggest creative process to others who experience depression
SELF EXPRESSION AND WELL BEING
87% consider themselves self expressed as compared to before they were creating 86% said they have experienced breakthroughs and aha’s during painting 77% said they choose painting specifically to work through a chosen breakthrough 90% said they have experienced a shift in their default thinking 88% said they experienced a shift in their personal story through creating with intention 89% said they bring insights into their life discovered while painting 85% said they experienced an expanded sense of self 79% noticed an ease of physical symptoms while creating 93% experience creating as a relief/break that benefits their overall well being 90% have experienced a shift in recurring emotional pain through creative process 90% said that creativity helped them maintain a healthy outlook
Shiloh Sophia and Color of Woman Students and Guild at Terra Sophia
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“I have emerged on the other side of hell after being subjected to sexual abuse for 8 yrs of my childhood by extended family members. I kept silent until my 30's; have had years of therapy, searched countless avenues for healing, and with Intentional Creativity I feel like I have finally come home and into my own arms.
I am on my way back to my own wholeness now with tools for healing myself and my family, and am even now reaching out to others.”
“Intentional Creativity has allowed – and encouraged - my 'inner warrior' to emerge.”
"I discovered IC in the darkest period ofmy life - I had just suffered a huge betrayal from my childhood church and my then husband had cheated on me. IC gave me the tools I needed to survive that period, and to finally pursue my own needs and interests. For the first time, I took responsibility for my own life. Three years after my first class, I am working in a field where I get to change lives…
Intentional Creativity transformed my life. I don't say that lightly. Through creativity I was able to reclaim parts of myself I had forgotten, and was able to step back into the role of creator of my own future.”
“You don’t have to be an artist to do this work, or have talent, this is for everyone –and it is so easy to share. It helps people get through the rough places”
“My whole life has become more inspired more on purpose and more magical since I first engaged in this amazing journey of Intentional Creativity, bringing the inside outside.”
We are sharing this gift with you, from Shiloh Sophia and the Intentional Creativity Foundation, a Poster about Curating Transformation through Intentional Creativity®. This is for reading, downloading, sharing, printing to hang in your studio or pass out to friends and family as inspired. May you find space in your life to paint as a priority. This isn’t a hobby. Isn’t a past time. Isn’t folly. Painting as personal medicine is the real deal!