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Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art [Paperback]

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 7.55" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   RedWheel / Weiser
ISBN  1590030168  
EAN  9781590030165  

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Item Description...
This book teaches its readers how to express their spiritual lives through visual art. Azara balances personal reflections on themes such as healing, growth, and compassion with meditations and concrete artistic exercises.

Publishers Description
Anyone can make art. Finding one's spiritual center can come of making art. Making art can come of finding one's spiritual center. Nancy Azara has been teaching the making of art, art-making as a spiritual practice, and other spiritual practices for thirty-five years. She has developed a system that combines her lifelong spiritual practice with techniques designed to help anyone get and stay in touch with their own inner artistic souls. Spirit Taking Form is a practical book. It offers lists of materials to work with and exercises and meditation techniques to help everyone bring out their inner voice. It includes specific meditations for healing the inner critic, cultivating imagination, and finding one's artistic heart. Its meditations and exercises can be done many times, and each time they can bring the reader new and richer experiences and deeper insights. Throughout the book Azara shares her own story and the inspirations that have made her a successful artist. Using an old Sicilian folk tale taught to her by her grandfather, she has always sought to look at life with one eye open out to the world and the other closed, or turned inward. It is this skill more than any other that she seeks to engender in the reader through exercises such as "The Visual Diary." Learning and teaching about art from a place of spirit calls us to a challenge, a challenge to look at something very familiar, yet distant and remote. Spirit Taking Form offers insight into artistic expression and how it can be applied to life as a catalyst for growth, change, and expression.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nancy Azara is a working artist who has been teaching for thirty-five years. She came of age as an artist and a woman during the feminist movement of the 1960s. In the process, she began a lifelong spiritual practice that led her to teach and do psychic healing circles. In Spirit Taking Form, her first book, she combines the two.

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A written work that really works for the Artist  Sep 26, 2007
I am both a sculptor and a consultant in the use of art's transformational power to generate social innovation and general well being. Ms. Azara's book is both a personal joy to read and a professional tool.
I recommend it to any person interested in discovering or revisiting their own artistic spirit.
Wonderful  Aug 18, 2006
This is a wonderful book for artist and non artist alike. You do not need to have experience with meditation to follow the guidelines in this book. It has been a delightful experience to follow the exercises here. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to enjoy a thoughtful art making experience.
Would be better as a CD  Jun 28, 2006
I enjoyed the ideas in the book but found it ultimately not to be very useful. The book consists mainly of guided meditations focused around aspects of creativity. In a CD form it would be useful as an adjunct to actual meditation.

The information about the artist and her process was interesting and the guided meditations could be useful in a different format. My one biggest wish is for a lot more hands-on creative exercises. There were a few, but in a book geared towards creativity and "making", there should be alot more experiential stuff.
Nancy Azara's artistry  Jun 27, 2006
In her book, Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art, Nancy Azara writes about her own approach to art making that incorporates meditation and intention. The beautiful prose could be a book of poems. . . but its utility for artmaking is the absolute strength of her writing. One of the significant struggles for me as an artist is to volley each day between doubt and confidence in my work. Through Ms. Azara's book, I realized that there is also an artistry to trusting myself and my own experience. I have learned through her book and feel that it has helped me to make art with greater risk and richness. I recommend this book for everyone.
Great book, artwork, and information  Sep 3, 2005
I bought Nancy's book because I enjoy her artwork and was pleased at how it helped me understand her artwork as well as providing a great approach to deal with patients on their issues using a variety of art forms and mediums. Nice examples, and a generally great book!

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