Creative  individuals can be  found in every  field.  The artists  interviewed for this book  revealed what  creative
people are like, why they create and  how they themselves evolve from their work.  They generally lead full lives,
share themselves with others , find nourishment in family, friends, the workplace and community, and value their
connection to humankind and Earth.  They are responsible people who use their  innovative gifts in many areas
of life. Most artists work alone in "the silence",  setting time aside to be in The Zone regularly, because they un-
derstand the  importance of that  inner,  magical  connection.  They often  express  gratitude for the  privilege of
creating their arts and for living on Earth in these currently "interesting" times.

Two hundred  artists were asked,
"What have you learned from your creative activities beyond 'how to do it:?
The answers varied more than for any other question. The more  practical-minded learned how to  market their
work and gain incomes.  Other  responses ranged from  designing body armor for law officers, designing furni-
ture, using money earned from art sales to travel,  visit art museums and galleries and purchase art books and
videos to broaden understanding, or to write or illustrate books.

Others gained self-discipline,  timing  and the ability to craft with  limited materials and a strong desire. An ath-
lete reaped greater  self-esteem and a  teacher-coach  
discovered how  he had to use  time and hard work to
bring new concepts into  reality.
He recognized the need to "plan every step, then redo, redo and redo". After
testing and re-evaluating, he adjusted any portions that weren't working well.

Creative individuals have many creative outlets,  an active social life and  frequently  share artfulness with each
other.  It was  surprising how many were concerned with  children's  need for the arts.  Many did  volunteer work
wit h youngsters,  particularly grandchildren,  teaching them to  draw and paint and  thereby  learning from  both
their own descendants and from other young students.

Phrases heard  included:  
"Crossing over and  back with  the  methods and  ideas used  to  teach and  coach
school children and  my own children,  I could  help them  to become the  best they  could be.
" One used the
knowledge  gained about  children to later  write an d illustrate children's  books ."
Giving  myself  time to get to
know and understand others
",  was imperative for many. "I found I could follow other people's directions,  and
still express my individuality."
Creative people
 exhibit their  male and female  natures in equal  amounts,  having  integrated both  left and
right brains.
Creative men are manly, yet nurturing, compassionate and intuitive. Creative women are girly,  but
independent,  take responsibility when
 necessary and  usually  lead their  peer groups.  Both  genders seek in-
creased complexity, rather than choosing the paths of least resistance
. It's how they learn.

Creative persons are childlike, but never "childish".
They stay in touch with their inspirational sources for long
 One  evolved artist exclaimed, "I  don't have to do it all by myself;  I ask for help from  higher powers,
and I get it!
" Many artists knowingly,  or unknowingly,  channel their  artworks from  higher sources.  Many of this
writer's own paintings were channeled.

Learning to feel good about expressing their individuality without receiving open appreciation was a big less-
on for some: "
We may not be perfect,  but we must keep striving  toward higher levels anyway." Many repeat-
edly tried to  create works  they thought they  couldn't a chieve  until there was  no more  reason to  fear or be
jealous of others
. Overcoming envy and fear released them from the tensions of the productive process.

Innovative individuals are
alert to their emotions and often follow feelings more than logic. Excitement and ecs-
asy are common for socially-minded artists.
When passion flows freely, Universe reciprocates with surpr-
ising moves and fantastic outcomes
.  Unique experiences included  caring for a grandchild  and being  "the
brush" that helped her respond positively; feeling fulfillment and joy through acting as a creator.
Bliss  blossoms
from being able to offer beauty, compassion, honesty, kindness, understanding or assistance to the downfallen.

"Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
By Rev. Dr. Marilyn La Croix