“Cathy Wild’s book,Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out, goes beyond a few simple suggestions to stimulate creativity. She delves beneath the surface, telling stories from those on the creative path. As she points out, this path is not a straight line from A to Z. It has zigs and zags; it has reversals and successes. You’ll be inspired to stay the course through the chaos of creation as you tap into Cathy Wild’s deep wisdom, fully expressing what has meaning and value to you.”—Justine Willis Toms Co-founder, Creative Producer, Host New Dimensions Radio series; Author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World
More than a beautifully written book, Wild Ideas is a toolkit for anyone wanting to think and work outside the box — it’s not just for artists.—Stephen Silverman, Esq.
Wild Ideas is an honest, thoughtful and exuberant examination of the many challenges that creatives face—and how those challenges can be met successfully. Highly recommended!”—Dr. Eric Maisel, best-selling author of Coaching the Artist Within and The Van Gogh Blues
Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out takes you on an intimate journey through the seven stages of the creative process. All along the way, counselor, artist, and writer Cathy Wild interweaves her own deeply personal story as well as provocative insights gleaned from her many years in private practice. Discover your authentic voice while exploring timeless themes that compel creative expression—curiosity and imagination, mystery and mourning, chaos and clarity, suffering and gratitude and many more.
A feast for the heart, mind, and soul, Wild Ideas is designed for both artists and non-artists alike who are drawn to their inner world of thought and feeling. Whether you are already a working artist, struggling to become one — and especially if you want to feel more alive and engaged—this wise and thought-provoking book has the power to revitalize your thinking and renew your spirit of adventure.
Wild Ideas can help you build a resilient foundation for engaging creative challenges in your life and work: 1) You will understand how to make the journey from inspiration to realization of a vision. 2) You will find clarity and comfort while learning to navigate the daunting emotional challenges that frequently block creators. 3) You will reclaim what is richest and most authentic about your own life. 4) You will feel inspired to replace apprehension about your creative capabilities with self-knowledge, trust, and a passionate spirit of adventure. 5) You will feel deeply supported as you unlock the mysteries of your own creative power!
Author Cathy Wild weaves together her rich and varied background—in anthropology, psychology, painting, early childhood development, dance, authentic movement, and the healing arts—with incisive intuition and wisdom gleaned from her own healing journey. Reading Wild Ideas is a dynamic experiential process that will support you on a profound personal journey of transformation.
”Cathy Wild is a creative spirit who has written a brave exploration of her personal journey interwoven with wise, encouraging guidance and beautifully chosen quotes. If you long to be a creator, Wild Ideas will support you in discovering and following the voice of your soul.”—Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D., cultural historian, musician, writer, and faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music