After 30 years in the world of business I said good-bye to accounting and management and began a new journey. It was a Friday when I finished my last day as the CFO of small commercial insurance company, the final position I held in the business world. The next day I flew to San Francisco to begin my Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology education with a week-long seminar at a retreat center in the mountains outside of San Jose.
When I first began to investigate this Master’s degree program I saw that there were three areas that I could specialize in for my education. I would need to choose one of them by the end of the first year. The three choices were Spiritual Psychology, Life Coaching, and Creativity and Innovation. I immediately threw out Creativity and Innovation because well…I can’t draw! I was undecided about which of the other two I would choose but I was leaning towards Spiritual Psychology.
I knew that the classes focused on Spirituality, and included body psychology, both areas that wanted to dive deeper into. What I didn’t appreciate was that there was also a strong focus on creative expression during the first year classes. I soon found myself coloring, drawing, creating poems, writing, dancing, singing, listening to music and many other outlets of creative expression. And to my great surprise I LOVED these parts of my classes with a joy that deeply surprised me. The creative expression assignments felt like play, and they brought a new excitement into my life.
Prior to starting my Master’s field of study, I had not realized that I there was little time spent in play or playing creatively in my too busy life. This had not always been the case. From the time I was around 11 years old I sewed. My mother was a talented seamstress who passed her sewing knowledge and skills on to me. My first job in high school was in a fabric store where the discount on fabric and the creative ideas of our many customers invited my creative energy to blossom. My love of sewing led me into many other crafts that fed my need for an outlet for all my creative energy.
But then the ultimate creative outlet for a woman happened, I had three babies. The priorities of working, driving kids to their many activities, running a home, coordinating all the schedules of a busy and active family of five and at the same time fulfilling the extremely important role of mother in the family edged out any time or energy for creative pursuits. Or so I thought.
The more time I spent in learning about Creativity and Innovation the more aware I became of myself as a creative being…and as all humans as creative beings. From my Judeo-Christian perspective I saw this as a reflection of a Divine Creator who created us in the image and likeness of the Divine. If the Creator is creative and we are created in the image of the Creator, then we are also creative. That means that at the very of root of our being one of our most basic needs, drives and desires is to create.
As I took more classes and began to experience more assignments around looking at things in a new, creative or innovative way I began to challenge my belief that I am not creative and came to embrace the fact that I am a very creative person. What I realized is that creativity is not limited to “art”. Creativity is a way of living your life.
The definition of creating uses words like imagination, bringing something new into existence. Living creatively and with innovation means being open to new ideas, new methods, new devices, to something new. At the core living a creative life means being open to new thoughts, ideas and ways of being.
The final chapter of my story? I am sure that you have already figured that out. When it was time to select a specialization for my Master’s I chose a double degree, Spiritual Psychology AND Creativity and Innovation. I just couldn’t walk away from myself as a creative being once I embraced that new knowing. Let me help you find that knowing for yourself.
After 30 plus in the business world Karen Herold considers herself a recovering CPA, finance and executive management business leader. She left her business career to pursue a master’s in transpersonal psychology followed soon thereafter by certification as a psychosynthesis life coach. She brings her wisdom and knowledge as a yoga teacher, creative expression arts facilitator, energy psychologist and a life transition coach to each coaching session. Karen is also a member of the faculty at Sofia University. Karen empowers and encourages her clients to embrace Transition as an Invitation to envision, create and manifest their next stage in life as one that is filled with Purpose, Meaning and Value. Karen is a contributing author to The Call of Self: Psychosynthesis Life Coaching, which is a journey to understanding transpersonally oriented life coaching where she shares her experience of the intersection of life coaching and volleyball coaching.
Karen is the mother of three adult daughters…all of whom she coached in club volleyball at one time or another. She is also grandmother to four young grandchildren and is recently married to her loving husband Chris.
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