"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."

Pablo Picasso

May Week 2: Culture And Self Development


Overview And Objectives

In this week's program, we look at a challenging cultural period in human history which represents the emergence of the creative self and the individual ego. We need to understand this period of human life so that we can understand the baggage it brings into the present because often people distance themselves from the aggressive energies of this time. Instead, we need to understand the valuable energies it offers and start to look at how we can channel them constructively.

Animal spirits are an important part of the culture we are examining this week. They can sometimes be mismanaged to the detriment of everyone. The important question we have to ask is how do we harness our animal spirits as sensitive people so that we can participate more in the world without always having to feel guilty or embarrassed.

Creativity And Culture

Most of our important skills have cultural phases when they emerged as important qualities. Creativity is no different.


“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will”

George Bernard Shaw

Creativity And Animal Spirits

Some thoughts on sorting out animal spirit energies.

Disrupting the Cycle of Urban Violence With Arts and Culture

Culture has offered a healthy path to red gangs who want to end their fighting.

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Creativity Feeds The Soul

"Creativity teaches us how to bring the mind under the direction of the heart and use it instead of being used by it."

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Creativity Can Connect You To Your Soul

The phrase "animal spirits" is often associated with out of control capitalism. In this article from Buddhist Economics, we get are refreshing perspective on this phrase.

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Connecting The Dots

Questions, ideas, and insights to stimulate your thinking and to help integrate this week's information into your life.

Insight 1

Animal spirits are really your vitality.

Insight 2

Animal spirits exist in all things; listening for and to them provides a lot of information.

Insight 3

Connecting with animal spirits puts us in touch with the life cycle in ourselves and others.

This Month's Courses

Monthly Explorations

Week 1

Week 2 

Week 3

Week 4