Author Archives: teresamclaren

Launch of Inner Compass Initiative and ICI’s The Withdrawal Project

I contributed six illustrations to the learn/unlearn section of this website. ****Announcing the Launch of Inner Compass Initiative and ICI’s The Withdrawal Project!**** Inner Compass Initiative (ICI) is a new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides information and resources to help people make more informed choices regarding all things “mental health” and to support people who wish […]

River of well being

This concept of balance and wellbeing has been coming up for me over and over so I’m going to share. In The Whole-Brain Child Dan Siegel defines mental health as our ability to remain in the “river of well-being”. One bank represents chaos, where you feel out of control. Confusion and turmoil rule the day. […]

Stories I find empowering and inspiring

Shambhala warrior prophecy as told by Joanna Macy (video from book Active Hope): Universe Story  by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme (book) Born with a Bang  by Jennifer Morgan (book): Mindwalk (movie): Frederik the mouse by Leo Lionni (animation): The man who planted trees by Jean Giono (animation):    

My favorite practices for managing creative flow (especially during difficult times)

Breathing Through – Joanna Macy Morning Pages – Julia Cameron Waldorf Wet on Wet Watercolor – Sarah Baldwin Part 1 Part 2  Collage ripping books and magazines up and gluing them back onto canvas, paper or board.   Gestalt: I am wholly(holy) other than the sum of my parts and processes

Grounding Techniques

When Creative Flooding becomes overwhelming it is helpful to have a toolkit of grounding techniques or ways to decrease intensity of experience. It is important not to overdo this so much that it stops, just slow it down so the process is gentler and less disorienting.  Over-medication, in my opinion, is the biggest danger in […]

Creative Flooding

I want to introduce a concept that has helped me make a lot of sense of my difficult experiences and I hope it may help others. This is the concept of Creative Flooding proposed by E. A. Meek. The goal of this dissertation will be to identify and supply those individuals who experience creative flooding with […]


I’m very grateful to have made contact with Peter Barrett of Metanoia Galiano. He runs an art gallery on Galiano island and I am sending him the following work this week. If you are in the area, please drop by and support his good work. I have personally found it far more empowering to […]