If I have to be “Out of Control” it may as well be fun! “InterPlay’s Expressive Arts Approach for Health and Healing”

Alice Springs, Australia: InterPlay in muddy waters.

Alice Springs, Australia: InterPlay in muddy waters.

If I have to be “Out of Control” it may as well be fun!

Can I get a nod of recognition on that? It’s from CathyAnn Beaty’s recent blog.

I’m a “Kindly, let me please control the world and make it a perfect place” freak. Why do you think I fell in love with improvisation and gave my life to it? I need a control escape hatch. What a relief to know that things work out and that when they don’t it’s somehow….OK.

CathyAnn, founding InterPlay leader from Minnesota has navigated life’s most demanding currents. How? Staying connected to Creation. She reflects,

Why DO I create?

I can’t help myself
it is fun
it is exciting
it gives me pleasure
it gives me satisfaction
it gives me a sense of being active in my own life
because I can
it gives me insight
it gives me new ideas
it keeps my brain and body active
it keeps me engaged with the world
it aids in time of change
it keeps me positive
it energizes me
it helps me to see the world in new and different ways
it companions me
it teaches me about myself
it teaches me about others
it keeps me in the present
I can give it away
it enhances communication
it gives me a sense of power in my life
it heals
it inspires me to create more

And what is all this stuff that I can’t stop creating. Dances, stories, songs, miniature books with  my littlest girlfriend Taylor( 5), collages, visual art, environments for therapists and spiritual leaders and other healers to create in, a beautiful home… the list goes on.

Having a container to create in seems to be the ticket. I don’t have to reinvent the wheel, can find structure and freedom together again at last and create (play) with just about anything in the easy to do forms and principles of InterPlay. InterPlay provides me with a fun and innovative approach to being a creative force in my own life, and it helps me hold lightly the reality that I just can’t help myself when it comes to creating!

InterPlay offers an Expressive Arts Type of Approach for Health and Healing. CathyAnn will lead InterPlay for Therapists in Lafayette, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs, Colorado in September, share InterPlay with mental health specialists and clients in India, teach InterPlay for performance with InterPlay Australia cofounder, Trish Watts, October 15-17, and trains therapists and healers around the US to use InterPlay tools in self care, supervision, and work with clients. Contact Cynthia@interplay.org to learn about how to develop an InterPlay practice group for therapists, spiritual directors, or clergy in your area.


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