October 12, 2017
Originally posted in 1989 by Creative Edge founder Donald Mathews in his first newsletter:
Tllicho Lake
In this high place
it is as simple as this
leave everything you know behind.
Step toward the cold surface
say the old prayer of rough love
and open both arms.
Those who come with empty hands
will stare into the lake astonished
there in cold light
reflecting pure snow
the true shape of your own face.
—David Whyte
Where Many Rivers Meet
The purpose of these programs is to tap into the explosive energy available in humans when they cross edges of fear into their own undeveloped creative potential. It is not necessary to become trained artists in  order to realize this important human asset. To develop the full craft of an artist requires a great deal of effort and is only for a few dedicated people. Rather the primary task for most of us is to learn how to connect to the muse of our own inner Godhead, or deeper self, and express in our daily lives the universal creative flow available in all of us. Each time our mysterious inner themes are developed aesthetically, powerful new insight is gained into the emerging content of our deeper self, the content of who we are uniquely. The more we know and share of both the secret and unconscious parts of ourselves, the more possibility there is for support and relationship with each other. Through this inner strength we can become vulnerable, able to claim our own mature truths and support others in their similar quest. Generally this idea is not new. However, I think it is extraordinary for ordinary individuals to he in touch with their innate aesthetic creative abilities and stand up for these expressions of personal beauty. As an artist and educator, I know this is possible for most of us. When we each take this important personal step, we can create an evolutionary leap on the planet together.
– Donald W. Mathews