I have been an "artist" my whole life. From the time I could hold a piece of chalk in my hand, I knew that was what I was. I was also a spiritual seeker. I craved mysticism and ritual in my life for as long as I could remember. I questioned the existence of God from the moment I first heard “the word”.
I grew up in a Jewish home where neither ritual nor mysticism played a big part. My father was a track coach and so his parenting strategy utilized sports metaphors with a big emphasis on discipline and self-confidence. My mother was a musician and so her strategy leaned heavily on musical references with a big emphasis on practice and self-expression.
I was encouraged at an early age to be exactly who I was and that’s pretty much the approach I took my whole life. As creatively supportive a beginning that all was, I still yearned for a cosmic connection to something I knew existed beyond the little finite me; something else, something more...
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Using my vast experience as an artist and arts educator and the technology of Kundalini Yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) I unpack the way creativity works in and out of the studio so that you can unleash your creative potential to the max!
I wish I had a dollar for every time a person said to me "I'm not creative!” Truth is, Creativity flows through everyone and knowing how to get it moving and keep it moving is the key to Creative Living.
WHO AM I?
My name is Raghubir and I am both a yogi and an artist. The artist and educator Robert Filliou said "For me, artistic activity is a spiritual activity that all artists practice." I couldn't agree more.
I am a multi-disciplinary artist and I am always exploring the confluence of art and spirituality. In all my different kinds of projects (which include studio art, social practice, and teaching both art and yoga), I emphasize that with yogic technology at its core, creativity and art-making have the potential to transform individual and group consciousness. In other words, to ultimately change the world...whether you consider yourself an artist or not.
"Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way." - Twyla Tharp, dancer and choreographer
I've been "writing" this book for many years. It's gone through multiple iterations and its content has found its way into all the classes and workshops I teach both as an art educator and a yoga instructor/trainer. Yogic technology informs everything I do both in and out of the art studio.
Since yogic technology is such a valuable tool for transformation and creativity, I feel it is essential to include yogic curriculum in schools, workplaces, and institutions. This book takes the position that everyone is creative, and that your power, influence, and happiness is ultimately dependent on how you access and manage this natural energy flow.