Reading & Resources for the Creative Adult

New books, films, Web sites, and organizations that address these topics are being created all the time. Below are some resources that I feel have stood the test of time and offer the most unique information on the topics. is a great place to review the content of my recommendations. In this section, the movies I list are listed for a variety of reasons. Please read about them and make your own decision about whether they have relevance for you.


Perspectives on Culture
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Leonard Shlain
American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips
The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, David Jay Brown
The Cultural Creatives, Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson
The Eye of Spirit, Ken Wilber *
The Hidden Dimension, Edward Hall *
The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
Luminous Ground, Christopher Alexander
The Magical Child, Joseph Chilton Pearce *
The Mission of Art, Alex Grey (very strange but also valuable)
Mothers of Invention, Drew Gilpin Faust (exquisite portrait of cultural trauma)
My Name Is Chellis and I Am in Recovery from Western Civilization, Chellis Glendinning
Please Understand Me, David Keirsey (a guide to understanding your differences from the culture)

Support for the Creative Spirit
The Artist Inside, Tom Crockett
Beauty, John O’Donohue
Better Together, Robert Putnam
Callings, Gregg Levoy
Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore*
Consciousness in Action, Andrew Beath
Embracing Uncertainty, Susan Jeffers
Homo Aestheticus, Ellen Dissanayake
How to Know God, Deepak Chopra*
Hymns to an Unknown God, Sam Keen
Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukov
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
Touching Enlightenment, Reginald Ray
The Soul’s Code, James Hillman
The Witch of Portobello, Paula Coelho

Alternative Perspectives
Artists’ Communities, Alliance of Artists’ Communities
The Global Brain Awakens, Peter Russell
The Hidden Messages in Water, Masaru Emoto
The Image of the Future, Frederik Polak
Leadership and the New Science, Margaret Wheatley
The Support Economy, Shoshana Zuboff & James Maxmin
Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, Benjamin Friedman
Modernity and Self-Identity, Anthony Giddens
Parallel Worlds, Michio Kaku
The Quantum Self, Danah Zohar*
The Self-Esteem Trap, Polly Young-Eisendrath
A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright
Traveling Between the Worlds: Conversations with Contemporary Shamans, Hillary S. Webb

Other Authors of Note:
On Spirit — Evelyn Underhill, Aldous Huxley
On re-enchantment of the built world — Christopher Alexander (The Nature of Order series)
On creating — Emily Carr, Agnes Martin, David Whyte, Eric Maisel
On the power of symbolic representation — Edward Tufte
On expanded states of awareness — Stanislav Grof,
Carlos Castaneda — many tidbits about the creative – great conceptual model

*Authors with numerous valuable publications


Christian Science Monitor
The Humanist
Mother Jones
Raw Vision (Outsider art)

Utne Reader


Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
Art City
Art 21

Five Films About Christi & Jeane Claude
Golden Door (true sensory experience)
How to Draw a Bunny
In the Realms of the Unreal

Man on a Wire
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
My Architect
My Child Could Draw That
My Voyage to Italy
Our City Dreams

Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill


Aspen Institute
Esalen Institute
The Institute of Noetic Sciences
Naropa University
New York Open Center
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
The John Templeton Foundation
TED – Ideas Worth Spreading
Kiva – Loans That Change Lives
Artists Online
The Artists Foundation
Manhattan Arts International
Alliance of Artists Communities
Artist Trust

Other Links of Interest
Esoteric explanation of dimensions of awareness
One person’s celebration of the creative

Excellent site for understanding temperament and type
New perspectives