Cultivate Paper Mentors: Find those whose creative expression inspires you, and let their words and creativity mentor you.
I wrote my first book when I was 10, and I didn’t write another for 25 years – but over those years, and since, I’ve read 1,000s of books! I get so inspired by other’s words, ideas, and creative expression. I find that there are some creators who speak to the deepest part of me – and I call them my Paper Mentors, and I read everything they produce and allow it to inspire my creativity and my life!
Some of my paper mentors are Dr. Maya Angelou, Ram Dass, Pema Chodron, SARK, (my Inner Wise Self created SARK) Abraham-Hicks, Rumi, Hafiz, Colette, Sanaya Roman, Crockett Johnson, and “paper mentors of the moment” who grace my life in books, magazines, newspapers and online.
One paper mentor who had a profound effect on my life is Henry Miller. Watch this short video to hear how: (Video #1, snippet 4:13 – 5:08, story of HM in your dream and taking name SARK and having creativity spill out of you.)
If you don’t have specific paper mentors yet, or you want to cultivate more, use this short process to help you find your resonance:
- What kind of creative expression are you most drawn to? It could be writing, paintings, drawings, dance, architecture, just to name a few. List at least 3 types of creative expression that inspire you here:
- Think of the last time that you were inspired by each of these types – write down what it was, who created it (if you know), and what about it was inspiring to you.
- Look for more examples of the creative expression of these artists – if you don’t know who created your inspiration, see if you can find out. You can look on the internet, in the library, art galleries, and museums. See what inspires you about their other works – what’s in common.
- Set your intention on seeing more examples of like this that inspire you, and do similar research – actively seek inspiration!
- Whose creative LIFE do you admire or appreciate and why? List them and qualities you are drawn to.
Use these Journal Prompts to move you through this Map Stop:
- Who are your current paper mentors and why?
- If you could meet one of your paper mentors in person, what would you ask them? What would you talk about? Imagine that conversation and write about it, what you learn, and how you feel.
- If you did the process, what was your experience of it? What surprised you or delighted you about what you discovered?