A Rebel’s Take On Depression
What happens when we fall into depression? In this bewildering state, life feels derailed and pointless. Swinging between stress and exhaustion, we’re agonizingly uncomfortable and desperate to get back to what we think of as “normal”.
But what if “normal” means we’ve only been living life on the halfway setting, in a world where we believe we have to make everything happen, on our own.
What if depression is a profound invitation to open up and access a more vital, inspiring and energizing experience of life where amazing things can happen and we can give up our fixed ideas about needing to be “in control”?
What if depression isn’t the sign of a mind that’s gone out of balance but of a free, creative spirit that’s trying to emerge?
In a frank, personal account Eleanor O’Rourke speaks honestly about the dangers, dead-ends and distractions of modern life, love, self-help and addiction and about the redemptive journey within. Breakdown charts one woman’s journey to the other side of depression… a disruptive place of breakthrough… where greater happiness, creativity and love are found.
40 DAYS 40 NIGHTS
One Woman’s Quest to Reclaim her Creative Mojo
Everyone has a creative spirit… it’s the part of us that ‘feels’ alive.
As children, we couldn’t wait to grow up and use this creativity in the big playground of life. But, as Phil Collins pointed out, “something happened on the way to heaven.” In our haste to join the big boys, we adopted their rules and values. And what they valued was ‘the left brain.’
We were hoodwinked…
Our hero’s adventure turned into a fairy tale, in which we traded our magic beans for a cow. Our mothers were furious (women!!) but we fiercely defended our decision (kids!!) and pretty soon this cow had become sacred.
It’s time to become a principled boy, get back our magic beans, plant them and climb the beanstalk to the creative life.
40 days and 40 nights is a book about finding and reconnecting to our creative spirit. Forty is an archetypal number – the number of days Noah spent in the flood; the number of days Jesus spent in the desert.
It documents the journey I took to reclaim my lost creativity when faced with writer’s block. Each day presents a traditional self-help adage, and puts it into the context of a daily setting. In this way the philosophies and expressions of the new age (often familiar purely as concepts) get put through their paces in a real-life setting.
There have been many wonderful books that describe creativity in a reverential way. This one is a quirky alternative, so hopefully will open up the conversation to a wider audience.
As a side bar, creativity brings with it a bunch of other gifts – joy, laughter, ingenuity, intuition, abundance and fun. It makes us want to jump out of bed in the morning for no good reason.
This book isn’t just for writers, painters or potters. It’s for anyone who wants to think, work or love in a more creative way.
Take the 40 day challenge.
Claim your creative power.
Change your world.
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