“Creativity is a Metaphor for the Subconscious” is only one of many unique nuggets of wisdom expressed by Rev. Sheri Heller when I interviewed her in August. First, a little background – Sheri Heller is a colleague of mine who is both an Interfaith Minister and a seasoned psychotherapist. I recently met her in March at a professional conference where we were both on the same panel. After I heard her presentation, the only word that comes to mind to describe how I felt was Inspiration. After the conference, I spontaneously asked her if I could interview her for this blog. In addition to being a therapist, she is also an actor, writer and playwright. Sheri’s love of being creative goes back to her childhood, when she said that as a kid she loved the theater. Having been a shy and self conscious child, she found soalce in writing and reading. As she said, “When we connect to our creative impulses we are deeply authentic.” As we talked further she revealed that when younger she “knew there was an artist in me but did not feel entitled to give her expression and in certain ways afraid to give her expression – fear of my own power – difficulties with my own power being allowed to shine and to play.” She goes on to say, “Being an artist is affirming your right to be who you are.”
I wonder how many of us feel this way about letting out even to ourselves, perhaps especially to ourselves, our desire to be creative.
I will blog more about my interview with sheri in future blog posts To learn more about her you can go to her website: www.sheritherapist.com.