I am in love with writing; I find it allows my soul to just pour out on paper.
The creative process enables the creator to contact his or her inner or primary self. By practicing the observation of life through this intuitive “inner eye” we become more aware of life — its possibilities, its limitations, its meaning.
Through the Inner Eye was born out of Jan’s experience and insight. It reflects her desire to help others come to a deep form of self-understanding, to learn to see beyond the surface, to penetrate realities that underlie experiences, and to see things as they are. It is both an affirmation of the power of the creative spirit and a guide book for enhancing it.
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Islewest Publishing 1994
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Now Available: Woman Alone: One Woman’s Journey Through the Murky and Magical
Purchase at Woman Alone website: www.womanalonejangroenemann.com
About Woman Alone
Jude Bennett’s “happily ever after” has dissolved into a crisis that catapults her into the limelight of the Chicago art scene with a passion to help other struggling female artists. Even though her childhood dreams of being a wife, a mother, and an artist have been realized, Jude instinctively knows something is missing. So when her mother suddenly dies, she sets out on a quest to find herself.
As her search for meaning in an unpredictable world takes her from rural Illinois into the international art world, from Christian traditions to a universal spirituality that encompasses even her Native American heritage, and from the belief that she needs a man to be whole, Jude must learn to embrace her vulnerability, the joy of self-discovery, and most importantly, her purpose.
Woman Alone is the story of a creative woman’s murky yet magical search for meaning as she questions her life, her immortality, and where she truly belongs.
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Other Authors on Woman Alone:
For any woman who questions her purpose in life, Woman Alone is an essential read. Vivid descriptions and character development hook readers throughout. However, it is Groenemann’s mystical creativity that wraps the reader to dimensions most have never experienced.”
—Scottie Priesmeyer, author of The Cheaters
“I applaud the depth of understanding with which Groenemann weaves in the interlocking themes of personal growth, authenticity, and happiness. Woman Alone is a thought-provoking read.”
—Dr. Patt H. Pickett, author of Awesome Couple Communication
“We all yearn for happiness and a sense of purpose, but self-discovery is often a complex journey. Jude Bennett’s search is both familiar and inspiring, and especially timely for today’s readers.”
—Teddy Norris, author of Pillars of Salt
Reviews from readers of Woman Alone:
I’m reading your book and I don’t want to put it down. Writing down key phrases that speak to me. Jude and I have so much in common. It is having a profound effect on me. I know that sounds a little far fetched, but I find myself thinking about it during the day and making changes in my thinking and my actions. So thank you for writing it. I feel you and I have always been on the same wave length. Hearing your heart felt feelings expressed in a way that speaks to me has made a difference, and I wanted you to know. —Nancy D, MO
Woman Alone takes the reader to some interesting places, both physically and mentally. Jude Bennett’s journey in Woman Alone feels very honest, very real, and very inspiring. You will cry, you will laugh, and you will smile along with her as she struggles with, and truly faces, the realities of a life alone. —Joan M, MD
Your book was amazing! I loved it! There were so many things I identified with — the loss of Jude’s mother, the controlling husband, communing with nature. Your emotions in the book were so real, I have a feeling you’ve experienced some of them personally. Your insights were so perceptive that many times I was thinking “yes, yes, that’s how I feel” And Applewood! What a beautiful place. I will go there in my mind. Thank you for a great read! I can’t wait for your next book. —Linda S, NJ
I finished your book this evening. I loved it so much! It held my interest throughout the entire read. It covered many topics, yet maintained a wonderful flow. It was relatable on so many levels and subjects. And, finally, there were important answers and insights which I feel can be helpful to many. Thank you for sharing this wonderful creative work with the world!! —Susan S, AZ
Right off the bat this prologue absolutely blew me away. I was so caught up absorbing the substance of what you wrote….Your insights about feeling like you’ve found the path for everyone when you’ve found your own and the fallacy of this perception were like someone came down off of a mountain with wisdom I repeatedly fail to recognize. How often I have felt like others were not on the right path because they are not on mine! I will tell you that you are a very wise woman and my life is immeasurably richer for knowing you. I would just tell you to keep doing what you are doing. Your writing and your presence has an immense influence on the people around you. —Frank P, ILL
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Seeing the Magic: A Book in Progress
Whether young or old you will love this beautifully illustrated book that opens your own artist’s eyes. You will want to share it with your children and grandchildren as well as your friends. A joyful book.
Curiosity uncovers the freshest things
of imagination, mystery and ladybug wings.
The magic revealed will feed the soul
And indwell your being whether young or old.
Come see with me the deep down things
And I promise you your heart will sing.
I watched the moon in its slow rise silhouetting the apple tree where I climbed and sat each morning inspecting the beetles that frequented the knot holes, and smelling the emerging blossoms, fragile pink with stamens hot magenta. Its slow progression hauntingly matched the who, who, whoing of the barn owl hiding somewhere in the green woods.
Who am I, I thought, my childish mind wondering how it was that I inhabited this body in this place, this time. I could have been born into any other family in any other place in the world. Why here, why now, why was I me?
As I watched and pondered, the moon seemed to grow in size and brightness. I wondered at a God that could create this. Such beauty. And something within me was growing, expanding. I began to feel as if something was going to burst right out of my nine-year-old chest. And then it did! It burst into an indescribably wonderful sensation, ecstasy I can call it now. It was the most incredible feeling I had ever known.
With this feeling something I can only call a “knowing.” I knew this was God. And God was not “out there” somewhere. God was inside me, and outside me, was in me and in everything! I would never think of God the same again. God was everything.
Excerpts from Seeing the Magic.
Jan has been writing poetry since childhood, and for many years she has journaled almost daily. Her love of writing grew, early on, into the position of school newspaper editor and encouragement to major in journalism by her instructors. However, Jan saw painting as her first love, so the writing evolved into motivational articles for a church newspaper. It was somewhat of a surprise to Jan when she found herself compelled to create a book on creativity. She was facilitating many creativity workshops at the time and experienced firsthand the powerful effects of connecting with that inner guide and source of creativity. The book Through the Inner Eye just sort of flowed out of that.
Now, still journaling daily, Jan is working on two more books. Woman Alone, a first novel, is ready for finding a publisher. It is one creative woman’s journey through the alternating pain and joy of the human experience. Somewhat eccentric and fully focused on the discovery of meaning and living life fully, Jude Bennett struggles with the necessity of relationship and the value of aloneness in the process of self-discovery.
Seeing the Magic records moments of insight that have been a part of Jan’s experience throughout her life. Illustrated with colorful watercolors and colored pencil paintings you are sure to find this book a delightful and inspirational experience.
Jan’s journaling has spilled over into the process of creating Artful Journals as well. These creative journals are a perfect way to connect deeply with your inner guidance. Jan facilitates workshops on artful journaling.
If you are interested in any of Jan’s books, classes or workshops please contact us.
The Joy of Artful Journaling
The Artful Journal is a beautiful technique for connecting with your inner-self. It combines the intuitive flow of writing with the fun of visual expression. Working with drawing, painting or collage you allow yourself to illustrate words, thoughts, feelings….
Top right shows the cover of “Moon Mandalas,” a series of words and paintings representing the monthly moons. Bottom left and right are pages from Jan’s “Teachings From My Totem Animals.” Artful Journaling workshops are by arrangement.