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.
$25 plus $5 for shipping & handling
Islewest Publishing 1994
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Woman Alone is Jude Bennett’s search for meaning in an unstable and confusing world. Jude’s journey takes her from rural Illinois into the international art world, from fundamentalism to a more universal spirituality, and from
the belief that she needs a man to be whole to the joy of finding the wholeness of herself.
Though Jude’s life is touched by illness, abuse and terrorism, she manages to find success, fame, even love. However, it isn’t until she allows for time to be alone with herself that she finds happiness does not come from without but from within.
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.