My philosophy is that we are supposed to be happy in this life. What makes us happy varies from person to person, but what’s essential to all can be distilled into a few basic precepts:

— We need to have our basic needs met: food, clothing shelter.

— We need to be appreciated for what we know and for who we are.

— We need to feel that our work means something.

We often have a lot of pressure on us to conform to the standards and to the desires of others. This can make us feel as if we are living in a cage. No matter what we do, someone, somewhere thinks it is wrong.

But we have left the schoolyard, so why can’t we have the freedom that we have longed for for so long?

It is up to us to create our freedom.

Our innate creative talent can be developed into a fully conscious ability. This takes work because we often have self-imposed limitations and creative blocks. But this process can be and should be fun.

Being an artist — a fully developed creative individual — is a joy that I think everyone should have.

If you are already creative, I can help you overcome blocks and help you to transfer your knowledge to anything you want to create the life of your dreams. If you have always wondered if you are creative, I am here to tell you that you are; it’s time to unlock your creative genius and live up to your full potential.

I use art as a supremely adapted tool for personal development. With the skills I have, I can adapt to my circumstances, no matter what they are, and I can find joy in the doing.

I teach personal development through art, because art gives us a perfect, safe and protected environment to develop our innate creative abilities. Art is like a playpen for conscious development. As we learn the principles of being an artist, we can learn to apply these same skills to anything in our lives.

Make an art of life, make a life of art.

Copyright 2010 Aliyah Marr

Contact me at: aliyahmarr (at) gmail (dot) com

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