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This how-to manual for "manifesting your heart's desire" will no doubt prompt memories of kindergarten collage-making for many readers. Based on her observations of engineers, architects and designers (including toy and theme park creators), Capacchione offers a framework for shepherding an idea into reality, whether the goal is to create a company mission statement, improve one's health or build a dream home. An art therapist, corporate consultant and the author of 10 books (The Creative Journal, etc.), she instructs readers on choosing a theme, gathering images and words that "grab" one's attention, finding order in the chaos, committing one's vision to paper and glue, getting feedback from others, dwelling on one's vision, getting help to implement the plan and celebrating the final result. With a tone that's both playful and serious, Capacchione provides detailed instructions and numerous exercises for working through this process. She also encourages journal writing (using both hands to engage both sides of the brain) and addresses common internal and external obstacles. Even if some of the numerous samples and stories culled from her workshops come across as a bit schematic and glib, Capacchione provides a fun and empowering approach to creativity for those willing to roll up their sleeves and play in the rich field of their desires. (Jan.)
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"Capacchione doesn't just preach the importance of visualizing goals to see them come true, something we've all heard before. … Her book tells you to get out the scissors and glue and magazine pictures to create collages of the life you want. That becomes the vision, and you will look at it each morning and night."
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

"[Capacchione] not only helps to bring out the best—but helps to discover that there is a best that is worth bringing out."
—Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of an Illness

"Capacchione's workshop was a powerful tool on my healing jouney. She shares her insights and gives you the opportunity to heal your relationship with your inner child. Go for it!"
—Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (December 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585420875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585420872
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.,

I am a Registered Art Therapist, Expressive Arts Therapist, workshop leader and best-selling author of 15 books. My innovative methods spark and nurture creativity in all areas of life. I originated:

* The Creative Journal Method, blending writing with drawing (The Creative Journal series of books for kids, teens, adults)
* Healing through writing and drawing with the non-dominant hand (The Power of Your Other Hand and The Art of Emotional Healing)
* The Visioning® process of life design through collage and journaling (Visioning)
* Inner Child/Inner Family healing through the expressive arts (Recovery of Your Inner Child)

I was originally a professional artist and Montessori-trained child development specialist, one of the first Head Start directors in the U.S. After successful careers in both art and education, I stumbled onto the healing power of art and of journaling with my non-dominant hand while struggling with a mysterious life-threatening illness. Journaling through drawing and writing with both hands opened my right hemisphere. It gave my emotions a means of full expression, helped me remember and work with dreams, develop my intuition and connect both hemispheres of my brain. My Creative Journal opened new worlds to me (internally and externally) and it paid huge dividends in terms of my health. My full recovery without medication led to a new career as an art therapist.

Methods which I developed for my own healing and refined in private practice with others are now being used worldwide for treating addictions, trauma, and childhood abuse. Many of my books are used as texts in courses on therapy, psychology, writing, art, career development and applied creativity. My work is being used in mental health and recovery programs, medical centers, school systems (kindergarten through college), prisons, health and healing programs, spiritual retreat centers, business, and industry. I have trained professionals word-wide in the Creative Journal Expressive Arts Certification Training, and consulted for corporations, community groups and schools throughout the U.S., Canada, Italy, the UK, Australia and Mexico.

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn H. Hamlin on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a psychotherapist in New York City the search for creative "homework" assignments to give my clients is an ongoing process. I first discovered Dr. Capacchione's techniques of collage and journaling with the non-dominant hand in her earlier book, "Putting Your Talent To Work". After following her simple guidance, obstacles started to dissolve and results began manifesting, both in in my own life and in my clients' lives. I feel very grateful there's now a whole book devoted to the process of visioning and realizing one's dreams. Many people come to therapy without a clue about what they want in life. Here's a book I can recommend for homework that will give them permission to identify what they truly want. Further, there is therapeutic value in using the tools Dr. Capacchione lays out for working through one's inner obstacles: confusion, self-criticism, lack of confidence and self doubt. The sequence and quality of these collage and journal writing exercises comes from an author whose work is refined by a lifetime of experience in the creative and personal growth field. This book is for everyone who has a dream or wants to find one. It's comprehensive and deep. Best of all, it's simply easy to use!
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Gail McMeekin on April 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Lucia has created a wonderful catalyst for creative expression and goal attainment. By using visual images, Lucia teaches you an amazingly effective method for unlocking your unconscious longings and bringing them into full view. I have long used the collage method myself and with coaching clients, but Lucia's book offers new techniques and wonderful success stories to further inspire all of us to delve deeper into our fantasies and learn their meaning. Bravo Lucia! I am recommending this book to all of my clients and friends. This book is destined to become a classic in the field of creativity.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Irvin Goodman HALL OF FAME on June 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This new 272 page road map could be one of the best ways to bring your hopes and dreams into being. Lucia has much experience in the "artistic design" area and translates this skill, knowledge and experience into useful everyday methods to help us get what we want out of life. She leads the way to help us turn our ideas into reality. You'll learn how to chose a theme, gather the images, find order in the chaos, commit your vision to paper and glue, get feedback from others, dwell on your vision, get help to implement the plan and celebrate your final result. She offers detailed methods and exercises to help you work through this process, step by step. Some of her methods can provide you with amazing results. A knowledge of art or abilities as an artist are not important. She'll help you bring your latent art talents into useful actions to help you get what you want out of life. A very intersting, fun read that everyone can benefit from.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tobey Crockett on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have bought at least ten copies of this book in the five years since I first encountered it. I often end up giving away my only copy and then having to buy it again. It is just the thing for finding your way. The process is marvelously mapped out and easy to follow. I suggest resisting the impulse to skip any steps - the things you don't want to do are likely the very ones you will find most productive. Oh how we do tend to resist change, even as it is the very thing we claim to seek! LOL.

When I turned 40, I realized that the directions I had thought my life should go in were just no longer satisfying to me, and I needed a real change. But I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do. Working on this project gave my life an entirely new sense of direction, and I am still following the trajectories that my first efforts brought home to me. My life is like a dream come true... I just can't say it any other way. My journey continues to unfold, but I feel a much greater sense of purpose and pleasure than before.

I really recommend this for many purposes - once you understand these techniques, you can put them to use them over and over again for a variety of problem solving situations. I just can't say enough about this book. I also recommend The Creative Journal.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. DiLiddo Jr. on November 15, 2000
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Francis Bacon said that some books are to be tasted, some chewed, and others swallowed and digested. This book is not a taster. It is a digester.....assimilate the lifeblood of the author's methodology for seeing in your mind's eye that which you want your life to be all about. I am no artist, but I am creative in other ways. The author is an art therapist. I could have been put off by the artsy approach since I did poorly in art in school as a child. Putting all that aside and starting to assemble the collage of my life and weave the patches of the quilt of my life is what this book is about. I was so impressed that I got my hands on some of the authors other books too. My collage is not finished yet, but then, neither is my life :-)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Edlund on February 21, 2002
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This book is about setting and reaching goals. The author provides careful detail on her method of reaching goals by (1)visualizing them quite precisely using pictures clipped from magazines and (2) reflecting on what prompts one to select those particular pictures.
The techniques are clearly described and easy enough to follow. The insights prompted can be quite surprising, even from magazine clippings, although I wonder if everyone has dreams that can be evoked by magazines.
Does this method work? It appears to, for the author and those who she describes in the book. I used the book and began the process four months ago, and although I'm not ready to give up, it isn't a quick fix. In fairness to the author, she never claims that it is a quick fix.
This method of discernment and self-motivation is probably most effective for those who process information visually, not aurally or kinesthetically.
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