Winter 1997












Volume 2, Issue 2

Celebrating Creative Women:
our vision, our wisdom, our strength


The Shoreline of Wonder


"All human beings, by nature, desire to learn." Aristotle

Learning and success walk hand in hand, whether you define your success as financial reward or the more elusive satisfactions of a life well lived and personal goals achieved.

To often, after we have left our formal education, we neglect this portion of ourselves. Henry Ford, in commenting upon this tendency, stated, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."

As this millennium draws to an end, we are privileged to see great strides in scientific discoveries concerning the functioning of the mind and the creative endeavors therein. These discoveries force us to view ourselves and our world in new ways. Alvin Toffler recognized this when he wrote, "The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."

All of us know we have not reached the peak of our ability to learn and improve our lives. What then holds us back? Very often it is as simple as giving ourselves permission to be ignorant. Being ignorant is uncomfortable most of the time, but when we really want to learn, it becomes an adventure instead.

In Peak Learning, Ronald Gross wrote, "What is a peak learner? It is someone who has learned how to learn, in the fullest sense of the word...This type of learning springs from within them: it is self-education. Whether sparked by joy or driven by need, it expresses who they want to become, what they want to be able to do, or to know about...As they wander along the shoreline of wonder--the boundary between what they know and the vast sea of things they could know--they feel exhilarated by the prospect of constantly learning new things. They know that there are always things to know more about, to appreciate more deeply, or to learn to do. Because they are not afraid of their own ignorance, such learners aren't afraid to ask dumb questions or admit they don't understand something the first time it's explained...When you think of the people you most admire, or of yourself at your best, it is easy to recognize that this sort of learning is a major part of the good life."

Marilyn Ferguson expresses it this way. "There is a learner within you, able and confident, waiting to function freely, usefully and joyfully...Cultivate your faith in yourself as a learner. Research shows that adults are better learners than children, if they have the patience to be beginners."

Freely, usefully, joyfully. Isn't this how we want to perceive all of life? Success comes from such experiences. The successful mother, daughter, career woman, wife all share the same elation brought about by creative learning. Moondance salutes you, who are the seekers and the creators. May you find success and enjoy the path of learning which takes you there.

Loretta Kemsley, Publisher



* THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE GROWTH *

Do you dream of the chance to nurture your creativity in a setting designed to encourage your artistic potential? Our new Center for Creative Growth, sponsored by Women Artists and Writers International, is currently being organized to provide online instruction. Opening in early 1998, CCG will be a virtual campus, offering members the opportunity to enhance their understanding of a variety of literary and artistic disciplines, as well as those concerning business and everyday living.

CCG's online courses will be conducted by enthusiastic instructors dedicated to helping you reach your creative goals. Members will find classes for aspiring writers and artists, and also for those individuals who are just beginning to seek ways to enrich their lives with artistic endeavors. All of life can be creative when you understand how.

It is our sincere wish to offer our readers a global learning center that reflects the needs and aspirations of our students. Counselors who desire to share what they have learned are invited to send their resumes. Your suggestions for course topics would be greatly appreciated.

Are you ready to take those first steps toward a life rich in growth and creativity? Or do you wish to share your creative knowledge, whether in business or the arts, with others from around the world ? Our Center For Creative Growth invites you to join with us in a joyous experience.

Please write to us at TheCenter@Moondance.org



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