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Unfreezing Your Creative Flow with Healing Arts

by Lisa Avnet

You are longing to bring some of your creativity out of your mind and onto paper, be it words, images, shapes or other forms; somehow though, you never find the time.  Perhaps you do find the time, but the blank page seems overwhelming and you quickly abandon it. 

Although your mind is full of images and stories, faced with bringing them out into the light of day just never seems to happen.  This may make you feel sad, angry, self-critical, judgemental; and after awhile, you've not only stopped trying, and are stuck, but you also are beset by repetitive negative self-talk.

The creative spark just keeps igniting though, and the time comes when you are no longer willing to let the spark die.    While there are many books, podcasts, on-line classes and groups, the  nurturing, individualized TLC offered here in  our Haven hypnosis and energy healing sessions offers a timely and transformative experience to reconnects you with your creative process and remove the negative beliefs that have been virtually holding your creativity hostage.

For emerging writers and creatives, I often find people struggling with the legacy of a strong negative message given to them by an authority figure (parents and teachers)  as children that undercuts any future creativity.  Children are told their story is wrong, bad, or even stupid and that "you can't write" or their work is overshadowed by another - a sibling, the family creative or a classmate.  The strong message is, you can never be good and don't bother even trying.  For writers, often a sibling, often a brother, is identified as "the smart one", or "the "writer, singer, artist, etc".  It's heartbreaking to know that so much richness and joy is then denied and suppressed when creativity is our birthright.  Everyone has their unique expression that adds to the whole.

Hypnotherapy and energy work are potent means of accessing this unconscious negative belief and working with it to clear and replace it with a positive message that supports expression.  These blocks have mental, emotional, physical and energetic aspects which is why they are so difficult to heal on your own.  

Hypnosis is also an excellent tool for creating the new writing or creative time habits that you'd like to implement, combating habitual procrastination, or difficulties in focusing.

In addition to clearing emotional and energetic blocks, energy healing techniques can rebalance and charge your system so that you have the energy and health needed to do your work.

A stay at the Haven can provide time to write, recharge, and experience the benefits of hypnosis and/or energy work on your creative process, restoring your flow and igniting your creative spark so that you can bring your imagination onto the page.

Lisa can recommend what is needed to get the results you need.


Imagining the world forward

by Lisa Avnet

Michael Chabon wrote this article about Ursula LeGuin and her contribution to literature for the Paris Review, published yesterday. 

So worth a read, especially if you are a YA or fantasy or speculative fiction writer.


Berkshire Writer's Haven in the News

by Lisa Avnet

Wonderful article by local writer Robin Catalano in November edition of Berkshire Home Style:


Finding Creative Flow in the Midst of Chaos

by Lisa Avnet

Women, Creative Flow States, and Fragmented Time

When my children were younger and still at home, it was almost a given that when I set time aside for myself to write or make art, suddenly and eerily a snafu or drama that required my time and attention would occur.  It seemed that a part of them knew that my energy wasn't going to be available to them, and set about to remedy that by producing a drama. 

A writing Wednesday booked off work, a weekend writing getaway, a two hour slot in my calendar for when they were supposed to be asleep, or at their dad's - whatever I scheduled unbeknownst to them, would be impacted. Their unerring instinct for knowing when I scheduled blocks of time for myself was very frustrating, to say the least!  I got good at backup plans, and second backup plans and making do with what time I had left.  I became an expert at shifting my attention, and re-focusing from the mini-crisis du jour back to my scheduled writing time, yet another skill in the marathon of motherhood.

Learning self-hypnosis was a game changer for me.  Prior to that, when the kids were younger, breathing practices,and other practices to move energy including dancing, making quick doodles with colored markers, and reading poetry ,all helped me stay on course and not dissolve into frustration.    These are some of the practices I offer in my writing facilitation sessions at the Haven, honed in my daily life as well as with clients in my  practice.

Here's a great article I ran across recently on the same topic: link to Guardian article


Antidotes for the Angst, Anxious Feelings, and Fears Writers Face

by Lisa Avnet

One of the most unique features of the Berkshire Writer's Haven is that we focus on supporting the inner writer through our healing arts program.  Writing and publishing your work can trigger many kinds of fears and unpleasant feelings.  Inner voices  can plague us, shutting our creativity and voice down at times.

What if there was a magic wand that one could wave, that swept away the gray cloud of these fears, feelings, negative beliefs, and other obstacles to your creative expression, and replaced them with lasting feelings of peace, well-being, and confidence?  Unfortunately, such a literal magic wand doesn't exist, but hypnosis is the metaphorical magic wand that can provide these benefits, and more.

I like to support such statements about hypnosis with real life examples, and this July 2019 article in Dance Magazine by dancer Crystal Nicholls gave me the perfect springboard.  Crystal was having the kind of emotional turmoil that, untreated, could have wreaked havoc on her performing career.  In desperation, she decided to try hypnosis to address the intense anxiety and other feelings that were plaguing her.  It worked.  I love hypnosis work because the benefits are immediate and concrete. When hypnosis helps us access the healing power of our minds - like magic, lasting change can happen.

In addition to being available to writers on retreat with us, hypnosis sessions are available to the public Monday through Saturday in my Haven office by appointment.  I'm also available for group workshops or talks.  If you'd like to book a session, or find out more, give me (Lisa) a call at 860-985-1682

Summer Specials

by Lisa Avnet

Summer here is gorgeously, vibrantly, green and abundant with the full flowering of performing arts and all the Berkshires have to offer.  Edith Wharton's estate, The Mount, and Herman Melville's farm Arrowhead are both open to visitors in summer, as are many of the other museums.  The Frelinghuysen Morris House; Chesterwood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Naumkeag, The Mission House: so many options!

We've been busy here at the Haven and although most of the remaining summer weekends are already booked, we have mid-week stays and two weekends left in August.  Book now and receive a 15 percent discount on your stay.

Sumer is Icumen In

Summer is here at the Haven and our gardens are in their glory.  Each day brings a new bloom, a new pattern of colors and shapes.  Flower power!  My heart just leaps to see each new blossom, and in the abundant growing season I'm out tending the grounds every morning.  Lots of weeding here!  In addition to the Japanese garden and the other gardens on the grounds, we have two kinds of raspberries, blueberries, currants, blackberries and assorted fruit trees.  No vegetable gardens at present due to a very persistent groundhog family, but we source fresh vegetables from local farms.  There are many special spots where we sit and revel in the beauty of the grounds, and even a small screen house for keeping out the bugs if we feel like writing up in the back.  Sharing the beauty of the property with other writers has been a long term vision of mine and I'm excited to be hosting our first year here at the Haven.  

Here's a fun salute to summer - a song by the Hilliard Ensemble .  The Berkshires in summer are so lush, expansive, vibrant.....inspiring generations of artists, writers and musicians.