The Creative Fire

Myths and Stories on the Cycles of Creativity

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In Search of La Chispa: The Elemental Source of Your Creativity

An expanded edition of the classic on creativity by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, this spoken-word masterpiece guides you through the dark labyrinths of the psyche in search of la chispa—the ember that is the elemental source of all creative work.

Dr. Estés teaches about the hidden aspects of creativity, including the negative complexes that prey upon creative energy. The Creative Fire includes many special insights for people who create for a living: artists, writers, teachers, and others who must depend on their creative instincts every day.


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From enduring sparks to gentle flames to roaring blaze! Review by Mark M

I love anything and everything by Dr. E, including being with her live in person at her intensives!

For me, "The Creative Fire" is one of my absolute favorites. I am both a performing artist and an ordained minister. Both "sides" of me benefit immensely from this work, and I go back to it time and again. I am always left centered, eager, and energized.

A few reviewers have commented negatively about the effect of her voice on them. I respect their experience and genuinely am disappointed for them -but it is most certainly true that, "to each their own." For my part I love her voice! I have even noticed (with some amusement) that at times in preaching or other speaking in public that I am saying things with distinctively "Estéan" overtones!

(Posted on 5/13/2015)

Highly recommended - wonderful adjunct for therapy Review by Sue

Years ago, I purchased The Creative Fire audio cassettes. The Creative Fire is invaluable for explaining the Jungian concept of inner "parts." At least the original recording (and, I hope, this one) contains a wonderful 10 minute description of active imagination. Integral to the SoulCollage® process is the "I Am One Who..." exercise, unique to SoulCollage® and, therefore, a new experience for many people. Clarissa distills the idea of inner voices in a user-friendly way that clarified for my SoulCollage® workshop participants the concept of speaking from intuitively selected images. The result is accessing dormant soul wisdom and reclaiming parts of ourselves buried in the process of growing up. Speaking to some of the critical reviews, I had a different experience of Clarissa's voice; to me, it is calming and exudes compassion, experience and the soul strength that comes with self-knowledge and a deeply, generously lived life.

(Posted on 4/28/2015)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by marg c

very moving and so insightful and inspiring

(Posted on 4/23/2014)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by John K

I find her voice and delivery irritating. I'm sure she has a big following. She just doesn't appeal to me.

(Posted on 4/10/2014)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Joanne M

I have to say, that I found the tone flat, like a depressed academic. I had to turn it off. Sorry.

(Posted on 3/7/2014)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Janet L

Fantastic audio book. I've gotten almost all of her audio books and can't recommend them highly enough. The service was prompt and easy to use. Sounds True is an amazing company! Will definately be buying again, often.

(Posted on 6/4/2013)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Marianne G

Her book is amazing. It directed me to places I didn't know in my heart causing an avalanche of emotion to open and heal. It is with much gratitude I thank
Dr Estes for her beautiful writings.

(Posted on 9/21/2012)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Wendy Churchill

I enjoyed this very much..
It helped me to understand the nature of creativity in all it's forms.. to understand the times when nothing seems to happen.. and how to start my own creative process once more..

(Posted on 7/9/2012)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Ginde Becker

Enlightning and healing

(Posted on 6/7/2012)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by jo jewitt

loved loved loved it!!!

(Posted on 2/7/2012)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by nancy declue

helped me understand my cycle of creativity and its cyclical motion-i no longer panic when not overtly overflowing with creative ideas, but allow my psyche to rest and regenerate-knowing spring will come
essential for any creative mind

(Posted on 1/6/2012)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Angela Zapka

The BEST companion as I give expression to my creative/artist self silenced so long ago.

(Posted on 12/16/2011)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Raewyn Conning

I thank the folks at 'Sounds True' for making the inspirational lessons of Clarissa Pinkola Estes so easily accessible! I also bless and thank Clarissa for being such an inspiration. She has re-awakened my self-suppressed, creative passion.
Ms Estes is able to hold the attention of the listener with her vast array of stories and easy-to-listen-to style.
I recommend this audible experience to all artists who are stranded in the 'creative doldrums'.

(Posted on 10/24/2011)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Gail Gates

I was introduced to Dr. Estes in college and have been hooked ever since. I love listening to her beautiful voice and stories as I commute.

(Posted on 10/16/2011)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Celeste Mendoza

I greatly appreciated how simple it was to purchase, download, and listen to the audio book; thank you for a seamless process. The book itself is fabulous! Estes's ideas are so clearly articulated. She also expresses them so well; her voice is calm, meditative, and alert. Loved this book! Plan to listen to it many times as I get a new perspective with each listen.

(Posted on 8/15/2011)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Brenda Barbour

I already love Clarissa. This is really inspiring stuff about the creative spirit. I always find that I can use whatever she says. I really appreciate that you at Sounds True make it possible for folks like me (who live overseas) to have a chance to partake of these great things.
Thank you. Brenda Barbour

(Posted on 5/31/2011)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Carolyn Edwards

Inspirational, wise; clearly Dr. E has daily, life-long experience with creativity as spiritual practice; the 2nd disc's story of the two brides is brilliant; the last poem stays quietly with me.

(Posted on 4/25/2011)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by fiona knox

Dr Pinkola Estes has a way of evoking compassion and bringing hope to dark forgotten places in my psyche. Just by listening to her voice telling these stories and teaching I begin to feel that there is hope. She is the most encouraging teacher I have ever encountered.

(Posted on 4/19/2011)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Luci

Her stories are great to keep the bad critic away and let your creativity run free!

(Posted on 10/25/2010)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by Carrie

Clarissa is amazing in this...as usual. Listening to this was a very timely & healing experience for me and it stirred up a great many insights. The imagery and examples she uses really get you rapidly going deep into the essence of things if you allow her to take you with her.

(Posted on 8/2/2010)

Review for The Creative Fire Review by lonna crane

Art and creativity have been the way I have been able to continue my work as an AIDS nurse. Whenever I feel stuck, really stuck, Estes CD is what I reach for. And always the chispa is lit again. Thank you so much for this.

(Posted on 10/13/2009)



Contents 3 CDs (165 minutes)
Date Published June 30, 2005
ISBN-10 1-59179-387-4
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-387-8
Dimensions 5 x 5 3/4 inches
Product Code AW00211D

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (2 hours, 45 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF
Date Published June 30, 2005
ISBN-10 1-60407-037-4
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-037-8
Product Code AW00211W