A path to spiritual meaning and the essence of creativity through writing!
SohKiDo® is a Japanese hybrid word created by Dr. Sky that essentially means “The way of transpersonal creativity.” There are seven pathways of SohKiDo and, for the purposes of this five – book series, Dr. Sky conceptually focuses on SohKiDo as it applies to the world of the arts.
Pathway I: Writing Your Life
This, the first of the SohKiDo books, is a comprehensive journey; it is specifically about creative writing as it projects one’s life.
SohKiDo reveals writing as a means to express and heal, to grow and probe the depths of spiritual mysteries. It is a multi-faceted book offering insights into energy, creativity and spirituality. A theoretical framework and practical tool is introduced to identify whether the writing is Personal, Transpersonal or Universal. Thus the Prism of Consciousness tool enhances writers’ ability to enhance their awareness of the sources and the final product of their inspiration and allows transpersonal to be identified and manifest in the written word.
In addition to a personal account of her spiritual journey particularly inspired by Individuals with Differing Abilities and her discovery of the essence of transpersonal creativity, Dr. Sky discusses writing as therapy, chapters thus filled with numerous examples of her own writing. She delves deeply into haiku created for Haiku Meditation Therapy, haibun (travel diary), autobiographical and sacred poetry, stories and plays, and descriptions of the transpersonal processes involved in their writing. The five-book series will consist of: Creative writing, the visual arts, masks and rituals, dance and chanting, and Therapeutic Noh Theater®.
Pathway II: Imaging Your Life
Too often spiritual books offer their readers steps to spiritual perfection as an obtainable goal in life, even though to be able to manifest spirituality in one’s everyday actions is a challenge for a life time. Dr. Sky believes that we can become a vessel for Divine inspiration and serve Him just as we are. Furthermore, she offers a way to accept, express and appreciate each stage of our spiritual development through the arts. The book you are holding explains the second of its seven pathways, using the visual arts and beauty as a way to and from God.
The second volume in the inspiring five-part series of SohKiDo, Pathway II: Imaging Your Life focuses on the visual arts as a way to your own spiritual creativity and also as a method of healing. Slow motion, silence and stillness are added to the Transpersonal Energy Transmitters elaborating on the theory of SohKiDo. Her prayer vessels and meditative vail paintings exemplify poignantly transpersonal creativity, which can be assessed with her Prism of Consciousness and the Creativity Checklists. Using the arts as therapy has proven extremely effective as an alternative to more traditional and clinical methods. For her fellow art therapists, Dr. Sky introduces a Self-Drawing Series as a diagnostic tool as well as a mandala research model.
The art and techniques in Pathway II: Imaging Your Life will inspire you to use the visual arts as a healing power in your own spiritual path delving deeply into the mysteries of art, beauty, and creative flow through energy centers while identifying the Seven Stages of Womanhood. Journey with Dr. Sky, as she shares her life-changing insights into faith, intuition, creativity, spirituality, and energy.
Pathway III & IV: Masks and Rituals
The third volume in Dr. Sky’s inspiring five-part SohKiDo® series, exploring the arts and transpersonal creativity introduces Pathways III and IV: Masks and Rituals, and also offers a historical review. In this book, Dr. Sky explains first, the third pathway of her innovative SohKiDo method, which taps into the ancient magic of the transformative powers of masks. Masks enchanted Dr. Sky’s imagination when she was introduced to masked pantomime during her theater studies in Helsinki in 1967. Her fascination was rekindled when she saw the Noh Theater performances in their Japanese ambiance in Kyoto, Japan in 1972. In this volume, the Rainbow Method with its myriad of creative masked improvisation techniques evidences its authentic decades-long development. Mask making techniques and mask making as a diagnostic tool is offered to stimulate further research.
Inspired by Dr. Sky’s own Finnish heritage of the mythological epic of Kalevala, the fourth pathway of SohKiDo, rituals, explores the participants’ personal mythology. They include Positive Affirmation Chanting, the Prism Ritual, the Seven Stages of Womanhood Ritual, and Forbidden Tears Ritual, in which individuals at all levels of ability can embark on a spiritual journey.
“Unmasking,” coined by Dr. Sky, is an innovative concept offering insight into Individuals with Differing Abilities and their methods of mirroring and modeling as teachers of patience, unconditional acceptance and unconditional love.
Masks and rituals offer Transpersonal and authentic methods that can be used as adjunctive devices with, or as alternatives to, traditional and clinical methods. Using discoveries from Dr. Sky’s own creative and spiritual journey, Pathways III and IV: Masks and Rituals will inspire you to access the healing powers through SohKiDo and its life-changing insights into spirituality, creativity and the self.
Pathway V & VI: Chant and Dance
I begin this book by introducing my seven Master Teachers of Noh and what were my lessons learned from each. It introduces some of the influences on its practices that have inspired the creation of the transpersonal chant and dance for Therapeutic Noh Theater. I have always intuitively created my own pathways acknowledging also what is being done in the field now. This book is a kind of autobiography expressed though the art of chant and dance exemplifying my life as an artist and a creative arts therapist. It synthesizes ancient Finnish, western and eastern cultural wisdom traditions, and transpersonal psychology with some influences from the contemporary therapy practices focusing on Individuals with Differing Abilities. In this book the focus is on music, chanting, rune singing, lamenting, and dance kata, all of which are directly projected from one’s heart practiced exclusively in Therapeutic Noh Theater.
Pathway VII: Therapeutic Noh Theater
Discover Therapeutic Noh Theater and the spirituality of Individuals with Differing Abilities
The final volume in Dr. Sky’s inspiring five-book SohKiDo series explores Pathway VII, Therapeutic Noh Theater.
This volume is an essential tool for Therapeutic Noh Theater practitioners and those looking to connect with its “transpersonal essence.” Building on the concepts of transpersonal psychology, stillness, silence, meditative movement, and masks, Dr. Sky describes how this “theater of the heart” enables participants – and audiences – to experience moments of healing transformation.
Drawing on more than forty years of work with Individuals with Differing Abilities, Dr. Sky shares her work in writing, producing, directing, choreographing, and costuming nearly thirty original Therapeutic Noh Theater productions. Her work urges us to see Individuals with Differing Abilities as our spiritual teachers of patience, acceptance and love, and as our teachers of living ego-less in the present.