Parallel Mind The Art of Creativity by Aliyah Marr

Parallel Mind The Art of Creativity by Aliyah Marr

In Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity Aliyah Marr draws from her experience as a teacher, visual artist, poet, graphic designer, and art director to demonstrate how you can change your body, your profession, your relationship, and your life just by changing your thoughts.

A powerful reference guide for artists, educators, psychologists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and for those who have an interest in a practical form of self-development.

Packed with practical examples and exercises from every medium: visual art, theater, music, video, poetry, scriptwriting, and dance, this book shows you how to use art to express, and then clarify thoughts and emotions to create whatever you want.

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Luke Hampelon
5.0 out of 5 stars

Life is Art

Aliyah Marr sells herself short here. I found this book more than a missing manual for my right brain; I found it to be a brilliant nexus of ideas for the creative life.

Aliyah understands that life itself is a work of art, and blends together some of the most powerful concepts of our time into something fresh, practical and encompassing.

It is true that many considering this book may have heard about the energy and insight of the inner child, the importance of changing beliefs to change reality, the skills of mindfulness and detachment and so forth. However, I have yet to find a more concise, practical, and friendly book on the topic of personal creative growth.

Aliyah has made powerful wisdom her own, expanded upon it and given it back to us in an accessible way. The exercises are fun, the synthesis is tight and the analysis is spot on.

You can spend hours studying the work of figures like Don Miguel Ruiz, Mark Epstein, Albert Einstein, and the many other key thinkers synthesized in this book. Perhaps you already have. I love this book because I actually want to live these principles, and it feels so good, and is so fun and handy, to hear it from someone who does.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Creative Analysis and Synthesis

One reason why I really like this book on creativity is the structure of words and ideas Aliyah Marr constructs her writing in. She has an unusual voice and a style of expressing difficult ideas which keeps the reader engrossed from the beginning with the flow of concepts. This is what good fiction writers do essentially as compelling storytellers. In Parallel Mind she does the same with non-fiction.

This is not easy when you are not, for example, writing a biography or a travel or cook book. The themes in Parallel Mind are hard to conceptualise as a compelling narrative but Aliyah synthesises it really well – it has kept my interest throughout, in a topic area which normally I would rarely read. In particular I like the continuous sprinkling, amongst the text, of academic references, quotes and links to science, maths and other hard concepts – I don’t know how she found her references and quotes but it is impressive – Aliyah has a broad and discerning intellect on a wide area of interrelated creativity themes.
Overall an enjoyable read and highly recommended.

Escondido Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars

It takes you to the next level

This book moves beyond ideas and concepts found in other self-help books. In a refreshing way, the author presents steps for you to take to unlock the joy you were born with and should be feeling every day. Essentially she’s saying; if you aren’t happy you can train yourself to fix that, you were born with all the tools you need, now its time to unlock your potential. By using creativity you can unlock and discover abundance in all the good things life has to offer.

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Thornton H. Sully
5.0 out of 5 stars

a savy marriage counselor for the feuding right and left brain

Parallel Mind is not about self-help–it’s about self determination. It is immediately appealing as a motivational guide because it does what few self-help books even attempt: it treats the reader as if they had a brain.

A right and left brain, to be more precise.

According to author and artist Aliya Marr, the two halves don’t always make a whole. They seem to have conflicting agendas.

“The right brain—intuitive, holistic, and none verbal—is analogous to our definition of the inner child. The left brain—rational,linear and verbal…is the adult persona.” As long as the right and left brain bicker for dominance, we’re a cat chasing our own tail. Albert Einstein would seem to agree: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind the faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

Through specific exercises and provocative insight, this accomplished artist/author empowers us to open up the dialogue between adult and child, left and right. With the kind of mathematical surprise that would have delighted Einstein, she helps us discover that when the two halves work in tandem, one half plus one half equals infinity, and our capacity for problem solving becomes limitless, and, more to the point of this unique guide, joyful!

Aliyah Marr has her own “E=Mc2” equation, and it is this: “Vision + Passion= Manifestation.” For those with a vague awareness that something is missing in their lives, she makes a compelling case in this nutritious read that personal change is possible, and the rewards immeasurable, that joy and abundance is a nano-second away.

This ain’t for couch potatoes, but Ms Marr isn’t asking you to get to work–she’s inviting you to come out and play. “Creativity is play with purpose.” Who wouldn’t want to join her?

SL San Diego
5.0 out of 5 stars

You are the creator of your reality…

“Parallel Mind” will embrace you with a gentle yet profound silky eloquence of linguistical artistry that carries within in it a spiritually scientific and loving message that vibrates to one’s core and tantalizes the intrigue to want to know more.

I would recommend this book to any who has come to understand that THEY are the creator of their lives.

~ Scott LaDoucer
Author of The Treasures Within and founder of The Inner World Institute

Steve Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars

More Than Technique

This book has a beautiful voice. It is encouraging, gentle, and kind. It speaks to you like a good friend.

The book is about more than creativity. It’s about opening your mind to become the creative person that exists in each of us. So, instead of providing a catalog of quick techniques, this book goes deeper into the heart of creativity. It goes into the fundamental mindset that drives creativity. Once you master this, then you can use the tools like an artist.

And yes, the book also provides techniques. But the real value is in the profound wisdom about how people unfold into being creative.

I found this to be one of those rare books that deserves to be kept and cherished.

I strongly recommend this book. It belongs in any personal library.

Penney Peirce
4.0 out of 5 star

Great reminders about Being Creative

Aliyah shares some great universal wisdom–and in a nice, useable sequence–about how to recognize, enter, and work with the creative mind. She gives us some good reminders about the characteristics of creativity, as well as a synthesis of many threads of ideas that pertain to the creative life.


P. Ave.
5.0 out of 5 stars

Getting in the flow

Aliyah Marr’s book goes directly to the heart of the creative experience. She leads the reader to the boundry of un patterned and habitual thought – pure creativity. Aliyah explores many of the different roads and perspectives to inspire your most creative self into being.

Julie A. Gengo
5.0 out of 5 stars

Fantastic Expose on Creativity

Every individual needs a dose of this book. Creativity is the heart and soul of existence and Aliyah expertly explains this concept so that you fully understand and can absorb the message. Creativity is for everyone no matter what you do, who you are or where you dare to tread.

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About Aliyah Marr

Creative Consultant for Social Entrepreneurs • RELEASE YOUR CREATIVE GENIUS * You know you are missing something. Like losing the keys to your car, you can’t go anywhere until you find the key that unlocks your creativity.