Shiloh Sophia McCloud

My process of Intentional Creativity rooted in inquiry. What am I here to cause and create? How does one discover the language of the heart? How do I gain access to the hidden worlds? How do I transform my own suffering into an offering for others? Can art truly save lives, and if so, what is the direct application of that medicine? What are the thoughts I haven’t thought yet? I am in continual inquiry about who and what and how all this came to be, and how we can participate with our full creative selves expressed. Most of the time, I ask these inquiries at the Red Thread Cafe in the company of my Muse.

Painting is a devotional act, a spiritual practice, a prayer in paint strokes and dots. When I create with inquiry and intention, I am able to open a door to the sacred space between worlds. That is where I paint and write poetry from – straddling spirit and matter, unmanifest and manifest, quantum potential engaged with desire. It is here that I can synchronize my own heartbeat with the heart of the world. I have always felt I was here to serve.

Everything can be made sacred through our choice – even how we set up our paints and light candles – the ritual is part of the journey.

Getting to know Shiloh Sophia McCloud…

What enables your creativity to thrive?

My creativity is the vital life force and flow through my entire system. Time and devotion spent in creativity nurtures me on all levels. If you ask me what enables my creativity to thrive, I will tell you, dedicated time with my Muse. I take this time as personal medicine, that informs all the other areas of my life.

How has art been your medicine?

Art can be my medicine when I choose to engage with it through intention. When I dive into the process, bringing my whole self to it, it can be truly healing as well as illuminating. Creativity can change your state almost instantly – so when I am facing the challenges of life, I turn to art. I am also able to gain clarity about things in my life because my consciousness is engaged.

What role does an artist play in our society?

Artists have always been the narrators of our people and lands. Cultural, historical, spiritual and all areas of life. We look to art to show us who we were, and what our ancestors knew. Artists are the storytellers of society.

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About Shiloh Sophia McCloud

Shiloh Sophia lives life as a great adventure! A renaissance woman who communicates her philosophy through paintings, poetry, teachings and entrepreneurship. For 25 years she has dedicated her soul work to the study and practice of creativity as a path of healing which provides access to consciousness. As a curator and gallery owner, she has represented her own work, as well as hundreds of women artists. By the age of 40 she achieved incredible success through being in the top ten percent of sales for contemporary artists in the U.S. Her prolific intuitive painting process led to a desire to teach and provided the foundation for the groundbreaking work on how Intentional Creativity® can give voice to the soul. Her method of ‘creating with mindfulness’ has reached tens of thousands of students who have gained insight into the hidden self.

Her work is taught widely, at the University in MA and Phd programs, the United Nations CSW, and by hundreds of Certified Teachers and Coaches. At the core of her work is a belief that the right to self express is one of the most basic human rights – “We have a right to know how to access what we think, feel, believe and to express it in our lives”. Her life path is a spiritual practice, and an offering that was awakened with the feminine Divine. Her research dives into the exploration of the right/left brain connection with the heart and re-inventing personal archetypes as gateways to liberation. ”When we find freedom from the trauma of our stories, we can invent our own legends, and do the sacred work of organizing our consciousness.”

She is the creator of seven books, as well as a community leader. Having been trained by her mother Caron McCloud the poet, and Sue Hoya Sellars the artist, she brought her gifts of language and image into form through founding the Intentional Creativity® Guild, Cosmic Cowgirls®, Power Creatives TV and Color of Woman®. She lives in Northern California which provides education both in-house and online from her school. She can be found most days having tea with her muses discussing quantum physics and celebrating revelations of the heart.