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Helping You Create Abundance In Your Relationships, Finances, Health, Career, and Inner Life Listening to Spirit: Whatever The Holiday 2 Participate in World Healing Day 25th Anniversary Meditate for Peace 3 New! The Enlightened Puzzler 12 Home, Sweet Spiritual Home: Self-Realization Fellowship 7 Visit us on Locally owned and published in the Pacific Northwest FREE DECEMBER 2010 VOL.6, NO 8 People know her as SARK. She exudes creativity, with hundreds of cards and posters in print. Her 16th book, Glad No Matter What, Transforming Loss and Change into Gift and Opportunity, has just been released by New World Library. In this interview with New Spirit Journal she talks about creativity and joy. SARK says that we should live our lives as a human experiment. “We’re meant to live eccentrically. Most people have what I call adventure amnesia – they know something is missing but they don’t know what it is. They forget that they are tuned in to the creativity of life.” by Krysta Gibson NSJ: Okay, my first question has to be about your name. What does SARK mean and is it your real name? SARK: It could stand for Simple-Acts-ofRandom-Kindness, but it doesn’t. Here’s how the name came about in the early 1980s. Henry Miller is what I call a paper mentor of mine. I had read everything he’d written but I didn’t know he had died. One night he came to me in a dream and said, “Your name will be SARK and your artwork will be famous before your writing.” I thought, “That’s a stupid name and I don’t want it.” I wrote it down and put it away in a journal. Two weeks later he came in another dream and he said, “Your name will be Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy.” I thought it was so pretty that I added Ariel Rainbow to my name and made it legal. I was sitting in the courtroom doodling on a piece of paper and realized it spelled SARK. That’s when I accepted the name.” NSJ: How did you get to be so creative? SARK: I believe everyone is creative; we have different ways of expressing it. Our culture separates us into creative and not creative. This is an illusion because creativity is not just about making things; it’s about seeing the world through creative eyes. NSJ: How does somebody do that? (Artwork at left by SARK, reprinted with permission of New World Library) SARK: Start living life as a human experiment. We’re meant to live eccentrically. Most people have what I call “adventure amnesia;” they know something is missing but they don’t know what it is. Usually, it’s some form of adventure or creative thought. They forget that they are tuned in to the creativity of life and they hold themselves separate from that. NSJ: People seem to think that to be creative they have to be able to draw or write. SARK: You don’t have to make something to be creative. We are creative by our very humanity. Each person is a unique creation who sees the world completely differently from anyone else. People should delight themselves first. Then others can be truly delighted. People do it backwards. People say they will figure out what people want and then give it to them. Doing it this way, the end results might not delight you and then you lose heart. Sometimes authors are getting their books ready and ask me questions about how to get published. I ask if what they’re doing delights them. They’ll say “No, but it is within the rules.” I tell them to stop and bring it to me when it delights them. Then they bring something that is incredible. NSJ: Your books are so unique that a person can walk into a bookstore and spot your books. They pop off the shelves. They are you. SARK: People tell me I have taken over the genre and now no one else can do this. And I say, no you can’t. But you can do your version of it. Do what brings you joy. My books bring me joy. NSJ: Yes, you can tell it. I love that you’re outrageous; you tell a story of being at the department of motor vehicles and the energy was really dark. So you started singing Amazing Grace and eventually everyone joined you. SARK: I love doing things like that. It comes from my mother who was the sort of person who would wear a sign that said, “Please be brief, I have diarrhea.” She liked to say she was the SARK of her generation. NSJ: Your new book talks about practical gladness. What is it and how do we do it in relation to loss and change? Continued on Page 4


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