What We Ache for (Hardcover)

Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul

By Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Oriah

HarperOne, 9780060011963, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2005



In her previous books, Oriah Mountain Dreamer has challenged readers to live with passion and honesty, to embrace the true, fallible, human self. What We Ache For is a moving and eloquent call to delve deeply into our creative selves, to do our creative work, and offer it to the world.

The creative process is essential to human nature. It is as essential as spirituality and sexuality, and in fact all three are deeply intertwined. What We Ache For is a practical book allowing readers to embrace the urgency and necessity of their creativity, whatever their medium -- writing, painting, sculpture, dance, music, or film. As Oriah says, "Doing creative work allows us to follow the thread of what we ache for into a deeper life, offering us a way to cultivate a life of making love to the world."

Following Oriah through this journey in such chapters as "The Seduction of the Artist," "Learning to See," and "Risk and Sacrifice," What We Ache For challenges and inspires readers to fully embrace their artistic selves as a way of forging a path of spiritual unfolding.

Praise For What We Ache for: Creativity and the Unfolding of Your Soul

“Those looking to...revive their creativity or merely get to know themselves better should spend time with this book. ”
-Publishers Weekly

“Mountain Dreamer’s deceptively simple writing style makes major creativity aids accessible to a wide variety of readers.”