Prodigal Daughters
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Prodigal Daughters affirms what artists have always known, that their work has an inner spiritual source and power. It weaves the arts of music, dance, drama, literature, architecture and visual forms into a living tapestry of sounds, shapes, colours, words and movements as dynamic influences in the bloodstream of society - challenging, enriching and awakening us to beauty and our own potentials. Written in a lively and engaging style, this innovative book is accessible despite treating profound truths that shape human destiny. Helen Martineau celebrates artistic expression with an original vision that discloses the nature of the creative process and connects with the deepest layers of the self. The reader is invited to re-imagine themselves and the world through perspectives from the arts by undertaking this journey with a sure guide who has been a practising artist for most of her life.

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Helen Martineau trained in dance and visual art in Australia and as a young mother in England completed a Bachelor of Arts through the Open University. She has enjoyed a varied and fruitful career as a performer and choreographer, as well as a creative movement, English and humanities teacher. Her love of music led her to learn classical guitar and sing in a choir. As a community arts worker she collaborated with musicians, actors, writers and the occasional film maker – reinforcing her open-minded, interdisciplinary approach to the arts.
Helen has a keen interest in deep history and her investigation of the arts, with a focus on changing human consciousness, has been driven by an awareness of how the spiritual manifests across time within the world’s diverse cultures. Allied with this has been a personal quest for meaning through metaphysical knowledge that impinges directly on every aspect of her life and work. Becoming an author was a culmination, the re-emergence of youthful talents and a new creative adventure. She continues to write both fiction and non-fiction on themes close to her heart.

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PART ONE: THE ARTS AND US – A DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP
Chapter 1: The arts and our twenty-first century crisis; how can they help?
Chapter 2: Macrocosm and microcosm – how the fullness of our human nature connects with the archetypal sources of art
Chapter 3: Interweaving threads – as human consciousness evolves the arts travel with us
PART TWO: THE ARTS IN THEIR GLORIOUS DIVERSITY
Chapter 4: Architecture and sculpture – how to rediscover the forms of the sacred
Chapter 5: The two-dimensional visual arts – reflections of heavenly light
Chapter 6: Music – the food of love
Chapter 7: Dance, drama and Dionysian power
Chapter 8: The art of the word – when the Logos speaks through us
PART THREE: SEEDS OF THE FAR FUTURE ARE BEING LAID NOW
Chapter 9: The creative process – what artists know; the creativity we all need
Chapter 10: What now? Where next? – Crises, dilemmas and redemptive possibilities
Chapter 11: Towards integral consciousness and deepening inner unity

Exhibited At: International book fairs

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