Just Relax & Write
By Maia Danziger
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994, I was a full-time professional actress, a writer and the co-Artistic Director of a very successful theatre company in New York; in short, I was fully engaged with my creative flow and took it for granted. But that cancer diagnosis brought me up short, and overnight I found myself out of touch with my own creative unconscious—I had lost the ability to feel safe inside myself. My journey to recover my own creativity and to harness the power of the unconscious for my own healing and growth were the seeds of the Relax & Write process.
Relax & Write uses a combination of deep relaxation, guided journey and acting technique as a way to help you reconnect with your own creative unconscious. Whether you are a seasoned professional, new to the writing world, or someone just looking to discover their own voice, this process can help you to open to the extraordinary power that lies within. Each of us has a story to tell, and we each have a unique voice with which to tell it. As I often say: I defy you to step into a room full of 5- year-olds and tell me who is the most creative. When we are young, we are in flow with all of our potential, but over time others’ judgments and opinions teach us to dismiss our unlimited possibilities and to distrust our own instincts.
Having access to your creativity has deep implications for your own well-being. We know that when we dream at night, we are able to work through so many of the anxieties and pressures that plague our lives; Relax & Write gives you the tools to access that powerful dream state in your waking life and, through a reliable, repeatable process, turn the raw material of your experience into art.
What happened to me with my cancer diagnosis is that I stopped feeling safe in my own skin. In order to come back to myself, I needed to come back to a place of trust. Creative work (and, I would add, a creative life) only flourishes in a safe space.
In my classes, I strive to create for you a place of safety and trust where you are free to let go of your own judgment and fear and allow yourself to leap into the unknown, uncharted territory of your own creative well.
Relax & Write encourages you to find your inner 5-year-old: to bring back the sense of flow and deep connection that has been lost, uniting it with the wisdom and clarity that your older self has learned along the way.
What if creative expression wasn’t hard? What if it was your natural state, a part of yourself that has been temporarily misplaced but is longing to be found? What if all you need to do is take a first, gentle step in that direction? What if “Relax & Write” was the prompt you’ve been waiting for?
There is no greater joy in my life than to sit in a circle and share story—I hope you will come join me in that circle, and share your stories with me.
Maia Danziger, CPCC, is a certified professional coactive coach, who helps writers and artists develop creatively and fulfill their careers. Her clients include actors, artists, journalists, novelists, playwrights, and screenwriters. She is author of Relax & Write and has been teaching Relax & Write and guided meditation workshops for more than 15 years. A practicing Buddhist since 1979, Maia Danziger has received the Kalachakra Initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama twice, is an Emmy Award-winning actress, and is founder of the Actor’s Company Theatre in New York.