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Lilian Wissink (BA GradDip Counselling)

The Creative Seed

How to enrich your life through creativity

Lilian Wissink (BA GradDip Counselling)

The Creative Seed is the prefect guidebook for anyone who has an interest in exploring some form of creative expression. Even if you think you don’t have an ounce of creative flair, you can discover and nurture a new, exciting dimension in your life. Whether you are already involved in some form of creative expression, a raw beginner or well established, this book provides a host of strategies to keep you inspired and on track in living your creative dream. The book is written in two parts. The first is designed for newcomers to identify the creative interest they would like to explore.

The common myths of creativity are challenged and stimulating exercises are provided to help the reader discover their creative strengths. This section concludes with an original concept explaining the creative process called the SEED approach — an acronym that stands for skills, experimentation, evaluation and discovery. The concept is aimed at guiding beginners and established creators to clearly understand the nature of the creative process. Part Two addresses the common difficulties people experience, such as anxiety, low self-confidence and procrastination. Chapters provide case histories, questions and exercises to assist the reader in gaining self-awareness and practical skills to be active and successful in their creative expression.


Specifications: Paperback | 210 x 170 mm | 240 Pages |

eBook available

NOW AVAILABLE: Lillian has prepared a 5 minute audio exercise to accompany the book, this is available as a downloadable MP3 free of charge, more details


About the author:

Lilian Wissink has over twenty years’ experience as a counselling psychologist. Assisting people to realise their potential by helping them to develop compassionate self-awareness and new skills is fundamental to her philosophy.

She has designed and delivered numerous self-development programs over the years. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of Counselling Psychologists.

Lilian has experienced the joy and fascination of creativity in realms such as acting, singing, dance, photography and more recently, drawing and painting. She aspires to help others discover and nurture their unique creative gifts.

Lilian Wissink talks to ABC Far North QueenslandInterview on ABC Far North Queensland(click the button to play or download 8.3MB mp3 file)





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Southern FM – Write Now – book review:

The Creative Seed (How to enrich your life through creativity) by Lilian Wissink. (Exisle Publishing)

This book is for anyone involved in or wanting to do any creative art or craft. Lilian draws on her work as a counsellor and her own creative endeavours to encourage and support the reader. The book is well set out and has ‘creative touchstones’ at the end of each chapter.

Via case studies, questions and exercises she prompts the reader to honestly and compassionately explore themselves and so find possible choices that will enable each to start or continue their creative endeavours. Along the way, she explodes myths about creativity that might hold some people back and exposes the unhelpful Inner Critic and the Inner Softie.

Her SEED principles – Skills; Experimentation; Evaluation and Discovery offer helpful and practical guidance. The warm, supportive tone and the recurring emphasis on ‘play’ – freeing self to experiment, without pressure or self censorship – encourage enjoyment and imagination and ultimately, a richer life.



In Madison magazine – May 2013

Review in Creative Women’s Circle

Creativity is something many of us strive to incorporate in our lives. For some it is a burning passion, for others it’s a secret held close to the hearts, while in some cases it’s just a niggling feeling that there is “something more” we would like to be doing in life.

In The Creative Seed – How To enrich Your Life Through Creativity Lilian Wissink, a Counselling Psychologist, gives us a template for how to introduce more creativity into our world.

The first half of the book is devoted to helping unearth which sphere of creativity is best for the individual reader. In activities ranging from exploring childhood memories, creating timelines of significant creative moments in our life to working out what we value most, Wissink helps to trigger a sense of which area of creativity speaks most loudly to us. Along the way she debunks a number of creative myths such as; you have to be born creative, it’s a secondary pursuit after the bills are paid, you’ve got to mad to be creative, it’s a mysterious journey available only to select few and you’ve got to start your creative life early. Wissink crosses off each myth with a well-thought response which gives hope to all those who have put their creative selves on the back-burner.

In Part Two of The Creative Seed Wissink draws on her psychology background to give clear strategies for engaging in the ups and downs of a creative life. Dealing with the negativity of friends and family, combating our own inner critic, overcoming procrastination and dealing with stress Wissink has a plan for all of the key issues faced when attempting to introduce more creativity into an already overloaded life.

The Creative Seed reminded me of the importance of finding space to be more creative. It also broke down the creative process itself and the obstacles which stand in the way of achieving a creative life. It inspired a sense that it is possible to find the “something more” and unearth the creative passion no matter what your age or experience.

Janine Fitzpatrick blogs at Shambolic Living where readers get to feel far happier about their lives when they experience the chaos of hers. She is coming to terms with being the mother of two teenagers, has given up on the dream of a tidy house and still plans to write a book one day.

Review in Gold Coast Kids – March 2013


Review in Get Ahead Kids magazine, April, 2013


Review by Helen Hawkes in The Northern Star – 20 April 2013

Bliss: making something

HAVE you ever made something – a cake, a treasure box, a swing – and felt an utter sense of bliss?

Being creative is often the missing part of our lives.

As children, we get to finger paint, mould clay, build models out of cardboard, or even create Leggo cities.

As adults we may have a nine to five job that we think takes up all our creative energy.

And, even if we don’t, we may not know where to start being creative.

Yet being in touch with this side of ourselves is crucial to our emotional and spiritual health, believes Byron Bay psychotherapist Shirley Hughes.

She helps many of her clients express their feelings through art therapy.

But, in daily life, she says anything that involves a sense of play and creation – gardening, drawing, woodwork, or baking – can help us feel happier and healthier.

If you’d like a bit of a hand with getting in touch with your creative side, check out a new book called The Creative Seed by Lilian Wissink.

She agrees with Hughes that creativity is a way of beating stress and getting in touch with our inner selves.

“In both spirituality and creatively there is something that is beyond the everyday experience of self, where one is transcending the ordinary and expected sense of self,” she says.

“We are tuned in to our senses – sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and intuition….A transformation occurs.

“We do not so much change as rather become more of who we already are.

“We give form and expression to our inner potential.”

Of course before we can even start to do this, Wissink acknowledges that we have several obstacles to overcome.

These can include critics – other people who put our creative work down, as well as our own inner critic, procrastination, perfectionism, time constraints, fear of the unknown and more.

In her book she offers exercises for overcoming all of these, and examples of others who have done so.

The word SEED itself is an acronym, she says. It stands for:

Skills – Identify what skills you need to learn and develop them.

Experimentation – Experiment playfully with your creativity. Try new ways and different techniques.

Evaluation – Evaluate your creativity. What do you like about what you’re doing? What can you improve on?

Discover – Find your own trademark approach to creativity. We all unearth an approach that is distinctive, innovative and original with time.

We all have the potential to be creative whether we realise it or not, adds Wissink

The trick is identifying where our skills and true passions lie and line up appropriate creative pursuits to match.

Getting started

  • Whether you are just starting or have had some experience in your creative domain, think about some playful activities to start to get the creative juices, she says.
  • Write about the most exciting day in your life
  • Pick an object in your home and draw it
  • Collect pictures in books that inspire you and create a scrapbook
  • Play music you enjoy and dance to it
  • Sing a song each day
  • Be a character in a play or film and think and act how he/she would talk about a particular subject at a dinner party
  • Find your old school recorder and play it
  • Mould clay or plasticine into whatever you like

Finding your creative seed - Kelly Fuller talks to Lilian Wissink on ABC New England North West Morning program

“A book that gently yet persuasively instils confidence in the capacity for creativity of all individuals is a rare find. The Creative Seed is such a find. The author takes readers on a satisfying journey from remembering the pleasures and facing up to the discouragements of our earliest experiences creating. Together we end up with manageable steps to move forward, enabling anyone to soon begin to enjoy the offerings of a commitment to creativity.

This book is unique in its clear and highly positive writing style, its pertinent activities, and especially its kind and supportive messages that assure any reader they can soon find the refreshments offered by their creative imagination and talents. This book will particularly appeal to people who have lost sight of their creative capacity and who want to be led back to having a creative passion that celebrates the gifts of expression.”

Associate Professor Linda Turner, Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada

“Lilian’s book has been written especially for me!! Because of the pressures of everyday life my creativity had been pushed well and truly onto the ‘back burner’. Lilian writes in a nurturing, sensitive and encouraging way. Her journey into developing her own creative expression coupled with her experience as a counselling psychologist, provide a depth of understanding, and a wonderfully clear guide to letting go of the fear and having fun with one’s forgotten creative self.”

Margaret Hadfield,

“Lilian writes from experience and a maturity which allows her to speak to a wide audience. In this way she is able to develop a broad-brush approach to creativity. This is extended through a series of exercises which can help to frame the individual’s imaginative path. They not only help to unravel blocks to personal inspiration but can be regarded as necessary building blocks which we all need in our endeavours towards wholeness of life.

The creative life is one we should all be travelling. It is a way of significance and meaning. Lilian Wissink has been able to guide her audience towards a review of those facets of our existence which hold us back and those which will drive us forward towards greater personal fulfilment. The writing contains a special combination of insights and I commend it for its clarity and great wisdom. This is the sort of material we all need.”

Brian Connor AM, Senior Lecturer, Joint Medical Program, University of New England, Armidale. NSW

The Creative Seed by Lilian Wissink, is written in an easy-to-read conversational style and is a useful resource for readers of any age and background. The author’s presence throughout the book is encouraging as she explains quite complex issues in a simple way so that the reader can discover and stimulate their own creativity.

The book is written for all ages and backgrounds, from secondary school students to those who are retired. In addition, the reader is able to develop insights and strategies in whatever genre of creativity they choose, for example writing, drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, dancing and acting.

By reading the case studies, doing the self-help exercises and journaling as suggested, the reader will be able to unlock their own creative seed and allow it to grow.

Su Dorland, Retired Psychologist and author

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