One of the requirements in the Ed.D Leadership and Social Transformation Doctorate with Meridian University, California is to complete a Creative Action Project (CAP). “The Creative Action Project (CAP) gives students the opportunity to bring to life a significant change effort (or in which to expand their already active involvement in such an effort). The CAP is about making a difference in the issues that most matter to the student and takes place within a framework of the student’s emerging competencies as a leader.”
The CAP: The Soul Project
Thomas Moore writes in Care of the Soul, “Fulfilling work, rewarding relationships, personal power, and relief from symptoms are all gifts of the soul. They are particularly elusive in our time because we don’t believe in the soul and therefore give it no place in our hierarchy of values.”
The soul project intends to reawaken or awaken participants to the significance of the soul and its helper, spirit, to restore and reimagine their lives. The soul project and the work we do to rouse the soul is not about self-help or modern self-improvement, it is about nurturing the soul to develop a whole and beautiful life. The soul does not rest; it pokes and prods us to pay attention to what wants to emerge and be acknowledged, wants to be created, let go of, experienced. The soul is not particularly interested in the human issues of life, the joys, tragedies and problems, our poor health or the things we buy. However, the soul is intent that we begin or dive deeper into our lives, through an artful existence which we create out of the happiness and tragedies of life.
The soul project will invite a diverse selection of participants (students, colleagues, cohort, friends and family) to create Digital StoryBoards. Participants will be guided to answer specific questions to assist in evoking their unique soul stories. As well, the questions are intended to help guide the design of participants’ digital stories through the use of words, music, narrative, visuals, and photos, or combinations of these and other methods.
Participants are to create three to six-minute digital storyboards which demonstrate their unique daimons. Participants are invited to share their expressions of the soul in digital storybook formats. How one’s soul expresses itself is highly personal. As well, in the spirit of the non-disposable assignment, participants are encouraged to compose the story with the narrative that is most significant to them individually. *See tab Framework for Creative Action Plan (CAP) Participants are encouraged to choose for themselves from a variety of creative genres: poetry, verbal, painting, dance, collage, singing, music, other, how they will put together their digital storyboard.
It is my sincere desire the soul project will have a lasting effect on those who participate in the mystery of discovery of who you are, what you want, what your purpose in life is, and a deeper understanding of how spirit assists your soul all the days of your life.
The soul project intends to begin open conversations to invite the soul and imagination to enter our lives. The hope is that participants are awakened to their soul’s calling to assist them in their personal and professional lives.
As I reflect on my CAP and eventually my dissertation, I know today whatever finally transpires in my doctorate work, my soul will continue to be engaged and the subject of the soul will be an aspect of future work.
Each life is formed by its unique image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny. As the force of fate, this image acts as a personal daimon, an accompanying guide who remembers your calling. – James Hillman