ABOUT Aliyah Marr

Aliyah Marr
What do you want to create today?"

"Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity."
Creativity, design, marketing, social change, innovation, and the environment.

I coach artists, designers, autho More...


"There is a treasure map inside you, a map to your deepest dreams, to a power that you have had since birth, a guide to a world of unimaginable riches."

Parallel Mind is a book about how to access the creative force in all of us by awakening the inner child.

Parallel Mind is not about how to draw or paint, but how to think like an artist. Aliyah Marr draws from her experience as a teacher, visual artist, poet, author, and designer to demonstrate how you can change your body, your profession, your relationship, and your life just by changing your thoughts. This book celebrates the gift of creative consciousness.

All great artists and creative thinkers know that the way to tap into the power of freshness and originality is to revive the creative "inner child." The author helps you reclaim the birthright of your natural creativity through exercises designed to develop and inspire your full creative potential.

You have the map, you have found the treasure -- Parallel Mind invites you to open the lock and discover the life of your dreams.

Educated in Paris, France at L'Ecole des Beaux-arts, the author has explored most art forms. She has found that art is what enables her to develop on an emotional, mental and physical level. In this book, she shares the secret of her success as a creative person.

5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Technique, April 20, 2009
This book has a beautiful voice. It is encouraging, gentle, and kind. It speaks to you like a good friend.

The book is about more than creativity. It's about opening your mind to become the creative person that exists in each of us. So, instead of providing a catalog of quick techniques, this book goes deeper into the heart of creativity. It goes into the fundamental mindset that drives creativity. Once you master this, then you can use the tools like an artist.

And yes, the book also provides techniques. But the real value is in the profound wisdom about how people unfold into being creative.

I found this to be one of those rare books that deserves to be kept and cherished.

I strongly recommend this book. It belongs in any personal library.

-- Steve Kaye

5.0 out of 5 stars It takes you to the next level, April 5, 2009
This book moves beyond ideas and concepts found in other self-help books. In a refreshing way, the author presents steps for you to take to unlock the joy you were born with and should be feeling every day. Essentially she's saying; if you aren't happy you can train yourself to fix that, you were born with all the tools you need, now its time to unlock your potential. By using creativity you can unlock and discover abundance in all the good things life has to offer.

-- Escondido Mark

5.0 out of 5 stars Getting in the flow, July 10, 2009
Aliyah Marr's book goes directly to the heart of the creative experience. She leads the reader to the boundry of un patterned and habitual thought - pure creativity. Aliyah explores many of the different roads and perspectives to inspire your most creative self into being.

-- P. Avedisian
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Expose on Creativity, June 22, 2009
Every individual needs a dose of this book. Creativity is the heart and soul of existence and Aliyah expertly explains this concept so that you fully understand and can absorb the message. Creativity is for everyone no matter what you do, who you are or where you dare to tread.

-- Julie A. Gengo

4.0 out of 5 stars Great reminders about Being Creative, July 12, 2009
Aliyah shares some great universal wisdom--and in a nice, useable sequence--about how to recognize, enter, and work with the creative mind. She gives us some good reminders about the characteristics of creativity, as well as a synthesis of many threads of ideas that pertain to the creative life.


"Aliyah Marr has clearly and eloquently tackled the subject of creativity. I am particularly impressed with her understanding of attention and its fundamental role in the creative process. Her book will serve as a fundamental text in the field of creativity"
-- Les Fehmi, Ph.D., The Open-Focus Brain

"An enlightened, engaging and provocative look at how to blend creativity and personal pursuits for a truly fulfilling life. Must reading."
-- David Heenan, Flight Capital and Double Lives

"When you make a living from your ideas, you tend to forget about things like fun. Parallel Mind is a practical, poetic, and playful reminder. Even those of us in the creative professions need to remember to have fun and play; it can restore the very soul."
-- Bernie DeKoven, The Well-Played Game

"As the founder of Alchemists International, my work has shown me that the most valuable element for any transformation is creativity. Parallel Mind, The Art of Creativity shows how anyone can transmute ordinary
thoughts into the gold of pure creative action."
-- Jeffrey S. Edwards, Organizational Alchemist,(tm)
Alchemists Intl

"In the magic play of personal development, Aliyah Marr teaches us how to fully embrace our deepest desires and dreams. Parallel Mind is a sure guide. Read it and you will grow."
-- Marc Zegans, creative development advisor,
Pillow Talk, and Night Work

"Packed with actionable insights and precise tools for breaking through self-imposed limitations and barriers, Parallel Mind is more than a book, it is a foundation for success and inspiration."
-- Stephen Sorkin, Co-author, Aha Performance:
Building & Managing a Self Motivated Workforce

"As a marketer and creator of the Book Yourself Solid(tm) system, I know the value of creative thinking; it can make or break a business. Parallel Mind contains invaluable information on how to release the mental and emotional blocks that most of us encounter in creating a new business and in marketing ourselves. Highly recommended."
-- Michael Port, Book Yourself Solid(tm) and Beyond Booked Solid

"As a life coach with a focus on developing self-awareness I found Parallel Mind a fascinating read. Aliyah Marr demonstrates how developing one's own creativity can help anyone, from artist to entrepreneur, change their lives. Aliyah presents a compelling argument for the value of creative consciousness; showing how you can
use tools from the arts to shift your thinking through the power of self-understanding and love. She inspires you to be in your highest creative self at all times. This book is an incomparable reference guide; keep it in your back pocket until the changes that she endorses become part of you like a pair of your favorite jeans!"
-- Michael A. Nitti, Executive Life Coach,
The Trophy Effect

"With a masterful blend of science, metaphors, wisdom, quotes, and storytelling skill Aliyah Marr brings the magic carpet of creativity to life. With this book we can become the creative masters of our lives."
-- Sharon Lund, Author & International Speaker,
The Integrated Being: Techniques to Heal the

"Aliyah Marr's book provides a unique look into the development of creativity. The wide variety of ideas and approaches to creating provide something for everyone to ponder. In addition to her views, relevant quotes from artists, philosophers and others offer much food for thought."
-- Bruce Wands, Art of the Digital Age and Digital

"As a person with autism, my visual thinking mind finds unexpected associations that help me invent new ideas. Parallel Mind will give you lots of new ways to look at old problems."
-- Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures

"This book is about the life-changing power of the creative spirit, but it will also be relevant to those who primarily work with their left brain. As Aliyah shows, we all have deep reserves of creativity that we can draw upon to transform not only the way we interact with the world around us, but also the very thoughts and emotions that determine our reality. Aliyah Marr's ideas are provocative, even challenging, but she presents them in vivid, accessible arguments supported by an eclectic assortment of quotations from philosophers, artists, scientists, and other famous figures. Parallel Mind contains the rare gift of a new, necessary angle on contemporary life."
-- Benjamin Kessler, playwright & managing editor of Graphics.com magazine