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The Creative God's Altar

Kids like Gods, magic (thank you Harry Potter), aliens and dinosaurs. Here's a great way to get them to have their own rituals - starting with creating their own God.

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Getting a room all to yourself is a luxury. Those who can't have that can opt for a sacred little altar all their own. Ideally, this would be a classroom exercise so that kids would get a chance to do it, take pictures, document the process and speak about it with their friends. 

Here's what the kids can do:
  • Choose a spot in the house where they can set up an altar. A window sill, a       cupboard, a desk or a room corner are all fine.
  • Next, they get to collect the demi Gods  - every single thing that they love - unicorn figurines, aliens, dinosaurs, pictures or figurines of real Gods(though this is not necessary), robots, comic strip Heroes, dolls, totem animals etc. They also have to define the powers of each God.
  • Next they get to create their very own Creativity God and name Him or Her. They have to define the CG's powers as well. 
  • Finally, they have to create an invocation ritual with offerings. They can invite their friends and bring the CG to class on Deity Day. 

All the processes can be documented. Once the altar is ready, they can get into the practice of reading, painting, sculpting or writing in front of the altar. The things created at the altar can be shown to friends. 

This process is to get them to connect with the happy, playful creative power in all of us. This can also be a place of healing. Children can explain their fears and hurts to the CG, as well as draw or make their more darker creations. Bring it out, face it and let it go.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

As I mentioned above, it's best to conduct this as a class room exercise. This forces the kids to take part. Documenting the process will keep them attentive. Ideally, this would be handled by a wise teacher who wouldn't lose it if the kids choose Gods who may be a bit more darker - skulls, nude bodies, rocks, Gods made of rusty nails etc. The process of this altar is to engage a child's subconscious and bring out their hidden dreams or hurts - to expose it to the light, heal it or transform it. Ideally, no grading should be done on this since this is a very personal exercise. The whole reason for bringing this to the class room is to show it to classmates and to encourage each other. Once again, how well this is executed would depend on the teacher.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

A CG is an external manifestation of the inner working of a child's creative energies. This process can be pretty powerful and can help them understand the value of paying attention to their own heart and moving intuitively towards their dreams. There is too much value placed on intellect and this can a much needed push towards the path of the heart. A website showing the Gods and Altars of the kids and the powers associated with the Gods can be an easy way to take a peek into a child's heart. It can also infuse much needed magic and spirituality into their lives.


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