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Original Odyssey – beautiful artist puzzle is a deck of cards designed by contemporary artist, Mitra Cline, to enhance imagination with cool art games centered around improvisational play. There is no ‘right’ way to play this game. It’s part puzzle, part conversation points, part reflection tool, and part imagined play.

Imagine you are inventing a product, decorating a room, shopping for a new car, writing a thank you note or suffering from a summer cold. Can you focus in your mind’s eye to see what you want to create? Imagination is an important factor in achieving success in many areas of life and Original Odyssey – beautiful artist puzzle is designed to practice imagination skills. The ability to clearly imagine something can improve with practice and it is the basic creative skill to help you find what you want in your life journey.

The physical format of a deck of cards is intuitive, portable, and easy to share. Unlike apps and electronic games the cards can be brought into a calm creative space, without distractions or interruptions, where you can focus.Original Odyssey – beautiful artist puzzle cards are different from standard playing cards. They are square, 3 by 3 inches, with colorful images and words printed on 100% post-consumer waste fibers, Ultra Digital Green™ uncoated papers that are FSC certified and archival. The smooth finish and brightness create exceptional image quality. The cards divide equally into 3 sequential suits of 11 and relate to themes of inside, outside, and art. The cards have unique illustrations on the back that assemble neatly into a map puzzle. Each set is signed and numbered in limited editions of less than 100.

To play, a card is drawn by a player, who must consider that card. The game begins as the mind searches for past experience or dream recollection which relates to the display on the card. The idea is to build on that past encounter to form new impressions, new ideas, and new insights that can begin a journey of self-realization and awareness within the player. When such an association occurs, the player records the experience on a section of the puzzle map, which becomes a personal adventure map that can be continued in future sessions. To win the game is to cull those new ideas and associations from within to form new expressions of self. There are video tutorials available online for beginning to advanced players. Tutorial studio sessions are available for individuals and groups. The imagination studio focus on:

  • Discovering the creative potential in the imagination
  • Mapping personal mythology and visual storytelling
  • Collaborative play, improvisation, and innovation

The game’s light-hearted and fantasy-like tone, not only allow players to have fun, it also facilitates a high degree of mental stimulation. Played alone Original Odyssey focuses imagination, adding a second player turns the game towards collaboration, while additional players expand communication skills.  This trifecta of imagination, collaboration, and communication, coupled with the highly visual/artistic angle of the game, are part of the essential functions that can increase quality of life and health regardless of a players’ age or artistic ability.

The imagery used in this game comes from a series of digital artwork that spans a four-year period of time. The style is playful and represents the inner child’s creativity and freedom. We often hear the key to staying sharp includes physical exercise, healthy eating, and mental stimulation, but how many times has the doctor recommended creating art, having fun and playing social games?  With the release of a recent May Clinic study linking making art to preventing cognitive decline, however, we may have a new excuse to spend time creating and playing games.

Testimonials about Original Odyssey

Thank, Exercise, Dream. My beloved soulmate Bindi, the four-legged love of my life and my rock, passed away 6 months ago today after over 14 years by my side. I thank her for blessing my life with her presence. To honor her, we’ll take an evening walk together. Exercise our bodies and souls, lighten our spirits and feel the breeze on our faces. And I will dream of her, of our meeting again, and maybe of the possibility of love and companionship again.” –  Jane

“Loved my 3 this morning! I’m not sure what will manifest today, but they already jolted a fun memory of going down to the creek and having a mud fight with my kids .”  – Holly

“I started the daily emails because it sounded like fun.  To my surprise, I eagerly look forward to them.  It’s quite amazing how three random words can generate contemplation, recognition, and joy in the events of the day.” – Karen

Yoga. Garden. Love. Today’s words inspired me to finally go out and buy a couple of “butterfly loving” plants to add to my birds and butterfly garden. As I went out to clean and prune back my lion’s tail plants in preparation for planting my new acquisitions, I looked up to see a beautiful hummingbird checking out my new deep purple salvia. Namaste!” – Holly

“Only the Love element was manifest today.  But it was perfect.  Catching up on filing and organizing ‘stuff’, I came across a birthday card from my mate of 58 years.  It said that I was his sweetheart, soul mate, and friend for life, and that I was loved from head to sweet patootie.  That made me feel great all day.” – Dee

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