Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

Creating the life you want‘Creating The Life You Want’…. In the personal development field this phrase has become a little hackneyed of late as everyone attempts to sell you their recipe for achieving this rather elusive dream. What if we were to look at it another way, shift the paradigm and really think about it from the point of view of owning and understanding what truly amazing creative beings we are.

I would imagine that many of you reading this blog are creative in some way, artists, writers, dancers, actors perhaps. You are therefore more aware of the creative process than the majority of people. Do you ever stop to think about how you create?

  • How does it feel to be in the ‘zone’ so to speak?
  • Is there anything that precedes it or follows it?
  • When do you find you do your best creative work?
  • Is there anything that assists you; music, coffee, drugs etc and how or why do these things make a difference?
  • Can you pinpoint exactly what that feeling or state feels like to you?

If you knew the answers to all these questions, do you think it might be easier to work through your creative blocks, including getting started in the first place?

And what does any of this have to do with creating the life you want?  Well understanding how you best create on one level can be transferred to other areas of your life.

It seems to be a rather sad but true fact that many artists expect, believe, that being poor goes with the territory.  That ony a few lucky ones can ‘make it’. This is only a belief. However as long as we believe that it will be true.

So how does my artistic/creative process help with this?

When I cross reference my artistic process with manifesting the things I want in my life I find that the process is remarkably similar and it comes down to a couple of things really.

  • One is about being open. This requires letting go of the control but showing up and being present. I get my greatest inspiration and guidance as to what comes next in my creative endeavours, when I enter a semi meditative state.  I literally sit and wait for the answer and after a timeless interval experience a knowing of what comes next. This is a totally non verbal communication. It takes place at some other level, and presents it’s self as a certainty as to what comes next.
  • However this only works, if I find a way to get out of my own way.  Conscious thought inhibits or slows it down.
Waiting for Inspiration

Waiting for Inspiration

Therefore it follows that if I was to follow a similar process in relation to things I want showing up in my life, that I might achieve some degree of success.  I have to report that this is absolutely true.  The manifesting process is actually quite simple in theory, it is the practise that is difficult for many of us, largely due to our own mental and emotional conditioning.

It is my belief that I get the results and answers I need when creating because I generally have no negative charge or attachment to the out come. Rather I am in a state of positive expectation. However in our everyday lives, we often tend to focus not only on the thing we want but even more so on the absence of it, the ‘I don’t have it’, ‘When am I going to get it’ ‘Why is it taking so long’ kind of thought processes.  These thoughts are also often accompanied by a rather heavy negative emotional charge.

So guess what we get? That which we have brought into being by thinking and feeling lots about! In many cases this is the very thing we don’t want! The trick then is what?

  • Firstly have great clarity about what you DO want.
  • Then let it go – forget about it on the conscious level.
  • However maintain a positive emotional feeling and expectation about it.
  • Get curious about it.
  • This can be achieved by thinking and feeling into  some of the following ideas: Wouldn’t it be nice if…..    I wonder what it would be like to experience…….     I am willing to receive …… into my life now.

What do you want to manifest in your life right now? How can your creative process help you to do that?

Creative Inspiration

This is a topic that is pretty much endless. We all find inspiration from different things;

  • The colors in a photo
  • Clouds
  • Visiting ruins
  • A trip to the circus
  • Rummaging at a fair
  • Watching the shadows on tree branches

……..to name just a few. Here are some wonderfully creative ideas others have explored, and perhaps they will give you some inspiration.

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Books are no longer just for reading – what other things might we do with them – This was a,  promotional piece for the Anagram Bookshop in Prague.

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Photo: Christine Chitnis.

I love this concept.  When we look at wooden objects, how often do we think about the tree that gave birth to them? Rarely I would think.

Then there are the wonderful creations people make out of – well just plain Junk! Re-purposing rather than recycling is becoming more and more popular.

andrew smiths recycled artworks4

And on occasion there are even practical things created such as this beauty, crafted from  stainless steel panels from old appliances and body panels from a kayak and a doghouse.

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I found this on the Green Diary Blog –  they have many more interesting creations there if you want to check them out.

Today I have an interesting video from world creativity expert Ken Robinson,

speaking at the 2011 World festival Of Creativity in Cannes in June 2011.

As always he has great insight into creativity and how we manage it.

Do you think we are all creative?
Do you believe that creativity is something as intrinsic to us as the blood in our veins?

Pix Credit

I came across a wonderful artist on Pinterest this week Matthew Cusick.  He is a collage artist making extraordinary art works from old maps.

Matthew Cusick  Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel

Three Horses, 2011
Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel
48 x 192 inches

It’s hard to believe the above image is maps.

Matthew Cusick  Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel
Kara’s Wave, 2009
Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel
24 x 36 inches

Matthew Cusick  Inlaid maps on panel

Bonnie, 2004
Inlaid maps on panel
42 x 60 inches

How talented is that!

He also does a technique called defacement, which I had never come across before.  He takes a page from an old book and erases most of the print leaving just a few words and a picture. I love this one….

Matthew Cusick  Defaced book page

A cool idea!

The following was sent to me in an email this week. The information originated from Gene Weingarten who did a story for the Washington post…. I feel it is so relevant to the creative discussion that I just had to share it with you.

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THE SITUATION

In Washington DC at a Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

About 4 minutes later:

The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

At 6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

At 10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent – without exception – forced their children to move on quickly.

At 45 minutes:

The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

After 1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

This experiment raised several questions:

*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ..

How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Enjoy life NOW .. it has an expiration date

To read the full story  check out Gene Weingarten’s article in the Washington Post.

Here is his performance.

Inside Creativity

This weekend I went to Sydney amidst the pouring rain and howling winds. Suicide on the F3 – the maniacs all speeding up to 140ks.  I mean really – you do have to wonder what gets into people on the roads when it rains.  Maybe they are just driving creatively? Hmm…..

However in among all that I did manage to experience some tranquil moments indoors. Antique lamps, Siamese cats and vibrant Warratahs…..

Old Lantern

Manu – meditating…..

Manu meditating

The Warratahs are beautiful at the moment.  Fresh from the Sydney morning markets …..

Warratahs  in Spring

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