I have mentioned recently  a couple of  quotes from a book on creativity that I am currently reading.  This is one of the best books on creativity and the creative process that I have come across so far. The book , “Creativity” by Osho takes a really good look at creativity and it’s place in modern human development.

Osho goes so far as to state that “Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. If you want to create

you have to get rid of all conditionings; otherwise your creativity will be nothing but copying, it will be just a carbon copy.  You can be creative only if you are an individual, you cannot create as part of  mob psychology……..it is uncreative, it lives a dragging life, it knows no dance, no song, it is mechanical.”

This book is a handbook for those who are serious about understanding Creativity and what it takes to be creative.  Whether you are already an artist or a company director, it holds the key to understanding how to better assimilate creativity into your life and your business.  I came across this book in one of those synchronous moments that we all have now and then.  A dear friend and I were looking for a subject for a creative challenge that we could both use.  We were in a book shop at the time and went around to the poetry and spiritual type section of the book shop.  My eye fastened upon this book and it kind of almost leapt off the shelf and opened itself at the following page, where he says….

“You have a song in your heart to be sung and you have a dance to be danced, but the dance is invisible, and the song-even you have not heard it yet.  It is deep down hidden in the innermost core of your being; it has to be bought to the surface, it has to be expressed.  That’s what is meant by self -actualization.”  

This so struck us both that we decided this would be our challenge – to produce a creative piece that expresses these words some how.

 

This Weeks Question:  How would you express the last quote in your own creative way?

On the way home form Canberra the other week we stopped in for a lunch break at the very creative town of Berri.  One of my favourite things was this picture I took outside one of  the shops.

Cow With Proteas

Cow With Proteas

 

This is a outside a hardware shop.  I just loved all the buckets of proteas with the cow.

Then we went to a small craft gallery around the corner which was filled with beautiful things….. glass ware

Beautiful Glassware Vases

Beautiful Glassware Vases

 

And some unusually shaped slumped glassware also caught my eye.  This one would make a great centre piece for a table.

Slumped Glass Centre Piece

Slumped Glass Centre Piece

Also I loved these different silk scarves – such a gorgeous range of colours.

Silks  - beautiful autumn, summer colours

Silks - beautiful autumn, summer colours

And plates that look good enough to eat themselves!

 

Hand crafted plates

Hand crafted plates

This weeks Question:  Where have you  been lately that inspired you? And if you haven’t been anywhere, where might you go?

 

 

I must apologize for this weeks late posting.  This is the first time in two years of posting that I haven’t  made my posting deadline  :(  …  One of those life interrupt phases – Oh my gosh I’m not perfect after all !!  Anyway, here  are this week’s words of wisdom ……

The fourth Sunday of every month  the Avoca Beach Side markets are held.  These markets are known throughout the Central Coast, for their quality hand made goods, interesting stalls, and variety of quality items for sale.  There is everything from Retro….

 

Record Player

to strawberries…

 Strawberries

 

 

And other inventive food.  Here we have the last of our yummy cup cakes.

Yummy Cup Cakes

 

One  of the mist creative things I saw this month was on Tanya’s stall.  She is involved with a project helping women in Uganda to support themselves through the creation of  beaded jewellery using paper from used magazines? This project is called The Little Blue Shed.

Recycled magazine jewellery

They make a great variety of items every thing from beads and key rings to necklaces and bags.

Beaded bags

This weeks question: What things do you recycle or reuse in your home?  What other things might you reuse?

 

It’s that age old problem……… how to keep one’s children entertained during the school holidays. On the Central Coast there are a wide range of out door activities that you can do with the kids both indoors and out doors, free or paid for.  Here are some ideas……

  • For something a bit different, why not take them on a guided tour of the Norah Head light house?  The link tells you all about it.
Norah Head Light House

Norah Head Light House

  • Of course there are the standard attractions like the Reptile Park or the Ice Skating rink at Erina.
  • However something you might not have thought of are the Art Classes they have for kids at the Gosford Regional Gallery.  There is a range of creative activities for children of different ages and sizes.
  • Here is a great craft resource for kids on line – at Enchanted Learning you will find things for all ages and subjects.  This link takes you to their page of simple puppets to make.
  • For other ideas my April Newsletter had a special section  devoted to ideas for kids.

I went to see a new movie at our local art house theatre this week by director Pria Viswalingam.

Top marks must go to Norman and Beth from Avoca Beach Picture Theatre for putting on this event.  They got creative around the event and organized not just a screening of the movie but also had an intermission during which you could post questions for discussion when we reconvened for a panel discussion of the movie.  The panel included Pria, a local politician, a psychotherapist and corporate trainer and the young pastor of one of the more progressive christian churches on The Coast.

Decadence the movie

This led to a lively discussion  and some interesting insights from Pria into his motivations and journey in making the movie.

Now movies are always a reflection of a collaborative effort of several individuals.  Even though this is such a potent and far reaching medium, so often it trivializes or brings out the worst in human nature.  Here however we have a brave attempt to bring to our notice, an overview of the world and times we live in. We are the first civilization in history that has been given an overview of our rise and decline. Is it possible to reinvent ourselves before it is too late?

The heart of the movie addresses how our western civilization has been claimed by merchant values, and that we now have the merchants running society, something never before really achieved in previous civilizations, where it was more an alliance between church and state. Pria also posits that the peak of our civilization was in the 1960’s, where we saw the biggest social revolution ever, a global realignment of consciousness arising out of a fundamental desire for peace and love. The movie looks at this issue and examines how the current merchant dominated society arose out of this event.

The audience reaction in the ensuing discussion was by and large very positive I thought.  People saw this as a unique opportunity to do something and the idea of the individual’s ability to create change was discussed for several minutes as all the audience members were offered the opportunity to comment if they wanted to. Pria summed it up beautifully at the end by saying,

“It is the conversation that on one is talking about – start it! It begins with all of us”

This really is a must see movie – very thought provoking.

This week’s question: We all create our own reality – what do you want yours to be? What do you want for the future of our planet?

One of the biggest barriers that many of us have to unlocking our own creativity, has to do with our perception of who we are or what we have or don’t have in the world. I’m too young, I’m too old, I haven’t enough money, experience, the right space, time  …… add whatever fits for you.  Of course these are all excuses.  Far better to think of oneself as an awakening creative spirit  and how you express yourself on that journey!

There’s a lot to be said for engaging with children and following their lead.  After going out for breakfast yesterday we spent the morning at the beach with grand daughter Gracie, getting creative with sand. Rediscovering the fun in building castles, moats and breakwaters we defied the incoming tide and all delighted in saving our walls gain and again.

Building Candcastles

As you can see age was no barrier here and more importantly we all spent a “delight-ful” morning together.  Everyone was totally engaged in the ‘present’, experiencing many joyful moments.  The amazing thing about creativity is that it can always take us there if we allow it to!

Today’s Question: What creative activity are you going to engage in this week that will allow you to enter ‘the present’ with a joyful and child like presence?

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