The more I understand the nature of change, the more I realize that all we have is NOW.  Further more, the quality of my NOW  is my life and also influences what I’m creating in the future.

When you are in touch with your creative flow you are always in the NOW.

Time doesn’t exist or becomes irrelevant. I find that many of my students often experience this, with the ending of the class seeming to creep up on them almost unawares! Their reactions lead me to believe that for many of them this is the first time in their lives they have had this experience of timeless connection to their creative source.

When we love what we are doing we are connected to our highest flow and source of well being.  Things happen effortlessly and life is good. Child blowing a dandelion How might you bring more of this grace and ease into your own life this week? What is one thing you can do to find your perfect now?

Self Sabotage

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Creativity And Self Sabotage.  It is amazing how many ways we can find to slay our creative spark.

Let’s look at two different things we sometimes do that can be creativity slayers.

I am driven to write about self sabotage this week, because I saw it in action with one of my students recently, who I may add was completely unaware of what was transpiring at that moment.  I recognize this particular moment because I have been there myself in the past.  One reason that we come to this moment is from our desire for another’s approval of what we are doing.  We are not even  necessarily seeking praise for the quality of our work, but perhaps rather,  appreciation of our effort.

The big trap here is that,  particularly in our beginning efforts at anything, what we have done may just not measure up to someone else’s idea of good, acceptable, wonderful or whatever.  What our significant others cannot see is the effort we have put in, either the struggle or the challenges, emotional, mental or physical. So when we proudly show our fledgling efforts and don’t get an enthusiastic response we can be very easily crushed.

DON’T DO THIS TO YOURSELF!!!

Not only that – the second  and absolutely  WORST thing you can do is show them something when it is only half finished. Because – it really is not going to ‘do it ‘ for them.  Yes it can sometimes be a long time in the making, several weeks even, however you do no service to either yourself or your creation by presenting it for appraisal before it is complete. Just as we have to put a cake in the oven for a certain period of time to cook or it will just be a runny mess, so too must we allow our creations time to ‘bake’ to perfection. We don’t take the cake out when it’s half cooked and start handing around slices for people to try.

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Another Form Of Self Sabotage

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.

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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?

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There are many ways to be inspired and I have covered several of them in our converstions here.  One easy way to get yourself back into the inspiration zone is to visit one of your favourite places.

  • What is the place that really speaks to you?
  • Where in the world makes your heart sing?
  • Is there more than one place?

So why does this help? Simply because when you go to those places you connect to something deep withing your self .  Its like a home coming and often you are impelled from within to respond creatively. Here are two of my favourite places….

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

And another also filled with light and water…..

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Venetian Canal

There is something about both of these places that I am drawn to again and again.   I have only been to Venice once but all I have to do is get out my photos and I feel inspired all over again.

  • What is your special place and how can it inspire you to create something today?

This past week I have been involved in a virtual creativity workshop with Angi Sullins.  I would like to share with you a great exercise she had us doing this week, which is all about allowing yourself to do things. To remind us to allow ourselves to be less ‘responsible’ and more impulsive and heart oriented in our activities, Angi had us all make a permission flag. Here is mine….

Permission Flag created by Kadira Jennings

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We have become such slaves to leading ordered lives, fitting into our self assigned roles that have later in life become outworn garments of an inner life long discarded.

  • When was the last time you allowed yourself to do something delightful just because you felt like doing it?
  • When was the last time you did something without considering what everyone else wanted to do first?
  • When was the last time you skipped somewhere? Yes I did say skipped. Did you know that if you can get over yourself enough to forget about being silly, that skipping is an expression of joy? Did you know that it’s very hard – if not impossible  to skip and stay grumpy, or sad or depressed?
  • When was the last time you created something just for the sheer joy of doing it – rather than because of one of those ‘have to ‘reasons?

So what do you do with your Permission Flag?

  • The idea is to put them around your house, in your car, outside the front door – any place where you want to remind yourself that it is OK to do something special for NO REASON.  We don’t have to have a reason to be happy.
  • We don’t have to have a reason to explore the world we live in more fully. Are there streets in your neighbourhood that you have never been down? Perhaps you might take some time out this week to go and visit some of them – just to see what’s there?

It is these actions that fill our creativity cups.  You can’t create in a vacuum – go and fill up your cups.  Give yourself permission to do so. I have two challenges for you today –

  1. Go skipping this week. How does it feel?  What did you realize ?
  2. Make your own permission flag – have fun doing it and put things on it that represent fun for you. And give yourself permission to have some fun this week

I would love to know how you go – Please feel inspired to come and share your experiences here. The comments button is in the top right hand corner of the post as always. I am going to give myself permission to only do one blog post a week for the month of August as I have a very busy month coming up, preparing for the colour workshop I’m giving at the end of August.  So for the next few weeks beginning this week, I will only be posting on Mondays – Down Under or Sundays Up Over!! depending on which part of the world you live in! Wow the liberation I feel in saying that is TREMENDOUS. I can actually have an early night tonight now ….. Woohooo!!!

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