The calling to create can be stunted so long as you are sitting inside an invisible box that has boundaries of unworthiness –

The Calling To Create - invisible boxes

The Tattered Box of Unworthiness that hems you in and you can’t see.

 

 

it is very difficult to believe in yourself enough to take up that brush or pen. The older you get, the more responsibilities you have, the harder it is,  yet again.

You see, the minute you acknowledge that you are a creative being, is the minute that you start down the road of  – society, religions, families and tribes perceiving you to be selfish because you can no longer be devoted solely to them. And you know what – creativity is a selfish pursuit. IT IS!!

However, stop a moment and consider this…. what is selfishness?  Is it a bad thing, and what is the difference between that and self-worth. Are they mutually exclusive or inclusive?

You know most of us have grown up with the idea that putting yourself first is a bad thing, it is wrong and even worse it is soul damaging. This immediately creates all kinds of emotional problems for the aspiring artist within you.

Enter – Stumbling Block Number One!…. by its very nature the creative process is often a solitary one. We need time to be alone, to process and allow interaction with our muse.

The Calling To Create

Finding Inspiration

Now to follow this path, I am immediately forced into a decision that will take me away from the twin distraction demons of Family and Friends. You ask your self if you are being selfish by leaving your partner to mind the kids while you spend an hour in the studio. However, also ask your self, if you are not being selfish, by refusing to develop your unique talents and gifts, that, I might add, no one – ie NO ONE else in the world has.  You are unique.  What right do you have to deny the world the opportunity to experience the creations that no one else can make?

This of course creates another whole set of questions, feelings and problems which I will discuss in the next post.

This Week’s Question: What is your invisible box, that is hindering your creativity?

Next Thursday’s Post:Studies for the Southland Series

Next Monday’s Post: Selling Your Art

Posted By: Kadira Jennings

Pix Credits: Box of Inspiration by xJason.Rogersx , Pixabay

 

I have come to the conclusion that Life and Art are so closely intertwined as to be inseparable.

Intertwined ropes

Intertwined Ropes

The more I teach art and participate in the development of my own creativity, the deeper my understanding of this becomes.

Although many people don’t realize it, participating in any form of creativity whatsoever – is ALWAYS an act of self development.  Perhaps this is why we find so many people refusing to acknowledge their creative potential and denying themselves through that oft repeated phrase;

“But I have no talent!” I refuse to accept this and challenge everyone to examine that statement by asking the question – “Is that true?”

We all have talents of some kind which are often dismissed.  The ability to draw a smile to someones lips or make people laugh are talents.

What is your greatest talent?

Pix Credit: The Morgue File

Our first  assignment is to describe the people we want to visit and read our blogs.

I am an artist and my real passion is creativity. The people who may experience an instant connection to this blog are those who recognize that they are creative.  Although I am primarily a visual artist and now a budding writer, I would like to think that creatives from all walks of life will gain benefit from my blog.  The issues I post about are usually related to the creative journey in some way, offering insights and knowledge gained during the course of my creative career.

However I would also like to think that my blog offers food for thought to those of us who don’t think they have any creativity.   That it might give them the courage to have a look and be delighted and surprised at their own- magnificence – to not put too finer point on it.    It is my passionate belief that we all have a creative genius within us waiting to be uncovered and so my blog is to encourage those of us who haven’t discovered this part of themselves yet.

In particular I would like to reach out to people in the business world who think that creativity is largely irrelevant in that arena.  They couldn’t be more wrong, especially in today’s economic environment.  If you have any doubts about this – read Seth Godin’s latest book –Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

The  other group of people who may enjoy this blog are those who are interested in self development.  Unfolding one’s creativity,  is a journey of the soul and calls to all of us if we are able to hear and be open to our voice within. So many of my students are amazed at the qualities they find themselves developing through their art practice.

Therefore if you like reading my blog you probably fall somewhere between the ages of 20 and 120, you might live anywhere in the world and currently most likely speak English. Your interests probably lie more in the arts than sciences and you may be interested in developing innovative changes in your business environment.  You enjoy personal challenges and are interested in the  arts and creativity.

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