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

Artists and dedicated creatives have always been at the leading edge of creative thought.  This is the reason they are often branded as rebels, non conformists, or just plain weird.  Creatives often make the rest of us feel uncomfortable.  But you know, this is their gift to the world.  They dare to be different, to have new ideas and go where others don’t.  They often bring to our notice things we may not ‘want’ to ‘notice’.  They push our buttons and make us grow despite ourselves.   They also bring us experiences that uplift the soul and fill us with delight and wonder.

One of the most creative experiences we can all engage in is with The Cirque du Soleil  – just the words to Alegria are truly uplifting and inspiring

I see a spark of life shining
I hear a young minstrel sing
Beautiful roaring scream
Of joy and sorrow,
So extreme
There is a love in me raging
A joyous, magical feeling

What magnificence these wonderful souls have given us. Now watch them and be thrilled!!

Well for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere – we can begin to look forward to longer  days now ….. even though we still have two more months of winter.  My studio is like an ice box these days – not an inviting prospect first thing in the morning – a warm bed seems like a far better place to be!

July 2010

July 2010

Today’s post is a book review of the book The Art Of Possibility written by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.

This is a wonderful book that opens the mind literally to possibility and what we might do with that.  It speaks about how habits and circumstances change but the habits of a lifetime or generation persist long after their uses become outworn.The book contains many wonderful anecdotes and stories that illustrate how we might consider stepping into the ‘universe of possibility’.  As the book says ‘ In the face of difficulty, we can despair, get angry… or choose possibility.

Benjamin brings to this book his experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and his extraordinary talent as a communicator and music teacher of many years experience.  He has developed unique ways to impart knowledge and get us to look at ourselves in a different light.  When this is combined with Rosamund’s brilliance in ‘creating innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment’ you get a wonderful book that is enlightening and a delight to read as well.

The Art Of Possibility
I urge you to get a copy  – you won’t regret it.  Its one of those books that you put on your ‘I have to own it list’ because you want to keep going back and revisiting all its gems.

This technique asks us to look again at what we know from a different perspective. One of the things our creative mind is best at is correlating and utilizing, seemingly useless, disparate and random bits of information and turning them into something new and useful.

You can often find that getting your creative thinking going in one area will set it off in another.  This technique can be divided into three separate parts.

Part I

If you are stuck on something, begin by throwing around a few ideas and putting them into a preliminary mind map using even those ideas you may have thought of and discarded before.

Part II.

Take an ordinary every day object and list a minimum of 10 different uses for it. For example you might choose any of the following. A cooking pot, rolling pin, newspaper, paving stone, egg beater, fish slice etc.  So here’s what the results of that might look like;

11 alternate uses for a cheese grater

1. Fill with earth and use as a pot plant

2. Grate any number of things other than cheese

3. Flatten and use as a hand trowel in the garden

4. Put an empty plastic bag inside and fill with rocks to create a door stop

5. Use as an incense holder

6. Put a candle inside and use as a lantern

Feather Your Nest ©2010 Kadira Jennings

Feather Your Nest ©2010 Kadira Jennings

7. Fill with bits of straw, cushion stuffing, cotton and wool and hang outside for the birds to get materials to line their nests with

8. Put inside a low bowl filled with water and use as a container to arrange flowers in

9. Hang outside in the wind together with other metal objects so they jangle together and scare away the birds from your garden

10. Take to the beach and fill with wet sand to make sand castles

11. Use as a container for pens in the kitchen.

Part III

If you feel inclined and I would urge you to actually do this  because it is part of this technique – make one of the things you have written on your list.  Have fun with it.

Why this often works is that your conscious mind has been wholly engaged in puzzling over something else, thus giving your subconscious mind a chance to work away at your original project.

Now return to your original project and see if any new ideas occur to you. It is amazing what the creative mind will come up with when we leave it alone and learn to lighten up and play a little.  – Happy Creating!

PS: If you’d like to share a picture of your creative project I will post it here with a link to your site.

Creativity is much broader in scope than the act of creating an artwork, sculpture or anything within what we would consider the creative disciplines.  We all have the ability to be creative within our lives and are born with our own unique and special creative genius.  This may take many different forms from a brilliance in chemical equations to a dazzling ability to create blown glass sculpture or organize events involving thousands of people.  When we are using our Creative Genius we are always ‘in the flow’.  What we are doing feels natural to us and we love doing it.

However there is a lot more to the creative process than your ability to manifest something. There are some extra pieces to understand.  Creativity is a process of bringing something into being that may not currently exist or creating a new thing out of something that already exists.  As the old saying goes – there is nothing new under the sun.

You can be pretty sure that most ideas you have stand on the shoulders of some-one’s previous creativity.  Your new idea often comes from the rejection of old ones.  It is the ‘contrast’ of those old ideas that serve to drive you towards a new one.  You see some-one’s house painted  blue and like the idea of a blue house, just not that particular blue.   So you get inspired to experiment with a bunch of different blues until you find the right one. What doesn’t work is just as important to the creative process as what does.  So an intrinsic part of it involves the ability to gather  information and experiment with trying unusual combinations of things.

Abundance ©2010 Kadira Jennings

Abundance ©2010 Kadira Jennings

Manifesting things in our lives is something that comes naturally to all of us, it’s as natural as breathing .  We are constantly manifesting things.  Everything that is part of  your life today was manifested as part of your life by you.  By that I mean, that you arranged for all those things to be in your life, from the plasma TV set to your toothbrush, from your pets to your partner.  It all began with your thoughts and the feelings you had around those thoughts. dictionary.com says about manifesting -‘ to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding;’

Creativity on the other hand has a slightly different meaning – dictionary.com‘s  definition of it is ‘to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention.’

It seems that manifestation occurs from the place of subconscious and is driven by thought and emotion.  So how is what we call creativity different?  Creativity is a lot more conscious in its initial stages.  We set out to do something like create a painting, make a movie or design a car, quite deliberately,  with thoughtfulness and often unique intuitive flashes of insight. We are still accessing the subconscious but in a more directed way than the fashion in which the majority of people manifest things in their lives.  Manifestation for most people is a more hit and miss affair, in terms of positively intended results,  because they don’t understand the way the laws of manifestation work.  Elements of these Laws have been presented as the Law Of Attraction through movies like The Secret.  So while everyone has the potential to access a unique Creative Genius not everyone does.

The difference then between Creativity and Manifestation is that  Creativity is the consciously directed manifestation of something, while the process of Manifestation  can occur either consciously or unconsciously. How can that be? My next post will explain the process of manifestation which is important to everyone since we all do it and yet most of us don’t know how we do it, or have not yet mastered the process.  It is this manifestation process that determines ultimately how successful your business is, how well received your art, or even who you attract into your life on both a personal or business level.  And of course – remember that Art is a Business.

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