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

When you begin making small changes on a daily basis it increases your flexibility in dealing with change.  The creative process is a process of change. If we constantly struggle with it then the whole creative act becomes one long battle or else we don’t engage in it at all.

The Collins Dictionary has this to say about creativity. ‘Characterized by the sophisticated bending of the rules or conventions’ …… Interesting don’t you think?

Change is the one constant in our lives, as strange as that may seem. We may not be able to predict what change is going to happen but we can know that eventually it will happen.  Whether you are a big business or an individual creative you know that change is coming.  In light of this fact it is therefore in our own best interests if we are prepared to manage ourselves because the change itself can come from a source beyond our control and in fact often does.

Therefore a key element to being able to manage both  creativity and change is to be comfortable with the idea and process of change.  This requires our own conscious participation in the process of change.  We must learn to manage change before it manages us.  Which of course means being aware of where we are heading in the first place and being open to allowing what we want into or lives.

The Key to Change

The Key to Change

If we look at this in terms of being an artist,  what happens is that, more often than not, we take the easy way out and keep producing the kind of works we have always produced and so we stay stuck in a rut. (Of course that doesn’t apply just to artists).  We don’t want change and the fear and uncertainty this brings up for us.  Since change is coming anyway, we would be far better off recognizing this fact and instead opening our hearts to the inner guidance available to us through our intuition.  In opening to and embracing our intuition we are then able to access a source of wisdom which can navigate us through the choppy waters of change and bring us safely to the other side and into a position of greater strength.

This applies just as much to business as it does to any of the creative disciplines.    And the longer we stay stuck the harder it is to move from it. (A subject for another day.)  However creativity demands that we unfold creatively  as a continually expanding process and if we are afraid to make changes to the way we do things we stop this unfolding in its tracks.

What ways do you manage change in your life?  How do you deal with it?

Picture Credit: Taken from Suzan Lenz’s blog

She has a great installation there using old keys and this image is actually called Key to Promise on her blog – she has some interesting things to look at – go check her out.

The Light Artist Archetype

Now you understand the archetype concept at a basic level allow me to introduce you to the Light Artist Archetype. Katie Altham in her book Who Am I – An Archetypal Quest identifies three main creative archetypes. These are the Artist, the Designer and the Craftsperson or Artisan. In the coming weeks I will review all three types , both the light and the dark sides so you may gain some insight into which ones seem to be a better fit for you. They are all subtly different in their focus.

So let’s take a look at the light side of the Artist Archetype. The following things are traits which characterize the Artist when it is working at its best: there is passion, the identification of and search for beauty, sensitivity, inspiration, concentration, being in the flow, exploration of the intuitive, creativity and self expression. People who fully live this  archetype often ‘live and die’ for their art and frequently can be found to have a love hate relationship with it.

Often the Light Artist will be a visionary and one who seeks to perfect their chosen art form. They are fabulous when they are in the flow and can be quite tragic when they are not. Many can be rebellious and difficult by nature – what we think of as the ‘temperamental star’ or someone who is  ‘larger than life’.

Their challenges are to be found in the darker side of the archetype. However when someone is truly living in  the Light side of this archetype they have mastered their own challenges and seek to inspire and uplift others in dealing with theirs. To this end they will often take on mentoring or teaching others. The Light Artist has gained hard earned wisdom in many of life’s lessons and has much to offer. At their best they are the Light Artist in all their shining glory. At worst they are the Starving Artist in all their self doubt and despondency. The key is to aim for the shining star while maintaining balance in the face of adversity.

Elvis

Elvis

Elvis

Image Credit: Wiki

I’d like to introduce a different approach to creating today.

How would it be if you began your next creative project from new place?

Here are a few questions you might like to explore to assist you in starting from that place.

  • Whether you create through painting, dance, sculpture, acting, accounting, cleaning or whatever  it is for you – what might happen if you began from really connecting to your emotions i.e. how you are feeling?
  • Can you begin from a place of joy and happiness or are you beginning from a place of frustration, anger and lack?
  • Think about how those opposing emotions might influence the impact of your work, both the process and the out come of what you are doing.
  • Are you in touch with the feelings inherent within your work and what the work is conveying to others?
  • Is it important to you that you connect to your audience or is your work more a personal expression /statement?

I believe that many of my more successful works have emerged from  times when I was really connected to myself or creating in aligned  connection to source energy. At times, as creatives, many of our strong work arise out of what may have been difficult periods of our lives or intensely happy ones.  Again it comes back to the intensity of the emotion.  Regardless of what we are representing, it seems that the things we create with strong emotion resonate and connect more clearly with others.

I would be interested to hear if anyone else has experienced this in their work.

Empty Vessel Beautiful Place ©2002 Kadira Jennings

Empty Vessel Beautiful Place ©2002 Kadira Jennings

The Starving Artist

Something I touched on in the last post about the creative process, was the concept of the Starving Artist, a very real archetype, part of the shadow side of the Artist archetype. In case you are unfamiliar with the concept of archetypes I’ll give a brief description here.

Archetypes

The first person to identify the concept of archetypes was Carl Jung. He put forward that we have a variety of different, core skills, traits, energies and talents that can be categorized and named. Each archetype has what is termed a ‘Light Side’ and a ‘Dark Side’. The way we act, our interests, career, the books we like to read, our hobbies, our style, are all a reflection in some way of one of our archetypes. When we don’t allow our selves to express our different archetypes, the positive aspects of them, then they will be expressed in negative ways through the shadow side of that particular archetype. For example, one of the archetypes is the Artist and part of the shadow of this archetype is the Starving Artist, as mentioned before.

The identification and study of your personal archetypes gives you a fascinating insight into your own behaviour which can point you in the right direction in terms of career choices,  elements of your life purpose and what is going on when you are experiencing challenges.  If you would like to know what your archetypes are there is an online ArchetypeTest you can take.

A common archetype with which we are all familiar is the Rebel, the darker side of which is often personified by many of the motorcycle gangs seen throughout the world.

Bikers

Bikers

Pix credit: Roy Lister http://bit.ly/9XGM8P

See my next post for an in depth look at the Artist archetype.


Continuing with thoughts on how we create, I’d like to be a bit more specific now.

So, how does the creation process actually work and is it the same process no matter what we are creating?  To answer the second part of that question first – Yes, the process is always the same.  Secondly, to understand how it works so we might use our creativity to better effect, we need to look at some fundamental principles first.

  • We live in an attractive universe.
  • What we create (manifest) are those things we give most of our attention to.
  • The process involves giving our attention to what we DO WANT  and charging that with positive emotion.

The challenge is that most of the time people are giving their attention to what they don’t want and because they are giving their attention to it that is what they attract into their life.  I can see so clearly how this has worked in my life in the past.  I remember a group exhibition I had once and I was in so much anxiety over thinking about not being able to sell my work that guess what – everyone else in the exhibition sold at least one painting and I didn’t sell any!

All creation begins in vibration first.  We live in a vibrational universe and you attract to you things that are in the same vibrational frequency as you are.  If something is not in your vibrational frequency it cannot stay in your circle of influence.  We see a classic example of this with people who win lotto. A very high percentage of these people, lose all the  money they have won and are often even worse off than they were before their win. It is a well documented phenomenon that this frequently occurs within 2 years of their win.

So why can’t these people hold on to their money?

Holding On To Money

Holding On To Money

Because they can’t hold the vibrational frequency, they don’t resonate at the same rate as the millions of dollars.  Everything in the universe is a form of energy which is vibrating at specific rates.  One man won the lotto not once but twice and still couldn’t manage to hold on to the money.

You can sense when your energy field is vibrating at the same rate as something or someone else’s because when it is you feel comfortable, things flow and you feel like you are ‘on a roll’.  Have you ever met someone that you instantly’clicked’ with – well chances are that you were a really good energy match to that person at that time.  That’s not to say that people don’t change either.  In fact that’s why we often see people leaving a relationship after 20 or 30 years together, because they have changed, they are no longer holding the same vibrational frequency.

This becomes very important when you look at your goals, the people in your life and your current situation.  Are you in the ‘starving artist mentality?’ Is your art career, or any career for that matter –  an abundant one –  you can have the starving artist type of mentality no matter what your career?

Pix Credit:© Anatoly Tiplyashin | Dreamstime.com

Why We Create

The series I’ve just done on Beauty in Art led me to thinking more about why we create.  Why do you create?  Take some time out now  – half an hour maybe, and have a think about the following questions and maybe find some answers to them. Journaling your answers  could be a way of finding some enlightening answers for yourself. To see a great book giving you ideas on journaling take a look at   1,000 Artist Journal Pages.  To see a review – check out what Melanie Sage had to say.

Anyway Here are your thought provokers…..

  1. Do you feel driven to create things?  If so, are you able to identify what drives you, eg success, connection, a desire for self expression?
  2. Do you find more joy in some areas of creating than others?
  3. What areas of your life are you consciously creating in ie. money, relationships, health…. you know the big things……. And of course you realise that everything else that’s left …. well that’s the stuff you are unconsciously creating in – right?
  4. Do you truly believe that you are a creative being?
  5. How much of your creating is conscious and how much is on automatic?
  6. What are you giving your attention to?
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