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.''
I recently touched on the idea of an Inner Critic. This nasty little alter ego that we all have drives some of us mercilessly. Not only does it judge us by our own harsh standards but also by the judgements we think everyone else is going to be heaping on us as well.
Unless of course we are children and invincible!
It matters not whether you are an artist, a plumber , a lawyer, a bee keeper, or even out of work. It is there – hovering over your shoulder ready to stick in it’s 2 cents worth if you give it half a chance. So what to do?
Here are some ideas on how to control this pesky fellow…..
Firstly acknowledge that he/she exists as an entity separate from you
To help with this – draw, paint, sculpt, what he/she looks like – does he/she have a name?
Secondly you need to determine that you are actually in control – that YOU get to say whether or not you choose to allow him/her to have any say at all.
Thirdly you might ask – but how can I stop him/her – he/she just turns up in my head and lets fly. Heres a couple of tricks –
a. Imagine you have a big dial you can turn up or down that controls the volume of your critic speaking to you. Then turn down the volume to zero and refuse to listen.
b. Imagine yourself tying a gag on him/her.
c. Imagine a rubbish bin – you could paint it all different colors if you like – and when Mr or Mrs Critic pops up – well just put it in the bin and put the lid on very firmly and walk away. You could even erect a sound barrier around the bin if you felt like it.
I joined the local camera club recently – thought it might be useful to find out a bit more about photography. I went on my first outing with the club this Sunday, up to Norah Head Light House. Got up at quarter to five – what a shock to the system that was! Here are some of the highlights, I would like to share with you.
I’m fascinated by the glowing light and all the reflections as
it revolves slowly in the silent night.
Light The Way
I love that deep blue of the clouds just before dawn.
This shot reminds me of something out of Riven – if you
ever played that computer game.
It is amazing what wind, water, salt and sun can achieve.
This one is my favourite I think – it inspires me to do a painting
A gentle way to practice becoming comfortable with change is to choose at least one thing each day and do it differently.
As I said before – we are creatures of habit. Take me for instance. Every Sunday I go for a walk along the beach – a ten minute drive from home.
I have my walk and then go to a great little café right on the beach, where I have breakfast – usually banana bread. In fact that’s where I am right now – writing my blog posts for the week. And as I sit here with my Latte and banana bread, and begin writing this post about habits I am flashing that I also always slice my bread up the same way. Hmm……..
Break The Habit
So what the………. Today I decided to cut it up differently!!! I ended up with a star on my plate instead of a bunch of rectangles. Did it feel different? Actually it did, awkward even – but that’s the whole point.
By consciously choosing to change the things we do habitually, we get to safely experience the feeling – no matter how small – of what happens internally when we choose to do something differently.
The long term value is that when it comes to a bigger thing, we have developed a higher change/pain threshold. We feel much more comfortable with change and have therefore less resistance to it. The process is no longer unfamiliar, or seems to present so many obstacles.
Ultimately we might even get to the point where it becomes a habit to ask ourselves how we might do each thing differently – what if I did this instead? How can I create a better experience?
So yes – stepping out can be pretty darn scary. Why is it so risky for us on the creative path? One of the main reasons is that creating clearly requires self honesty. When we put something out there for the world to look at we are exposing part of our soul, our true self for others to see. That’s pretty vulnerable and often quite uncomfortable. After all what glimpses of yourself do you want to show others? How honest is your vision – and this applies whether you are in’ business’ or an ‘artist’? Although as I’ve said before – art is a business just like any other. Are you seeking approval and compromising your vision and what ultimately is the cost of that likely to be?
Creativity is a risky business because there are no guarantees and “failure” is par for the course. Not only that, we live in a society that frowns on failure – not understanding that it is a stepping stone on the path to success. In fact it takes immense courage to live the truly creative path as unlike a war where there are clearly defined battles, the creative process continually presents us with challenges on a daily basis, asking us to step up and out of our comfort zones.
Below is a great Photo (Thanks Pink Chocolate) which really says it all – so just in case you missed it – You can’t leap across a gap like that without being fully committed. But once you commit – well its scary and exhilarating all at the same time.
We are creatures of habit. We form our own rituals and enact them daily, weekly and tell ourselves this is who we are. The only problem with that is if we change that ritual, what does that mean about who I am now?
As we grow older, I think this is one of the main problems we face because many people are so immersed in their own stories that to change is to deny who they think they are. They’ve become a set of learnt beliefs.
So what you might ask, has this got to do with creativity? Well everything actually. Why? Because to grow I need to challenge my own boundaries, which I can‘t do if I refuse to step beyond what I already know… What if we as children refused to put on bigger clothes simply because:
we thought the present ones were better,
we thought they were the only ones that existed, or
we would never find anything we liked as much………….
Substitute any excuse you can think of for not stepping out. What boundary are you refusing to step over today?
Stepping Into The Unknown
That seems too big? – let’s look at a gentle approach then…..
I met a lady on the beach this morning who said to me -” There’s a tsunami coming.”
“Right” I said – not really believing her of course – I mean – come on – here in Australia – nah…..
Well actually- yeah…. There was an earthquake in Chile – a realignment of the earths plates.
Its a strange sensation to be sitting here in my usual Sunday morning cafe – right on the beach , knowing that several thousand miles away there is a wave racing across the ocean towards me at the speed of 7 hundred kilometers an hour.. That’s faster than the plane I catch to New Zealand when I go back to visit!
The tide is already very high this morning. The forces of nature are creators of immense, uncontrollable energies- that often rearrange our lives on a massive scale. How we deal with these events is a measure of who we are at our core. It can be a time of opportunity to re-align ourselves and re-create our lives anew in a fashion that is more pleasing to us, or a tragedy to continually lament over, a reason to stay stuck the rest of our days. Which path would you take?
I met a lady on a train once whose house had burnt to the ground in the midst of renovations. They were lucky to escape with their lives. They lost everything in that fire except the clothes they were wearing. She told me that this ‘tragedy’ caused her and her partner to totally re-evaluate their lives. They both changed careers and are now doing something they love thats in alignment with their own creative genius. She began an art degree and is now doing her masters and I think he became a lawyer.