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Change, Love it or Hate it, You Can’t Leave it

Change seems to be my theme this week. And I guess that’s appropriate at this time of year when many of us are embracing the New Year and wishing to move forward in our lives. The creative process requires us to deal with change on a daily basis. However, unfortunately, most of us are resistant to it, in our art practice as well as our personal lives. And there are many of us who dabble in our creative processes and yet never fully own them. I am very familiar with this story because I spent many years of my life pretending I wasn’t an artist. That label artist seems to scare would be artists to death. I know all the distractions, excuses and rocky stones on this path of Resistance. They are old well-loved friends, hard to leave behind.

Here’s a list of a few of the things that might stop you from doing your true work in the world, the work that makes your soul sing, and is not work at all. That will stop you from  embracing the change that will be necessary in order for you to do so. The things on this list require us to make changes, and deal with the resistance if we are to overcome its hold on us.

  •  I’ll do it later – when I have time
  • When the kids are going to school – I’ll have time then
  • It would be selfish of me to spend that money on art supplies when my partner needs a new widget for his car
  • I’ll just do (x) before I look into it
  • Who am I kidding – me, a film director, dancer, artist ………. fill in the blank
  • I’m too old now
  • Everyone else has a head start – they will always be better than me
  • It’s just a pipe dream
  • I don’t have any talent

You see, we live in a world that preconditions us to fit into the society we are born into. If you think about schools and the things you’re forced to learn even though they may not fit your abilities and personality. We are often brainwashed into accepting a career that we don’t love, and a way of living that doesn’t suit who we are. Not only that, if you are an artist, you are caught up with all the bad press around what it means to be an artist.

I am sure you know how that goes. Artists are weird people, they get into drugs, they are lazy and wild etc. And of course, there is The Starving Artist syndrome that we are all taught, a philosophy of lack and non-abundance.

The idea of their child becoming an artist terrifies many parents.

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The thing is you see, that many artists are different, and are not understood by the general run of society. Why is this? It is because artists are agents of Change, and they often put out ideas that society at large is not ready to deal with. They point out things that need changing in the world and they are on what ‘Abraham’ calls, The Leading Edge. This means that their position in society is often not accepted because after all, people don’t want change. And yet in order to function optimally as an artist one has to deal with change on a daily basis in the course of creating an artwork, and making space for art to flourish within their lives.

 

Is never too late to follow your heart’s desire, but that will require you to make changes!

 

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For more on this topic and a deeper look at our resistance see this post

Photo credits:

TheDigitalArtist (Pixabay)

geralt (Pixabay)

 Larry Lamsa

Happy New Year!

Well here it is the most controversial year in living memory!  If you subscribe to the view that your thoughts create your reality, now is a good time to stop and take stock of what you want your reality to be in this coming year.

Happy New Yea

Some people are forecasting times of great physical upheavals upon the earth while others predict that there is going to be a great spiritual awakening. Whatever the case may be it does seem that we are living through times of great change.  Our world financial system is on the verge of collapse and it seems that no one really knows quite what to do about that. However is this necessarily a bad thing – the fact that it’s collapsing? Sometimes we need to experience radical change in our lives in order to move onto something better.  If we are to afraid to make the changes ourselves then we often find that some outside event will force our hand, which can be even more traumatic.

Today’s Question: What are you focusing on that will become your reality in 2012?

Well we are out the starting gate and off to a running start – I can’t quite believe I find myself here – but it is all flowing nicely so I’m on for the ride.

To find out more about the competition please check it out HERE. I’m really passionate about this project as I see it as an opportunity to combine two of my greatest loves, being creative and helping others to find their creativity, and personal development.  OK so that’s three!

So as a favor I am going to ask you to go to Illuminating The Creative Way and check it out .  The first part of the competition requires us to get as many people as possible to vote for us.  If you feel like i,t  leave a comment here on the blog to let me know what you think Id really appreciate your feed back …..

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Stepping Out

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

Stepping Into The Unknown

That seems too big? –  let’s look at a gentle approach then…..

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