The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the November issue of Creativity Calling!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, during November many of us place the honor and focus on those things (and people) for which we are grateful. Regardless the month, all of us face challenges and sometimes remembering the words of the late Leo Buscaglia make me smile: "Beauty and goodness comprise at least half of what life has to offer, if not more; why not give it our equal time and attention?" It is so true! Our perspective is a choice. We are capable of finding something right or something wrong in every single circumstance.
Personally, for a long time now, my focus has been on the things I want to see increase and expand in my life. I'm so grateful for each new day, brimming with gifts and opportunities that fill my life with joy!
This month in the newsletter we have a cornucopia of articles for you from our CCA coaches. Brecia encourages us to take time to honor the natural cycles in our creative work. John offers insights on how to choose the best professional to assist us with our creative challenges-good things to know. Jennifer, our newest certified coach, calls us to reduce stress in our lives by taking an honest look at our perspective when journeying through daily ups and downs. Then, I hope you enjoy a beautiful poem I've tucked in the newsletter entitled, Love After Love. Here's to loving ourselves more fully and to feasting on our lives!
Finally, the gremlins were at work last month and Kay Hunt's article was missing an entire paragraph. We have reprinted her article again this month in its entirety. Know that we are very thankful for you...our readers. Feel free to forward our newsletter on to your friends, family and colleagues. And remember we covet your feedback, so keep sending CCA your feedback and suggestions.
Many blessings to you!
Dying to Celebrate
by Brecia Kralovic-Logan
Beverly Down, President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
Our creative life reflects the natural cycles of birth, growth, death, and rebirth. As we settle into Autumn, nature reminds us that each phase is an essential part of the natural cycle. How might we experience the "death" phase of the creative cycle?
Pay close attention to how you feel when you complete a particular project.
You may be surprised by what you experience. Along with feelings of joy and accomplishment, you may feel a full range of emotions including sadness and a sense of loss. This can be confusing, especially if your project was a success, achieved acclaim, was exhibited or sold. You might be tempted to push through this time and jump into something new. Taking the time to move through the death phase of your creative endeavor gives you an opportunity for wholeness.
Being in tune with the cyclical nature of creative work helps us to embrace this time as a natural phase in our development. By letting the cycle come to completion, and accepting the endings, we can enter into a time of rest. Completely embracing this down time and bringing our awareness inward, listening to our inner wisdom, we set the stage for the conception and birth of new ideas. We can honor each phase of our projects from inspiration to exhibition and beyond to that fertile time we need for renewal.
~ Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a fiber artist and creativity coach in Santa Barbara, CA. She can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pebbleinthepondartstudio.com
A Creativity Coach or a Therapist's Couch?
by John MacDonald
One of the trickiest aspects of being a creativity coach, for those of us who are not also certified psychotherapists, is to know when an individual's problems are so pervasive that choosing the assistance of a mental health professional, rather than a creativity coach, is the best choice. It's an equally difficult decision to make for those of us who need help and are considering the assistance of a creativity coach. Should we seek the help of a creativity coach or the couch of a qualified psychotherapist?
Most of our creative blocks are rooted in our personalities and involve a complex interplay of the unconscious mind and automatically triggered patterns of thinking and behaving. So it would seem that seeking the help of a psychotherapist would be the logical choice for someone struggling with personal issues that are stifling creative potential. But sometimes the logical choice is not the best choice. To make the decision easier and clearer, we should first ask ourselves a simple question:
"Are these issues and problems arising in all aspects of my life or only when I try to create?"
If problems such as anxiety, lack of confidence, procrastination, boredom, etc., are limited to the studio, then seeking the help of a creativity coach is likely the best path to take. But if the problems are constantly arising in everyday situations, if they cripple the enjoyment of a broad range of our experiences of life, then finding the help of a qualified psychotherapist is the best bet.
All of us have issues and problems. All of us have been damaged in one way or another-by parents, families, authority figures, or by our own biological wiring. And today, thankfully, seeking professional help from a creativity coach or therapist is no longer seen as shameful or a sign of weakness. Whatever we must do to support our creative work becomes part of our work. Seeking help, whether from a coach or a therapist, becomes part of what we do to get ourselves to a place where we can create meaningfully, joyfully, and constantly.
~ John MacDonald is a freelance illustrator, painter, and creativity coach, who specializes in working with visual artists and particularly around issues of anxiety and fear. To learn more, visit www.thecreativewell.com © 2009
Love After Love
by Derek Walcott
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life
Registration Now Open for 2010 CCA Certification Program
" Life is not about finding yourself...
Life is about Creating yourself.
~ E.W. Wilcox
If you've been thinking about becoming a creativity coach, or adding creativity coaching to your existing life coaching, consulting, or therapy practice, we invite you to explore CCA's Certification Program. Our program includes a variety of basic and advanced coaching courses that can be done online or through telecourses in a reasonable period of time. The knowledge and skills you will develop in this program will serve your own work and open up opportunities for you to professionally coach others.
For details, please visit our Certification Program web page for a full explanation of the courses offered and requirements.
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Forward by Gail McMeekin, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
Author of The Power of Positive Choices and Boost Your Creativity, Productivity, and Profits in 21 Steps
Congratulations to Consuelo Meux, CCA's newest Certified Coach!
Hurry up and Wait Factor
By Jennifer McCord
I was reminded today as I was talking to a writer who had been published for over two decades of the values of passion for writing and persistence in the face of obstacles. As any artist nears the end project and is getting ready to show to an art dealer, book agent or display for an audience, there is a sense of accomplishment to finish up the work. I know that I have felt that as I turned in columns that were contracted for publication. What also occurs when one is close to finishing a creative work is the feeling of a sense of urgency to finish it up. The next step is waiting to either get feedback so that creative adjustments could be made such as re-writing to have the work accepted. I call this process the "hurry up and wait factor in the creative process."
As a creativity coach, I think it might be helpful to think about the words-hurry and wait. I was talking with a group of kids the other day and we talked about the words hurry and wait. They were relating the words to their experiences in school. There was a sense of urgency to get their homework done, finish up the exam or get ready to go home after a day of school. There was also the sense of waiting as in line for school to begin, lunch to happen, recess to start, and school work to be reviewed.
Maybe as creative people when we come across this "hurry up and wait" factor in our creative lives we could ask ourselves how hurrying and waiting makes us feel. We might try writing or drawing about the words, hurry and wait. Through understanding what the words hurry and wait mean to us, perhaps any anxiety or concerns that happen can be put into perspective.
Jennifer McCord realizes that words on a written page are very important in her life. As a result of twenty-five years working in the bookselling, publishing and writing world Jennifer is able to assist writers to develop the professional knowledge and skills to succeed. She works with writers to develop their creativity, craft a story, express their expertise, and build a writing career. Jennifer's mission is to use her expertise to help writers bring their unique voice, ideas, and information to readers. www.jennifermccord.com
Editors Note: Kay Hunt's article ran in last month's newsletter, minus the paragraph in italics. Here is the entire article for you...enjoy!
Trick or Treat?
by Kay Hunt
I tried. I really tried not to write the obvious story about things in disguise. Surely, there is something more original, more imaginative, more...well, creative. Nonetheless, here I sit, surrendering to this idea that won't go away. (I'd swear I just heard my Creative Muse chuckling sympathetically from her perch on my shoulder!)
Let me get right to the point. Imagine the following scenario:
You are on a creative roll. You have an idea or project that excites you so much you can practically feel your circuits sizzling. Maybe it's the best you've felt in a long time. At last, a clear and worthy vision.
Then, a day or a week or a month into it, you suddenly find yourself wanting to do nothing but eat or sleep or read. Or maybe there are lots of other pressing issues in your life that simply can't wait another second. Or suddenly and inexplicably, your mind has gone blank and you feel totally disinterested in the whole thing.
If you don't resonate with this description, congratulations. For many of us, however, these behaviors seem all too familiar. Personally, I am well acquainted with experiencing a sudden disinterest in my vision or idea...no more sizzle, no more pizzazz, no nothing. Unfortunately for me, I have always concluded that I felt this way because I had picked the "wrong" thing (again)-the wrong project, the wrong creative path, the wrong career, etc. And, just before abandoning ship (again), I would berate myself for having such a hard time knowing what I wanted-not a helpful reaction.
So, let us unmask these imposters once and for all. Don't let them fool you. Underneath the masks, they all are very clever and persistent disguises for Fear and they will do their dandiest to lead you away from your dreams, your best creativity and your growing edges.
When they come knocking on your door, hoping to trick you, treat yourself to renewed commitment to your chosen goals and creative expressions. You and your creative Muse will have the last laugh!
~ Kay Hunt,
creativity coach, artist, author and co-collaborator for Permission to Play Now. Kay can be reached at email@example.com
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This is the end of the November 2009 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
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