The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the July issue of Creativity Calling!
I'd like to ask you a couple questions:
- How do you feel, really feel, about yourself as an artist and creator?
- Do your creations fill your heart with joy and a sense of purpose?
Who we "believe" we are makes all the difference, for our inner freedom (or lack thereof) is integrally related to how we "see" ourselves - upon our thinking. When we raise our awareness to see ourselves as part of a greater whole, we become a powerful force in this world!
This month our CCA Creativity Coaches--Havi, Dave, Barbara and Kris ask us to take a deeper look at our perceptions of ourselves, not only as creators but as celebrants of each other's creative gifts.
For a huge shift in perspective of yourself as an artist and successful businessperson, we invite you to join us in beautiful Lake George, New York October 15-17 for our 2nd International Creativity Conference. Find all the details here: www.creativityconference2010.com.
Please continue to write us with your questions and areas of interest-we love your input!
Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
By Havi Mandell
One of the most potent realizations we can have is that we are creating our lives as masterpieces each moment. We are life artists.
We are musicians. We attend to the rhythms of our bodies, our breath, our heartbeat, and our lives. We sing our Power Song of whom and what we are. We harmonize or are discordant with others. We are sometimes loud, sometimes soft, sometimes silent.
We are painters. We treat some experiences with a broad, free stroke and some with a fine and detailed approach. Some strokes are strong, some gentle. We respond and surround ourselves in color and light and texture and often define ourselves by the shadows or light we cast. We frame our experiences. We express exactly what we see or we delve into abstractions.
We are dancers. We move through time and space, shifting our relationships to our own bodies and to the world around us. We are sometimes fluid, sometimes staccato, sometimes still. We feel the grace of our dance with life or the disjointedness of alienation. We breathe and connect all of who we are in flow and harmony. We lift high and stretch our being and we contract.
We are writers. We shift perspectives from self to others, from narrator to participant. We find the beauty in words well woven and well shared. We are storytellers describing what was, what is, and what might be.
The more we embrace the artistry in everyday living, the more we find opportunities to create in any medium. The creative process is no longer something elusive to seek out. It is a synesthetic stew that we draw from to feed our souls and those hungering for the passion and beauty we can share.
~ Havi Mandell, Ph.D. is a therapist, healing facilitator, writer, and creativity and retreat coach in Las Vegas. You can find her at www.soulblissings.com
Who is your creative audience?
By Dave Storer
Most of what we do in life we do with someone else in mind. There's always a judge watching us, a jury. Or, if you're less paranoid than I, an audience. These are people we particularly want to please. People who's opinion we value most.
Who's in your creative bleachers, so to speak? Whom are you "playing to" when you do your creative work? And how is that audience--as Dr. Phil would say--"working for you"?
Do you have an internal judge and jury inhibiting you or do you have a marvelously
effective inner support team who makes it easier for you to create and build a life that is in fact a work of art?
Here are a few specific questions you can ask yourself to help you tweak your mental
1. Are these specific people (from your past and/or your present) whom you've
internalized? Try to identify the people in your internal audience.
2. Try to "watch them at their work". What are they telling you and is it truly useful?
3. Are they afraid of the wrong things? Are they trying to keep you safe from dangers
that no longer exist, or maybe never did?
4. Are you creating more to the taste of someone in your "audience" than to your own
If you have problems with your "audience", simply decide to change the line up. It's your
head. You can put whomever you want into it. You know the kind of creator you're trying to be. Who is going to best help you to be that person?
The people in my creative audience include John Steinbeck, W. Somerset Maugham,
Charles Darwin, Jacob Bronowski, and my eight grade English teacher. This is the most
exciting and encouraging group of people I can imagine--for me. Whenever I'm down or
have questions or want to be inspired, I imagine these guys sitting around a big table,
convened for the sole purpose of helping me out.
Whom would you invite to your own creative round table?
~Dave Storer is taking time away from coaching (for the rest of 2010) to write a novel. Even so, if you have comments or questions, you can email him at email@example.com.
Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup
~ Sara Teasdale
By Barbara Millman Cole
How do we hold wonder in our daily creative lives? How do we embrace this sense of awe for any length of time, at any time we choose? What if you imagine wonder pulsates and hovers in the air; an energy-filled, radiating form. Still yourself and allow it to alight in the space you provide; the space that is you. Achieving this sense of oneness with your surroundings one time is wondrous indeed. But to feel wonder's presence always: now that would present you with a whole new way of being, a whole new way of seeing, a whole new way of creating.
Holding wonder takes practice. There is no hard work to be done. All that is required is the suspension of rigid thought as to what is possible and the act of being open to and conscious of what is--in this time, in this place, in this moment.
Imagine looking over a vast expanse of rolling knolls, endless pines and a clear-water lake. As you form a circle with your arms, feel it begin to fill with the air before you. Breathing in, the voluminous space expands within your newly formed circumference. Breathing out, the space diminishes. Stand still and experience the wonder of the space you inhabit in this moment.
Feel its energy circulate within the container you have made with your arms, your fingers, your shoulders and your chest. Feel the tingling sensation on your skin where it connects with the volume you hold. The rhythm of your breath brings life to your bundle. Embrace it fully as it continues its dance around the lip of the invisible platter you have created for its use.
Holding wonder is akin to experiencing a sense of peace, fullness and awe. Is this not a beautiful way to renew our creative passions as we move into the warm summer months? Opened to the magical connections of our world, we can link ourselves to its unifying pulse, its series of rhythmic movements and breaths. Practice oneness while you hold life's wonder and as you breathe each full breath, feel your creative spirit swell.
~ Barbara Millman Cole is an award winning writer of Short Literary Fiction, a Write-Shop facilitator and Creativity Coach who helps people delve deep to discover their true meaning. Understand why you create so you can know what to create. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. ©2010 All rights reserved.
New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes
begin September 2010!
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.
Congratulations to Kris Reichart-Anderson,
CCA's newest Certified Creativity Coach!
By Kris Reichart-Anderson
I'm excited. After more than two years of hard work and study, I am a certified creativity coach. I have this vision now of a beautiful gown, a red carpet, an award and taking a very, very long time to thank the Academy, I mean the Creativity Coaching Association and all the wonderful people who have helped me achieve this dream.
But I have a limited word count. So I'll leave you with three thoughts.
First, creativity is our genetic inheritance. We are hard-wired to create. We cannot NOT create and find meaning in our lives. Some of us know this from the cradle and some of us don't discover it until late in life. How each of us creates is as different as we are from one another. For some of us, it's soft and misty like fiber arts or painting in heather tones. For others, it's hard and sharp as in the lines of a building or metal sculpture. It's in the leap of a ballerina or the deep notes of a saxophone. Respect and embrace the Creative in all its forms.
Next, recognize that each of us is a part of a community of creative people. We are all interconnected. In this world of global travel and communication, we will never know how far our influence and inspiration travels. It doesn't even have to be intentional. The artist can inspire the architect who can influence the jewelry maker who in turn affects the songwriter's next piece. Get out and look around. Share your work and knowledge, especially with the younger ones, be they five of fifty. And remember, that there are others willing to teach you.
Finally, thank those who have helped you to this point. Put on your imaginary tux or gown. Visualize that grand ballroom. Who are you thanking? Why? Make a list and start writing or calling those folks. So what if you haven't seen your sophomore English teacher in thirty years? If you're reading these few words, you are on the Internet. Start searching.
And now if you'll excuse me, I have some thank you's to write.
" If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you that would suffice."
~ Meister Eckhart
~ Kris Reichart-Anderson is a Texas-based certified creativity coach, artist and writer. You can reach Kris at email@example.com or through her blog, http://leapingnet.blogspot.com/.
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This is the end of the July 2010 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
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