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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the April issue of Creativity Calling!

How I love this time of year! Birds chirping, flowers blooming, warm sunshine and the return of the color green in every shade imaginable. What's not to love? Enhancing the newly budding beauty of our external surroundings (lawns and gardens) often requires extra care and maintenance, doesn't it? The same principle applies to our internal "creative" landscapes.   

What internal "sprucing up" would serve you best for laying a new foundation and planting seeds for your highest creative potential? What elements have you been tolerating that you can let go to make room for new growth?

I know you'll enjoy this month's inspirational articles by our CCA coaches, articles filled with tips for overcoming obstacles and unearthing our best selves! Melissa offers us a unique perspective regarding our inner energy flow and how it affects our creative power. Sandy shares how to be more proactive by choosing to develop creative practices that focus and empower us in challenging situations and with every day distractions. Then Donaleen shares practical tools for rethinking and reframing our internal sabotaging messages. Within this newsletter you'll find a plethora of tips, tools and techniques for more effectively, and joyfully, managing your creative energy. Isn't this one of life's main lessons we all share...the wise distribution of our energy?

We invite you to join us for the next live "Transformational Tuesday" call, May 8 at 11:00 AM (ET). You won't want to miss hearing certified creativity coach Miranda Hersey's powerful tips & tools for "Living in the Moment While Working Towards the Future", focusing on the lives of creative people. Transformational Tuesday calls are free to you, our readers. Find all the details within this newsletter.

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to friends, family and colleagues.

We love hearing from you, so keep sending the CCA your feedback and suggestions.

Enjoy Your Self!

Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association

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painting toolsToday, What's Your Tectonic Shift?

 By Melissa A. Rosati

How's your day, so far? For Earth, our only home, its a typical day: 15 to 20 earthquakes worldwide. If the news media reported on each one, we would come to appreciate that slight shifts lead to new horizons. But these earthquakes, which range from 2.5 to 5.0 on the Richter scale, are easy to dismiss because there is no dramatic result to photograph as proof that something significant happened today.

As the third rock from the Sun, the daily internal shifts of our planet are formed by pressure, temperature, and chemical changes. Metaphorically, you are I form rocks internally through the same processes. For a moment, recall how you feel when you are blocked.

Stress = pressure.

Anger = temperature.

Fatigue/addictions = chemical changes.

Eventually, we have a rock pile of emotions ("rocks in your head") and these rocks solidify a mindset that speaks the following.

"I'll be more productive if I wait a few days."
"This is so not me. People will laugh."
"By now, someone else has done it."

In creative flow, the same processes--pressure, temperature, and chemical changes--find expression in awesome rock formations in Nature. People transform by forward action (positive pressure), energy/momentum (temperature) and the release of endorphins through physical activity (chemical changes).

Your creative power manifests into completed work by tuning in to the shifts made possible by small, internal earthquakes. Here are some questions to consider.

What are you tolerating?
What are you resisting?
If you achieve want you want, what will be different for you?

Partner passion with patience and work with your own internal clock. Change is a holistic, one step at a time process. One day, you'll wake up to see that a tectonic shift did take place. Your work is your Grand Canyon.

P.S. If you want to connect to the rhythm of Earth and its quakes 24/7, download the free U.S. Geological Survey app from the iTunes store.

~ Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC, coaches women who are remaking the world through writing and the arts. She is the host of 31 Voices March, a weekly internet radio show. www.melissascoachingstudio.com

Creating and Distractions

By Sandy Nelson

How do you create when real life gets in the way? The usual distractions are endless, dirty dishes, paying bills, nothing to eat so you go out and away from your creative work. Phone calls, emails, doorbells, pets needing attention all take their bite out of our creative time, and, they also siphon away our creative energy. Not much can happen if you arrive in your studio without enough oomph to make your ideas real. The difference between these distractions and a real crisis is that we allow these things to disturb our work rhythms. Better time management will usually fix everyday distractions.

There's another type of distraction that can swallow up your creativity without remedy. If you've ever had a creative project well underway and then come down with a horrible illness or someone close to you has, you've felt the tension of deep creative discord. Your whole being is out of whack when you can't do your creative work, and when your body isn't capable you're just plain locked out. So what can you do to maintain your creative edge?  With what can you surround yourself that will fill you with the luscious juice of inspiration?

If you can't manifest creative energy you'll need it to flow to you from somewhere else. Music, meditation, friends, nature, movies, or books all bring rich inspiration. Having a reliable creative attitude is amazingly powerful in such demanding health situations. With it you can seek the magical flow of creative influence that abounds everywhere. You can bring in laughter and look for smiles; and you can give a bit of joy away in order to gather more into your heart. A creative attitude can help you manage your energy too. Simply being playful can inhibit the effects of stress and keep the creative channels open and primed; and in dire circumstances this may be enough to do.

Creative people get robbed of a part of themselves when they can't do the work of their creative expression. Taking care of your health also includes managing the things that interfere with the work of creating.

Everyone faces distractions. Prepare yourself by developing a playful, creative focus. Demanding situations are a fact of life, but distractions are a state of mind. You can choose whether they disable your creativity.

~ Sandy Nelson is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach. sandy@meetyourmuse.com, www.meetyourmuse.com

Outflanking the Night-time Naysayers

By Donaleen Saul 

It's 3:00 AM and here I am, wide-eyed as a marigold. Surrounded by the dreaded demons of the night battering my weary, bed-rumpled self with messages of doom, hopelessness, and failure.

"Let's face it, you've never amounted to anything and never will."
"Your creative dreams come A BIT LATE, don't you think?"
"What makes you think you can make any money at that?"

I'm sure that many of you have "been there." The messages may differ, depending on your age, circumstances and personal history, but the basic theme of self-judgment is a common one, particularly in the west.

Allowing negative messages like these to hold sway can kill our dreams, keep us playing it safe, and stop us from sharing our gifts. Finding ways to deal with them skillfully is essential for creativity coaches. I would say that it's our biggest priority.

Here are some techniques for routing the night-time demons so that you can get the sleep you need to function happily, productively--and creatively--by day.

  • Calm your body. Deliberately change position slowly as opposed to tossing and turning. Focus on your breathing and, if you wish, inwardly count your out-breaths.
  • Invent a sanctuary for yourself. Envisage yourself surrounded by benign presences comforting you and attending to your every need. Know that you are safe. 
  • Listen to a recording of poetry, meditative music, or a calming, empowering talk.
  • Light a candle, grab your journal, and do a written dialogue with a source of inner wisdom or healing that's meaningful to you. Allow this being to give you love and wise counsel.

It's best not to attempt to engage the demons of the dark with counter-arguments. Even if that weren't futile, it just engages the mind and makes it even more difficult to get back to sleep. Assuming the role of a wise guardian who is taking command of the situation enables us to detach from the stories--none of which are true--and to cease identifying with them.

Maybe the demons of the dark are not our enemies after all, but merely sparring partners to strengthen us so that we can become more effective coaches and happier humans by day.

Now there's an empowering bed-time story.

Sweet dreams.

~ Donaleen Saul is a creativity coach, writer, and editor based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. donaleen@donaleensaul.com

CCA Certification
Courses for 2012

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.

Join Us On May 8th! CCA's "Transformational Tuesday" free tele-call:

Living in the Moment while Working Toward the Future

Join Bev Down, CEO of the Creativity Coaching Association, as she speaks with CCA coach, Miranda Hersey on how to remain present while pursuing your creative dreams.

Miranda shares: Goals are an essential part of turning dreams into reality. In order to avoid the pitfall of "Aim at nothing, and you'll hit it every time," we're advised to get clear on what we want and visualize the ideal outcome. SMART goals (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based) help us develop our passions and accomplish what feels important. But we also know that living in the moment--being present and surrendering to right now--is key to reducing stress and finding peace. Sometimes our plans for reaching our goals seem incompatible with what shows up in the present. How do we navigate this apparent conflict?

~ Miranda Hersey is a writer, editor, certified creativity coach, and host of the blog Studio Mothers. As a business owner and the mother of five, Miranda is passionate about helping others live deeply satisfying, creative lives. She lives in rural Massachusetts, happily overrun with people, books, and animals.

To join us on May 8, 2012 @ 11:00 AM, Eastern Time
Dial-in Number: 1-218-936-4141; Participant Access Code: 8673879#

See you there!

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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the April 2012 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions. 

Note: If you are a life coach, executive coach, literary agent, therapist or any other profession involved with creative people, and you are interested in joining the Creativity Coaching Association, please drop me a note at join@creativitycoachingassociation.com for information.

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