The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the February issue of Creativity Calling!
Love - Love - Love! I once heard a revered speaker say that the 'energy of love' is so powerful that by just saying the word love, one can lift the vibration in a room. Do you believe that?
The late John Lennon said, "All we need is love". I suspect that the folks who sneer at this thought are also the same people who whisper, "yeah, yeah, yeah" under their breath when the subject of 'the power of living in the present moment' is discussed.
Well, I for one believe that love IS that important! I believe our highest purpose in life is learning to purely give and receive love, and to "be" love. Skeptics might call me a Pollyanna or say I have flowers in my head. That's all right with me - it beats having a mind full of stinkweeds!
Do you believe that what you experience in life is due to your perspective? Truly, the power to create your dreams is within you. It's an inside job! You do not have to go it alone though, as there is support all around you.
This month our creativity coaches offer transforming tips for creating the attitude and environment conducive to creative growth. Kris provides a practical formula for dealing with the challenges life presents. Nellie shares her story and philosophy about using adversity to strengthen one's creative work. And you'll find some more of my favorite quotes too!
Consider joining us for the next live "Transformational Tuesday" call, March 13 at 11:00 AM (EST). You really don't want to miss hearing creativity coach Steve Harper share powerful collaboration techniques for working with creative people. Transformational Tuesday calls are free to you, our readers. Get all the details within this newsletter.
CCA creativity coaches are devoted to helping people manifest their creative dreams. If it's been a while since you've looked at our roster of coaches, I suggest that you take a peek at the website now, www.creativitycoachingassociation.com, seeing firsthand who is available to assist and celebrate you!
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With Love and Creativity!
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Expect the Unexpected!
By Kris Reichart-Anderson
Late February, early March can be a dreary time of the year for many of us. Sometimes, it seems as if winter will never end. We've given up on the New Year's resolutions we made so hopefully last month. We are confronted daily with information about a poor global economy, stories of governments in crisis and natural disasters worldwide. And, of course, we all know that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in December. How do we deal with all this discouraging news and stay creative?
We act. We recognize that some tension in our lives is a good thing. It forces us to grow, achieve more and appreciate what we have. Too much doom and gloom drains us of energy and is an enemy to our creative flow. It dampens our enthusiasm for our creative ventures. Do we accept the idea that all the pessimism is unavoidable and, after all, maybe we aren't that creative anyhow? No.
We act. We become aware of what kinds of negative concepts affect us and we take control. More snow in the forecast? We buy flowers. Another newscast showing the decline of civilization? We change the channel. Another economic downturn? We donate to a food bank.
We act. We recognize that we do not create in a vacuum. We create in a world with warts, weirdos, wackos and wonderful potential. We volunteer. We teach children. We serve on committees. We write letters. We mentor. We share our knowledge and gifts. We understand that our opportunities to create in whatever field exist because of all those that came before us. We acknowledge that if future generations are to enjoy the arts and sciences and the benefits from them, it is because of how we act today.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Do we creep softly, hoping all the stuff and nonsense of our modern world will go away? No. We act. We use today's events, both good and bad as inspiration for tomorrow's creative compositions and innovations. We grasp the idea that there are problems in our world yet we expect the unexpected. In turn, we find joy, bliss in our ability to create in the midst of chaos.
~ Kris Reichart-Anderson is a Certified Creativity Coach living in West Texas. Visit Kris at her blog, http://leapingnet.blogspot.com/ or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Creativity Feeds My Soul and Sanity
By Nellie Jacobs
We all come across adversity of one kind or another at various periods of our lives. How we deal with it and the tools we use to cope can mean the difference between caving in, giving up, or thriving. Time after time, my passion for creativity and the creative process has proven to be my life-saver.
As have many of you, I've experienced my share of trials and tribulations. Yes, the continuing demonstration of loving kindness and enormous support of dear friends and relatives goes a long way towards helping me cope. And the delicious conversations and antics of my grandchildren are wonderfully distracting.
However, it's the creative process that truly nurtures my soul, reinforces my individuality, and gives me real strength to continue. On November 25, 2010, I underwent surgery to donate a kidney. Facing stressful months of tests leading up to the operation and an extended period of isolation afterwards, I chose to create a positive opportunity. I resolved to use any spare moments during that year to complete two books already in development, and I did.
Transforming troublesome experiences into creative projects can lead to incredible and unexpected results. Years ago, my teenage kids were mightily embarrassed while I danced in the aisle at a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young concert. They kept begging me to sit down. Upset and stewing for days afterward, I finally did sit-to write a highly emotional poem called, "Just Let me F***n Dance!" That poem has since been the source of amazing, forthright discussions with countless individuals and groups.
Art, music, dance, film, and books ...the best creative works come out of raw emotions. Country songs are written about loves lost. Plays develop around the theme of lovers crossed. It's all about surrendering to the creative process, and allowing it to take its course ...
~ Nellie Jacobs is a CCA member, an award-winning artist and best-selling author. Visit her website at http://www.ignitingimagination.com
Join Us On March 13th!
CCA's "Transformational Tuesday" free tele-call:
Collaboration Essentials for Creative People
Join Bev Down, CEO of the Creativity Coaching Association, as she speaks with CCA coach, Steve Harper, on how he uses collaboration as a business strategy to optimize his creative endeavors.
Steve shares, "In our highly competitive world, it's no mystery that artists in collaborative situations are often at a loss. There are many examples of brilliant people who are lacerating, dominating and impatient. After years of working on projects with other people, I've developed ways to stay playful, positive and supportive and I'm using what I've learned in my current job as a TV writer. What are the tools that lend themselves to harmonious interaction when working on a creative team? How can you show up in a spirit of generosity and openness and develop fresh and dynamic material?"
Join us for this fascinating conversation about thriving while working with other artists!
Steve Harper is a creativity coach, a member of the CCA and a graduate of Yale, The A.R.T. Institute at Harvard and The Juilliard playwriting program. He is a writer on the TV show Covert Affairs. Learn more about Steve at www.yourcreativelife.com
To join us on March 13, 2012 @ 11:00 AM, Eastern Time
Dial-in Number: 1-218-936-4141; Participant Access Code: 8673879#
See you there!
New 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
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5 Inspiring Quotes
From Bev Down
"Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life."
~ Marianne Williamson
"When love sits on the throne, all other faculties bow down in acquiescence."
~ Beverly Down
"It takes courage to grow up to be who you really are."
~ E. E. Cummings
"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love...time is eternity."
~ Henry Van Dyke
Never spend time with people who don't respect you."
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This is the end of the February 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information.