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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the March issue of Creativity Calling!

Spring reminds me of the creative genius that's living in wait within each of us, ready to burst forth in all its glory. Overflowing abundance is everywhere. But on a personal, creative level, are we declaring ourselves worthy and open to receiving that prosperous life that truly is ours for the taking?   

This month our CCA coaches challenge us to claim the beautiful, joyful life we deserve. Jocelyn shares tips for tapping into the spontaneity of springtime and carrying it with us year round. Barbara gives us a unique perspective on the "spring cleaning" of our creative workspaces. And David, CCA's newest certified coach, hones in on clarifying and renewing our creative impetus through his "Creato-missions" process. Great stuff! Also look for a few more of my favorite thought-provoking quotes, prodding each of us to expand our vision of what we can be, do and have.   

If you missed my live "Transformation Tuesday" interview with Steve Harper this month, you can still hear this inspiring 60-minute call ("Essentials of Collaboration") through April 12. Steve shares valuable information on working effectively with other creatives. (note: there is a short delay before the recording starts because it's a live call) At no cost to you, access the call: 

Playback Dial-in Number: 1-218-936-4143
Playback Access Code: 233472

We encourage you to forward this newsletter to friends, family and colleagues.  

And we covet your feedback, 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 toolsSpringtime Spontaneity

 By Jocelyn Paige Kelly

When Spring comes around, there's always a sudden urge to celebrate the renewal of nature and of our spirit. Spring is the time we take action and move forward. We spring clean, we plant gardens, we start new projects.

That's why Spring is a natural time to be spontaneous. Spontaneity is an important ingredient in any creative practice. It's what makes a painting or a book come alive. It's the lifeblood behind inspiration and the fluctuating rhythm of a bird's song that awakens us to the pulse of our own creativity.

So, how do we get in touch with this spontaneity? We cultivate it during Springtime, and carry it along with us throughout the seasons.
  • Listen deeply to the world around you. Keep a close ear for sounds natural to this time of year as well as sounds that are unusual. Ask yourself: What do you notice? What have you missed? How does this inspire you?

  • Take deep breaths. First, to calm and center. Mindfulness is another key ingredient to developing spontaneity for it opens your mind and expands your awareness. After centering, breathe deeply and notice the scents that surround you. How are they different from other times of the year? What surprises you

  • Walk with the intention of paying attention and allowing your mind to flow with the surroundings. A place in nature is the perfect setting. Notice how the ground feels underneath you as you walk. Do you find yourself feeling renewed after and did any new ideas come to you?

  • Look deeply and imagine with your heart, and not just your eyes. Take photographs with your memory. This will serve you well during the other three seasons of the year when spontaneity may be harder to observe.

  • Start a spontaneity journal and take notes of experiences that capture this feeling for you. Keep it with you wherever you go and beside you when you're actively creating. One day, when you feel a bit low on inspiration and spontaneity, you'll be grateful you did.

~ Jocelyn Paige Kelly is a writer, CCA member, creativity coach and certified Story Coach™. She can be reached at jocelyn@realizingyourcreativelife.com.

Organize Your Creative Spaces

By Barbara Millman Cole 

Sorting through my office, piled high with papers, journals, brushes, and gobs of mementoes, I come across three pages I wrote long ago. When I read them aloud, I hear the raw material for a powerful story full of meaning and beauty. I remember putting them away, unsure what to do with them at the time. This written piece would have remained a 'lost boy' had I not chosen to organize my creative spaces.

Out of sight, out of mind is a real problem for creative people. Free-floating unsupervised materials fill our creative spaces, creating unrecognizable mass and masking individual gems. We hoard our ideas on the off chance we may need them. It is part of our creative process. Photographs, sketches, designs are thrown into bottom drawers, filed, and forgotten. Ideas, random thoughts, musings come to us in our busy day, zinging in and out of our consciousness, and wind up flung into the far corners of our brains, to be retrieved at a more convenient time. Epiphanies, moral imperatives, intuitive thoughts are carefully packed into the heart's hinterland until we find the right moment to absorb their meaning. Saved mementoes are useless, unless retrieved.

Creative gems can only be transformed into crowning achievements if we sort through the accumulation. How often have we heard of an author re-discovering a novel written decades before, only to revise the writing until it rings true? A dancer returns to a stage long unvisited, remembers a bit of choreography created in a moment of playfulness with a fellow dancer, and builds an entire repertoire around this memory. A sculptor retrieves a block of red marble put aside with the intention of one day finding its purpose. Delicate, fine, and pure, light shines upon the stone igniting a vision of beauty. Inner revelation guides the sculptor's hands to create a masterpiece.
By cleaning our creative spaces, we rediscover myriad tidbits, brilliant snippets, and unedited thought streams that clutter creative channels. Untangling these indiscernible threads allows us to commence our creative process.

Organize your creative spaces. Find your 'lost boys' and give them homes.

~ Barbara Millman Cole is an award winning writer of Short Literary Fiction, editor, and 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 bmillmancole@sbcglobal.net. ©2012 All rights reserved. 

Congratulations to David Eyman, CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!

Creative Mission Statements (Creato-missions)

By David Eyman 

Mission statements. They're designed to clarify meaning and purpose, yet they don't work for everyone, especially those who are driven by creativity.

For creative "feelers," a notion can be more effective than a statement. The words of a mission don't hold the power that the feeling holds.

A young musician had come to me for guidance. I asked her what drove her, what brought tears to her eyes.

"Kids at the hospital," she said. "I just wanted to see them sing, and be happy."
That was the notion. Two sessions later, she was fired up about helping those children live happy lives, through music.

Every time she says it, the words are a little different, but the effect is the same: a confident smile, twinkle in her eye. That's her dream, glowing in an aura, as the non-verbal parts of her brain are involved, like a kinesthetic relationship to the notion of a "creato-mission."

For me, it's a thread woven throughout my creativity coaching plan. I discovered it through coach training with the CCA.

When I scrawled my dreams, my plans, on a giant paper taped to the wall, I saw it, winding through my plan. That thread is my "creato-mission." I don't have to recite a credo over and over. I feel it.

Through my experience, and reinforced through my work with creative clients such as the young musician, I have tapped into my ability to help creative individuals find their creative impetus to make their own mark on the world.

I'm out to change the world, to help right-brainers feel needed in the left-brain world of business. And to show the left-brained work world the value of creative people, and accept them with open arms.

Here are a few ideas to help you get in touch with your creato-mission:

  1. It's not the words, it's the notion. Try not to get bogged down working to make words match your feelings.
  2. Pin-em-up! Big colorful life plans speak to us on more levels than words! Add pictures, talk bubbles, or anything that helps you see where you're headed, and how you'll get there. Look for the "thread" that ties your plans together. That's the mission.
  3. Talk about your plans often! The more we talk about what we're up to, the more in touch we are with our creato-mission.

My wish for you is that you find your own special way to better the world!

~ David Eyman is a CCA certified coach for highly creative people, and creative consultant for industry. For more information, visit www.eymancreative.com

CCA Certification Courses ~ Updates 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.

5 Inspiring Quotes From Bev Down

"The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time.You only have to know what you want, then forget it and go about your business. Suddenly the idea will come through. It was there all the time."
~ Henry Ford

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
~ Oprah Winfrey

"I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird...suddenly I realized that anyone weird wasn't weird at all and that it was the people saying they were weird that were weird."
~ Paul McCartney

"You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint the paradise...then in you go!"
~ Nikos Kazantzakis

"Love yourself and the world will follow suit!"
~ Beverly Down

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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the March 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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