The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the April issue of Creativity Calling!
Spring is finally in the air here in New York! The snow has melted and daffodils soon will be trumpeting to other flowers in my yard to awaken! Emily Bronte said, "...brown hills have melted into spring."
Dramatic seasons are a way of life where I live, arousing within me a deep desire for personal growth and renewal. Each changing season is inspirational--magical--and I love it! I find myself looking at everything with new eyes: new projects, new goals, and new beginnings...
Likewise, this month our CCA coaches' articles give us plenty of inspiration to renew, refresh and reignite our energies. Jocelyn shows us how to use archetypes to move through obstacles and expand our creativity. Leilani encourages us to partner up with our authentic voice to begin our creative journey anew. Get any stuck or stagnant creativity flowing again, as Sandy takes us on a mindful "walkabout". And CCA's newest certified creativity coach, Sunday Larson, eloquently shares how courageously embracing our vulnerabilities empowers all that we do and who we are. Lots of good reading here -- enjoy!
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Using Archetypes to Reignite your Springtime Spirits
By Jocelyn Paige Kelly
Archetypes are the role models of the mind that help us to define our behavior, values and attitudes and how we see others. They come from a myriad of sources, mostly from folk and fairy tales, mythology or religion, but some are modern. Our most well-known archetypes for our modern times are superheroes or the characters from The Wizard of Oz.
Our subconscious mind is always gravitating towards stories that help us grow, nurture our spirits and replenish our creativity. We may not always be conscious of this gravitational pull in our mindset, but it's always there. It's what draws us to read certain similar novels or leans us into one genre more than other. It's also what catches our eye in visual storytelling or moves our feet when we hear our favorite songs.
Identifying with an archetype can be a strong creative instrument to help push through obstacles and give you peace of mind. A fairy godmother can give you self-compassion when you need it, a wolf can help you see the other person's perspective and understanding the role of the dragon might help you to come up with alternate solutions rather than destroying what you've created.
Five ways to use archetypes to improve your life and creativity:
- Use an archetype that bothers you to explore fears and anxiety. Make it fuel your creative work or have it assist you in your daily tasks by allowing you some imaginative play.
- Explore the opposing gender archetype. Pick one that is in opposition with one you identify with most. See if it expands your perspective and leads you to create a new project you may not have explored otherwise.
- Go feral. Discover your inner animal archetype. Are you a lion, tiger or bear? What pulls at you might show you your strengths and weaknesses. It may even help you define a body of new work.
- Go hunting. Caution: be careful with this one. For many research can lead you into a never-ending spiral. In terms of archetypes, keep your eyes open and your ears peeled for ways in which archetypes show themselves in our daily lives.
- Read, watch and learn. Go from the classics to the modern day re-tellings. What can you learn from them? How can they help transform the way you see the world? What can you add?
~ Jocelyn Paige Kelly is a writer, CCA member, creativity coach and certified Story Coach™. For more information, visit www.realizingyourcreativelife.com.
Getting Out of the Way
By Leilani Squire
Does the desire to create keep gnawing in that quiet, private place within you? Do you yearn to begin the poem, the painting, the symphony? Do you yearn to complete the novel, or the series of clay miniatures, star in an independent film but something is stopping you?
Many times that something is you.
So, when you get in your way say, Hey, you, get out of the way. But it may not be that simple because there might be elements stopping you from being creative. These elements might be hidden; deeply embedded in your psyche or heart, like a cruel accusation from someone close to you or someone with authority telling you that you will never manifest your creative dream because well, because you just won't. So you don't even try. Or it might be something you've done, so you say to yourself over and over you can't create, which supports the idea you aren't worthy enough, talented enough, young enough, etc. etc. etc. enough.
Perhaps the real question is, not, whether you are talented enough or good enough but how much do you want to be a creative person? How much do we want to live the creative life?
What does your creative desire look like in the beginning stage? What does it look like in its completed stage? What does it feel like when you are focused and centered, balanced and whole as you manifest your creative desire? Can you name it? Can you see it? Can you embrace it?
Of course you can!
Begin, right now, right here. Take one baby step, trusting that you know what to do. Then take another baby step, then another. As you stretch your creative wings, you will become more confident, braver and happier because you are living your creative potential. When you decide to be the creative person you know you are, you begin the creative journey. You might even surprise yourself!
So the next time you get in your way, say out loud, Hey! I see you. I know who you are. You better get out of the way because I have my creative work to do!
~ Leilani Squire is a certified creativity coach, writer and advocate for U.S. Veterans to tell their stories through prose and poetry. Contact Leilani at email@example.com or visit her website www.leilanisquire.com
By Sandy Nelson
Today I had lunch in in Paris and went to a toy store, and bought myself something fun to play with. When was the last time you purposefully went away? I don't mean the usual ways you do it. I mean making your usual way interesting, romantic, exotic, inviting, eccentric, or just plain fun, because you mean to do it that way?
I'm pressured and have lots of work to accomplish this week. It may seem counter-intuitive to go off to Paris for lunch, but, I practice and teach my clients a technique I call a walkabout. It works like this: You state your work challenge. Then you take it mentally on a purposeful walkabout. You pay close attention to all you experience. I make plenty of notes and sketches and use my phone camera. You let your day filter through your mind with your challenge and gather the thoughts feelings and other experiences you have. Because you do it with purpose, you find wonderful ideas to work with.
Even though I let myself meander over lunch in Paris, which took the usual time, it felt so much more relaxed and meaningful because of the mindful way I chose to do it. You see I went to my favorite French café here in Minneapolis. They bake bread, brew coffee, and serve delightful pastries and wine. Of course they speak French, too. There was even an older couple sitting at a table, in a deep discussion, sipping wine and wearing berets! As I looked at my favorite black and white photos of old Paris that line the walls, I was transported back to my youthful visit there years ago. The smells and sensations--my old friends replenishing my spirit--I once again felt excitement of new creative possibilities.
Play is an anecdote to stress so at the toy store I found a few little toys to occupy and open my soul to wonder for when I get stuck and need to keep my creative flow moving. When was the last time you went to buy yourself a toy...and then played with it?
Getting away on my walkabout gave me the energy and focus I need to get my work done. Try one and see what new experiences you sense. What parts can you take back into your creativity?
~ Sandy Nelson is a certified creativity coach, artist and writer. www.meetyourmuse.com
Congratulations to Sunday Larson, CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
The POWER OF V*
By Sunday Larson
Write, Dance, Sing, Compose, Paint, Sculpt, or Design-on the path from inspiration to manifestation the call of the Muse beckons us to our studio.
Tools of our craft at the ready, we sit, stand, scribble, or pace.
But we don't even start to create.
I believe the reason is that we have unnecessary fear of those people who remain on the sidelines, those with the Tall Sunflower Syndrome.
Imagine the sunflower with the brightest petals, the sauciest attitude, the most daring presence--the mirasol whose stem is taller, her blossom more visible, just asking to get noticed, to get cut down first.
Well, she does get noticed; she is subject to comment and criticism.
We all know them: the people who take delight in slaying the Tall Sunflower, the one they call audacious, the show off, the one that needs to be kept in or put in her place.
They are the people who feed our sense of shame, the deep dark secret that we are not perfect and we will probably never create the perfect book, painting, or house design.
But at the very least we must try, in order to honor the call of our creative will.
Teddy Roosevelt coined the phrase Daring Greatly from his speech entitled:The Man in the Arena. In part he said: It is not the critic who counts; not who points out how the strong man stumbles...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again...and if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
I was reminded of this favorite quote of my father while reading the outstanding book, Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown. In this book Dr. Brown shows how the courage to be vulnerable, to use our sense of shame as a source of power can transform the way we live.
Yes, *V is for vulnerability.
Proudly we should blush, stumble, stutter, make fools of ourselves. Bask in the light of our shame, bolstered by our sense of vulnerability, and don't let our creations fall
victim to those with the Tall Sunflower Syndrome.
~ Sunday Larson makes her home in Sedona, Arizona. In 2011 she founded the Sedona Mentoring Circle, the mission to connect generations of girls and women through mentoring. The 9 Charms Method by Sunday Larson guides women through their "Fabulous Awakening" and "Living in the Full Radiant Expression" of their creativity. www.sedonaSunday.com
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