The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the June issue of Creativity Calling!
Are you enjoying the month of June? My husband, Rick, and I just returned from a wonderful week in Cape Cod, where we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. Plenty of fun: lots of R&R, island hopping on warm, sunny days and a memorable drive down to Provincetown. It feels good to be out and about after a long winter, doesn't it? The return of the color green lifts my energy level!
We have several articles this month that speak to this topic--how our energy and vibration impacts not only our own state of mind and choices, but also that of the world about us.
n Barbara's article, we're encouraged to seek resonance with our creative projects before we begin creating so that an optimum positive outcome is felt every step of the way. David shares a unique perspective in how to shift from an every day mind state to a quiet mind to find the inspiration to create. Kris asks us to take a responsible look at the environmental impact our creative lives are producing in the world today. And, the CCA's newest certified coach, Susan Miller, explains how right-brained business planning has played a significant role in the focus and building of her creativity coaching practice. Lots of inspiration and great ideas!
I'd also like to invite you to join me and creativity coach, Leilani Squire, for a Transformational Tuesday live tele-call on July 16, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT).
Leilani lives in Hollywood, California and we'll have a lively discussion on, "Living Your Dream in Hollywood or Where YOU Are!" Transformational Tuesday calls are free to you, our readers. Find all the details within this newsletter.
We're so grateful for your readership and feedback. As always, feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends, family and colleagues. Enjoy!
Enjoy your self!
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
Create Resonance Before You Create Art
By Barbara Millman Cole
As we start new creative projects, we have the chance to stretch our creative selves, in multiple directions and on multiple levels--if we begin by seeking the resonance in our relationship with our art. What is the purpose of art if not to resonate, with audiences, but more importantly with artists? Resonance is the state or quality of being resonant, to resound or echo--what we send forth, rebounds.
If we approach our creative work with the goal of discovering and achieving resonance, our work will be altered by the simple act of consciously seeking this balance. Defined more fully, this resonance is the drawing together of our mind, body, and spirit as one to interact with what we create as we create. When all are brought into synchronicity, our art is more powerfully realized.
Resonation is the conscious melding of endurance, thought, and passion, ingredients necessary in the creation of memorable art. Mixed, these elements interact and react in constructive, creative, and complementary ways, giving us the opportunity to work at our highest level and relate anew with our own unique creativity. An ebb and flow occurs between artist and medium, from which our art achieves meaning. We send this meaning out to our audiences, who then connect, or resonate, with our message, and resound in response.
Each new beginning presents an opportunity for us to first seek resonance with our work. With this quest, a heightened awareness occurs within us and our striving is transformed into a focused, positive act. We reach for more than an end creative product. We find ourselves reaching for a meaningful relationship with our art. The result is a work that sings, pulses, and vibrates--embodying the resonance we sought from the start.
~Barbara Millman Cole is an award winning author of Short Literary Fiction, content editor, and creativity coach, who helps writers delve deep to discover their true meaning. Understand why you create so you know what to create. Contributing author of CCA's Creativity Coaching Success Stories and author of the forthcoming book, The Painted Woman and Other Short Stories, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find Barbara online at http://www.meetup.com/The-Writers-Place/. ©2013 All rights reserved.
Golfing for the Arts
By David Smith
The next time you're not in the mood to create, go watch the Golf Channel instead.
I'm kidding... but only a little. Golf is a different kind of sport. In most sports, the players charge into the arena, the action comes whizzing at them (opponents, pucks, balls), and they react, react, react until the game is over. In golf, nothing happens... nothing at all ever happens... (yawn)... until the golfer swings. But the swing is a complex motion that can easily go astray. So, how should a golfer begin?
Good golfers know how to find the calm center within themselves, so that they can make their best swing. We creatives can learn a lot from golfers because, like them, our art won't happen until we begin it. Our canvas, blank page, lump of clay will sit unchanged until we do something. Like athletes, the stuff of life whizzes at us all day long and we react, react, react. So, how do we calm down to play the quiet sport of art?
Golfers use a ritual. They perform the same idiosyncratic motions before every shot. If they're interrupted by something like a sudden noise, they go back to the start of their ritual and do all those idiosyncratic motions again. Why? Because their ritual is a trusted way to bring their minds and muscles to the point at which their best can swing begin. We creatives might do well to find our own ritual to shift from our everyday mind to the quiet mind from which we create.
Your ritual should be a simple action that you can perform almost mechanically no matter what your mood. Your ritual should be reliable--something that releases you to create every time you do it. You'll find it through experience and experiment; let your inner sense teach you what works best for you. And your ritual must be authentic--idiosyncratic--all yours--almost secret--almost holy.
My own ritual is simple; I play a special piece of music and miraculously I feel something release inside. Eric Maisel teaches a breathing technique. Some light a candle to summon the muse. Some brew tea. A fiber artist I work with sits quietly and handles her fabrics until the path to inspiration opens.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has an effective ritual, however simple. Tell me about your experience at email@example.com and I'll share with Bev Down for a future CCA newsletter
OK, that's enough T.V. Get back to work.
~ David Smith, M.Ed. coaches writers, artists and other creatives through Creativity Smith, his on-line coaching practice. He is a published and award-wining playwright and has also written for children's television.
Look Both Ways
By Kris Reichart-Anderson
Do you use cobalt arsenate to make a violet paint? Or maybe you've inhaled mercury fumes recently while developing your photographs. How's that lead-based make-up working out for your acting troupe? Castrated any boy sopranos lately? Still tickling the ivories?
I pray that some of you don't understand all of these examples. The truth is that although we make art to give beauty and meaning to our lives, in the past it was often at the cost of our lives and sanity and our world. Things are different now. Producers of our supplies test products for safety. Even our toddlers' chalks and crayons have Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) available on-line. But we cannot give the all the responsibility to the companies we frequent.
Call it "going green." Call it environmental awareness. Call it just plain old common sense. Look at your art, how you do it, where you do it, where you perform it, how you sell it. Are you acting in an environmentally responsible manner? Have you ever even considered that you should? What changes can you make? Change the lighting in your studio? Recycle paper and plastic? Is there a way to reduce packaging of your work when you ship it? Is there a letter that you need to write to a manufacturer or an elected official?
Do some research. Read some articles. Learn what's out there. For whatever form of art you create, there is someone looking at its impact on our world. If there isn't yet, then perhaps you are the one to begin. Recognize that we no longer have to pollute and poison to create beauty and meaning in our world. We can create beauty and meaning and leave not just an artistic legacy but also a better, safer world where our children can safely create.
~ Kris Reichart-Anderson is a certified creativity coach living in Del Rio, Texas. She teaches creativity classes at the Firehouse, http://www.delrioarts.com/ Check out her blog at http://leapingnet.blogspot.com/ Contact Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Susan Miller, CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
Creative Business Planning
by Susan Miller, PhD, LPCS
Following your passion and building a creative business is something that takes courage, positive energy and right brain business planning. It means embracing the joys, living out the excitement and following the ideas that you desire to see move into fruition. As a creative entrepreneur, I enjoy mapping out the path for my business as it changes over time.
As a seasoned psychotherapist, an artist and creativity coach, I value the connection between emotional healing and creative pursuit. I desired to learn more about creativity by seeking certification as a creativity coach with the Creativity Coaching Association. I sensed "a change a-coming" with this decision, which pivoted me into helping individuals find and follow their creative path in life and business. Creativity and business/life visioning has become a focus in my coaching and counseling business.
I learned that approaching a business plan was not just a paper and pen sort of thing that follows sequential steps. I always felt weird that I did not have a formal plan. Business planning for me was a more fluid, intuitive process. It would just sort of happen. I would start from the big vision, then work backwards. Having creative ways to do business visioning helps me to funnel into action planning.
One intuitive way I learn more about my business is vision boarding. Recently I did several vision boards about my coaching and creativity workshops business. I picked three favorite colors, painted three big sheets of paper, decorating them by collaging images, words and phrases from magazines, focusing on three areas: my business vision and values, my perfect customers, and my products and services. This amazing experience led me toward creating a brand, a website, and several products/services that I wanted to "get out there."
If you are more right brained, try this fun intuitive process of visioning your creative business. By exploring your creative business ideas, you can stay focused on your big dreams, tell that inner critic to take a hike, embrace what may seem to be impossible and follow those strong inklings in your heart. Vision boards can develop positive movement in creative entrepreneurship and help you open up to a "change that is a-coming!"
~ Susan Miller is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, Life and Entrepreneur Coach, Licensed Right Brain Business Plan® Facilitator with Lighted Path™ Coaching and Creativity Workshops.
Join Us On July 16th!
CCA's "Transformational Tuesday"
Living Your Dream in Hollywood or Where YOU Are!
Join Bev Down, CEO of the Creativity Coaching Association, as she speaks with CCA coach,
Leilani Squire, on what she has witnessed and learned as an artist living in Hollywood,CA--an area known for it's creative richness and aspiring artists seeking to fulfill their creative dreams in a big way.
Leilani shares, "Hollywood is often called Tinseltown because it is the glitter and glamour that catches our eye and seems important. But I have another way of looking at Hollywood. When you look beyond the Porsches, mansions and seemingly flawless beauty and wealth of the Stars, something more incredible and meaningful emerges. It is the dream that so many of us hold close to our hearts..."
Join us for this fascinating conversation about what it takes to manifest your dreams!
Leilani Squire is a CCA 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
To join us on July 16, 2013 @ 12:00 PM, Eastern Time
Dial-in Number: 1-218-936-4141; Participant Access Code: 8673879#
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