Welcome to the March issue of Creativity Calling!
Spring fills me with the exhilaration of being surrounded by new growth...and also, countless ideas! With change in the air, this truly is an excellent time to look at our lives with a steady gaze to decide what inner dreams and projects we want to give birth to.
Self awareness is such a glorious gift. This month the CCA Creativity Coaches have written articles centered on empowering ourselves by tapping into our inner vision. Denise speaks of growing trust in our creative instincts that leads to increased authenticity. Nanette takes us on a journey and provides tools to keep us sensitive to our creative flow. Priya shares her path in becoming a creativity coach and how her beliefs about creativity shifted along the way. We extend a big "Congratulations!" to Priyadarshini S.M. (Priya) for being the first CCA Certified Creativity Coach in India!
The Creativity Coaching Extravaganza, hosted by Eric Maisel, is this weekend, March 27-29, at the Rowe Center in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. http://rowecenter.org/events.php?event=348. If you are available, please come and join us!
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Beverly Down , President & CEO,
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Trusting The Creative Instinct
By Denise A. Agnew
Creative individuals are often riddled with self-doubt when they start on a new venture. Whether painting, drawing, sculpting, acting or writing a novel, you're taking a leap of faith in yourself. Trusting that you can reach the stars and accomplish your desires can be a daunting task. Too many ifs, ands, and buts can derail your enthusiasm before you even start. You may begin to worry and eventually jettison creative ideas based on unfounded fears. How to books and videos may fill your shelves until you will forget who you are as a creator. Years of following a crowd can make you forget why you started the creative journey.
Many people believe in order to thrive in an artistic setting they need to compromise their own instincts in favor of trends. How do you decide if your creative idea is coming from within or from a false sense of what you should do? How do you know if it's your instinct operating or if you're allowing outside influences to direct you?
What if you gave yourself permission to trust your creative instinct? What if you said to yourself that whatever you want to create and however you want to create it is perfectly fine?
It's time to rely more on your feelings. Here's some quick tips.
Does the overall idea of writing this novel, acting in this play, et cetera feel exciting? Do you feel energetic when involved in the project? Can you get lost in the planning, the ideas, the preparation before the project starts?
Every creative project has its bumps. Even if you're stoked about a project you can wake up in the morning and not feel motivated. Remember that this is normal and if you're operating on a true inner sense of what you desire, these down days will appear less and less.
Enjoy the empowerment you'll experience when you realize your creative instinct serves you when motivated from within.
~ Denise A. Agnew
is the author of over 60 novels. Denise is also a CCA Certified Creativity Coach, paranormal investigator, and Reiki Master. Visit Denise's websites at www.creativepencoaching.com
Living in Balance: Reclaiming Your Center
By Nanette Saylor
As the brisk and bitter winds of winter subside in much of the world, I am grateful to give attention to the renewal we know as "Spring". I'm reminded that each day I have an opportunity for renewal and rebirth. I declare this in an affirmation: Today I Begin Anew.
And as I reflect on the cycles of life, I'm keenly aware of my physical self. My sense of balance and centeredness comes to me when I feel most connected to the energy I know as source.
Without question, I know source energy as creative flow. I live in balance when I create freely without resistance or judgment.
As I write, I'm also keenly aware that I didn't always know balance and centeredness. Looking back, I see how impossible it was to "claim my creative center" when I had no sense of what balance felt like in my physical being. I've learned that to consistently live in balance I must consistently practice scanning my physical self for clues, becoming familiar with both the feelings of centeredness and those of imbalance.
To come back to center--back to alignment--requires the practice of mindfulness. I've learned to be mindful of whether my thoughts and actions are moving toward balance or away from it when I create. I can feel the reaction in my physical body. Scanning, I check in with myself periodically--Is my breathing relaxed or shallow and short? Do my eyes hurt? Is my gaze strained? Are my arms and legs wrapped tightly or loose and relaxed? Can I feel energy pulsing through me with each breath or am I blocking that flow?
When my body scans tell me that I am out of balance, I deliberately shift in my seat to a position of centeredness. Relaxed, with my feet squarely on the floor, my hands resting at my side, my eyes shut comfortably, I breathe in and out three times, following my breath, giving attention to the release of any tension. I imagine source energy--my creative energy--flowing from the earth through my feet and up through my body, connecting me to all that is--giving me life. Like a spring flower. Renewing and refreshing.
My intellectual mind tries to complicate things, but I know that living in balance truly is this simple. Mindful of creative flow, I choose to be grounded and centered. Welcome Spring!
~ Nanette Saylor, CCA Certified Creativity Coach, Creativity Champion, Possibility Partner and Founder of Wise Well Women, Inc. She inspires everyone to courageously explore all life's possibilities. www.wisewellwomen.com
To Be Creative Is To Be!
By Priyadarshini S.M.
Everybody has a story to tell and mine is told best with words. It all began when I discovered the joy of reading books and writing. While reading took me to worlds both imaginable and unimaginable, writing made me contemplate a lot, question everything and gave mind altering revelations. Most importantly, writing helped me talk with the elusive voice inside me and understand the worlds both inside and outside of me. My love for writing led me to complete my bachelors in Journalism. My passion for psychology and sociology saw me completing my Masters in Social Work and HR.
Eventually, marriage and a multitude of other things reduced my tryst with writing. And then, the only other thing that was as cathartic and fulfilling as writing happened. Motherhood! My child's carefree curiosity, astounding observations and pristine thoughts made me miss the old rebellious me. I truly understood what Osho meant when he said, "It is the child's experience that haunts intelligent people their whole life. They want it again--the same innocence, the same wonder, the same beauty." In my effort to not disturb my child's natural state of being, I read a lot on creativity to consciously support my child. It was then that I discovered creativity coaching. As a young writer, I yearned for support and company that understood what I went through. I found a panacea in creativity coaching and the thought of doing this for the rest of my life made me smile.
Under the banner "Unbox Hub", I started my journey into nurturing creativity. Two years of discovering myself through creativity coaching and coaching clients, I can strongly say that creativity is not a part but a huge part of who I am. I started understanding creativity through meditation and teachings of Osho, Bertrand Russell who appealed to the agnostic in me, Julia Cameron and many such inspiring thinkers. The realization that creativity is not an activity but an attitude unboxed a whole new world. Creativity meant to love, care and shun indifference. Slowly, life stopped happening to me and began responding to me. Imagine a world whose occupants have all found their voices, doing what they love and celebrating life. I want to help make that happen, one person at a time.
is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach who loves working with writers, parents with creative interests and people who choose to journey towards self-discovery and celebrating life. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Visit www.unboxhub.com
Special CCA Events for
2015--Save These Dates!
To celebrate the Creativity Coaching Association's first decade of service to Creativity Coaching and to Creativity For All, we have several events scheduled and more being planned!
* In March...
"Creativity Coaching Extravaganza"
This live event (March 27-29, 2015) is being held at the Rowe Center in MA and is hosted by Dr. Eric Maisel, a prominent creativity coaching pioneer and author of many popular books on the subject of creativity and for artists.
Eric writes: "If you are a creativity coach, this is the place to meet your peers, make new friends, and learn the ins and outs of the profession of creativity coaching. If you're a therapist or life coach, this is place to learn about creativity coaching. And if you're an artist-writer, painter, actor, musician, etc.-this is the place to learn some super important principles about how to create deeply and regularly and how to maintain a creative life. Come on over!
Beverly Down, President of the Creativity Coaching Association, will also be there to chat about the association and answer questions. We'll have a lovely Friday get-together with hors d'oeuvres by the fire in the comfy lodge, dinner in the lodge's charming dining room, and a first gathering that Friday evening. Then a weekend of fun and information!"
Mark your calendars: http://rowecenter.org/events.php?event=348
* In May...
"Catch The Creativity Wave"
A one day CCA live tele-seminar on Friday, May 8, 2015 devoted to the creative gifts, talents and genius that lie within and belong to us all. Hosted by Beverly Down, CCA President, this special day will be spent with a bounty of our top CCA Creativity Coach Professionals who will inspire and motivate you in creating your best work in the year to come... and beyond. Save this date--more details will follow soon.
* In the Fall of 2015...
CCA Creativity Coaching Conference & Celebration
Join us as we celebrate the first decade plus of the Creativity Coaching Association!
This will be the third live International gathering for the CCA. Plans are underway, and stay tuned for details as they are confirmed!
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