Welcome to the April issue of Creativity Calling!
I am so happy Spring is here. It feels so good to get outside without wearing heavy winter clothes. Hello sunshine...warm breezes...happy chirping birds! It is a new season and I love it! And so, we dedicate this newsletter issue to cultivating new beginnings and looking at one's creative life with a fresh perspective.
Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth and it is also an ideal time for each of us to press the refresh button and begin anew. And, why not? Sure, there are times when it is important to let things be. But, why not release what doesn't work and try something new? Often the smallest action garners huge results. It's been said that we can trust a Universe that brings us flowers.
Lynn encourages us to try an age-old play activity in a new way---doodling, to free up mind space. Barbara gives us food for thought on why we create what we do in the world of art, and asks us to notice our beginnings. Jana shares thoughts on the ebb and flow of our creative energies, and why she feels it important to keep "showing up" for our creations and creating. Also, I've shared a few favorite inspirational quotes to add to your creative mojo. Enjoy!
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All the very best,
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
Creativity Coaching Association
In this issue:
- A Doodle A Day ~ By Lynn Wyvill
- One Serendipitous Vision ~ By Barbara Millman Cole
- Learning to Let It Lie ~ By Jana Van der Veer
- Inspiring Quotes From Bev Down
- New CCA Creativity Coaching Certification Courses Begin Soon!
- Tap into Our Database of Creativity Coaches
A Doodle A Day
By Lynn Wyvill
When I was a kid, I couldn't sit still. My body craved motion and when I couldn't be on the move, I would fidget. My grandfather bet me a dime I couldn't stand still for ten minutes. His dime was safe by about nine and a half minutes.
Now, it's not my body that craves motion as much as my brain. What I need is to let my brain roam with no particular destination in mind.
Enter doodling. Not stick figures hurriedly scrawled in the margin of a notebook, but a free and easy pencil meander of thick and thin loops, circles, and lines. I never plan a a picture or a design; I just put pencil to paper and see where my hand takes me.
Some days the doodles are all angles and sharp lines, others are soft curves and arcs. Some designs are quite elaborate; others are clean and elementary.
Using pens, pencils and colored pencils, I fill in the outlines with dots, lines, swirls, and blocks of color. I make it up as I go along, using whatever pops into my head.
Sometimes my doodles are black and white, other times muted colors and yet others are bold, hot colors.
Occasionally, I see pictures in these forms, like spotting images in the shape-shifting of clouds. Most times forms are abstract. It doesn't matter. The important thing is the free play where thoughts come and go.
Doodling creates space, where your mind can roam freely with no agenda. You can tune out all the internal and external noise and just focus on where the line wants to go. Doodling is calming, restorative and refreshing.
The beauty of doodling is that it is portable. You can be spontaneous, working on your lap or at a table anywhere. There is no set or clean up and the materials are inexpensive and readily available anywhere.
With doodling, there is no right or wrong, good, better, best. It's whatever flows from your fingers to your pen and pencil to the paper. It's playing for the pure joy of it. Remember getting lost in a coloring book like you did when you were a kid? Yeah, it's like that.
~ Lynn Wyvill is a writer and CCA certified creativity coach who happily doodles almost every day. You can reach her at email@example.com.
One Serendipitous Vision
By Barbara Millman Cole
Vision grows from the serendipitous. A seashell spotted in undulating waves, forcefully pushed then gently rolled by brackish water, leaves fleeting intricate forms in its wake as it traverses through, and in tandem with, unfixed minuscule granules of sand. One act of nature in one moment of time disrupts thousands, rearranging and remodeling contours at your feet. Pay attention to the mystery gifted you, the mystery of a unique confluence of events. This coincidental gathering of elements sparks creative thought deep within your unconscious mind and plants a particle of brilliance, which leads to the potential conveyance of a transient notion to your focused consciousness. Once grasped, manifestation of your perceived vision now has possibility.
The journey of that one shell in those waves may have been the impetus of the Margate Grotto vision. Believed to have been constructed in Prehistoric, Ancient Rome, or 18th century, the mysteries of its origin and reason for being are only surpassed by the mystery of its design. Whether questions of religious meaning or fanciful whim are ever revealed, matters not.
Ornate, tight-patterned shell-adorned walls, winding and flowing effortlessly around turns and corners within this subterranean cavern endure. Barely any virgin surface was left. The entire seventy feet of space, from floor to ceiling, and ceiling itself, were a mosaic with seashells; their natural forms were used to create new, permanent contours. Though the meaning behind the creation is lost, the beauty of its artistry remains.
Personal reasons for why we humans create our artwork vary, but the overall purpose of art is to stimulate senses in others. We pause, we gaze, we wonder. We infer artists' meanings based on our own experiences, conscious or unconscious. Invariably, the art takes on different meanings, which continually evolve through time and are cradled and carried away within each viewer's mind.
Confluences of events, gatherings of elements, and coincidental groupings emerge moment by moment. Notice them. Imagine your own singular meaning of these serendipitous happenstances, and formulate a vision. Your one shell, your one epiphany, your one act may spawn the birth of an enduring marvel.
~ 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. Contributing author of Creativity Coaching Success Stories, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Learning to Let It Lie
By Jana Van der Veer
In the northeast, where I live, spring has just begun. I finally feel my creative juices flowing again, like sap that brings new life to the branches of the trees in my yard.
This winter coincided with a particularly fallow period for me, when one major project had ended and I found it difficult to muster enthusiasm for another. In creative life, as in all life, there are times when it seems like a dead wilderness. Nothing grows, nothing takes shape. But beneath the frozen ground, seeds are quietly preparing themselves for the spring.
In the unconscious, too, seeds are germinating, ready to spring forth when they are ready. I find that one of the hardest lessons, that we have to learn over and over again, is to let the ground lie fallow. Let the sun and the rain do their work, transforming the seeds into tiny shoots that emerge when the time is right. It's easy to get impatient, or to fear that we are creatively "dead" inside, done, with no more left in us. It's not true. But until we feel that stirring, we doubt.
This is why I believe it is important to keep showing up, even when nothing comes. What do I mean by showing up? I mean making creative time sacred time, and honoring the commitment by being present to whatever happens. Giving yourself time for exploration, for play.
Sometimes it involves going for a walk, or traveling to a new place. It might mean trying a new creative endeavor: dancing instead of painting, taking photographs instead of writing. It's a truism that "what we resist, persists," and if we don't accept fallow periods as necessary times of rest and renewal, they can harden into a block that takes much longer to resolve. By treating ourselves and the work gently and with respect, we allow ourselves to prepare the ground for the next creation.
~ Jana Van der Veer is a CCA certified creativity coach, with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She specializes in helping writers build habits to increase productivity and burst through blocks at www.janavanderveer.com.
From Bev Down
" Make yourself happy, and the world will follow suit."
~ Beverly R. Down
"Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving towards something."
~ Ralph Marston
"The purpose of life is to give you a chance to be the grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are."
~ Neale Donald Walsch
"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny."
~ Mohandas Gandhi
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
~ Oprah Winfrey
" You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
~ Gautama Buddha
"Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place is where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful. What you will discover will be yourself.
~ Alan Alda
"When love sits on the throne, all other faculties bow down in acquiescence."
~Beverly R. Down
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