Cycle of Creativity

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Do you ever notice that creativity has a cycle…like in nature? Sometimes it is within moments, or days. Sometimes it is much longer. The gentle nurturing of the creative self means taking a look at this cycle of creativity. And taking time and energy needed to nurture the cycle.

This cycle starts for me as a wonderful new idea, goes into a million directions, gets put out into the world in some form. Then, the idea is released, or let go moves into a meditative time to nurture and incubate….to return once again to the start of the cycle.

The cycle of creativity looks like this to me when compared to the natural cycles of the earth:

Seed (idea)
Growth (building and creating on that idea)
Blossom (the idea takes a form)
Decline (the idea is completed in a form, and sent out)
Death (the idea is gone, separated from the creator)
Incubation (a new idea is preparing to arise)

Observing the creative cycle in my own work has given me some valuable insights.

Much of my creating is inspired by nature. Nature brings me peace, and healing. It is important for me to share this joy with others through a variety of means. Sometimes I write, sometimes I draw or paint, dance, sing, create melodies or act out the drama. I enjoy reflecting on the cycles of the universe and our earth through my work.

What type of “creating” fits into this cycle for you?

After I observe the creative cycle in my own life, I begin to notice the cycles within the cycles. Here is what I mean:

Seed/Growth/Blossom/Death:

To me, whether the work is seen by another in the beginning stages of the cycle of creativity does not really matter. It is in working within the cycle itself that is important.

So, I find that I cycle around by getting the “seed” idea, growing the seed idea, getting the seed idea to blossom…then, many times the idea declines and death appears before I actually share my creative work with anyone else.

That is alright. They process of the creative cycle is endless… round like a seed full of life.

Growth/Blossom/Incubating:

I can get lost in the re-creating of the beauty I see and experience in nature.

One of the consequences of creating is getting lost in an idea and not knowing when to stop. Have you ever had that happen? You are creating and creating and it is just not quite the way you want it? Then, cycle goes round and round and you have to jump off and just call it DONE! This creating is usually full of energy and inspiration. It can also be overwhelming…but is always exhilarating!

I can internally analyze my creative ideas and they can become overwhelming. At these times, I feel that my creative ideas are “incubating”. Running around, piling up, too many…too much! I need to take time to acknowledge them. Put them in a safe place to bring out later, when the time may be just right…the ground more fertile.

Decline/Death:

Occasionally, creating feels wonderful at the start, but it sometimes brings change or disruption which can be difficult and a bit scary.

Emotions and past events are revealed when we create. Whether it is the “nasty” voice inside your head, real words that were spoken to you that were difficult to hear, or you tap into a subconscious thought which may or may not be articulated any other way but through creating.

This can cause us to shut down…a form of declining, or death. It can also bring in wonderful ideas for creating that lead to finished work. The fulfillment of getting the creation outside of ourselves leaves a new space to be filled. Death of an idea that is now ready to be shared with the world. We can move on to a new creative endeavor….using the dried and dusty remains to create anew.

There are many ways the creative cycle plays out. I have given a few examples based on my observations. I wonder what you think. How do you keep your creative cycle flowing and spiraling?

Doing One Simple Thing Each Day

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Take the time each day to do something that you enjoy.  One simple thing that truly brings you joy.  You deserve it, you matter!

I hear you say, “I am just too busy!  How can I possibly add one more thing to my schedule?  Really!  Who does she think she is talking to?  She must not have kids…she must not work…”

I know the drill.  I hear you, and I have said all of these things before (and still do, sometimes!)  But there are some things to remember….

Remember that you are important.  Remember that you set your schedule.  Remember that you need to re-connect with the earth beneath your feet.  Remember to breathe.

You can create a daily routine that brings joy into each new day.  This will support you in bringing one simple thing each day into your daily routine. Here are the three steps to do just that:

1.  Noticing:

Take 5 minutes each day just to notice.  Stop what you are doing.  Set your timer.  What do you hear?  What do you see?  What do you smell?  What do you taste?  What do you feel?  What do you notice?

2. Create a List of the things that bring you joy:

Get out your journal, or a piece of paper, whatever you use to write and create a list.  List out all of the things that bring you joy;  all of the those tiny, simple things that make you sigh, or smile or just feel joyful inside.  Put this list where you can see it every day.  Keep it close.  This is the essence of you.

3. One Simple Thing Each Day:

Set a time into your schedule.  15 minutes. The first 5 are from step one above.  The next 10 minutes are to be used doing something from your list above.  Get out your day-planner.  Find 15 minutes each day.  Put in that time for yourself each day.  Do it now.  You are worth it

Notice how this changes your day.  Learn what really brings you joy.  Enjoy 15 minutes every day…you have it in your schedule now.  You matter.  You are important to us all.

Acappella Affirmation

Getting Clear

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I have been “hibernating”.  I have been spending time “within” both physically and mindfully.  Now, I am just on the edge of being ready to get out there and connect with others!  I am preparing to get back to the re-awakening of the earth and to exploring creatively.  To expand and join with others and learn about what they have been experiencing these past few months.

I continue to see how my work and life intertwine.  Every action I take connects to something or someone else.  I want to continue to explore this, as it is a wonderful way of creating my life, my daily experiences.

The boundaries are a bit blurred.  When am I connecting as a friend and when is it business?  They seem to overlap more and more and I want to explore this idea.  I want to integrate all that I do each day.

Here is how I am going to get out there with integrity to my personal message.

This year is all about “clarity” for me.  Here is a list of what I am getting clear on right now:

Working and Connecting in my new job: 
I want to connect with others in my new work environment.  I want to look others in the eye and hear their stories.  I will listen to others’stories as the seasons begin to shift again.  How to do this?  I will attend networking meetings, workshop and conferences. The university life brings with it much value in the area of community involvement.  I am looking at all of the options and seeing which fit into my life right now.  Taking this slow, as there is so much being offered. I will be fully present in connecting during my work with colleagues and the greater community of my new work environment.

Volunteering:
This is something that is popping up into my day-to-day thoughts more often.  The need to give back.  Since my drastic job change, I have now been shown how challenging it is to live on much less.  This was something I embraced for years…living on less, being part-time, choosing work that was fulfilling, but low on the pay scale. I use to live intentionally on so much less.  I then worked and worked in a job and on a business.  Money became more of a focus than the work and thus, the work became shallow.  I saw this as it was happening, but now, I have had the universe show me directly!  I will write more on this, but it is still in a tender place for me.  That is why, recently, I have been gently reminded by my spirit guides (yep, that is what I am noticing, and calling from the spirit) to look for ways to dig into what is important to me and volunteer my time.  Doing something for the beauty of connecting to my truth.  To connecting with the natural world order.  The wealth that comes from fulfillment of the soul.  This is a re-awakening for me and I am glad of it.

Inner Creative Voice Newsletter/website:
For years I have focused on blogging about “one simple creative thing” each day.  I use my original blog to house those creative explorations.  I am taking a deeper look at what I offer through my written words, on-line connections and e-courses.  I will be modifying my website soon.  I am clearing out much of what does not serve anymore.  I will be getting very clear in my creative work and the simple need to overhaul what is in need of being let go.  Look for some changes in the next few months to my website.  Clarity and simplicity are in order.  My newsletter will still run each week (I love this connection!) However, I will be letting go of face-to-face sessions as I move forward into creating in a new community in this next phase of my life’s work.  My website will be focusing on “Creative Captures” (an e-course set to open in June), Tarot readings (through email) and Sunday Check-ins offerings several times a year.  I appreciate the on-line community I have formed here and want to stream-line my work to reflect that.

Artist Dates:
I will begin to go on artist dates again.  This time I am planning to visit places out in nature and have my camera ready.

In order for this to happen, I need to create a schedule that works within my day.  Here is what it will look like:

  1. Plan artist dates, nature walks and lunches these will be set into my planner.
  2. Photograph “creative captures” on my phone
  3. Upload “creative captures” each day onto my blog

This feels good.  I am happy to be getting clear as my life continues to shift and change.  Letting go is difficult for me…I love to hang on until the bitter end!  But I have found, this does not always serve

Singing:
Time to sing more for the joy of it with WoodSong :)

 

Where are you seeing things getting “clear” in your creative life?

Getting Clear

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I have been “hibernating”.  I have been spending time “within” both physically and mindfully.  Now, I am just on the edge of being ready to get out there and connect with others!  I am preparing to get back to the re-awakening of the earth and to exploring creatively.  To expand and join with others and learn about what they have been experiencing these past few months.

I continue to see how my work and life intertwine.  Every action I take connects to something or someone else.  I want to continue to explore this, as it is a wonderful way of creating my life, my daily experiences.

The boundaries are a bit blurred.  When am I connecting as a friend and when is it business?  They seem to overlap more and more and I want to explore this idea.  I want to integrate all that I do each day.

Here is how I am going to get out there with integrity to my personal message.

This year is all about “clarity” for me.  Here is a list of what I am getting clear on right now:

Working and Connecting in my new job: 
I want to connect with others in my new work environment.  I want to look others in the eye and hear their stories.  I will listen to others’stories as the seasons begin to shift again.  How to do this?  I will attend networking meetings, workshop and conferences. The university life brings with it much value in the area of community involvement.  I am looking at all of the options and seeing which fit into my life right now.  Taking this slow, as there is so much being offered. I will be fully present in connecting during my work with colleagues and the greater community of my new work environment.

Volunteering:
This is something that is popping up into my day-to-day thoughts more often.  The need to give back.  Since my drastic job change, I have now been shown how challenging it is to live on much less.  This was something I embraced for years…living on less, being part-time, choosing work that was fulfilling, but low on the pay scale. I use to live intentionally on so much less.  I then worked and worked in a job and on a business.  Money became more of a focus than the work and thus, the work became shallow.  I saw this as it was happening, but now, I have had the universe show me directly!  I will write more on this, but it is still in a tender place for me.  That is why, recently, I have been gently reminded by my spirit guides (yep, that is what I am noticing, and calling from the spirit) to look for ways to dig into what is important to me and volunteer my time.  Doing something for the beauty of connecting to my truth.  To connecting with the natural world order.  The wealth that comes from fulfillment of the soul.  This is a re-awakening for me and I am glad of it.

Inner Creative Voice Newsletter/website:
For years I have focused on blogging about “one simple creative thing” each day.  I use my original blog to house those creative explorations.  I am taking a deeper look at what I offer through my written words, on-line connections and e-courses.  I will be modifying my website soon.  I am clearing out much of what does not serve anymore.  I will be getting very clear in my creative work and the simple need to overhaul what is in need of being let go.  Look for some changes in the next few months to my website.  Clarity and simplicity are in order.  My newsletter will still run each week (I love this connection!) However, I will be letting go of face-to-face sessions as I move forward into creating in a new community in this next phase of my life’s work.  My website will be focusing on “Creative Captures” (an e-course set to open in June), Tarot readings (through email) and Sunday Check-ins offerings several times a year.  I appreciate the on-line community I have formed here and want to stream-line my work to reflect that.

Artist Dates:
I will begin to go on artist dates again.  This time I am planning to visit places out in nature and have my camera ready.

In order for this to happen, I need to create a schedule that works within my day.  Here is what it will look like:

  1. Plan artist dates, nature walks and lunches these will be set into my planner.
  2. Photograph “creative captures” on my phone
  3. Upload “creative captures” each day onto my blog

This feels good.  I am happy to be getting clear as my life continues to shift and change.  Letting go is difficult for me…I love to hang on until the bitter end!  But I have found, this does not always serve

Singing:
Time to sing more for the joy of it with WoodSong :)

 

Where are you seeing things getting “clear” in your creative life?

 

Stories and What They Can Tell Us

photo(181)I have been working on a new creative project. Lots of energy and enthusiasm being spent.  Lots of productive time making something new.  Bouncing my ideas off of others in a coaching group. But each time I embark on a new journey of creating, I find myself becoming angry.

Why does this happen? What is this anger about? What is going on?

My mentor and I were discussing this. She wondered aloud this thought:  “It sounds like the tender spots are where you are angry”…yeah.  Very tender.  The anger is telling me something.

Discovering that it is difficult to keep a project going with anger all around, I needed to find a way to work “through” or “around” the anger.  So, I distract myself with painting, stories, dancing…something creative, but more mundane and a bit mindless.  This creative energy frees up my mind so that I can “trick” my anger into thinking I am busy with other things.

When I do this I call it “spinning”.  Spinning reminds me of the stories of the spinning wheel where I can get busy creating (like the wool on the wheel).  This opens the door to metaphor and takes me away from my need to “control” a project.  New ideas flow in.  In this way, I begin to create gold from straw.

When I began drawing this image…of a spinning wheel…I thought of “turning straw to gold”.  I was reminded again of the story of Rumpelstilskin.  You know, the one…the millers daughter, the father says “she can spin straw into gold” to the king…and the king wants to see this…and if she cannot, she will be put to death…?  Then, a strange little man appears.  He tells her he can spin straw into gold…but it will be at a cost to her.  She will have to discover his name, or give up her child.

I found the story and read several versions of it.  It resonated with me.  However, as I usually do, I attempted to logically “organize” the story.  This caused me to be more frustrated, as I was not seeing or feeling what this story was trying to tell me.

So I went back to my “dream capture” work.  I read the story as if it were a dream I had had.  Then, I did the following:

  1. Listed out all of the characters
  2. Listed out the “key words” in the story that resonated with me
  3. Re-read each word and wrote what that word meat to me in my current situation

And then….I began to notice what the story was telling me.  Here is what I discovered

  • The little man (Rumplestilskin)=anger/creative fire/naming
  • The miller’s daughter=rest/creativity/giving
  • The king=accountability
  • Spnning wheel=creating/spinning/asking for help
  • The baby=creation (project, artwork…)

While each of these “characters” has an independent role, ALL of the characters create one “psyche” for me.  We have all of these qualities within us.

In order to create something, it takes much energy…and much rest is also needed.  We must give of ourselves and ask for help.

In the end, a baby is born and we will not give it up.  It is our “creation” and we are amazed at what we have made.  Also, what it takes to get there.

What did I learn?

That this story resonates with me.  Also, this story will repeat itself again and again as I continue to create, rest, ask for help and complete a project.  Even though Rumpelstilskin stomps himself into the ground at the end of the story, that little man will be back…and next time, I will know his name.