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Month: July 2016

7 Steps of the Creative Process

7 Steps of the Creative Process

Creative Thinking for Your Own World

  1. Creativity requires energy

Reserve your private space in which you can clear your mind and open to the creative process. You need to get beyond yourself to become yourself…escape the prison of your vocabulary. Move your body and stretch to increase the clarity of your body, mind and spirit.

  1. Overcoming fear of failure

Start with small projects, i.e. short stories, poetry, sketches, watercolor or oil paintings, clay sculptures, any area that sparks your interest. By starting small you stay in command. Play with the process without judgment. Learn to accept your failures and build on your successes.

  1. Learn to dream the dream

You must go into the realm of illusion, of magic and mystery and leave the world of facts and figures behind. Go into the space between the spaces. Unless you are writing an accounting manual, you must learn to dream the dream, which is access to the sub-conscious world where ideas flow like water.

  1. Allow yourself the privilege of discovering your own point of view

It doesn’t matter what has gone before. You are unique to world as each and every snowflake that falls from the winter sky. Be prolific with your chosen course of creative expression without referencing what is popular at the moment. The only moment that is important is the moment locked within your momentum that only can your reveal and share with the world.

  1. Go to the moon and look down

A journey to the moon allows you to step outside of yourself and the world in which you live. Once on the moon, you will have a broader perspective of who you may be and what your chosen field of expression might be all about. By achieving this broader view, you release all of the shackles, expectations and limitations that your have learned in your earthly experience. Once you have achieved “Moon Perspective”, you will have achieved another level of consciousness, enabling you to access your own personal identity.

  1. Relax and learn to listen

The world is full of noise of every description. Noise rhymes with chaos and chaos only produces chaos. Learn to relax and shut off the noise, including all media. Listen to the words in the silence and/or see the visual flashes that effortlessly slide through your consciousness.

  1. Stretch beyond your limitations

Think outrageous creative thoughts. Challenge your imagination. Learn to talk to trees, flowers, animals and ask them for their point of view. That is a small beginning for you to step outside of yourself. Rediscover the child in you and your curiosity will lead you to the Imaginarium where all great ideas and visions reside.

It’s All About Choices…

It’s All About Choices…

It’s All About Choices…
But Who’s in Charge?

It’s Monday morning.  In front of you is the list of Things to Do that you wrote last night.  At the top of the list is:

  1. Start diet/exercise program
  2. Business activities
  3. Personal tasks
  4. Calls to make
  5. Meetings to attend
  6. Family to care for, and more.

Your head swims. You don’t have time to do everything on the list.  You’re hungry and grab a muffin to eat in the car with your coffee. You’ll exercise later. Another week is off and running.

At the stop sign you hear voices in your head. “You need to do this! You didn’t do that!  Turn left!  No turn right!”

Your head becomes a Tower of Babel and you want to runaway – Now!

What’s going on?  Within each of us there are many sub-personalities who hold beliefs and concepts about life. Different personalities show up at work, at home, at play.

Although we know what is important, there are often parts-of-us who hold opposing beliefs about the advantages of our goals.  We collect these beliefs from family, friends, books, movies and the ever present media.

So what can you do?

Talk to them.

When a part-of-you gets upset and out of control and won’t let you accomplish your goals, take a moment to talk to that sub-personality and ask, “What it is doing for you?”  The part-of-you that is holding you back always think they are helping you – even though they may be tearing you apart.

Make it a game. Put the part that wants a certain thing or way of life on one hand.  Put the one who thinks it is better to stop the flow and keep things as they are on the other hand. This way you can see that your total self is not upset.  You act as mediator. (It’s okay to talk to ourselves these days – no one will notice. They’ll think you’re on your cell phone).

Take the time to help these different parts of you find a resolution. See how they can work together.  You can learn to relax and enjoy life. It’s a start.

Verlaine Crawford is author of the book, Ending the Battle Within.  She has taught seminars around the world and has helped individuals, celebrities and organizations to reach their goals. She is available for personal and business consulting. For more information, contact Verlaine.