The Ghosts of Creative Pasts

Originally posted on Welcome to Poppy Cove:

Hi there, guys and dolls!  Today, Andrea and Heather are taking over the blog.  Seems like spring and Easter have given them pause to think about rebirth and resurrection, not only in the symbolic and religious senses, but also of their own lives and projects that have been alive but dormant.  Settle on in and see what I mean.

Andrea’s always been a writer, ever since she could hold a pencil and making up stories since she could babble.  She’s written poetry, articles, short stories — some that have seen the light of day and some that have not yet.  And novels — works in progress that have been sleeping — three major ones in particular that are lying and waiting for her to pick them up and breathe life into them again.

Heather loves telling her stories on the page as well, but also with fabric, shape and color. …

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Oh Muse where did you go? Remembering the wonders of life…

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The Muse never leaves, it waits while you deal with other things, until you are ready to get back onto  the road called creative life.  I am seeking new ideas, and thoughts of inspiration for my muse to ponder.  I am often overwhelmed and tend to back off when things get hectic.  I promise to get back to work on what the purpose was of this artistic and creative endeavor.  I need to just get back into the passion of living a beautiful life and seeing the world through the eyes of wonder that were given me.  Looking forward to going down that road with you all once again and thanks for minding the traffic while I was gone. Have a beautiful and wondrous week my friends!

Lost and Found : The Road To Self Discovery

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I had to go back and read and think for awhile and it came into to my mind that I didn’t really know why I was doing any of this! I mean writing, sharing my thoughts and ideas with others or for that matter even figuring myself out.  The corners of my life were not so clear anymore, in fact they were getting down right sharp and pointed, I wasn’t liking where things were headed.  Then it came to me once again that the road to self discovery is never easy and it is often a road that we are scared to take.  We may even find ourselves pulling over several times and wanting to stay in one spot.  Well that’s not what I want to do anymore. No more curling up in the fetal position, no more reacting  to what others are doing or not doing.

I am fortunate that I have so many angels in my life that inspire me everyday, and when I  call upon them, their work and spirit comes to me.  There is Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson,  Susan G. Wooldridge, Debbie Ford and many more that are a source of great comfort and understanding for me when I feel lost on the road.  My map was crinkled up and I got so frustrated, then these guiding figures came to mind, I straightened out that map and got my  compass out once again.

Back on the road again and I know that it is only a matter of time before the words, images and rhythms are flowing once again.  I am creating in order to know who I really am, reaching out to others expressing my unique heart, soul and mind.  Take some time this week friends and do the same for yourself.  Take a look at the map in your heart and see if it is guiding  you in the right direction on your ROAD TO SELF DISCOVERY.  Remember, you are never alone!  Do, feel, express, and be whatever you need to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Creative Influences In My Life: The Turning Point

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 Creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance.”

Julia Cameron -The Artist’s Way 1998

     Thus began my journey to recovering my creativity.  Julia Cameron has become one of the most influential people in my life. Her ground breaking program the Artist’s Way brought me back to my senses.  I had gone through many years of feeling as though I was falling through the cracks. I was too concerned about gaining approval, the struggle to succeed and of course it had to be a struggle.  To reach this pinnacle of so-called perfection, having it all, only to find that I was sliding down a slippery slope and ultimately not feeling any sense of fulfillment.

     After my initial discovery of Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.  Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway and Marianne Williamson  A Return to Love a friend and I  discovered the Artist’s Way which was a turning point in both my emotional and creative life.  I was ready to fully come into my own, to hear the inner voice that had been there underneath all the surface chatter.  We have a record in our heads, the messages that we keep playing over and over again through out our day that tend to cloud our judgement, our feelings about ourselves and our decisions.  What Julia’s writing and course ultimately helped me to do is get below that surface  chatter where all of those ideas come from.  Reaching within our souls we create a path of creativity that is life altering.

     I am still using one of the most important tools that Julia introduced to me Morning Pages-- three pages of longhand writing, strictly a stream of consciousness.  As stated in the book, “There is no wrong way of doing morning pages”.    So each morning one drops into the Well below the surface and clears the path.  I needed to realize that it was safe to be me and to express myself in all the ways that I wanted to.  Thank-you Julia Cameron!

     Over the coming weeks I will be sharing with you all of the influences that have played a part in my creative life and how it has shaped my journey for the better.  Here’s to all of us making creative discoveries and sharing them with each other.

                  The purpose of art is not a rarefied, intellectual distillate-it is life, intensified, brilliant life.

Alain Arias-Misson

My New Adventures…

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To bravely go where no explorer has gone before into the brain of a half-wit creative like myself.  I get caught up in the jumble of all of my ideas and I am looking at what creating and creativity can do for myself and others.  I have plans to share more with you all as  I merrily go along in my life.  I am working out some new ideas and I will be inviting all of you creative people, artists, writers, photographers,  poets, designers and the like to join me on my blog as guests! I want to get your answers to the questions I have just finished asking myself.  If you are interested in being part of my blog please feel free to contact me through this blog.  I am looking at posting a guest interview along with creative work once a month.  I am also going to take the time to write about some of my creative inspirations, the people that really have me thinking and figuring things out.  Until next time :”BE BOLD, BE BRAVE, BE AMAZING” — Simon de Pury

The Final Question or Is It? : What Do You Really Want To Make?

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This my friends was a challenging question to answer without sounding pretentious or simplistic.  So here it goes, I would like to make a world where people are not afraid to express themselves through their creativity and they are on purpose in their lives, living their truth.

I know this sounds simplistic, but you know I really believe we can do it if we just get over ourselves and free ourselves from the fear of being who we are meant to be! I want to inspire, experiment, create and experience all that we are here for.  Let’s get started on those projects that will evoke all the emotions that we want to explore, be daring and brave, go on I know you can.  You can do it quietly and alone or you can invite a group of people to help you create your dreams.  As Ms. Valerie Frizzle in the The Magic School Bus  series often exclaims Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!” 

Each and every single one of us are “Makers” , so ask yourself, what is it that you really want to make? With each project there may be a different answer, but at least we are out there being true to ourselves and dancing to our own music.   Now go get messy! Don’t forget to have  fun whatever the journey you are embarking on!   Experiment, Inspire, Create, Experience….

What Are You Aiming to Discover About Yourself or Others Through Your Creations?

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Creativity is related to all aspects of our lives at least  that’s the way that it works for me.  Through my creations whether it is a story, a poem, a collage or a quiche I am aiming to discover more about my thoughts and my own resilience in the face of challenges.  I am hoping to bring light to the dark, to understand my soul and my purpose for being here.  Science is a form of creativity that advances the world, but so can creative thought, for instance the way one understands the world can be changed by reading a book, hearing a song or watching a TV program or movie.

A good example that is interesting to me is how my life has changed because of thought patterns that have formed due to watching a show such as Supernatural,  it is not about scary things it’s about fighting the “good-fight”, it has changed my thoughts about death, angels, and all the unseen in our  physical world.  There is a new thought pattern in my creative mind that is so much more life affirming and it takes me to a new level of creativity that I did not access before. This is what happens when something resonates with us and then we are able to come to a new level of understanding.  That is what my creations are aiming at!

What a joy it is to resonate and connect with others and to come away with deeper meaning in our lives.  I discover things about others too, it is a co-creation with God and the universe.  The gifts of creativity are ours to explore and I am so interested to hear all about what others are reaching for in their creative lives.  We have so much to explore and this is an ever expanding universal order.  Take care and please keep creating into the light and the dark, let’s find out more about our-selves and each other!  May peace, light and joy be with you.

I’m ready!…

Dear friends and fellow bloggers,

I am writing to let you all know that I will be back blogging next week after a little break to juggle the rest of my life! Answering my own questions about creativity, just two more to go!

 

 

Answering My own Questions: Part 3- What Do I Do When I am Creatively Blocked?

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The truth is I recognize being “BLOCKED” for what it is.  I understand that it is me fear of what will happen if I “FAIL” or more importantly what will happen if I “SUCCEED”.  There are ways that I work on handling these fears.  In fact I have a number of tools at my disposal.

I go to various wells of inspiration to fix the fears and put them to rest.  I like to pick up books or they call to me such as foolsgold by Susan G. Wooldridge,  Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, Manifesting Your Destiny by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, or a Return to Love by Marianne Williamson just to name a few.  I also refer back to The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford work that continues to guide and inspire me.

Then there are other wells such as music that I listen on my head-phones to while I free-write  in my journal or even a scrap bit of paper.   I find taking a walk, meditating, looking at paintings or photographs, cutting out magazines etc for collage and all of those other acts of creation break down the walls between my fear and my self expression.  I would love to hear from artists in all art forms as to what they find breaks through the blocks that they experience on their journey. I have a very active imagination I am exploring and sometimes even explorers get lost and afraid.  Here’s to another question answered!

 

 

Answering My Own Questions : Part 2 : The Roots and Source of My Inspiration/Creativity

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I believe my creativity came about through necessity, as the only girl in my family with two brothers, playing games by myself lead to me making things up. Sometimes my imagination clicked in out of sheer boredom.  For instance, I can remember being in the car riding down the highway and looking at the rocks and rugged terrain of the coastal mountain ranges of the area I lived in and imagined myself climbing up the sides of those mountains and then I would often picture myself falling-down.  After I would imagine what would happen if I did fall-down.  One of my many ways to pass time in the family station wagon.

I also recall anything that I read, watched on television or saw out in the world got a makeover in my imagination, which definitely worked overtime!  I even made a story up about my parents picking me out of a garden like a vegetable or flower when I was a baby.  This was the story I made up about being adopted. I also played many roles such as Nancy Drew, making up my own mysteries to solve, a talk show host, audience member or a person being interviewed, in fact I usually played all the roles.  I watched the best which was Phil Donahue! I was on his talk show!

As a teenager I was always making up dialogues between characters, writing a romance and poetry.  I kept journals, wrote stories, and much more.  These creative outlets always gave me a sense of safety.  A place where I could deal with any anxiety I was experiencing in my life at the time working things out.

Through storytelling we can exorcize demons, lay things to rest, explore inner conflict, and be whoever we desire to be.  The chance to explore the darker side of ourselves, move toward the lighter side and gain insight.  I have always been one to question things and I always will.  So creativity has and always will play a large role in my life especially in the form of writing.  I would love to hear about the roots of others’ creativity, and I wish you well on your own journeys.

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