Maintaining the Creative Zone

IMG_1475How do you get into your creative zone where things happen effortlessly, solutions appear and problems disappear? I've discovered that my best work gets done when it feels like play! When I get out of my head and into my authentic, natural, intuitive self I find things flow easily. So why don’t I stay in that place and never leave?

Sometimes I forget that I get to determine how I want to do life. I can strive and push and fret, or give it all up in a second and slide into ease.

I can do life as a party (business too) if I choose. I don’t have to play by others rules. I don’t have to keep up with a race I’d rather not run. I don’t have to compete and operate from ego. I can choose the easy, breezy, free-styling life that makes love the staple, not the ration.

Though its been raining for days I choose to live life like a sunny summer day. I choose to be infected with joy and overcome with giddiness on the inside. I choose to be at ease, not run, strive, or fret, but skip my way through what ever I encounter today. I can choose to make it hard, or I can accept the grace that is available to me today. I am OK with being called a Pollyanna, because she looks better on me than Eeyore!

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Children Know How to Create

Kimberism: "An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail." Edwin Land When I taught elementary and high school art classes I made a quick observation. When introducing a project using various shaped recyclable containers and cartons for making intriguing animals, most children didn't even blink before ideas were popping and animals were coming to life. However, there was one exception. The children that spent their free time in front of the television, computer, or video games, rather than outside creating forts and alternative worlds, struggled with imagining and play. They were unusually self-conscious, stuck in their head and feared making mistakes.

It seems equally true today in an adult world. Those that allow themselves to move out of their heads away from stimuli that is force feed, or passively consumed are able to tap into the deep reservoirs of creativity within.

If you struggle with seeing yourself as creative, or feel blocked, why not act like a child, get out of your head and open up the world of imagining and making room for the multitude of creative genius that actually resides in you!

Take one small step today to make room for your childlike creativity to be released.  What will it be?

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Are You Coloring Your World?

Kimberism: Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers. May Sarton The topic of gardening seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life, since it provides a vivid illustration of seasonal change. As much as most of us would like to bypass the long, cold days of winter when everything seems dead and lost, my friend Katie cherishes an annual highlight. During the depth of February when the days are short and the nights long, the earth frozen with no promise of springtime, her seed catalogs suddenly arrive. She and her husband Kelly snuggle underneath a warm blanket, flipping through the pages, imagining, planning and dreaming of their summertime garden.

How many of us are in a season when there seems to be no evidence of a blooming garden? If we hold on the season will shift and new growth with pop through the seemingly barren ground? One thing I have found to be helpful when I can't see the tangible results I desire is to imagine and decorate my life. When I am moving into a new house I always mentally decorate the house before I take possession. In the same way before I occupy new territory in my life Katie and I find coloring our world opens up new possibilities.

If you are in an in-between season and haven't yet seen the manifestations of your vision try:

  • to imagine what it will feel like when the new things you imagine come onto the scene
  •  imagine the colors, the smells, who you are with and even what you will be wearing when your dreams manifest
  • bring your vision into the present through collaging and journaling

Every vision begins as a seedling in the imagination. It will only grow if watered and well nurtured. No plan is accomplished without first having been an entertained thought. How are you coloring your world?

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Gypsy Heart

 

Kimberism: Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.  ~Pablo Picasso

Often I encourage clients to let their Gypsy Heart out to play! In the hustle and bustle of adult life it is easy to surrender the vitality of the childlike-heart we once possessed.

A friend of mine taps into what she refers to as her gypsy heart by running as fast as she can along a trail alone in the woods. She feels the wind blowing through her hair, connecting her to her untamed, wild heart, reminiscent of the Indian Princess she imagined being as a child.

Eric Liddell in the movie Chariots of Fire had an extraordinary ability to run. He said he felt God’s pleasure when he ran.

There is a space for each of us where we connect to our most carefree heart. Much like falling in love, there are experiences that lead us to the heights of our senses, as Eric Liddell put it, where we experience the pleasure of God. As if birds soaring, our hearts are meant to be un-tethered and free. What helps you connect to the freedom in your heart?

Some of the ways we can connect to our Gypsy heart are:

  • Through activities that get us out of our head
  • Connecting to God
  • Connecting to love

Try giving yourself time this week to feel the wind in your hair, the grass beneath your toes, or whatever releases your childlike-heart to come out and play.

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Creativity Unraveled

Kimberism: We are  creations that continue the process. Creativity like one’s breath is always flowing through us. We may not be aware of its presence, but it is influencing the way in which we see the world. Little attention given to the inner muse of inspiration certainly will keep creativity from freely being released. However, when we actually become aware and respond to our intuitive impulses that initiate ideas, concepts and images we will begin to create.

Creativity is not merely seen through a musician’s gift, writers prose, or a painter’s canvas. Creativity involves looking at things in a new way, breaking out of patterns to establish something new.

We all have this ability, although some are more receptive to see the vantage point of opportunity. Creativity is exhibited any time something is looked at, or expressed differently. Creativity is the ability to birth something new.

If we are creative beings this should be our nature state. As we tap into fresh inspiration we become receptors for creativity to travel out onto the pavement of our lives.

Julia Cameron said in her book, Heart Steps, “We are ourselves creations. We are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves. This is the God-force extending itself through us. Creativity is God's gift to us. Using creativity is our gift back to God.”

Again, we see that creativity and our God-connection are intertwined. Many of us would acknowledge that our connection with God is undeniably creative. I am constantly confounded by the way God chooses to speak, introduce ideas, and enter into relationship with His children. Clearly creativity is a two way interchange, a complete circle of sorts. We receive the seed of inspiration and then as it’s birthed out from our lives it becomes a kind of mirror of the One who inspired it in the first place.

Ways to Position Yourself to Receive Fresh Inspiration:

  1. Invite and welcome (don’t spun) the gift and the giver.
  2. Eagerly engage in opening the gift like a child, whenever you sense the opportunity. (Few children wait to dive into a present, but rather rip the paper off, and tumble onto the floor to play. Look at everything in like as an unopened present.
  3. Willingness and openness to look at things from a fresh or different perspective.
  4. Tap into your senses (Realize that sometimes senses speak louder than words if we pay attention.)
  5. Get out of your comfort zone by tasting and seeing something vibrant and new.
  6. Get quiet and listen.
  7. Capture the expansive 10,000 foot view of your surroundings.
  8. Engage in laugh out loud, wet your pants laughter.

For more thoughts, insights and exercises pertaining to upleveling your creativity check out my ebook, Right Brain Advantage: Creating Success By Thinking Like a First Grader. You can purchase it at: http://moxieme.com/products

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I've Got the Music In Me

Kimberism: "A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." Leopold Stokowski Some of you know that since I was twelve years old I've been a singer and songwriter. Even though I left the world of acting and singing behind and moved into other creative, entrepreneurial ventures, recently I was reminded that I've still got the music in me!

I am frequently surrounded with melodies from my exquisitely talented son Samuel, as he sings sending glorious sounds through our home. Every now and then he invites me to jam with him as we do our own rendition of Steve Nick’s Landslide.

Why am I telling you this? It would be easy for me to set aside this gifting that I've possessed from childhood and move over for a younger more talented version. However, if I did I would be putting to bed something vital to my overall well being.

Although I have no intentions of hitting the road, and pursuing a musical career again, I understand the importance of this often forgotten part of myself. The 80’s served as my glory days as a member of a band for a season under Kim Fowley’s management (manager of the famed Runaways), as well as others. Nevertheless this gift still needs room and expression in my life.

Music inspires genius in me. If I allow it to remain on the sidelines of my life undernourished and out of sight, I do myself a disservice. If I allow accusing voices to taunt me with, “Just keep quiet and invisible, because aren’t you a little dated?” I will be snuffing out a very important flame. You may be asking, “Why is this important?” Its important, because this flame ignites greater creativity throughout my life.

Science has proven that the most successful people are the ones that welcome and make room for right-brain activity. Do you want to see greater success in your business, personal life, and all around well-being?

What have you put in hiding that needs to be reawakened?  Have you allowed something that stirs your soul to be kicked to the sidelines, and labeled “out dated?” If you truly have the music in you it would be a slap in the face to the one who gave it to you in the first place to silence it. Isn't it time to own your own voice?

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Are You As Curious As George?

Kimberism: Curiosity is the beginning of discovery. One of my favorite books as a child was Curious George. I loved hearing about the misadventures George continuously got caught up in. Ah, to be curious like George? 

There is nothing duller than a self-satisfied person who has all the answers and little curiosity. I can’t help but think that life may mercifully throw a wrench in the path of those who need a little curiosity awakening.

Calculated maneuvering and manipulated strategies will never compare to the realm of hunger and curiosity that expands vision and spawns innovation. Like George, childlike wonder holds more possibilities than any amount of fixed interpretations.

What if you woke up one morning and supernaturally possessed the curiosity of a child. How different would your world be or the present situations you perceive as obstacles? What would be the first thing you might notice, maybe your average wardrobe suddenly becoming the doorway to another world, or your run-of-the-mill desk morphing into a pirate's ship, or your sudden layoff an opportunity for expansion.

We can shift our focus so that our imagination and curiosity gets stirred. Some of the things that cause me to take a second look and stimulate my childlike curiosity are:

  • A picnic before an ocean landscape
  • A self-assured teenager who stopped to show kindness to a homeless man
  • The way my husband took apart the dryer and reassembles it without directions
  • Those I know in their 20s eager, but unsure about life
  • God’s inspiration and pursuing love
  • The crazy vegetation in Southern Cal
  • People willingly forfeiting their protective armor
  • Those who understand that control is an illusion
  • My son’s gift to create new songs
  • The sweetness of old friends
  • Witnessing a child’s teetering romp and unabated exploration

What causes you to become curious like George?

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Nurturing the Creative Within

Kimberism: Creativity is merely a reflection of Divine Inspiration.

Being a “creative” I can’t help but create. I believe we were all born to create in the image of the One who created us! Even though I have a natural propensity toward creating often I stumble into patterns that shut down my creativity tendencies.

Because of this struggle to stay in a “creative space” I have learned personal criteria that is essential to nurturing my creative nature. Although the keys I am about to share with you may seem unrelated to creativity, they create the right environment for innovation to flourish. I am sharing the keys that work for me, so you can determine what works for you.

My Keys for Nurturing the Creative Within

1. Awareness that Heaven Speaks and Engage In the Conversation

The number one criteria that helps me nurture my creativity is understanding, inquiring of and remaining open to the ultimate source of creativity, who I personally refer to as God. That means being open for heavenly communication.

2. Thankfulness Leads the Way

When I am thankful I remain in an open childlike posture positioned to receive. As soon as I loose sight of all that I have to be thankful for immediately my creative reservoirs run dry. For me thankfulness is lived out in a life style of worship in all I do, be it coaching clients, attending my son’s soccer game, or emptying the trash. Through thankfulness I become an open container ready to receive creative inspiration. 

3. Resist Striving

When I remain in the present I can access possibility. When I strive to control, or force things to happen I surrender grace for the present moment and time. The paradox is that sometimes I must strive to be at rest.

This criteria has been helpful in my life and many of my clients. If you want to go further into practical aspects of creative exploration, pick up my new ebook, Right Brain Advantage: Creating Success By Thinking Like a First Grader. Find it on the product page of my website http://moxieme.com/product/moxie-me-motivator-cards/

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