From Jill Badonsky

The Castle

 "If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you'll just be rearranging furniture in rooms you've already been in." — Anne Lamott

Dear ...
So I'm rearranging furniture in the castle room that I'm NOT supposed to be in: You know.. stacking the books in the shape of my cat's names, putting the painting of the queen in the laundry room and the loveseat in front of the window that looks out on the garden (and the gardener) while the servants bring me cupcakes (and the cats POUNCE).
I'm feeling quite mischievous, rebellious, and somewhat ... guilty. GUILTY?  Really? Swat! (Trying to swat the guilt away... it remains floating in the air ready to attack again). What's THAT all about?
Then I remembered my scientifically impressive study of the noises I make when I wake myself up with a snort in the middle of the night. In low guttural, terribly unlady-like execution, I seem to say the word "ANGST."  Say it out loud now.  Go ahead. Deep down in your throat.  That's what we say when we snort. Right?  
If we all are saying "ANGSSSST" in the middle of the night, it must need to be assigned to SOMETHING. Free-floating angst. That's why there rarely is an angst-less moment for those of us who haven't been enlightened by deep meditation and witness consciousness.
Think about it. When's the last time you didn't have a worry, a fret, a psychic disturbance of some snort.. I mean sort? Once one thing in our lives is resolved, we often assign worry to something else.  
In the creative process, worry flies all over the weaving pathway to our desired process and practice. Any of these questions sound familiar?
How will I begin? Where do I go next? What if it’s not good enough? Who’s going to want THIS?  Am I wasting my time and money? Why did this seem like a good idea in the shower and now that I’m writing about it, it sucks? How do I get this ink stain out of the couch?
ANNNNGST! Wake-up!
There's a practice we can begin in order to move from angst to airiness, from bothered to buoyancy. It's called free-floating creative freedom and often it needs unleashing before creative action is possible in unfettered fashion.  Join me on the call Thursday and I'll take you through an experience of allowing angst to flutter by and embracing instead, joyous flow.
This free live teleconference will talk about the next Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Training and gift you with a guided imagery experience that connects you to your most creative self, join me Thursday, June 2 5 pm pacific/8pm eastern- Emerging From the Creative Cocoon Guided Imagery sign up for the June 2nd Free Teleconference. (calls fill so call in early)
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It's June

June Prompt for Your Creative Juices
June 2 is a Happy Birthday to Composer Marvin Hamlisch, 1944
 He wrote the score for the Brodayway Musical Imaginary Friends.
Take the title, "Imaginary Friends" and write your own inspirations,  stories, poems, letters, or etc. Suggestions:
  • Write a list of associations first to Imaginary Friends and see where they take you.
  • Keep going with this sentence: I was talking to my imaginary friend the other day and...
  • Try mind-mapping.
  • Or break the rules like Terri Trainor did and write whatever you want. From the prompt above Terri wrote this:
You're enough.
As you dance blithely into freedom and relinquish the roles of a lifetime,
know this:  you're enough.
Without the job, the family, the house, the fancy job title, the respect
who are you?  you're plenty.
As time stretches forward and darkness begins it's stealthy fearful descent
you WILL find light --
As every little mistake you've made in your life emerges and demands it's due,
you WILL find forgiveness
Freedom is a powerful byre -- an unbearable crucible of luxurious, lonely
time it burns and destroys all illusions
Freedom's beacon shines and lures, much like a lighthouse, be warned
there are rocks ahead, and many ships are wrecked.
There is no avoiding the icy waters, dive deeply into darkness
Discover the hidden treasure --
And know this, you are not alone, never alone.  You don't need to hide -
life offers all of us inner murkiness and horror
You're enough, all of you, the good, the bad, the shameful, the hopeful
and you're utterly magnificent
Drink deeply of freedom, my love, but don't let it drunken you, keep
diving --
stay true to the hope within.  You're enough.
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Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching

I was talking to my hair dresser the other day, asking her why Bumble and Bumble products are so much better than other hair products. She said because they were invented by hair-dressers to solve hair problems and not by big industries to make money.
I realized that's how Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching was invented. The designer of this program is an artist, writer, performer, and poet that had many creative blocks and the drive and passion to not only breakthrough those blocks, but also to share the secrets with other creative people. Additionally, author and renown psychologist Bob Maurer, part of the faculty, used Kaizen to write his book and work through his own self-sabotage.
The model is based on lowering pressure instead of increasing it, play instead of seriousness, experiences during the session instead of just accountability, compassion instead of force... small, simple steps instead of large leaps that lead to procrastination because fear is triggered.
One woman show, two and a half books, several art shows, columns, and peak moments later I can report.. this stuff really works.
Those who go through the KMCC certification training program experience their own creative breakthroughs. Join us this August. Find out more this Thursday. The MP3 recording will be available 48 hours after the call, so sign up even if you can't make it. It will be mailed to you.

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What would make June creative for you?


Trainings, Classes and Workshops Full Descriptions Here
Free Kaizen-Muse Call This Thursday, June 2, 2011
5 pm pacific, 6 pm mountain 7pm central, 8 pm eastern, midnight GMT
Emerging From the Creative Cocoon Guided Imagery
Getting unstuck.. with imagination and mirth.
Sign-up here
Taos Retreat July 17-22, 2011
For those who know the value of taking time to yourself in an enchanting location, with kindred spirits, to renew and restore your creativity. Compare the value of this retreat to others.. The cost INCLUDES a room at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, three healthy five star gourmet meals a day, and all workshops. Bring something you've been wanting to work on, or let the Muse visit in Taos. A few spaces still open. Music, art, writing, hiking, laughter, bliss.
Next Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training
August 24 - December 7, 2011
Become a certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach. The small step method of Kaizen meets up with the Modern Day Muses' inutitive/playful practicality in this 14 week accelerated coaching training designed to teach students how to be experts in busting through the overwhelm, procrastination, perfectionism and self-sabotage that can come with the desire to create. Science and spirituality work together for breakthroughs and joy. More here.
The Muse is IN Writing Club
Some people write better with deadlines, structures and in the company of a supportive group. This club, now in it's second year, inspires follow through in three ways
  1.  A small $10 a month cost keeps people accountable in a way that the exchange of money inspires
  2. The prompts are geared toward making writing easy and fun, they are not the prompts you see on other sites.
  3. The Club is safe, members support each other, all levels post their work, but just writing for ones' self is encouraged as well.No critique. Scroll down on this page to join.

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By Jill Badonsky
ButterflyIndividuality is a characteristic of the creative thinker. Individualists are more concerned with following their passion than with following the crowd or with how they look.
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