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October 2012

Hi ,
I saw the Broadway version of Jekyll and Hyde last Wednesday. It was dark and in the darkness was adventure on-stage and catharsis off.  I went away curious about my Ms. Hyde so I wrote about the one I met recently.
Our dark-side gets safely fed when we witness horror, tragedy and melodrama as entertainment. Our Shadows can also feed our creativity
October gives permission to be dark. Some of us are dark all year, more of us are dark in October. Halloween allows suppressed personas to slip over the edge of our subdued behavior. Howling is allowed.
What’s your “dark”? How does it feed you? Do you harbor sadness in a bittersweet way? Does your dark make you feel your emotions deeper? Creative peeps gravitate toward emotions in order to fuel words, music, movement, images, and Halloween costumes.
Do you have a secret world where you allow yourself to judge, complain, even growl for the benefit of developing characters, dimension, refreshed perspective, or writing that is honest? Or because you accept that we have a dark side because we are human thus freeing up the creative energy that might get used up trying to suppress what is considered undesirable?
Can you give life to images filled with the energy of the human drama?
Those of you, who are familiar with The Nine Modern Day Muses book, know that because our dark-side is filled with creative possibility a Shadow Muse is an important member of the pack.

Ways That "Dark" is Creative

1. When we don’t avoid the healthy human experience of sadness and angst, we can plug into a rich conduit where poetry, art, and music are burst forth. Sadness and pain want to be art; art heals. And the words of sadness can be poetic when we dress them in original word combinations or give them rhythm and story.
2. Anger is dark energy. When tweaked through our inimitable filters, it can translate to funny sarcasm, parody, satire, story, fantasy, movement, music, rants, hiphop, rap, or a raucous release with cello music. Channeling anger into art has forever been an avenue for masterpieces created in the act of liberation from anger’s darkness.

3. You tell me. How is your darkness creative? If you don’t know, simply ask the question, your subconscious will get busy answering. How does the Mary Oliver quote apply to something that happened in your life that felt dark but was actually a gift? How would you use the word DARK as an acronym to explain your darkness?
4. Let’s get dark on my next Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching free call. Join me in a call about how your Shadow Muse can heal and inspire you - Monday, TODAY, October 8 at 4 pm pacific/ 5 mountain/ 6 central/ 7 eastern. Sign-up here.  
“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
~ Anne Frank

For more class information click here

Incoming Creativity Happenings

Tuesdays, October 9 - November 12, 2012
Recipes from the Creative Wild
7 pm- 9pm See more next article.  
Saturday, October 13, 10 am - 3 pm
Winter Park, Colorado
Writing Without a Parachute
Have a blast writing in Susan Volk's beautiful Cafe: Mountain Grind
February 15-17, 2013 Cowgirls and Crayons goes to Austin and March 15-17, 2013 back to Sedona 
Release your bold, creative sassy self through writing, SoulCollage(R), art, movement, and  a LOT of laughing. Take home art and writing souveneirs and reminders. With Jill Badonsky and Kat Kirby. Scroll down on this page. Cowgirl up! Reply to this email or email for more information.
Next Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Trainings
February 13- May 29, 2013
August  21 - December 11 2013
Now accepting applications. Payment plans available.

San Diego Happenings

Saturday November 3, Creative Junkies Themed Open Mike 2:30-5:30 pm
October theme: Masks - Bring poetry, art, prose, photography related to any aspect of masks. (4 minutes max) Or be an audience member, drink wine or tea.. and enjoy the ambiance of a creative Spanish courtyard and your tribe of likeminded creative souls.

$7 if you bring a delectable homemade snack
$12 with no snack
Afternoon Tea and Soft drinks provided
Limited leftover wine and beer from the last thing-first come
December 1, 2012 Theme: Stars
Janaury 5, 2012 Theme: BOOK RELEASE PARTY!
October 18 and all Third Thursdays: Intoxicated Writing Workshops
Creative prompts and triggers will move you into the altered state of creativity. All levels, no critique. Sliding scale: $10-$25. At The Muse is IN offices: 3023 1st Ave
Tuesdays, October 9 - November 12, 2012
Recipes from the Creative Wild
7pm - 9pm
Limited to Five People: $125 if you're a Muse Flash Subscriber
In an intimate, playful setting, (with really comfortable chairs) indulge in prompts, experiences, imageries, multi-media exposure, storytelling that trick your inner-critic and feed your creative mind, heart, imagination and percolating fulfillment.
Show-up, focus, defy perfectionism and procrastination, 
and be unfettered!
Connect with a like-minded, supportive group that meets to celebrate creativity.
  • Art materials
  • A weekly sampling of delicious gourmet delights to pamper the creative spirit.
Reply to this email for information on signing-up. Space is limited.
The Muse is IN Office and Idea-batory
3023 1st Ave San Diego 92103
January 5, 2013 2:30- 5:30 Book Release Party at The Muse is IN Headquarters (same address!!) An Owner's Manual For Your Creativity .. COME CELEBRATE!!!
Spooky Stuff,
“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche


The River

How many midnights make a river believe in the dark?
Windy question,
tender with peace,
inspire belief from cypress and willow.
The river turns gray at midnight.
The river refuses to believe in the dark beneath its busy surface.
it ignores the midnight –
But until it can stop even though it's feels the anger,
the river will never stop to reflect the sky.
~Jill Badonsky

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