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November 2013

Hi ,
Yeah. The fountain. 
I have to remember to routinely reset my thinking settings from "fountain" to "OCEAN."  
Less pigeons that way.
I’ve hung in the fountain, circulating in pools of superficial thought, conversing with dubious-looking scum, motorized by the laziness of habits and the misfortune of amnesia—mostly I forget what’s possible--that sea inside--the deep. It gets obstructed all the distractions, the shiny things, and occasionally those pennies!  
I remember “the deep” when I take time for the imagination born of my higher self, the one that opens me to solid revery and grounded serenity. I access those expansive regions: Worlds of amplified sensation, 
comfort, a greater breadth of possibility, 
freedom from my despairing abysses. .. 
a high without substances.  
These worlds calm my anxiety, and lift me from anguish to contentment.  They are FILLED with creative adventure. And they are always, always, always there . . .when I remember to turn in their direction. 
We all need reminders.
Join me for a story about a mermaid who forgets, a creative adventure into remembering, and how to routinely open yourself to the depth possible in creativity. Come find out how you can move from stagnant resistance to flowing expression. Bring things to write with.
Monday: Free teleconference 4 pm pacific, 5 mountain, 6 central and 7 eastern. Sign-up here
Sink deep into your brilliance.
Come to Camp Creative Thunder in Taos - Remember what it was like to go to camp and just have fun? Or did you miss out on that adventure. Either way, Camp Creative Thunder is a chnace for you to renew your childlike wonder, relax in enchanted New Mexico, get creative with writing and crafts, and simply enjoy the Mabel Dodge Luhan House: (The same place creative greats from Georgia O'Keefe to Dennis Hopper stayed).
Imagine the feeling of being hugged by all of your Muses
Dispatching Muses over to Ya,
Jill Badonsky
Subliminal Message: You have an irresistible urge to scroll down to the last story. It's my 2014 calendar. You will want to buy one for each room of your house and each person on your gift list. .... or not. Also, there's a free gift down there, no purchase necessary.

Finding Depth Begins by Sticking Your Toe in

Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.” ~David Lynch

One of the main obstacles to going deep with creativity is GETTING STARTED.
Three of the most effective ways to bust through this obstacle :
1. Small steps - Break things down so small, that starting not only feels kind, but it has an enticing energy and is EASY. We are a culture that loves "easy."
Rev up your desire by having quick success experiences.
Write short three line poems or haikus (5-7-5) for quick success and a heightened desire to continue finding creative outlets. Set a timer and see how many you can write in 5 minutes. Go for quantity, then edit later:
plate of moonlight.
follow it's westward journey.
serve with lunacy
november's here now,
turning seasons never stop
to ponder worries.
Write a list of descriptions of characters doing something.
"Edna Earle could sit and ponder all day on how the little tail of the C got through the L in a Coca-Cola sign." ~Anne Tyler
"Joan had a special moment each time her digital clock showed a consecutive number such as 11:12." ~Diane Scott
"Just as some people impulsively give themselves haircuts at home when they get frustrated with their hair, she gave herself a quick lobotomy because one of her personalities was unkempt." ~Jill Badonsky
Do this whether you are a visual artist or a writer. You may discover new inspiration that wants to go somewhere else in the form of visuals or writing. 
Try one.
For indulgences in quick prompts an captions daily that shape cleverness, join me on Facebook.
Artists: Take 5 minutes to expose yourself to something you think might trigger an idea for you with going into comparison. Surf the net, walk in nature with expectancy, listen to a song, ask a question and open a book, right now: look around-list 5 images that would like to be altered into something new. 
Once you have broken through the resistance, you will find that staying with the momentum is easier.
2. Lower your expectations:
Give yourself permission to be a beginner each time you start. 
Give yourself permission to purposely do mediocre stuff. Soon the fact that you are in action will give way to skill, quality, flow and enjoyment.
3. Make it easy to show-up:
Show up with me every Friday morning at 8 am pacific time. I'll be working on my writing, and will hold the space for you to work on whatever you have been putting off. It's free. Sign-up here.
Find the structure and energy of a group. Check out Novel Writing Month and take a full-throttle leap.

For more class information click here

Incoming Creativity Happenings

July 9-13, 2013
Camp Creative Thunder
If you miss summer camp or never went, now is your chance. Camp Creative Thunder in Taos New Mexico will reawaken the child through crafts, writing, a spa day and the rejuvenation of your creative self. With creativity-coaching pioneer, author, humorist and internationally known workshop leader, ME. 
Start paying off a little at a time now with a personalized payment plan. More information here.

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