The Broken World Waits in the Dark for the Light That is You
How are you a light? Let me count the ways.
I said yes to the world inside of an idea and with each small step, the light of ease and inspiration became brighter
My smile is powered by a reservoir of kindness and well-wishing. My smile lights the smile of others and a ripple is sent out into the world.
My soul knows I'm listening when I place words on a page and paint on a canvas or any other expression that becomes uniquely mine. I light the way for others to connect their soul as well.
Free some of your own light:
Please join me in a free sampler of my Underground Highway workshop and Monday April 2, 12 pm pacific time/ 1 mtn, 2 central, 3 eastern. We meet by Zoom
For newcomers only.
What to expect: Using fleeting multimedia projections, the silly and absurd you will be tricked into effortlessly colliding with your true creative voice without overthinking or scaring it away. Materials paper, pens, any other media you have on hand
Five Ways to Fool Yourself into Creating
|Happy April Fools Day!|
Sometimes the only way I can show -up for my creativity is by fooling my fears. Since today is a day of fooling, I'll share some of my sneaky secrets about how to fool your fears JUST in case you run up against creative-intention-interference too (the world of irrational thinking that leads to avoidance, resistance, and odd preoccupations with flying lint).
1. Reframe First Attempts
When I redefine the purpose of beginning or returning to a creative endeavor as generating a mound of material with no merit, I accumulate writing or art I can then work with over time with trust and relentlessness to make it better. If I don't get a good product I do get more relentlessness which comes in handy for most things in life. If I expect great stuff at the beginning, I become a fool because that's just my ego being delusional.
2. Use Reverse Psychology
Mock-up To-do list:
Creative people often rebel against their own intentions. Antidote: Put the activities that normally DISTRACT me from my creative passions on my Get-To-do list and instigate rebellion by showing-up instead, for a poem, a paragraph of writing, a drawing, or daydreaming about my next step, even if it's just 5 minutes (which often turns into longer). It's employing the rebellious nature in the direction of creative reward versus immediate mind-numbing gratifi-nothing.
- Play on social media for 3 hours
- Shoot photos of my cats and manipulate them in an app for HOURS
- Fall down the rabbit hole of You-tubes
3. Occupy the Critical Brain
The relaxed and intuitive state of creativity often shows-up in the shower, while driving, doing the dishes, walking, or during other no-brainer activities. Actually you are using your left-critical brain in these endeavors, so the right-creative brain can sneak in some air-time. I start my creative time by doing something that gives me the ability to think about my creative endeavor.
While occupied, I ask questions like:
4. Turn it Upside Down
- What tiny next step can I take?
- How can I make it easy to show-up?
- How can I approach this in some new way?
- What if.....?
The ego was fooled when I created the painting above. I wanted to draw this image so I turned it upside-down, which took away all pressure to be perfect. Take that! Ha!
5. Be a Fool
Sometimes when I don't know what I'm supposed to do, I get further in the creative process because I act without having to know everything. It's refreshing to let go of abiding to preconceived notions, rigid rules, and the "shoulds" invented by others. Ready, Fire, Aim!
6. Eat Banana-Cream Pie
B.C.P. has properties that make brilliance automatic, genius a no-brainer, and instant access to the secrets of the universe.
Either that or this is the April FOOLS! section
Extra Credit: Copy this teapot - then turn it over without spilling.
Or write a three line rough-draft poem or haiku about having tea.
If you submitted a poem to the last newsletter, my assistant (that would be me), will be sending you your April artwork shortly. She's a little backed-up.
|And Now Something You Might REALLY Like.|
- Underground Highway to Creative Results
If you want to defy the addiction of news and other distractions, are having a hard time showing up on your own, or would just like to be in the company of creative inspiration. this monthly group is geared to just that. Check out the Underground Highway to Creative Result. Go Underground- sign up by April 15 and receive a free alphabet poster
- July 17- 21, 2018 Camp Creative Thunder in Taos
When's the last time you were pampered, had time JUST to write, laugh, do art, have gourmet meals prepared for you, and got to be a kid again? If it's been too long, come to Taos this summer.
Early registration prices until April 1, 2018
- February 15-19, 2019 The Muse in Winter
The Mabel Dodge Luhan House is especially cozy in the winter, where doing art, writing, yoga, and improv is specially blessed by the snow covered mountains around but not too cold to find some clarity by walking the labyrinth (and eating incredible food). The Muse in Winter.
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is instructional designer and head muse of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training founded in 2004, multimedia artist, yoga teacher, and author/illustrator of three books on creativity.