| Blanche Baldwin's Creativity Jukebox Season 1, Episode 9|
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Tools
"I tasted blue, it tasted grape.
It smelled of delphinium and pie and the sea.
I spun it in the air, blue turned to cadmium, azure, denim, satin, velvet.
It turned green in the sun's yellow and midnight as the moon turned its back.
Then I set blue free.....
It seeped out of the tub, out my door and in grand ceremony,
at once filled bird and sky and ocean..."
In the Issue:
Hi there. In the latest episode of A Muse's Daydream, I interview, Blanche Baldwin, a Muse Broker who smokes crayons. She has a special jukebox that may give you a better tune to hum about yourself. I interviewed her at Lester's Bar and Grill off of the New Jersey turnpike at Exit 14.
Humans are at the mercy of a negativity bias we inherited to stay alive when hostile tribes were trying to kill us and sabertooth tigers wanting to eat us. Focusing on what's wrong helped with our survival but that feature of our fabric over compensates these days.
In the modern day, we still have negative thoughts: judgments, criticisms, and focusing on what's wrong is a default place we go to and also helpful in certain areas. But it in the creative process it is especially a problem if we are stuck in the loops of, "I'm not good enough," "It's already been done.," "Others are doing it better than me," "I never find the time to be creative." These thoughts are not necessarily true but they become a belief system we operate by if we don't short circuit them.
They needn't be an obstacle continuing to cultivate our skills or in enjoying the process. We don't need to eliminate our negativity bias - it comes with the factory settings - but we DO need to give more airtime to messages that inspire, motivate, and nurture our creativity. They feel better too.
I know I routinely admonish myself for not getting enough done and feel shame - because I'm human and we do that. Then I catch that less evolved part of myself and shift into focusing on giving myself credit for all I've done. It's a takes climbing up the ladder a bit to higher consciousness, it takes practice for it to absorb, - but it motivates my action and I feel better when I'm active in my creative pursuits
Blanche's Creativity Jukebox is a tool I use in virtually all my groups in the form of what I call The Reminder Journal. See more below in Creativity Prompts.
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All these years of being uplifted and inspired by your visual art... and now, you wrap me in the sound of your voice, the delight of your imagination, your choice of words, beautiful words, words, words. And the music! Your new offerings lift me on wings of clarity and contentment. Thank you. -Linda Chapman
THE REMINDER JOURNAL
Devote a journal to recording messages, quotes, compliments, creative principles that resonate with you and build your creative self. In order to begin to retrain your thinking, refer to this journal, read it, reread it, commit it to memory. Put it in your bathroom, by your bed. Repetition is the ONLY way to make a difference with a mind that has been stuck in a negativity bias for years.
If you made a Creativity Jukebox for yourself, what messages would YOU want to hear? Draw a jukebox with your non-dominant hand...
Currently, focus and attention spans may be compromised. The only way I could make some progress with my creativity was to plug into something I was so passionate about, it neutralized and cancelled out the distractions. I also show up regularly for parallel universe time, partner up with a friend in Phoenix on the phone, and you can too. See it listed below... It's FREE!
Ask yourself: How can I make what I want to do easier? Just ask. Let the answer percolate or notice how you start organically making it easier.
Break it down so small it's hard not to do it. Start with 30 seconds. Let momentum or intuition for your next step take over.
Book Recommendation: John Cleese's Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide
Easy to read but profound insights from one of our most creative geniuses.
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Writing for Fun and Sanity
Saturday, October 3, 12:30 pacific/3:30 eastern Open for registration click here 5 spaces left.
Right now, life is charged with weirdness, new feelings, and even a form of future nostalgia. Find out some simple ways to capture these things or to lose yourself in a flow somewhere else.
Writing As an Easy Art
We will be using art to inspire writing and writing to inspire simple art. Especially for intimidated beginners and those believing this is the perfect time to venture into creative community and offbeat creativity. We will be making zines, exploring who we are through art and writing, and just escaping reality with some fun.This class filled up the first time around. Almost full! For more information
Wild Abandon in Watercolor and Sketching
Let’s get into that playful state that makes art possible. Using fleeting multimedia projections, poetry, music, the silly and absurd, you will be tricked into effortlessly colliding with your true creative voice without overthinking or scaring it away. Any perfectionistic tendencies, comparison to others, hesitancy, and/or immobilizing self-judgment will be terribly confused and ask to be excused. More information here
The Dance of Art and Words
Afternoon Workshop, Saturday November 14, 2020 1-4pm
An afternoon of writing and art especially for those who need to play, escape into the creative process, and find new ideas to obsess on in a non-intimidating, non-critique atmosphere: More here on that
Complimentary Parallel Universe Time: Going on 11 years
PUT is holding the space for each other to focus on our own work in distractible times. It's a grounding feeling that makes focusing easier. You're invited. Just keep this link in a place you can find it and click on it. Bring something you want to work on, I'll be holding the space for you to do just that, distraction-free.
8:30a pacific, 9:30a mtn, 10:30a central, and 11:30a eastern on Mondays. Let me know if you want to be put on the reminder list that goes out every Sunday evening. https://zoom.us/j/887946679
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- Creativity on the French Riviera has been rescheduled to May 2-8, 2021: Still has an Opening.
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed., Creator and trainer of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Training (since 2004), author/illustrator of four books on creativity, multimedia artist, internationally recognized retreat leader, yoga/mindfulness teacher, inspirational humorist, creative mindfulness teacher, poet, and cat servant.