I played with an idea...
"I played with an idea, and grew willful; tossed it into the air; transformed it; let it escape and recaptured it; made it irridescent with fancy, and winged it with paradox." ~Oscar Wilde
Did you play with an idea? Did you try making it irridescent with fancy? Did it work? I know.. me neither! Mine was muddy with chocolate fingerprints. And my paradoxes have broken wings, go figure.
I am a mortal who gets blocked because sometimes I passionately pursue an idea with a ridiculous amount of perfectionism, high expectations, and overwhelm. I know other humans who get blocked when they seriously try to adhere to somebody else's rigid rules.
Boogers! Let's get willful! We need the Muse, Bea Silly. We have this wonderful fringe benefit that comes with being human called humor. It even has the same first three letters so duh. Having fun, playing around, and being silly can result in ingenuity, good ideas and isn't having fun its own reward? YEAH, it is, so lighten-up.
The immobilized can make breakthroughs when they begin to play, the too-serious can stumble upon new solutions when they get silly, and the uptight can actually BEGIN DOING something when given permission to be imperfect and have fun. Then that "something" often turns into something wonderful because the creative juices are flowing with iridescence.
I took notes at a dinner party that I had the other night and here's what the guests at the kids' table said after simultaneously making bubbles in their milk with their straws:
‘When truly creative people come up with a new idea, they do not reject it immediately because of its flaws. They play with it, looking for strengths and sliding over weaknesses.’
~ David Campbell
‘Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.’ ~ Carl Gustav Jung
‘If life doesn’t offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.’ ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
‘Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.’ ~ Miles Davis
‘All work and no play doesn’t just make Jill and Jack dull, it kills the potential of discovery, mastery and openness to change and flexibility and it hinders innovation and invention.’
~ Joline Godfrey
'Fun is an elixir of spontaneous ideas. Solutions that seemed so evasive earlier appear effortlessly in the midst of play.' Bea Silly, A Modern Day Muse
P.S. Carl Jung didn't eat his brussel sprouts.
You are invited to a complimentary teleconference with Bea Silly this Thursday, June 5th. Sign up here. Find out more about how play and taking ourselves more lightly can be your elixir to creative freedom. With the economy the way it is, with the ever-changing landscapes of our lives, with the reality of impending years - we need all the creativity we can muster from our muses. Playful creativity helps us see through attitudes that exalt our existence.
Jill's latest column at Creativity Portal.
Two cats get silly during their daily workout. For some laughter Click here.
Click here to see some brilliant lyrical silliness.
Events and Trainings with Jill Badonsky
‘To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.’ ~ Albert Einstein
Thursday, June 5 5pm pst/ 8pm est
Partake in a FreeSample of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching
Topic: The Modern Day Muse Bea Silly gives you an experience of play as it relates to freeing your creativity. Sign up here for the secret passcode and the decoder ring.
Wednesday, June 11 6pm pst/9pm est
Get a Taste of Body Blissmas (and a Happy New Rear)!!
Sample a Blissmas Teleconference and find out two of the secret keys of weight control and wellness through creative bliss.
Beam yourself here to read 45 Reasons Why You Want To Join Blissmas.
Sign up here for the call.
Thursday June 19, 7-9 pm pst
Flower Hill Mall, Del Mar: At Book Works. Jill's Third Thursday Drop-in Writing Workshop. Just show up, bring paper.
All levels, all sexes, all attitudes, all afflictions, all genres, all pens, all or nothing at all... prompts, word play, starters, tips, dark chocolate, laughter, permission to have fun. Sixth year running.. always room for one more, get inspired or get your money back. This month the theme is June Gone Bad in a Very Good Way. BYOV (Bring Your Own Verbs)
June 18 - September 17
Kaizen Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training
Gas Prices Stressing You? That's just one more good reason to work at home helping people bust through creative blocks on the phone. This model of coaching is helping hundreds create the life they dream of.
Last chance to sign up for this summer's KMCC training. Three spaces left. Training happens through weekly teleconferences, readings, and a rich on-line community. email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free comprehensive KMCC brochure. If you have questions feel free to ask them on the call this Thursday, June 5th. visit www.kaizenmuse.com to sign-up.
Blissmas Opens its Doors to New Members!!!
Discover the journey to wellness and weight control through creative thought and action, and the journey to creative nourishment through revitalized energy and liberation from inconvenient self-sabotage.
Visit Here to find out more about Body Blissmas.
Sample a free Blissmas Call Wednesday, June 11.
Sign up for Blissmas Updates and Receive a Free Badonsky Guided Imagery
October 10-12, 2008
Retreat: Agelessness Retreat
Second annual migration to Spirit Fire Retreat Center in rural Massachusetts to relax, eat healthy gourmet food, dive into your creative passions, experience a Shamanic Journey, yoga for creative twists, write and create art with Jill Badonsky's playfully profound exercises and just leisurely enjoy nature's bountiful art in the form of autumn foliage. Make sure to sign up before the cost goes up. A $750 value for ONLY $475 early registration, $525 after July 1, $555 after Oct 1. Stay an extra day for only $65 (all meals included).. it's Columbus Day Weekend. See more at this link.
More schedule of classes here
Play with Ideas Here
‘To retain the simple playfulness of childhood through one’s riper years is what opens a person up to the creative possibilities within a situation.’ ~ Denise Shekerjian
Okay it's June. Begin each sentence of a 4-line story with the letters of JUNE. For example:
Just when I thought it was safe to write poetry an
Undulating distraction attempted to kid-
Nap me and force me to watch reality TV. But i resisted by
Eating the remote control and now the TV goes off and on every time I burp but I'm writing poetry again.
I know I was a bit too serious so why don't you try being silly. Have fun with it.
Last month Frances Honich did this with MAY:
Make an appointment with the Queen of Time.
Admit her into your life to counsel and teach
You to toy with time, making it your own.
Got one for JULY? Send it to email@example.com
June 4, Hmm around 470 B.C. Socrates was born. Happy Birthday Soc!
Socrates said, "“Wisdom begins in wonder. Be as you wish to seem.”
Begin a repeated completion (really quickly repeat one or both of the following incomplete sentences filling them in differently each time; do it so fast, you don't think):
Wisdom begins in... and/or I seem to be... If one of your completions keeps you going, go with it.
See Cheryl Finley's Fool Archetype Here (but don't try this at home)
PLAY with a Stilllife here (worth the download wait)
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaches
If you are experiencing frustration with getting to and staying with your creative call, consider the high success rate of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaches solving this problem. Several coaches in training are offering a four-pack of sessions for reduced costs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in trying a session. Or try a short free introductory session to give you an idea of what a KMCC call is like. Each session includes the power of a guided imagery to relax you and get you in touch with your creative intuitive - a portal to easy, desirable solutions.
Here are Two of the Graduates from the Spring 2008 KMCC training:
Jill Allison Bryan
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, Singer/Songwriter
Since Kaizen-Muse creativity coaching helped Jill find her way back to her love of writing, recording and performing original music, she believes fully in the effectiveness of its compassionate power. Through her Creative Oasis Coaching practice, Jill helps people to experience their own
Mid-Life Oasis (because it doesn’t have to be a crisis!) by pursuing their creative passions and experiencing the joy and fulfillment that brings to their lives. Jill writes and performs her original music regularly and is now recording her first solo CD. She offers workshops and retreats in and around DFW, Texas and on-one-one creativity coaching via phone and e-mail sessions.
Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, Artist, Soul Collage Facilitator, Muse Group Facilitator
Laura offers individualized solutions for clients who are longing to reconnect with their creative birthright in a soul-full, play-full, non-threatening way, but feel overwhelmed by perceived time constraints born from perfectionism, scatteredness, procrastination and generalized fear of success. She also facilitates Muse Groups and Soul Collage Groups
Her site is http://shinethedivinecreativitycoaching.blogspot.com
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Meet Sally Evans, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach
Sally Evans is an jewelry artist, Certified Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, product and program developer.
What do you like about being a Certified KMCC coach?
I love connecting with other kindred spirits and it feels good to help them bring more creativity and joy into their lives.
What kinds of things do you create?
I create art jewelry designed to remind women of their grace and inner strength.
Products and programs that help people live with more creativity and joy.
I write articles for my online ezine called Creative Inspiration.
I paint abstract landscapes, mixed media pieces, and whimsical animals.
I am currently co-authoring a book on EFT and Creativity.
I also like to cook, sew, and play around just making stuff.
What inspires you?
Everything! Nature, learning new things, reading (a lot!), people and their stories, traveling, color and texture.
Most favorite achievement?
My e-course and program called Design Your Inspired Life – it’s something that I’m really excited about – it keeps evolving.
Usually my last piece of jewelry – until I do the next one!
Key to your perseverance?
I think it’s my passion for creativity and for finding as much happiness and a deep satisfaction with life as possible. I have a very curious nature and I love to learn new things and try to apply them. If something isn’t working, I’ll try something else.
What advice would you give to other artists and creative souls?
It’s not as much about what you do but how you do it that matters. If you struggle, burn yourself out, and beat yourself up to achieve a goal – when you finally get there, it may not feel like success at all. But if you enjoy the process of getting to the goal and seek joy in the small moments, you’ve already achieved success.
Where can people find you and your work?
My Design Your Inspired Life e-course and program which helps people to create their own unique and wonderful journey starts this summer and you can check it out here:
My creativity coaching site is www.JumpstartCreativity.com
See Sally's Jewelry and Art Here.