Monday, June 14, 2010

Creative Intentions Issue No. 1

Welcome to week one of Creative Intentions. With this newsletter, I hope to inspire all creative types to learn about their personal creativity and how to grow from their creative work. Each week, for twelve weeks, you can look forward to a feature article with information, tips and ideas surrounding the realm of creativity.

Feature Article Topic:

The Creative Cycle

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you feel inspired to create, while other times you can’t get yourself moving at all? Well, I have good news for you. These ups and downs are a natural part of the creative cycle. Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a Jungian Analyst who describes the creative cycle in her audio CD The Creative Fire. She tells us that “our deepest knowings of how to construct our creative lives have been replaced by manuals”, how to books, and the like. We struggle to trust the ideas that come from our own minds and hearts. We do not believe they are enough. Dr. Estes advises that, “All you have to do to create is to stand out of the way.” According to Estes, the cycle of creativity goes like this: a quickening, birth, a rising of energy to zenith, falling and decline, death, then incubation (and repeat). So looking at this formula of the creative cycle, one can see that there are times for high creative energy and production, as well as times where one’s creativity appears to not exist. However, the creativity is still there within you; it has just gone temporarily underground to rest and incubate. It will be birthed and rise again. Picture this cycle as an ever-flowing circle. It will flow naturally as described, unless something gets in the way. This “something” could be trauma, causing twists in the creative cycle then keeping things underground for a longer period of time. Although this may feel disabling, be assured your creativity can never go away; it can only be hidden.


This month, try to track your own creative cycle. Label its parts and see if there might be anything blocking your creativity from coming into birth once again.


June 21, 2010 Issue No. 2 will feature an article on
Creative Blocks.

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Happy Monday to All!

Best Wishes!

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Suzanne said...

Hi from over at Flying Lessons,
In regard to your post there, yes, you can sell PDF files through Etsy. I bought one -- it was actually five files. I'm sorry I can't remember who it was from. But I'm sure once he got my payment from paypal, he sent me the email with the link to the pdf, with a note asking me not to give it out to anyone else. It came from Denmark I think.

Monica said...

i adore Estes, she speaks my language... in more ways than one actually. :)

i've heard several people say, to artists, get out of your own way. i work on that daily.

Briana said...

Thank you so much for your comments Suzanne and Monica.

Robin Norgren-Well of Creations said...

excellent information. glad I stopped in from Flying Lessons, Robin


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