Archives for Personal Growth
How can we be creative in our life, whether or not we choose to pursue a career in the arts? "Creative living is about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear." That is one of the main ideas in the teachings of Elizabeth Gilbert - one she addresses in her book on creativity: "Big Magic."
"I don't see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way - artistically." Lady Gaga How do attitudes we hold about ourselves and the world impact our creative thinking? Can we change those attitudes to be more creative? In her research publications and book The Creativity Challenge, KH Kim describes a model and series of concepts for helping children and adults be more creative and productive.
As musician Alanis Morissette points out, “We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value as happiness, excitement and inspiration.” The image is the character 'Sadness' in the wonderful movie Inside Out, which portrays how we can make positive use of all our emotions.
The host of the Psychotherapy 2.0 online training summit, Diane Poole Heller, PhD, notes: "We've brought together some of the most respected names in the field—visionaries such as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Diana Fosha, Jack Kornfield, Gay and Katie Hendricks, Steven Hayes, and Richard Schwartz."
How does fear affect our lives and creative work? Should we even try to "get over" the experience of fear? Actor Natalie Portman once commented: “Fear is intrinsic to everything you do as a creative person." Robert Maurer, PhD, a UCLA clinical psychologist, would probably agree. He has interviewed many successful actors, writers and other creative people, and researched social and neuropsychological aspects of achievement and creative expression for many years.
"I’m amazing for you, not because of you." Do you compare yourself to others, your life to other lives? That may be natural, even inevitable, since we live as social beings - but it can erode our self-esteem. Comedian, writer and actor Amy Schumer has related an experience that lowered esteem and confidence; maybe you can relate or find it is familiar:
"Writing is a path of profound self-awareness." Mark Matousek How can writing help us learn more about who we are, and release more creativity? One answer is writing can be a powerful tool for accessing our shadow self. “Creativity always requires taking a chance on one’s self meeting one’s unconscious, or shadow..."
How do we engage with life to be actively creative, but not overwhelmed by circumstances or inner challenges? How do artists think about using creative talents? Julia Cameron first published her acclaimed book on the creative life "The Artist's Way" in 1992, and has written many other non-fiction titles, short stories and essays, as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays. A teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer and journalist, she clearly knows how to be creative and productive.
The photo is food writer and TV show host Nigella Lawson in her London library. She is author of multiple books and, apparently, a dedicated reader. What can we do to be more engaged and prolific in our creative thinking and work? Author and mentor Julia McCutchen shares a number of ideas in her article below.