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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
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"Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose."
-- Charles Du Bos
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THE TOP 10 WAYS TO ENLIVEN AND EXPAND YOUR CREATIVITY
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1. Trust whatever comes through you, without attachment or judgment. Judgment kills creativity faster than anything else. I find my highest creativity happens when I honor the process over the results.

2. When you really give yourself over to the creative process, there is a space of being very intensely connected to the moment. This timeless, quiet-mind place honors creativity and can be cultivated with awareness.

3. Invite your creativity to show up as if you are inviting it over for tea; carve out room for it in your life, let it know it is important enough to give it priority.
Anything we give our time, energy, and attention to, always expands.

4. Believe in yourself. Believe in your Soul's inalienable right to express itself as you.

5. Cultivate the belief that the world truly is a better place because you express your uniqueness through your creativity.

6. Give yourself permission to feel the contracted places in your mind and body that rebel against freely expressing your creativity. Draw, write, dance, or move those places in your body/mind and really listen to what they have to say. Dialog with those parts if they are willing. The insights that come can free up more energy to create with.
Non-dominant hand drawing or writing can be especially conducive to by-passing the left brain analytical pathways.

7. Give up needing to do it right and comparing your work to others.

8. Get into the mind frame of being a kid. All kids innately know that they can sing and dance or paint. Encourage your inner kid to come out and show you their inhibited artist self.
If your inner child has been judged or shamed in the past for their creative expression, you may need to take this very slow. You will need to win the trust of your child again and make it safe for them to show up.

9. Invite a friend to come over and play/create with you.
Sometimes just having someone near who is also committed to energizing their creativity can be very supportive of getting the juices flowing.

10.  Live your life as if IT is your Art.

By Shondeya Betari who can be reached at www.stellarcoach.com.
Copyright 1997, 98, 99, 2000 CoachU
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COACHING CALL TO ACTION FOR
THE TOP 10 WAYS TO ENLIVEN AND EXPAND YOUR CREATIVITY
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1. Identify 3 areas/projects that you would like to invite creativity to join you.

2. If there is a judge, a critic, a "gremlin" holding you back from creating, identify what you need to do to let go of that voice and be in the flow.

3. Just do it! Create, play and have fun!
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