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Dancing within the Creative Fire

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Dancing within the Creative Fire

A few months ago I started getting in touch with a feeling of something simmering within me.  It had been brewing for quite sometime.  I had been feeling like I was off my game for quite sometime, so this little something, even though buried deep inside, felt vastly promising!  I could feel the flames licking at my heels to move me into action, but I still struggled to ignite them enough to feel a push of vital energy behind them.

Tools for the Creative Fire

I dug in with my best tools for stoking the creative fire to see if I could move past simmering and into flame.

I started with inner journey work, partnered with sacred cacao from Guatemala.  I journaled, created mind maps of the many projects that came up for me.  I visited with trusted mentors, potential collaborators, and even complete strangers.

Then I could feel I had a few ideas spark up inside.  I knew enough from the personal work I was doing to understand I should be focusing on something live and face-to-face….an event of some kind.

I explored potential event spaces.  I looked for inspiration and invited the Universe to share direction and wisdom with me.  I looked for clues that I was on the right path and acted like something was going to come of all the Wish-To energy….even though I often still felt just an inkling of what might actually come of my sparks.  I moved forward, playing the part of a person who strongly believed something big was coming my way.

Then, it happened.  Several of my creative ideas started to take shape.  I leaned heavy on my intuition.  If something felt right and easy, I went with that.  If there was a struggle, a snag and hook inside, I looked for the easy button! And within a few of those key  ideas, other ideas came in and shifted the direction so that multiple interests were finding life within a few major projects.

Suddenly, I was on fire!

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Sacred TempleKeepers was birthed, a partnership between me and Milena Worsham from Running Buffalo Journeys.

Milena and I have been friends and worked together both in business and for personal development for years.  She lives primarily in Guatemala but through the magic of the internet, we manage to share our spiritual journey in nearly weekly visits.

And so we began planning a series of PlayShops around the cacao we both love and use as part of our regular practice of self inquiry. We blended in creativity, spirituality, and a hefty dose of play.

I hunkered down and rode the wave of productivity to its pinnacle.  Our collaboration was solidified. There were meetings on Skype, back and forth emails, meditating, and brainstorming with additional partners.  Then, long nights to write copy and design promotional materials for the markets we were designing our PlayShops around. I love what we have brought to life together.

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As a result, I have been absent from this site and very present in Creativity Tribe live events and collaborations.

Part of me struggled with not keeping Creativity Tribe firmly up-to-date.  But I decided to stay with the momentum.  I think that was the right direction.

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I have spent the last several weeks traveling and guiding our special gatherings, as well as offering private sacred cacao sessions. Sunday ended the bulk of this line of events, and the momentum for follow-up events is strong in the air. I am brilliantly tired and joyfully filled up!

Image by Liz Ophoven

Image by Liz Ophoven

Dancing within the Creative Fire…Next Chapter

This opens a new chapter for me.  What it will be exactly, I am eager to see.  I am allowing the sparks of possibility to express themselves as I continue to dance within the creative fire.  I can’t wait to share the evolution with you!

Power of Play at Work

Play at Work Scheduling your Play

Play at Work

When I went out on my own and began Creativity Tribe, I knew I wanted to live what I believed.  I knew building a business that valued play at work would boost my creativity and be an investment in my wellness at the same time.  I knew play at work was imperative for creativity, and creativity was at the heart of my business.

Scheduling Play

I took my play at work seriously, scheduling it into my business life.

  • Play dates with other artists.
  • Engaging play in my artwork.
  • Private dance parties for personal celebrations.
  • Eccentric glasses.
  • Encouraging my inner child in every day interactions.

Oh yes….
and mandatory Crazy Hat Days.

Warm Hat Collage

Hats!  And not just in Winter months.  Any opportunity to show off my head gear, I am the first to dive in.

sporting a wide brimmed hat for play at work day

Summer months, I had a blast wearing goodies during Summer Art Camp.  Art shows and festivals mean fairy garland, and annual Halloween gigs let me show off my handmade witchy garb.

Crazy Hat Day Collage

The power of play isn’t just for me.  Play at work is infectious.  It makes others happy to see me pushing the boundaries of creative play.  They want to join in.  It gives them permission to live more freely.  It links strangers together in the magic that is Creativity Tribe. So I keep it up!

crazy hat pink flamingo

Since my work can often be done on-the-go, it isn’t unusual for me to take crazy hat day out into the world.  On days when I really need to reach high for inspiration, I grab my pipe cleaner pink flamingo hat.  It is the pentacle of play at work!

Creativity Tip: Consider how you can invite playing into your work life.  Even in small ways, play is a powerful asset!

Rachel as her Bitstrip Avatar, Radish Cap

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Re-ignite Your Creative Spirit

Creativity Tribe Facebook

I loved being part of the Cre8ive Klatch’s post about Bringing Back Your Muse.  And it got me thinking about ALL the amazing creatives that share the Creativity Tribe Facebook community.  I invited them to share some of their favorite tips for re-igniting their creative spirit.  Here is what they shared!

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Beth Garrett of The Turquoise Door:  Sometimes dreams play a part. Other times an extraordinary piece becomes my inspiration.

Susan Walls-Beverly of Susan’s Art Circus: Would you believe cleaning is number 1..? (for more of Susan’s fixes, hop over to her post, When I Don’t Feel Creative: My Top 6 Fixes)

Pamela Venus the CreativeGoddess shares several ideas:
I have so many creative ideas & limited physical energy; sometimes I use up my energy in the idea phase before I can do the manifestation phase.
*** I have started writing down my ideas for my Art Journal pages so when I have the energy I have the ideas & saved stuff (receipts, cards, printed material, embellishments, etc.)
*** With my painting, participating in an online class or starting with whatever grabs me; colors, seasons, quotes etc.
*** Jewelry making:  I have a bazillion projects bagged up awaiting my energy.
*** I am also inspired by seeing others creations, which is the reason I created my page FEED the MUSE.

Noopur Agarwal of Nablooms Creations:  My work is related to energy … Connecting with people , self or nature helps me get my inspiration .. Also motivating/inspiring others to find their creative side inspires me … My pagewww.facebook.com/NabloomsCreations

Cat Athena LouiseVisiting a store, I find hugely inspirational…it fills up my creative well.  (For more of Cat’s tips, hop over to Filling Your Creative Well.)

Maria Hubbard, a frequent artistic playmate at Creativity Tribe gatherings:   When I need to find inspiration I travel back through the 1000’s of pictures I took on my 4 month trip across this wonderful country we live in. (Maria lives in the United States.)  I photographed everything I saw, from landscapes to animals to clouds floating by.  The beauty we find whenever we open our eyes and look is everywhere!

Re-ignite Creative Spirit

blooming line 2Three of my favorite tips for Re-igniting Your Creative Spirit

  1. Connect with another artist to share a creativity session.
  2. Throw out the idea of making something and just explore art materials.
  3. Take a nap while dreaming on your project.  Let your mind play with the idea and see where it goes.Great tips from everyone, huh?!  Now, we want to hear YOUR tips for keeping your creativity rolling.  Hop over to the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group to let us know your secrets.
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