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The Creative Formula

It has been awhile since I posted about The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby. (it’s been a long few weeks, no time to read) I have included chapter 7 and chapter 8 in this post.

Chapter 7 he writes about the creative formula. It was enlightening to read and brought me to a place of “Wow, this is just what I need.”

Here is a review:

Imagination +feelings/intuition +story=action/results

pick something you want to do, Here is my creative formula: “what would I love to create?”

being an artist who sells art:

imagination: going into the art studio. I can smell the turpentine, paint and hear the brushes on the canvas.

Feelings/intuition: excitement, overjoyed, “in my element”

story: If I make more time to be in the studio, then I can creative more art and can be creative daily.

Actions/results: Finished canvases, more to paint and enjoying the outcome of how my life can change.

Why do we need a creative formula? Because it helps with our dreams. It helps with a plan to make dreams be part of our life (steps to make it happen. And it can help us when we are stuck. it can provide a way to see how we might be sabotaging our dreams.

He explains with this formula, the progress and reality of the dreams happening the action, the resources and people to help and strategies will appear. All because you kept focus on the creative process.

He includes a personal discovery assessment in the book. He writes that writing in a journal daily along with meditation and relaxation and the personal discovery assessment can increase clarity to bring your dreams into reality.

Chapter 8 is a review and recap of the book. It reminds us of what we read about what if…?, socialization, the creative formula and living the life that is nature to you.

I will be taking time to do the personal discovery assessment on my own.

This book was insightful and I can see myself going through it again, taking time to do the exercises and continuing to write daily in a journal.

If you ever find yourself unsure of your creativity and intuition, read this book.

Happy Day

Caroline

More art has been posted to Etsy:

Shop link:

https://4pawsartstudio.etsy.com

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More on The Creative Cure

“…ask yourself what you can do to get creative with your creativity.” Pg 131

Chapter 6 has some great thoughts about creating a space to be creative.

  • Space-what is your space like? friendly? Declutter needed? Music? Lighting? Color of room, books, artwork, plants, rugs etc
  • Time– time of day, “honor this time as scared and let those around you know that you won’t be available.”
  • Ritual-“…transform ordinary moments into focused, sacred time that builds meaning and honors the inner creative self.” Mark beginning and end of your creative time. (List of ideas are included on page 140)

He wrote about forming a creative group which would be a support for each other, allow time to be creative together, trade ideas, help each other and be accountable for the creative work.

On page 134, Jacob Nordby shares an exercise, that includes a few good questions.

  • What creative practice would bring more joy into your life? There’s a list on page 128-129 that is helpful to answer this question.

My answer: sewing and textile art, knitting and crochet, painting, growing a small business

  • What is the smallest habit that could bring me toward this practice?

My answer: Experiment with painting techniques, find new knitting stitches to learn, learn more about weaving and start gathering supplies to make a quilt and/or dolls.

This was my favorite topic to read in this book. Very helpful.

Two more chapters to read, more posts to come about this book.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Chapter 6 Revitalizing Action

The last part of chapter 5 of The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby, had many writing exercises. I decided to return to those exercises later, as currently my mind has not been into the writing mode.

Chapter 6

Chapter 6 is about revitalizing Action, page, 116 “I never feel more alive when I am in the midst of making something from nothing.” That was certainly true for me this past weekend. I spent the entire day in the studio painting and being creative.

Here are the key statements the author wrote that caught my attention.

“Creative practices also reduce anxiety, provide a sense of accomplishment, and connect us to others and the environment around us.” pg 119-120

“…the magic of practice lies in two ingredients: mindset and commitment,” pg 122

pg 123 “We compare ourselves to others and then reject our own work, not realizing we are rejecting ourselves and our pursuit of joy in the process.”

pg 126 the author stated that we may have a regular schedule for our craft but stated “..but we want to broaden the scope and meaning to include anything that helps us restore our connection to inner joy.”

Joyful Practice: it can decrease anxiety, stress, sadness, depression etc.

there is a list in this chapter and what makes you have strong emotional response he suggests to pay attention to that.

so here is what gave me a strong emotional response:

  • rescuing or raising animals
  • gardening/farming
  • photography
  • flower arranging
  • playing an instrument
  • sewing and textile art
  • fashion design
  • jewelry making
  • knitting/crocheting
  • hand-spinning yarn
  • making your own anything
  • growing a small business

This list will be used for the first exercise at the end of this chapter.

I am not surprised at the list that gave the a strong emotional connection. I’m curious about this exercise later in the book. Aren’t you?

I’ll post more later

Happy Day

Caroline

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Chapter 5: I am enough..

I am reading the creative cure by Jacob Nordby. This chapter has some deeper writings to try.

It focused on the internal story we tell ourselves and to learn how to write your own story.

“the inner creative self takes a back seat, and the enemies of creativity take over.” Page 97.

The impact of the stories “…can lead to feeling uninspired, helpless, or hopeless in certain areas.” Pg 97-98

The exercise is about taking a list of “should and should not,” and explore changing that story.

Here’s mine: I should have studied art in Europe.

My story rewritten:

I stayed home to be with my mom. And discovered I wanted to work as a healer and art therapist like I wanted to when I was looking at colleges. This time gave me the insight and awareness to focus on my career and to become the art therapist I wanted. I now have a good paying job, and own my home and I can always travel Europe. With this experience I can be a creator and healer and can help others be stronger. I learned about my inner strength.

I am enough. I am safe. I love myself. I see myself.

More on chapter 5 later

Today’s art in the studio…

Started a new painting…first layer of colors.

Working on coasters…. selling on Etsy…

This painting is not completed…

Happy Day

Caroline

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Chapter 5-Poetry for healing

The exercise is about feeling through words. This writing’s focus is on finding feeling words and let go of all rules that apply to writing poems.

He suggested to find a imagine that gives a feeling. I chose a photo of me and my mom.

Write a list of words that describe the emotion, scene, colors and any details. Think if the 5 senses.

Happy, safe, pink, joy, giggle, love, soft, warm, calm, passion, excitement, kind, accepted, clean, sweet, gentle, cuddle, affection, sparkle

What are my thoughts

I never wrote a poem this way. I liked it. It gave me a nostalgic feeling, a longing to return to that time, it brought tears in me, that I’ll never have that touch again. The tears are about the loss, grief of my mom’s passing, but it’s also a longing of wanting to have affection again.

Page 97. “…The real practice is to nourish a sense of safety and begin to send signals to your subconscious that you are good enough and worthy of being heard and seen and accepted.”

Happy day

Caroline

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Chapter 5 Reclaiming my story

I have been posting about about The Creative Cure, book by Jacob Nordby.

This chapter is about creating your story.

I looked ahead in the chapter, there’s a lot of writing assignments.

I’m thinking this chapter will be broken down into mini posts.

So far it’s about storytelling and how we say things to ourselves. Page 86 “unconscious stories are the ones formed in part by the forces of socialization, rejection, and traumatic experiences.”

Page 90 he writes about rejection is part of the enemies of creativity. But it is also tied to perfection.

This statement resonates with me: “… perfectionism is like a creative poison so many of us willingly drink, without realizing that it’s paralyzing our ability to move toward our dreams and joy. We all carry the fear of rejection.” Page 92

Next post he explains about how a particular tool can help to overcome rejection…

In the meantime

Today was much too hot and humid. I found out a person I know is going through more life threatening issues. It makes me sad. She single and has to go through so many adjustments with her physical health, it saddens me. People forget single people are everything, bankers, shoppers, cooks, cleaners and their own nurse etc… I relate to this as I’m single and many don’t ever think about the challenges I face with my physical health. They just assume since I woke up, I’m fine. Not the case when health scares happen. I pray my friend gets a miracle and finds strength in her situation.

That was on my mind today. I took a nap, made dinner and cross stitched.

Cross stitch update

Here’s a detail of what I stitched today.

Happy day

Caroline

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Chapter 4- more on intuition

The last part of chapter 4 of The Creative Cure, by Jacob Nordby, is more about intuition but he added exercises to connect with emotions.

He writes on page 67, “Cultivating your intuition is a lifelong process best approached with curiosity, imagination, and even playfulness.”

He writes more about traumatic experiences and how it can close off our joy. page 73, “healing from trauma is also healing the connection to your inner creative self, which often involves giving your feelings expression in the outer world.”

He explains unhealed trauma and the diagnosis that are connected to it, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction etc.

exercise

page 77, he has a practice exercise about making big decisions.

write one sentence or a word that describes the issue: Do I leave my career and find something less stressful to do?

where do I feel this in my body: my head and chest

pretend I am looking at a picture and relax my eyes, allowing things to get fuzzy: think about What would bring me joy in this situation?

Daydream…then at the end say aloud :”Let it be so.”

next exercise

pg 81, Relax body for a few minutes and ask How am I feeling right now?

write one word that describes how you are feeling: Numb

where do you feel this emotion in your body? chest,

give the emotion a color or shape, temperature, texture- color: light gray, shape: blob, temperature luke warm, texture-smooth

write mental story about these emotions:

If you read my previous post, a person I know, died from a long battle with cancer. I couldn’t stop crying, I drove home crying, I sat on my sofa crying. I went to bed sad and my physical pain increased. I had a hard time talking to the family member, because I was hurt. I was hurt by the feelings he is going through, as I lived them when I was his age. Everything returned to me. To watch someone die of cancer, or any illness, it a trauma. But to be at the side of someone’s bed and watch them die and see them hemorrhage is a trauma that will never be forgotten. I am numbed by so many health issues of people around me. I tend to be alone when I hear “bad” news, I never have anyone to talk to me about it as it is happening, I have to wake up alone with it. And go on with my day as if I didn’t hear about anything traumatic. I am always alone dealing with emotional issues. I am tired and need to escape away from work and death and illness. It’s taking away my creativity.

Both images on this post is in my shop on etsy: 4pawsartstudio

Happy Day

Caroline

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Chpt 4 cont…The creative cure-creative exercises

Intuition is the topic for this chapter.

The exercise the author Jacob Nordby, suggest is blind contour drawing.

He stayed it can “take you out of your logical, results-oriented mind and into the realm of pure observation and creative flow.” Page 65

So here goes…

This is a plant I have in my window sill, thought it would make an interesting blind contour drawing.

Here’s the finished blind contour drawing…

Then the next creative exercise is intuitive painting. He states it is “an amazing tool for developing and honoring your intuition.” Page 67

I used watercolor paints.

I really liked that both of these exercises were in one chapter.

It helped me to not fully concentrate on perfection. But I need to admit it was a challenge to not look down at the paper doing blind contour drawing.

I want to repeat this exercise again.

Happy day

Caroline

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Chapter 4 Rediscovering Intuition and Honoring Emotions

I have been reading The Creative Cure by Jacob Nordby. It has been an interesting to go through this book and examine what’s lodged inside of me.

This chapter is about trusting your intuition. Page 63 “The problem is that most of us weren’t taught the skill of listening to and following our intuition, as we live in a society that’s imbued with a logic-based cultural bias.”

Page 64 “I can’t imagine returning to a time when I shut down the guidance of that interior voice.” “When we shut down or ignore our intuition, as so many of us have been trained to do, it’s no surprise that the element of joy in our life suffers.”

This is compelling, as I feel my joy has been cemented inside of me, can’t escape from the past traumas I have witnessed, experienced and heard. Life has been too traumatic for me.

He writes further about if you are lost to feel your intuition that reconnecting to it will feel awkward. And to distinguish between intuitive feeling and wishful thinking will become difficult. Old habits, fears and biases may dominate your thinking.

There are exercises in this chapter: Blind contour drawing, dream log, intuitive painting.

I will share about the exercises in the next post about chapter 4….

Happy Day

Caroline

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And then there’s a creative art journal

My flower journey is still going on. While painting flowers this month, I’m also started back to creating art journal pages.

Along with reading “the creative cure” it made sense to me to work in my journal.

This is a great way to start when you are unsure what to paint. It’s also a good way to loosen up if feeling tense and restricted about painting. And it’s a great way to paint a background.

Here’s the directions:

The brush of colors

  • Acrylic paint
  • Flat brush
  • Journal
  • Palette
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Chose 4 colors. Any color that appeals to you.

Use a flat brush and paint blobs of colors onto the paper. Fill it until the white paper is covered.

After it is dried. Choose 2 more colors. And paint on top of the colors on the paper.

That’s the first part….more to come about this painting.

Where’s my flowers? I’m working on some paintings for Etsy…will be showing them on blog soon, and posting on Etsy hopefully at the end of July.

Happy day

Caroline