My Creative Week: Opening the Creative Door

How was your creative week? (You can share your accomplishments, setbacks and side-tours with us in our Facebook group here. Then come back on Monday to set intentions for Week 35). The theme of my creative week was Opening the Creative Door and below are my creative accomplishments for this week 34, Q3, 2019, under the three hats of maker, manager and marketer.

Theme of the Week: Opening the Creative Door

Opening the Creative DoorOn Thursday this week, the theme for our creative flow practice was “Opening the Right Creative Door.

And afterwards one of our regular practitioners, Julie, asked the question:

I’d be very interested to learn more about how you know you’ve opened the ‘wrong’ door and how to close it and open the ‘right’ one. Not quite sure how to cultivate that ability.

Julie is already on the way because she is practising meditation, self-observation and the cultivation of creative flow.

Here are the steps.

1. Awareness

Which door is open now? The distraction door or the (intentional) doing door?

2. Feelings

Deepen the awareness by moving out of the thinking mind into the feeling sense.

Turn the attention inwards and observe how you’re feeling.

“How am I feeling?” This can be a surprisingly difficult question to answer and we need to ensure it doesn’t start us thinking about the answer. What we are aiming for here is to sense (not think).

It often helps to give the thinking mind something to do by framing the response in the form of a weather metaphor.

Another member of our creative flow group suggested framing it as an image, as sensing her internal weather did not come easily to her, but images floated up that gave her the sense of her internal condition.

The point, at any rate, is to turn your attention and sense but not judge how are you are feeling.

3.  What would make you feel better?

Once you have a sense of how you feel, you then begin the imaginative exercise of opening and closing doors and seeing how each one makes you feel.

Does walking through a particular door make you feel lighter, freer, more relaxed? Or heavier, tighter, more anxious,

So often we frame our creative work as something we “should” be doing. But if we focus on our feelings, we will naturally be led to the positive, the creative.

When we open the door to what gives us a sense of freedom, all we have to do is step through.

My Creative Week: Week 34, Q3, 2019

Here’s what I achieved, wearing my three work hats.

MAKER: Two more chapters of Creative Self-Publishing.

MANAGER: Finished getting all the moving parts of the revamped podcast together, including a new How to Self-Publish Poetry podcast, which invites in the poets to submit an audio reading.

MARKETER: Got my fiction newsletter going again as my one year of non-fiction, which turned into two years, draws towards a close, and I begin writing fiction again.

What about you, how was your creative week? What did you produce, process or promote in your creative business?

In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week. What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and  Marketer (who promotes). Join us?

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