Practice Creativity


Imagine someone asking you “How many hours per week do you spend working?” or “What do you do?” you’re probably answer something like, “I’m a full time student and I work part-time at a department store,” or “I’m a full-time mom of three boys,” or I’m a professor, “or” I’m a computer expert “, etc. The answer describes the everyday life of what you do for a living, a job that gives you income, social identity, a certain professional status and sometimes public recognition. But rewarding, very often job includes duties, tasks and requirements we are obliged to perform, whether we like it or not. Our freedom to do just what we want in our work is almost always limited. This is the main reason why so many people suffer from work-related frustrations and see their work as a necessary evil they have to endure in exchange for a monthly paycheck.

Now, imagine someone asking you “How many hours a week you in creating something that gives you? joy “or” Do you have a creative routine that helps you handle stress “Think about your answer, you can take a little longer to give an answer and when you do, you can say,” Hmm, you know, I would like to be creative, but the truth is, I’m too tired “or” Well, I’d love to have some time for creativity, but I’m too busy with other things, “or” It would be great to have creative practice, but it is luxury for the rich, and I have bills to pay “or” me, creative? But I’m not an artist, I’m the office! “

If the answer to the question of creation resembles some answers above, it is high time you changed your attitude to your ability to be creative. In this section, you will be introduced to a number of mythic characters and real people who consider creativity not as a luxury, but the birthright of them. The truth is that we are all born with the ability to be creative, as we are born with the ability to think, dream and imagine. But, some of we continue to honor the creativity of all our lives and benefit from creative habit, many others betray our creativity we seek joy in practices that are not only non-productive but oftentimes, self-destructive.

The prices we pay when we stifle our right to be creative is as high as those we pay when we stifle our dreams. In my work as a psychotherapist and coach, the majority of customers complain about feelings of depression, insomnia, panic attacks, low self-esteem or sense of meaninglessness those who ignore their dreams and their own creative impulses. Over the years I have helped many people return with the natural ability to create, watching them benefit from their creativity: a recovered confidence, better ability to handle daily stress of life, freedom from depression and a sense of fulfillment that no medical treatment alone can always catalyzed.

As you’re working through the fourth stage of this process, it is important to experience the joys of maintaining and developing creative habits. Connect with your creativity will allow you to be spontaneous and daring as you suspend judgment on the settlement of creative endeavors. Benefit from your become creative will be a sense of ongoing satisfaction, inner freedom and independence from the recognition of others. The more you allow yourself to be creative, the more self-confident you will be and the better you will like you.

Creation 101

“To create” means “to cause to exist”; “bring into being something that has never existed before.” Everything has been first imagined. The creation of the human that we use our imagination constructively by giving material tailored to the creative ideas of our. I In this context, creative person is not only imaginative ideas but also actively meet the ideas in the real world. This creative input enriches not only the individual creator of life, but also the world as a whole.

Creative people are not necessarily practicing artists. They come from all walks of life and their creativity applies to all aspects of our culture, they may be the scientists discover the hidden laws of the universe or new cures for terminal diseases; business people create breakthrough opportunities in national economies; lawyers, experts in the field thanks to their creative ideas to solve their problems; visionary politicians leading nations to freedom and prosperity; teachers to create new approaches to the classroom; farmers create breakthrough methods of farming or cultivation; chefs create culinary masterpieces or revolutionary cooking methods; managers guide organizations in success through creative leadership; detectives solving mysteries, and incarcerating criminals thanks to creative thinking. Age, not the level of education and socio-economic status matter: creative person can be a child, teenager, adult or older. He or she may be single or married, divorced or widowed, childless or with children. Individual differences can be unlimited. But there are three characteristics listed below, all creative people share in common, where you will also develop as you work with this method:

a. Creative people Honor creativity

creative people know the relationship between creativity and efficiency, and they are well to keep them in balance. They cultivate creative needs by taking the necessary time and space to access the imagination and stimulate creative thinking. And they bring their ideas into reality by being productive. They also honor their creativity by protecting and nurturing their ideas and by following a discipline that involves hard work, concentration, isolation, unusual decisions, sacrifices, dedication to creative purpose, and confidence in their inner voice. Nevertheless, despite the requirements of the creative process, staying loyal to their creative efforts is never a burden for creative people. The joy to see completed their creation is so clean that it solves all strive application process.

Examples of the movie characters portraying creative individuals abound. Some of them are presented in this section. I urge you to see appropriate films and notice how different these characters are and how similar in the way they honor creativity. These characters represent simple people longing for the joy of creating, much as we all do. As you watch the film, let them inspire you to connect with their own creativity and joy that you see the experience in film.

Working Girl, is the story of a young woman’s decision to bring their creative ideas into reality, having to protect them from being appropriated by her boss. Tess McGill, the main character, is a thirty-year-old administrative assistant who lives in Staten Island and commutes every day to her work in the Manhattan financial district. On the ferry, reads it, and at night, she takes classes. Tess wants to become something more than a secretary. She is bright, talented, informed, and last but not least, she has ideas on mergers and acquisitions, it presents his new boss, Katharine Parker, hoping to appreciate and offered a better position in the company. But Katharine has different intentions :. When Tess asks her brilliant idea that will save large companies overseas acquisition, Katharine steals it and presents it to her clients as her own, consulting Tess not mentioned elsewhere

It’s not too long before Tess find out that its creation is to use. She vows to protect her idea and use all means available to make it happen, even if it means that she has to pretend to be Katharine. While Katharine is away recovering from a skiing accident, Tess takes identity Katharine says in its programs to fight to see their idea become a reality until the very end, even after the true identity of her discovery and she lives the imposter. But thanks to its persistence and willingness to take risks for their own creative idea her, Tess did not give up. Exposing Katharine minutes before she signs a contract with the customer, it proves that the idea was originally her, and wins. When oven Trask, the client asks Tess why she had to do this and stop her celebrity, answer her:

“You can bend the rules enough when you get to the top, but not while you are. . try to get there and if you are someone like me, you can not get there without bending the rules “

oven, admiring her courage to fight for her idea, said:

. “You’ve got a real fire in the belly, Ms. McGill

answer Tess this website means only fighting to protect the creative people is never easy

” I’m not quite sure what you means, sir. I’ve got something in my stomach, but I think it’s nervous knots. “

Tess McGill is not an artist. Its creation is not expressed through poetry, writing, or painting, but through brilliant ideas in creating multi-million dollar discoveries in the financial world. But, as an artist who fights to protect their work from being appropriated, passes it to her idea considered to be her own. She is diligent, thorough, brave, and she loves what she does. She does not rest until she sees it to take a picture really. And given limited means, she thinks and acts creatively through her ordeal against all odds, until the surface of truth, and she meets her dream.

Another tribute to the creative people’s epic Titanic, which is filled with characters honor creativity times but the last moments, even as they are intoxicated with the “unsinkable ship” in the abysmal depths of the North Atlantic. The story is told eighty-four years later through a flash back for Rose de Witt, Survivor, she sits in pottery studio. Rose is one hundred and one years old, and she is still creating pottery. Surrounded by his works, she says fateful ride her and introduces Jack Dawson, a young artist and the love of his life, who died in a tragic journey. It was only hours with him, but their love was immortal.

As she recalled moments together, Rose brings us eighty-four years into “the erotic moments in her life,” she lets us witness it: Hours before his death, Jack is drawing naked her wearing only a necklace with a big, Blue Diamond. Beauty seventeen year old Rose in love is immortal in the drawing, seen through the eyes of the artist. “I could not stop shaking” old Rose confesses, referring to the intense erotic experience was with her forever. List Jack made a lifetime of love that survived his death. Rose, his art not only to create a drawing of her; it created immortal Jack.

As Rose man, to live with her tragic scenes that unfold as the ship is about to sink. We are shown the five musicians band ship complete the last pieces of music. We follow with unknown musicians offer their last farewell and walk away; except for Violin and stay at the same place and begins to play solo. Like other members of the band to hear him play, they stop, come back and join him in pieces. Amidst the crowd screaming passengers in vain to save his life, these musicians peacefully take imminent death and choose to celebrate life with their music until dark ocean swallows them play their last note. Defying death by being creative until the last breath of people is one of the most powerful message in this epic is also a tribute to inner freedom, immortal love and unshakable right to honor the truth people.

b. Creative people regard Create as Healing

creative people healers. They live to bring wholeness to the inevitable wounds caused by life. Creative production is their response to aggression, deprivation, unfairness and injustice which, unfortunately, abound in practice. Through living, they shut to enhance the beauty, harmony and love, without which life can not exist. Creativity is the only weapon against the strictures of depression, boredom or loneliness, and a source of strength, courage and hope. Creative people do not allow the burdens of life to reduce them. They live despite the daily pressures and dramas to overcome pain, fear, poverty, illness and even death.

“When I do, something happens and I disappear form” says Billy Elliot in his interview with the committee Royal Ballet Academy. “It is difficult in the beginning, but then something happens and I start to fly. I hesitate. I disappear in the air like a bird, like electricity. Yes, like electricity …”

Billy calls ” electricity “the divine light that spark in him when he is immersed in the creative process, enlightening his existence and the world around him. Through dance, his character becomes one with the Creator as he, little Billy, disappears. The joy of dance doctors grief for his sick mother, concerned about his bad his grandmother, his grief being beaten by her brother, and his grief is rejected by his father. Whole Ness Billy is dancing her. That’s when his daily life on the back burner and he feels truly alive.

There is no method livelihoods and the creative process. Its essence is the very fabric of life, which is much nature to push the limits in order to achieve Creation. And when an organization is established, there is no joy for the creator deeper than the joy of sharing it with the world. A modern myth describing how the creative process brings wholeness not only creative agent, but also to those who commune with creative conclusion celebration Babette’s.

Based on a short story by Isan Dinesen feast Babette is set on a secluded Frederikshavn, a small Lutheran community in Jutland, Denmark, during the second half of the nineteenth century. The villagers are fundamentalists Customs rigid puritanical dogma. Their lives are dedicated to the celebration, reciting Scripture, material poverty and avoid all temptation body and spirit. Spartan home and churches are devoid of embellishments or furniture that might provide the slightest comfort. Their behavior is excited; wordy interactions are limited as silence is enforced to maintain a spiritual tone relationships; indulging in simple pleasures such as food or other, more complex, physical desires is simply unfathomable. For this community, the joy is sin.

One day, the French woman is in the village, offering their services as a maid to Martina and Philippa, two unmarried daughters Poue Kern, diseased spiritual leader and founder of this community. During his life, Father Kern managed to forbid their daughters to have any connection with the outside world, forcing them to abandon any prospect of marriage or career. Because of his intervention ended Martina is her love for a young officer will marry her, but Philippa completed her own accord her friendship with the Parisian opera singer, afraid of the joy she has experienced in singing lessons. Years later, the same opera singer Babette sent to their home, who agrees to be a servant and working without pay. Fourteen years ago, she does so after carefully Community rules, cook simple meals, observing silence, and assist two sisters with their community.

No one knows that Babette has a gourmet chef in “Café Anglais,” a famous French restaurant, until, one day, she asked the two sisters if she can prepare lavish French dinner for the whole village, to celebrate 100 years the anniversary of his father. Babette offers to pay for the entire festival, with the money she won in Paris lottery. The sisters feel but finally agreed, on the condition that visitors observe a vow of silence for a meal, so as not to indulge in pleasure. Babette orders food from France and set out to prepare the feast. Soon ingredients are: live turtles for soup, game and meat main courses, a wheelbarrow full of offal, bottles of champagne and wine, and trunks with fine china, silver, crystal glasses, linen lace and fancy candles. For days Babette works in the kitchen, a feast of love, true art masterpiece that will forever change the life of society.

As evening feast comes, villagers congregate on board where they taste the caviar mussels in vodka sauce, turtle soup, quail stuffed with foie gras and truffles, fine meats, cheeses expensive and exquisite desert. As they raise their glasses to drink Veuve Clicquot, great champagne, they can not help it, moved by the spirit of food and enveloped in the joy of her taste, break the vow of silence and start communication. The first time they realize that spiritual prosperity can be enjoyed through the material abundance. As the joy of tasting food Babette is lifting all on the ground in the higher areas, a retired General, discouraged suitor Marina from the past, suddenly raises a glass to declare that nothing is impossible. Abundance Babette has brought everyone joy beyond words, a constructive spirit with the hope that no opportunities in life is truly missed, as long as one wants to achieve her dream wholeheartedly. Feast her, creating such spiritual and emotional abundance for the deprived community was also the one who creates is never poor.

Although the villagers delight in the majesty of the senses, Babette, one in the kitchen, delights in stuffing her dream, her culinary art has saved an entire village, banishing fear of all joy. Watching us, it reaches out with a plea that speaks for the desire of all creative people to create wholeness

“From all over the world goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me to do the utmost mine.”

c. Creative people pursue their projects to completion

Out of the creative projects you’ve started over the years, how many have you actually done? Remember, “to create” means “to bring something into full existence.” If creative projects have begun ideas that have never felt complete, they are not considered creative efforts. Sorry, but these are only abandoned efforts patiently awaiting honest attention.

We all have “abandoned efforts” hiding somewhere at home, in our drawers, in the disk of our computer, even in our minds: the screenplay which is twenty-five pages before completion; inadequate needlecraft, quilt or knitting projects; bookcase with built in garage and never varnished or placed in the bedroom of our son; antique car we’ve been rebuilding the last ten years; foreign language we learned never to speak fluently; dance we learned never to compete without stepping on your spouse or cause public embarrassment; recipe for special cookware to buy but never unpackaged; idea to expand our business we never practiced outside to write it in notepad us; and so on.

What causes us to abandon our creative projects and betray joy live? A conventional explanation is that we stop the creative process because we give in “fear of criticism” or “fear of failure”. This is only partly true considering that in reality, are in many self-destructive efforts, ignoring criticism and offer the failure of our health, finance, as well as personal and professional life: to indulge in junk food know that cholesterol count our will go up; we watch countless hours of television, fail to communicate with friends, family and loved ones; to spend money compulsively, know that we are damaging our credit; to cut corners at work, knowing that we will eventually be discovered and called to account; and so on. The truth is that the reason for leaving the creative task is not our fear of criticism and fear of our commitment to challenging process, period. It is in our nature to leave creative habits already formed problems cause discomfort and indulge in destructive habits just because they are easy and immediately gratifying.

One of the misleading belief that the creative process is that it is a constant source of joy, freedom and success. Nothing could be further from the truth: the creative process is as challenging as other efforts it requires genuine commitment from beginning to end. Every project presents creative challenges, obstacles, difficulties and problems defer pleasure until we solve them. This is why the joy of creation is ten percent at the beginning of projects, zero percent of the patient through its challenges, and ninety percent of performing it. But, when the creation is complete, the experience of the creator share it with the world is filled with pure joy. In Western religious doctrines, deep, restful pleasure of the Creator from the completion of the universe is described as the seventh day of creation. Creative people looking this good and not abandon the efforts of unwanted children; Instead, treat the creative tasks such as children need to be parented until they become self-sufficient through the same love and dedication despite the challenges and rough spots.

Examples of creative person who has reached her task with extraordinary determination, overcoming criticism and personal attacks on national proportions, Maya Lin. Her story is the theme of the documentary A Strong, Clear Vision, a tribute to her creative work with special emphasis on its remarkable achievements, Vietnam Memorial Wall. In 1981, the 21-year-old senior architecture major at Yale, Maya Lin won first prize in a competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the northwest corner of the Mall in Washington DC She had proposed a simple, graceful and abstract design of two 247-foot-long walls of polished black granite, installed below grade and connected on a 125 degree angle, the names of all the more than 58,000 American dead and missing war was carved in letters a little over half an inch high and arranged in chronological order, by year of death or disappearance.

attractive design Lin did not enjoy public support one would have expected. As soon as it was advertised, called it a bitter criticism of a small but powerful group of Vietnam Veterans color, the proposed location of the ground, and the lack of heroic quality. The design marked “black ditch” or “black gash of shame.” Some conservative politicians supported the opposition until a compromise was reached. After a number of highly publicized meetings that Maya Lin was personally attacked and repeatedly forced to defend her mission was finally agreed to add monuments American flag on a 60-foot pole and a group of three realistic-model, seven-foot bronze figures Vietnam era of American troops from another carrier. Fortunately, these additions were placed far enough away from the wall so that its artistic integrity was not seriously affected.

Maya Lin passed unfair, chauvinistic and sometimes racist attacks with admirable strength and inner composure. She never compromised the integrity of her vision or agreed principles contraceptive her Memorial Wall was healing monument, offering guests an intimate and contemplative experience as it allowed them to experience a deep sense of loss it conveyed. Persistence Lin led the phenomenal success of her mission when she finished. The monument was dedicated and officially opened to the public on November 11, 1982 Day Veteran. Since that day, more than ten thousand people a day visit the Wall; among them are Vietnam veterans, families of fallen, and the public at large who experience profound healing that the names of the dead or missing, that seem to float in a transparent black surfaces, use their influence to arouse strong emotions. In addition, visitors can see their faces badly the polished black granite, they are encouraged to enter the dimension where life and death are two sides of one continuous experience. Monument, in silence, talk to every visitor on a very personal yet universal way of life and death, loss and grief and embrace what you can not change.

Another remarkable woman who left a legacy of overcoming difficulties in order to establish a creative project to complete Roberta Guaspari, the protagonist Music heart. Based on real life Roberta, the film focuses on the struggle schoolteacher to teach violin to underprivileged children in East Harlem. After a devastating divorce her, Roberta finds herself with two children and need work. A music teacher faced with several opportunities to work, she will be aware of the opening of the East Harlem public school. After convincing the principal value of music education in her school, she is hired. Roberta has her work in trouble-ridden environment, filled with burned out, underpaid teachers, accustomed to expect very little of themselves and the school system. In addition to children, most from troubled families, have little support at home for academic achievement let alone learn the violin.

Roberta begins work with enthusiasm and stubbornness of the neophyte, the children challenge her power and question the value of her work. But she is not intimidated. Showing determination, extraordinary inner strength and a genuine interest in children, she works to end their confidence and connects them with the violin. As her students to learn to play, improve their self-esteem has a positive impact on other aspects of their lives. Their parents, previously skeptical about the role of Roberta’s in school, take their children flourish and begin to respect and admire Roberta. She has won the trust of all.

Ten years ago Roberta program is thriving, earning a great reputation in the city where, in 1991, the School grabs funding. Roberta will not allow this to happen. Determined to give the biggest battle of her life, she calls on the help of parents, a journalist, and a number of the best violinists in the world, and organizes an amazing concert in Carnegie Hall to raise funds and save their studies. The concert, she and her students share the stage with artists such as Isaac Stern, Arnold Steinhardt, Itzhac Perlman and Sandra Park, is a phenomenal success and raises funds to ensure the survival of its program for several years.

Roberta Guaspari is a living legend. An Italian-American woman who made Harlem her home, she had been playing the violin since age nine. Music gave her peace, mental health, and inner strength when her divorce shattered her life. It was her gift to the school inner-city and share it generously with the children, give them to honor their creativity and always pursue their dreams.

SEQ creative habit

in the next section, you will be encouraged to develop creative habits following recommended activities and exercises. As you discover and nurture their creative habit, keep in mind the main characteristics. A creative habits

1. Gives you energy.

2. Keep your interest.

3 gives you the freedom to make mistakes and see them as learning experiences.

4. Challenges thoughts, stretches the imagination, and generates new discoveries and problem-solving ideas.

5. Increases confidence and self-acceptance.

REEL perfect in action

A. MOVIE TIME! Watch the movie for fun, learn a lesson for life

The following films show different characters with one thing in common: their lives are determined by their willingness to be creative. Select a picture and watch it alone or with your group. Answering questions at the end of the list in writing and discuss the answers with your group. Repeat the same with more pictures of the list, as time allows your

A Chef in Love (1997); Director Nana Dzhordzhadze

Amadeus (1984); directed by Milos Forman

Artemisia (1997); Director Agnes Merle

Feast Babette’s (1987); Director Gabriel Axel

Big Night (1996); directed by Campbell Scott and Stanley Tucci

Billy Elliot (2000);

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