This is a long answer (mini-festo?) to the some emails I am getting from people who are eager to participate in the Dreaming on Paper workshop, but fear they are not “creative”.
Whether you take Dreaming on Paper or not, I hope you find some ideas you can use now. There’s a quick journaling prompt for your at the end of this post.
All of my workshops and trainings are designed to help everyone access their own creativity and imagination.
Whether you think your “not creative” or you are a working artist who needs a shift, we all benefit from fresh ways of approaching the blank page. Blank pages in our sketchbooks are beautiful mirrors of our life, after all. This is good!
We play around on the paper in non-threatening ways, and this auto-magically translates into doing things differently in life.
creativity + travel + courage
While we use art supplies, we aren’t making art.
We’re taking a creative journey.
We’re cultivating a personal creative practice.
Everything is done in the spirit of healing, finding our voice, daring to trust our own inner guidance, putting form to our ideas.
This is really no less than a spiritual path, a kind of pilgrimage of the soul. If I dare say so out loud.
Any creative path and practice that emphasizes process over product will lead you deeply inward and result in healing.
I define healing as becoming more of who you really are, and less of what you think you should be.
Better able to express yourself confidently, and dropping all the old baggage around what you think you should be making, doing, or producing in your life and work.
Creating this way is an antidote to self-destruction and self-sabotage.
And that is certainly healing, too. 🙂
If you’ve been stuck or confused or just…wondering…how can I express myself more? How can I dare act on my creative ideas?
Especially if you are plagued with old ideas like: I’m not creative.., I’m not an artist…, It’s too late…, I’ve already tried blah, blah, blah…Why Bother?!
I invite you to drop that old story for a moment
Does it serve you? Is it helping you get where you want to go?
Or does it make you feel bad?
These are the kinds of old stories that tear us down, and keep us stuck.
This is where fear and resistance thrive.
The good news is that none if this is a big deal once you have a few skills and tools that actually change the negativity into something life-giving and useful.
The shorthand word for what we really do in the workshops is: Happification.
To be creative means we get to begin re-creating the stories we tell ourselves.
This re-creates our world. From the inside out.
Who Benefits From This Work
If you’re here, you might have a lot in common with others who love this work, who are:
- Eager to find their own creative voice, or body of work
- Longing to discover and express more of who they really are — without so much angst
- Trying to figure out what’s next
- Going through a life transition that is difficult or scary— like divorce, illness, empty nest, or a career change
- Many participants struggle with being seen, or putting their work into the world.
- Any pretty much everyone wants more clarity and focus. They’re not sure what to focus on.
- Too many ideas! Too little follow-through!
Why I LOVE sharing this work
My reason for designing and teaching experiential workshops is simple.
There is nothing more meaningful than to see someone connect the dots between their ideas and dreams…and finally have a way to make them real.
Where this all began
These began as my own personal life-saving methods. Later, I began to share them with patients when I practiced art and music therapy in psychiatric hospitals.
You can read more about my personal story in my latest book, Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice.
After establishing a private practice, (and then enjoying another career in advertising—long story), I’ve taught workshops on five continents (and counting!), and have been gradually adapting my workshops to an online format, so that more can participate.
My first workshops were designed for groups of other therapists who wanted to use these methods with their patients.
As a meditation teacher, I discovered the whole process was a lot more fun with art supplies. So I combined spiritual inquiry with my creativity workshops. Wow! It was explosive, in a good way.
Doing spiritual practice and probing the psyche means that therapists, coaches, teachers, and healers are attracted to this work. Many of them have gone on to share the techniques with their clients.
Info on the Dreaming on Paper workshop is here
Now that you’ve made it all the way down here to the bottom of the page, I’d like to invite you to experience something we do in the workshops.
A take-away is something we prime ourselves for during every workshop session. When we begin looking for insight, ideas, beauty, places of more aliveness…these things start appearing.
We are training our subconscious minds to go to work for us, attracting more of what we want to experience.
What happens on the page, begins showing up in our experience.
Find a take-away from this article. What words or phrase stood out to you as meaningful, important, or gave you a sense of YES, a resonant feeling when you read it?
Copy and past the words or phrase in the comments…and…(optional) share a little bit about why this is a take-away for you right now.