I had planned to write something else to properly introduce this workshop. Since I work in real time, not ahead of time, here on my blog…you’re getting the raw, uncut version of what I really want you to take away. I hope you’ll take it away, whether or not you care about taking this workshop.
It’s the only way I can do this today.
Take Away This
Life—your life and time here—is limited.
You have something you want to make or do that you haven’t done yet.
Please go make a start.
There is something you are “dying to do“.
Or you want that feeling of living on fire with that kind of purpose.
Or you want to simply be present to what is, more than be worried or anxious.
I want for you to have what you really, really, really want. Whatever it is.
I want you to feel good in your own skin, and courageous enough to do that thing that is stuck in your craw…that won’t let you alone until you do it.
I promise you that there is someone in the world who will benefit from what you are making, from what you dare to share.
For the second time in as many weeks, I’ve lost someone close to me. Death came.
The person I was just drinking hot chocolate with the other day, the person whose stories I wasn’t finished hearing.
Death finds me today, waking up even more determined to live my own truth, to make what only I can make, and then dare to share it, as best as I can.
Daring to share. That’s, to me, the essence of Marketing for Artists. It’s always the damned hardest thing about my job.
I find endless reasons not to do it – and I suppose this is what Death…and The 7 Creative Powers is helping me do today.
This is my best offer for you. Nothing else really matters.
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The 7 Creative Powers is a course that is seven years, maybe more, in the making.
I first touched on the subject of creative blocks (how to build with them and work with them, instead of letting them boss you around), in my first book, The Creative Entrepreneur.
Why I Made the 7 Creative Powers
Like all of my work, it first flows out of what I needed (and need) for myself, as a lifelong self-employed creative who has somehow managed to eek out her living doing things I love…even when it’s hard to do the work.
You see, while I always knew I was destined to create, it took a lot of fits and starts and detours to finally find my rhythm, my path, and really listen to the call instead of pushing it away as impractical, irresponsible, impossible.
Have you noticed that the voice of creative blocks can sound like a very reasonable-sounding father figure?
I’m one of those people who can’t help but share what I’m learning, and what has helped me. I’ve been some form of teacher, therapist, coach…my whole career—whether I worked as a therapist, meditation teacher, intuitive painting trainer, or art director at a design firm.
All of this alongside doing my own creative work as a visual artist, writer, and former musician…muddling through my own ups and downs with it for decades.
Alas, the path of creativity is not straight, narrow, linear. Nor does it rise in a continual upward trajectory of “success”, like what a “normal” career resume is supposed to look like.
If the thought of your own resume or “success” in anything, not just creative, and including your life, makes you a little queasy, I hope you keep reading. Stay with me.
Why It’s Hard To Do Your Creative Work
Making something new is hard for a lot of reasons.
If what your making or doing is really new to you, then you will experience the very uncomfortable feelings of being disoriented and lost in the woods.
When we don’t know what we are doing, or how to do it, we will immediately begin to doubt the why of what we are attempting.
Doubt is such an uncomfortable emotion that it takes all sorts of forms that are hard to pin down (like the reasonable-sounding voice, mentioned above). In one feel swoop, we go from doubting what we are doing or making, to doubting ourselves.
Making something new lands us directly in unfamiliar territory. It is in this strange land where doubt and fear take hold of even the most sensible individual, even if they’ve produced significant creative work already.
This isn’t the end of the world, or your creation, unless you don’t have a way to manage doubt, and the other difficult emotions that give rise to fear.
Most people give up on what they are making at this point. Many who keep going only do so through mood-altering behaviors and substances.
Who This Workshop Is For
I made this workshop for anyone who struggles with letting doubt and fear stop them.
For people who struggle with too much emotional turmoil, or analysis paralysis (overthinking!) or plain old procrastination and avoidance.
For people who haven’t been able to “just do it”. Look. If it were that easy, we’d all be doing it by now, right?
For people who don’t believe that anesthetizing themselves should be the only way to make unfamiliar territory safe.
How This Workshop, and Body of Work is Different
There are so many good books and methods on getting things done, and even creative blocks and resistance. I believe I have them all, have read them all, have even studied personally with one of more of the authors.
My way of teaching and guiding is through designing creative tools and experiences meant to give people their own direct experience of healing and conscious awareness.
The main differences in how I work:
Your creativity (and mine) is used, experientially, to learn the material, meaning: we actually make and create something meaningful together. You’re not just reading, I’m not just talking. I’m guiding you through your own unique experience, using art supplies and actual blank pieces of paper, and I’m showing you what my creative process looks like, too.
I create a safe container to experience unfamiliar territory. The work you do is kept private, and off-limits of comparison or “feedback” from others.
We use our whole brain, including the emotional centers – not just the right or left – the whole thing: creative and strategic, intuitive and logical
Your emotional life and your feelings are important and incorporated into the work: these are usually left out, or even shunned, in so many methods
You’ll get not just get and inspiring workshop experience, but an entire roadmap to refer to again and again. It’s all in service of helping you work on your own, especially when your creativity has you in it’s teeth, or you’re lost in the woods. You’ll have breadcrumbs and a way back to yourself.
I’m not just a workshop designer or teacher or creativity coach. I am a working artist who is involved in the daily act of making and creating…and…having to sell what I make in order to support myself and my family.
I’m going to share with you what’s worked for me, and for others who experience the ups and downs of creating and overcoming significant fear, doubt and resistance to do so.
Teaching and guiding is what I do because I love it, and because it is a resonant part of my art. If I ever don’t feel that way, I’ll stop teaching.
Find out when the next session of 7 Creative Powers is happening here: http://www.lisasonora.com/workshops/7-creative-powers/
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