Council of Muses, November 2019 Creative Practice

For the month of November 2019, Council of Muses explored the theme of “Patience” as it sustains us in pursuing our goals, including patience with self, with circumstances and with outcomes that might not come as quickly as we would like.

Above all, though, PATIENCE IS NOT PASSIVE – IT IS PERSISTENT!

In this video I share an art journaling practice to help you explore how you can sustain yourself with active roots, sunshine of joy and refreshing rains of self-care while pursuing your dream.

For more information about the Council of Muses creative mastermind program, including monthly support calls and quarterly online retreats, email me at tara@taraerin.com.

Council of Muses, October 2019 Creative Practice

For the month of October 2019, Council of Muses explored the theme of “Courage” as it relates to accomplishing our goals. Courage is certainly a necessary component of challenging the narrative of your Inner Critic.

In this short, 6-minute video I share an #IntentionalCreativity art journaling practice to help you courageously claim your experiences and skills in service of your dreams.

Program members also enjoyed a wonderful discussion on the theme of Courage, as well as a report out where we shared our accomplishments for October and our commitments for November. If you would like this kind of accountability and support, email me at tara@taraerin.com for more information about joining Council of Muses!

Pillars of a Creative Life

Several years ago, when I first embarked on the Intentional Creativity journey as a member of the Red Madonna “Queen of the Cosmos” yearlong creative practice group, our teacher Shiloh Sophia asked us to contemplate what she called the “pillars” of our belief. Of the many inquiries we initiated that year, this one has had particular sticking power for me, perhaps because it was one of the first times I began to seriously consider my own inner knowing as a source of authority.

More recently, I’ve found myself revisiting the seven pillars I chose at that time and, much to my surprise, I find that as creativity has moved to the front and center of my approach to life, it has also become a common thread joining the other six qualities in a richly textured weave.

Creativity

To truly live, creativity is essential: everything else is just reading from someone else’s script…even if it was written by your past self.

Love

To live from love is a way of life, and in a world accustomed to operating from fear, creativity is essential to its expression.

Joy

Joy is a byproduct of love-based creativity and a sure sign that I am aligned with my highest path and purpose.

Presence

By being present to the people and situations around me, I open myself to the myriad creative possibilities inherent in every moment.

Intention

From these infinite possibilities, I choose what I want to create in my life, my community and my world with pure intent.

Community

Community exponentially expands individual creative potential. Just imagine a world community creating from love!

Abundance

Abundance is the inevitable result of creating joyfully in community with others, remaining grounded in the energy of loving presence and intent.

The way these principles work seem to me like warp threads through which I can weave the many fibers of thought, word and deed to create a tapestry of great strength and beauty.

Inquiry

Separate from your faith path, what are the values and principles that serve as the warp threads through which you weave your life? Is there one that stands out to you as central to all the others? If so, how?

 

Becoming the Ancestors

The Creative Now

So here I am, finally, in my new blog about creativity. To be honest, I feel a bit lost. In such a vast territory, where do I even begin?!

The “question of creativity” is enormous, and seems detached from my everyday experience. Then, in the very act of pondering the question, I see it shift under the light of my present consciousness: for these very words on the screen, appearing before my eyes, are an act of creation. I cannot experience creativity in the future or in the past, but only in the NOW.

It seems as promising a path as any other, so I tend it further with my attention, and it sprouts some new leaves: 1) an Idea sustained crosses the threshold into Experience; and 2) the Experience imprints itself upon my consciousness, leaving it forever altered; 3) Experience is the thing: the jewel of NOW set in a band between Past and Future.

Experience, born of our creativity, is the thing of which our every moment is made.

Perhaps creativity only seems insignificant because, rather than exercising our full creative power, we tend to create the same thing over and over again.

The Creation of Our Ancestors

None of this is original: it is an amalgam of ideas attributable to Albert Einstein, Eckhart Tolle, and Zen Buddhism, to name just a few of the influences. The words on this screen, however, are my creative expression. Perhaps the red thread of fate, which has grown short between you and I, dear reader, has called them forth. You are drawing the words out of me that you need to see – to hear with your inner ear – at this moment.

Perhaps we even transcend time, and even as I write these words, you have already read them. Not in linear time, but beyond it, in the space of the heart.

Here in the Now we are each fully present within the heart of our personal experience; we stand at the center of the stream of all humanity. All around us like a rich river delta lies a world formed by the creative moments of our Ancestors, deposited Now upon Now upon Now. Creativity is not only connected to our experience: it has shaped it.

And now, we are becoming the Ancestors…

The Ancestors are no longer here, but the world born of their creativity surrounds us: the dreams of the inventors, yes, but also the triumphs of the victors, the sorrows of the victims. The abused who became the abusers, and the wise ones who founded strong and prosperous family lines.

Each one was creating, but if the evidence around us is anything to go by, too few have been rewriting the scripts when things went badly. Too few even realized that it was possible to rewrite the scripts.

But not you. You know better…

You know we can rewrite the scripts. You know we can change the course of the river. You know we can form a better world through the force of our creativity.

Creativity only seems insignificant because we tend to create the same thing over and over again…

We must immerse ourselves fully in our experience like children, and play with what we find there. We must be willing to risk mistakes, and we must be gentle with ourselves when things don’t turn out the way we had hoped Above all, we must be willing to try again…and again…and again. We must keep trying until we create something like. Something we love. Something, perhaps, that will change the world.

Better yet, we must do it together…

“A Council of Muses would change the world,” my Muse insists.

“I’m sure it would,” I reply, “But how do I call them?”

For now, my Muse is silent. And I am annoyed.

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Journaling Prompt: What would you like the world look like when you are one of the Ancestors?

Every New Beginning…

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…”

This poignant line from Semisonic’s Closing Time feels most apropos on the day I have finally shut down Mentors and Masterminds, my networking site for administrative professionals, and turn my attention to Tara Erin: Artist in a Cubicle.

The scope of Mentors and Masterminds was quite specific, and that specificity was both its beauty and its problem. The beauty of the site was in how quickly and easily I was able to design, build and deliver focused content on the subject of mentoring; the problem lay in the narrowness of the scope. I am an artist and creativity coach, and there didn’t seem to be room for all that I wanted to do within its confines; and being only one person, I couldn’t really keep Mentors and Masterminds running while turning my attention to a new endeavor with a broader scope. In keeping with my 2018 word of the year, some PRUNING was required.

And now that I stand here on the threshold of a broader conceptual space, I am both excited and overwhelmed. Where do I begin? How will I ever get to it all? What was I thinking?!

My Navigator takes over: she knows the map of this place. “We have a lot of spaces to build: the creativity blog, the teaching studio, the art gallery, the print shop, the services page and the scheduler. We’ll start with the blog. I believe it’s time to bring in the Muse, now?”

The Muse steps in, but she doesn’t say anything: instead, she starts imagining, taking me on a mental journey of the possibilities and I can see these digital spaces being filled with things I have yet to create.

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