Friday, January 9, 2009

Secret #1- Acknowledging Your Creative Self

This week is the first week of 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor. Thank you Jamie & The Next Chapter, for bringing us another book blogging adventure! And HELLO to all you Highly Creative Women!

So much in this first chapter rang true for me. Like Gail McMeekin said, "Claiming my artistic self as a woman became the path to healing and recreating my life," and really, this is where I'm at in my own life, right at this very moment. I've always been a creative soul. I've only recently (within the past 2 years or so) really begun to acknowledge and embrace this fact.

I remember when I was in elementary school it always seemed that the art room was a place of magic. I was disappointed that art class was so infrequent. My favorite thing in the world was when our art teacher, Mr. O'Meara, opened up the large wooden bins that held potting clay and we were able to pull out big, squishy, earthy smelling clumps of it and learn how to make little bowls and sculptures. Its no surprise to find that now as an adult, I'm addicted to polymer clay.

My creative self really has saved my life. Working with color, texture, with my hands-- all of this brings me joy. It lifts my mood when I am depressed, it relaxes me when I am stressed, it fills me with peace when I feel sad. Being creative is my tool for meditation, my tool for emotional release, my tool to connect with my spirit, my tool to help keep myself SANE.

In the book there was a quote from Sanaya Roman that said, "What you love is a sign from your higher self of what you are to do." At the age of 40, I am finally beginning to listen to that higher self. I am giving myself permission to do what I love to do. I am learning and accepting that creativity is a key to my survival. And if I'm lucky, I might even find a way to make a career out of it. How beautiful is that?

25 comments:

Tracy said...

What a lovely collage! I enjoyed your post and am looking forward to getting to know you better through the book study. :)

Draven said...

Love your collage and this post, its what i feel when i create... Creating really helped me in my second pregnancy calm down and relax... Its amazing to take something and make it into something eles... Is that a goddess stamp? If so where did you find it...

pen* said...

great collage! i really wanted to create one in time for this post, but never quite got it together! this will serve to inspire me next week, thank you!

i look forward to sharing this journey with you.

Kavindra said...

Oh I love the collage too. The woman with her hair on fire! How perfect.

Pearl Maple said...

Great post to kick off the 12 Secrets, am working on mine today and enjoying learing more from everyone.

TesoriTrovati said...

Hello! I just joined the group, and I don't have my book yet, but I am so excited to read all your posts! Yours really resonated with me. I love to know that I am not alone in finally opening myself up to my gifts (I just turned 40 last year). I want to write a post, but I haven't even seen the book yet! THank you for your inspiration. I look forward to sharing with all these wonderful creative women!
Enjoy the day!
Erin, Tesori Trovati Jewelry

intothedawn said...

TRACY~ Thanks! Looking forward to getting to know you, too.

DRAVEN~ It *IS* a goddess stamp, part of a collection called Spirit Dancers-- it is, unfortunately, not available any more, as the woman who created them sold her business last year.

PEN*~ This is actually a collage I created a year or two ago, when I began embracing my creativity.

KAVINDA~ It was fun finding items filled with fiery energy for this collage.

PEARL MAPLE~ Looking forward to reading your thoughts on CH 1.

ERIN~ Welcome! Often Jamie posts such great information at The Next Chapter site that people who haven't found/received the book yet are able to follow along perfectly well without it. Glad you are joining us.

Genie Sea said...

It's truly, inspirationally, creatively beautiful! :)

Lisa said...

It is so very beautiful! I think it's interesting how many of us only began to embrace this part of ourselves as adult women. I am so grateful for blogs, which connect us with people who cheer us on and perhaps take some of the mystery out of being an "artist" so we can focus on the mystery that is being a creative woman.

KathrynAntyr said...

I love your collage ~ the colors are so vibrant. I think this reflects how vibrant you are too. Did you hear the wonderful interview? I love how they talk about give our inner muse a name and voice.

We are so, so lucky to have this opportunity to celebrate our creativity -- and share it with others.

blisschick said...

"Save your life..."

Yes. I think so much of the depression in our culture is depression of the soul. Walk down any city street and try to look into people's faces: the walking dead, I call them. So many people disconnected from any sense of the divine, including the creative divine that is their birthright.

Sacred Suzie said...

You are such an inspiration! I love that you are so creative, that you have always been and that you enjoy playing with squishy stuff, LOL. And you're making money from it, rock on!

That collage is totally amazing BTW, I absolutely love it.

Suz said...

That is amazingly beautiful! I love your description of the clay, too! Isn't it wonderful how a small moment in our childhood can resonate to our souls decades later in our lives? Bravo!

intothedawn said...

GENIE SEA~ Thanks! :)

LISA~ I love this opportunity we have to connect with other creative women-- everyone is so inspiring, in so many different ways.

KATHRYN ANTYR~ I still need to listen to the interview! I'm so excited about the group finally starting that I dove right into reading posts and haven't heard it yet. LOL

BLISS CHICK~ Yes, I know what you mean. We do not seem to live in a culture that celebrates creativity much, and that is sad.

SACRED SUZIE~ Thanks, Suzie! You know, often my inspiration comes from YOU!

SUZ~ Its a real vibrant memory for whatever reason, right down to the smell, even. Magical.

Secret Wish Jar said...

Beautiful collage! Creativity as meditation, as a tool to connect with your soul, I love it!

I'm excited to be on this journey with you :)

Diana said...

I agree with your feelings of creativity. working with my beads and polymer clay is so soothing and calming, yet it inspires me to try new twists.

laundrygirl said...

I love that quote you mentioned by Sanaya Roman. I really find it to be true. Thinking back on my life, it has always been the act of making art that gave me the most joy and that has been constant iin my life.

BB said...

How beautiful? Very beautiful indeed!

I hope you find what you need over the next 12 weeks of your journey,

Bright Blessings, BB x

Lisa PN said...

So great to realize that art is a meditation! I do a lot of bead work as meditation, and i must say, what a gift for sure!

Looking forward to hearing and sharing more on this creative journey with your!

intothedawn said...

SECRET WISH JAR~ Its amazing how creativity has helped my connection with spirituality; its wonderful!

LAUNDRY GIRL~ Me, too. When I made that connection, it opened all sort of doors for me.

BB- Thank you-- and may we all find what we're looking for on this journey!

LISA PN~ I first discovered it was meditative doing crochet; now I notice the same thing with beadwork (like you), and poly clay, collage... really, almost any creative work!

Heather, paperfollies.typepad.com said...

isn't it so wonderful that when we get to this age, we finally begin to acknowledge ourselves and our heart's desires! finally, we come into ourselves!

chest of drawers said...

Wonderful collage! It took me until my 40´s to start doing (realising)what I love too.

intothedawn said...

HEATHER~ It really is a wonderful awakening to have.

CHEST OF DRAWERS~ I hear ya! Isn't it a great turning point to reach?

Serena said...

A wonderful and inspiring post!

I'm looking forward to sharing in the '12 Secrets' journey with you.

Btw, your collage is awesome ~ :)

intothedawn said...

SERENA~ Thanks! Looking forward to getting to know you, too.