Maybe you have a job that asks you to create on demand. Or maybe you have a creative endeavor you’ve been ignoring for a while, and you really want to get back to it. Or maybe you just want to live your life with more presence, more aliveness, more passion, more creative spirit. Most of us have a deep need to express our perceptions, ideas, and imaginings in unique ways. That yearning is our creative spirit nudging us to shape, make, experience, design, create.
Over the last fifteen years of my teaching career, I’ve studied these big questions surrounding the notion of creativity. I’ve worked with college students, private clients, corporations, and professional organizations exploring this research, practicing creativity strategies, and cultivating habits of mind for gaining better, faster access to our creative capacities, both for making art and for living artfully.
The workshops we offer at LifeArt Studio use this research to help us access to our creative potential. We believe everyone has unique and quite remarkable creative abilities. But we also note that it’s very easy to lose our faith in that potential. We get busy, we become distracted, we sometimes feel lazy about cultivating our highest creative potential. And when that happens, we need a nudge.
Reading a good book can help. Being around other creative people often motivates us to return to an artful project. And engaging in study and practice can also rekindle the flame of living creatively and making the art we were born to create.
Saturday, March 28, we offer a powerful “nudge” for you. Heidi Behr, LCSW, of Feel Peace Now, will join me to present a technique that many have found useful for disarming the beliefs and counter-intentions that hold creative potential hostage. We hold unexamined assumptions about what is possible for us. We act as if change is difficult, even impossible. And when these destructive habits of mind become entrenched, we don’t have access to the innate abilities we have to express ourselves in happy, lively, creatively satisfying ways.
EFT, or emotional freedom technique, is a simple process of gently tapping meridian points on the head, shoulders, and hands to release emotional “locks.” When you first see it being done you can’t help laughing, or thinking it’s silly. You might wonder how can something so seemingly simple release negative beliefs? But Heidi Behr is the expert who will explain exactly how it works, and you’ll try it out for yourself to see how it feels within your own body and mind.
We’ll begin this workshop by first coaxing those pesky inner critics into the open. You have to know what negative beliefs you’re walking around with before you can start releasing them! And then, Heidi will show you how to skillfully begin to usher those critics right out of your head so that you really do have the hope, the energy, and the will to begin to live more creatively and happily.
I know, I know. It sounds too easy, doesn’t it? But maybe that very skepticism is one of those entrenched negative beliefs that keeps us from exploring happier, more productive, or more creative aspects of ourselves. After all, if we believe making such a shift is mysterious, impossible, overwhelming, or just too hard to do, it’s just easier not to try making a shift at all. Right?
Let’s banish that belief. Come and spend a few hours with us, learn a new creativity hack, and accept a loving nudge from us to drop an old thought pattern and take up one that makes your life happier, more creative, more intentional. It’s possible.
And here’s the deal hinted at in the title of this post: For the next 48 hours we are running a “tapping” special on this workshop. If you sign up with 48 hours of receiving this email, you can bring a friend for free. How cool is that? All you need to do is email me to place a reservation for this person. This will reduce the cost of the workshop by 50%! It’s a March Madness deal!
Thanks for stopping by LifeArt Studio today. I hope you will join me and Heidi Behr on Saturday, March 28, for “Tapping the Inner Critic Out of Your Head.” You can find registration information here.