If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me ‘oh but I am not good at art’ when I describe what I do, I wouldn’t actually need to see any clients or do any workshops to make a living.
That’s why I have thought long and hard about how I capture what I do and avoid the deep seeded scars from childhood about whether or not you are good at art or not, as that’s not the point.
I invite you to CREATE- a space to reflect, connect, see things differently, let go, transform. There are some key elements to why using creativity for personal and professional development as well as for making decisions, self reflection and connecting as a team is so important.
In short CREATE stands for
C – Curiosity – being curious and open to the possibilities
R – Reflect – taking time for you to look at your world
E – Express and Explore – what is happening for you
A – Acknowledge – how life has made you YOU
T – Take action in creating the life you want
E – Empower, Engage and Expand – take learnings into your life
Curiosity – If you always do the things you have always done you will get the same results. When you look through a lens of curiosity you can see things that you didn’t see before. A creation met with an inquisitive mind can have you see you reflect on life from new perspectives with new insights being discovered.
Reflect – I know I know you are really busy and getting on with it. But (and that’s a huge BUT) unless you take some time to take stock, things can spiral out of control and before you know it you are in a place that you don’t want to be – in relationships, career, your outlook, life. It is important to have some time to reflect on what is challenging, what is missing, why buttons are being pushed, what you need more of, how much vibrancy is in your life and what is going well or you are damn thankful for.
Having time to reflect helps you navigate everything so that you are more fulfilled and content in your life.
Express and explore – This is a biggy. Life happens and it’s not all sunshine or rainbows. You need to express not only the good but the bad and the ugly because if you don’t it gets held in and comes out in other ways. Grumpiness, short fuses, over eating, drinking, drugs, working too much, avoidance, withdrawal or exploding aren’t all that fun when it comes down to it.
The creative space goes beyond words – it finds a way for you to express the inexpressible and you can explore the truth of what is happening for you without having to get the dictionary out to describe it. Its about getting down with what is really going on. By getting real you will be able to move toward the future with invigoration and excitement.
Acknowledge – Your experiences have shaped who you are. Creativity provides an opportunity to tell your story, let go of the things that no longer serve, break through the barriers to gain confidence and clarity as well as reinforce your strengths and values.
Take Action – It is one thing to know what you need to do, it’s another to take the steps to lead the life you want. Finding your way of doing things is important through creative exploration. You will discover what works for you and take steps (no matter how big or small) to move forward with your life.
Empower, Engage and Expand The insight is all about you. It is not a cookie cutter of what life ‘should’ be. You discover what the art and the creativity is about for you. Then you will take what is discovered, engage in your life while expanding your horizons.
I could talk on about this for hours, the point is that you don’t need to worry about the art in the explorations that we do. In a nutshell CREATE is about you finding what you need, what you want and discovering how to get there. In my work with you (whether it be one on one, in a group or in an organisation) we use creativity as the tool to experience things differently. And if you are a bit (or a lot) crap at art then you are in the right place.
If you need some space to CREATE whether it be for you, as part of our six week program or for your organisation, please get in touch with me (Bel Ryan) to chat about the possibilities. book a call here
Ph 0403 826 730 firstname.lastname@example.org ignitearttherapies.com.au