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How Creativity is Like a Good Massage

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Many, many moons ago, while working at an art museum as an Arts Educator, I decided to study massage therapy.  When I told the museum director, he looked at me baffled.  He told me he thought the idea of a creative professional also doing massage felt like two disconnected ideas.  It seemed to me to make perfect sense, so I took a moment to explain to him how creativity is like a good massage.

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I have been thinking of this recently as I find my creativity cramping up, as it often does for Creatives.  When a massage therapist works on a muscle, she loosens it up, then often will apply a bit of pressure to the sweet spot (also known as a pressure point).  The pressure point is much like a magical button that will release the whole of the muscle after just a little work.

She looks for it with her hands, and when she finds it, she applies pressure.  She will notice the muscle squirming, quivering, and resisting. She can back off a bit or even apply a bit more pressure.  If she pushes too hard, the muscle won’t relax.  If she doesn’t give enough, she may miss getting all she can release. But if she finds a balance, she will notice the muscle melting like chocolate under the warmth of her hand.

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Creativity that is all kinked up can be released in this same way.  It requires a bit of pressure to get it to give in and get moving again.  Not enough pressure, and we can stay stuck for some time.

What does getting unstuck creatively look like?

We can get stuck in our creativity in a number of ways.  We get in a rut, doing the same thing and hoping for different results.  We always paint with the same colors.  We always sit at our favorite desk.  We look to the same things for inspiration.  Or, we expect the same results out of a process we are bored with.  We have been drawing trees for years.  They are beautiful.  Maybe people even know us for our trees, so the fact that we are thinking about dance or poetry feels like a risk so big we are shut down.The sun shines between the shade of dark branches...like gratitude in our lives

What do I mean by pressure?

Applying pressure can look like a few different things.  I think sitting and looking at the block is a great place to start.  Who wants to sit with that?  We want to get beyond the creative block, not look at it.  But getting quiet and saying… What is this block about? … can give a voice to the block that will give us insight or inspiration.

Applying pressure can also be about throwing another element into the arena.  (In massage, it is the finger or hand.)  But for creativity it may be exploring the same subject but with different color or adding collage to your painting process.  It may be changing the beat in music or starting your cooking session with prayer.  Adding a new element forces the same old thing to take a new shape…..gives us a new perspective.

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My favorite way to add a bit of pressure is to invite someone else into the picture.  Yes…we can always massage ourselves.  But…when we have someone else, it is way better!

When we are creating, we can add a person by co-working.  I love painting with others or collaborating.  Sometimes we can work on the same project or even just working side by side is energizing in a way that we don’t get alone.  (Note: always make sure the person you create with is emotionally safe for you.  Take care of your Inner Creative.)

Scheduling a show can be great pressure because it adds an audience.  You can decide to take place in a group art show, an open mic, or even just a show-and-tell at your home.  It creates a sense of urgency that nearly always gets creativity dancing under your finger until it melts into sweet chocolatey flow!

Partnering with a Life Coach who understands the creative process can also be a great way to add a person into the process.  As a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide, I am able to honor where you are while helping you move out of that space and into the next phase of your journey.

I would love to hear some of your tricks and tips for getting your creativity flowing by using gentle pressure.  And if that has been counter productive, I would love to hear that too.  It is great to learn from each other.  The Creativity Tribe is listening!

Rachel Payne with Creativity Tribe. Life Coach, Expressive Arts Facilitator, artist, spirituality, creativity

 

Visioning Creativity Tribe 2016

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Visioning Creativity Tribe

The beginning of a new year begs us to look into our hearts and claim the vision we see there.  I adore what my heart has been whispering to me about Visioning Creativity Tribe.  It is encouraging me to reach out and connect with more people, to create more opportunities…. events, workshops, e-courses, meet ups, and ceremonies… to help others discover what lives in their hearts.

As a Life Coach and Sacred Creativity Guide, helping others craft their life brings me a lot of joy.  I know what it is like to occasionally need a hand wrangling the stampede of ideas, worries, fears, and hopes that make their way through the mind on any given day.  Having tools and a few tricks can really make a big difference.

Favorite Tip for Visioning: Get Sensual

Bringing a vision to life can be challenging.  Often, self-doubt gets in the way.  The more you can flesh out the idea, the easier it is for your mind to grasp onto it and pull it into your reality.  My favorite way to do this is to bring the senses into my vision.  This simple tip will help you bring your visions to life.

As you imagine what your vision will be like as it comes to life, imagine it with all your senses.  How will your vision tastes, smells, moves, sounds, or feels?

For example, if you are visioning better health you can imagine the feel of the sun on your skin as you are walking at the local Botanical Garden.  Take it further and see the flowers, the dew on the pedals, the sound of the birds….bring the vision into a 3D  experience.

If you are visioning financial security, you can sensualize that vision by imagining the feel of your favorite pen in your hand as you write out a budget that includes a growing philanthropic fund and a nest egg.  Imagine how your money will take shape in your life and the lives of others.  Imagine the eyes of the child who is blessed by the vitality your gifts will bring.  You may imagine the most amazing Middle Eastern dinner that you share with friends, Moroccan music playing in the back ground, and the smell of chia wafting through the air.  Let the senses go wild.

Getting Sensual while Visioning Creativity Tribe

I am a visual person…so when I discovered Biteable, I thought it would be a fun way to paint out in video the essence of Creativity Tribe’s journey for 2016.  Visions start with a feeling, an inking, and a dream.  And the clearer we get, the more they flesh out.  These are seeds…..enjoy.

Rachel Payne with Creativity Tribe. Life Coach, Expressive Arts Facilitator, artist, spirituality, creativity

 

Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit

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Recently, I created Creativity Tribe’s first Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit.  I was invited to participate as support staff at MindFit 5K, designed to bring education and attention to Depression Awareness Month.  Helping professionals and wellness-oriented services came together in my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas to share resources that might support the whole person…from financial advisors to massage therapists, portable labyrinths to Tai Chi.

Crystal singing bowl with Rachel PayneI knew I belonged there, but felt an immediate drain when I thought of setting up the traditional booth to talk about what I do.  I didn’t want to talk about it. I didn’t want to just explain what I do or how I thought I might be able to help, I wanted to give them an experience instead. I wanted to invite them into a world of mindfulness, connection, and play, so they might walk away already feeling lifted up.

I have found that Creativity Tribe, at its best, is an out-of-the-box kind of entity.  So many of my services have a creative twist that make them different from what most people, at least in my neck of the woods, have experienced.

How do you explain to someone how a giant crystal bowl sounds or the way it vibrates when you sit near it so that your body can feel it reverberate?  How do you explain that using a rock to set intention can have an effect on how you live your life or deepen your sense of meaning about the event we are gathered for?

So, I set out to break the rules.

What I came up with was intimate, inviting, centering, and focused on opportunities for those who participated to connect with themselves, with the others who joined in, and with me.Creativity Tribe's mandala installation offered an invitation to bring meaning and magic to life.

Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit

I debuted Creativity Tribe’s Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit.  I invited the MindFit 5K participants to come sit, get a hug, indulge in the aromatic loveliness of essential oils, get lost in the sounds of the Crystal Bowl, connect with their heart, and a community of Creatives. I explained that the Sanctuary was a Creativity Tribe Happening…. created for renewing, rejuvenating, and re-creating your Body-Mind-Spirit!

The Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit was met with lots of curiosity, a bit of play, and an intent for bringing meaning to life.  I created a simple ritual that anyone could quickly do. Together we collaborated on a kind of art installation that represented our intentions for the night or for our lives in general.  It turned out to be beautiful and moving.

Families gathered at the Pop-Up Sanctuary for the Creative Spirit

Individuals and families sat together, supporting one another’s intent for a more peaceful, healthy, connected life.  Even the kiddos found it meaningful.

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Together we placed objects that symbolized our personal intentions into a communal space.  We supported one another while investing in our own growth.  That’s a Creativity Tribe!

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Creativity Tribe: A Creative Living Studio

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Just two years ago this coming September, I breathed life into Creativity Tribe.  I stepped into the website with a lot of vision for the future and enough know-how to get me started on my journey.  I had never built a website before, but I was determined to create the sanctuary of my dreams.

Over the last two years, my life took turns I never would have foreseen.  I took off on a cross-country solo journey to teach at a Live Laugh Love Retreat in Wisconsin and just a few months into arriving home discovered I had Uterine Cancer.  I spent a good portion of this last year hunkering down to take care of myself.  I learned so much along the way.

I had surgery in March (everything is looking great!), but it has taken me up until last week to really feel like myself again.  Full energy, full hearted, full speed ahead.

All that time contemplating life and indulging in self-care helped me get clear about my intentions with Creativity Tribe.  So, I have taken the liberties of REVISIONING this space.  In all actuality, I am simply fleshing out what was a bare-bones beginning.

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Welcome to Creativity Tribe
A Creative Living Studio

Let me show you around!

Up top you will find the menu which includes…..

  • Blog:  a great space to find inspiration and tools for boosting creativity and bolstering your life
  • Offerings:  a list of services I offer including life coaching, creative living workshops, and massage therapy
  • Events and Projects:  including workshops, e-courses, special events
  • Creative Living with Essential Oils: used to promote emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being
  • Rachél’s Art:  a gallery of my favorite and most current work
  • About Rachél:  a place to get to know me and a way to contact me
  • Banner:  clicking on the banner takes you to the home page where you will find a new, fancy picture and bio for me

I want to point out the Events and Projects tab especially.  There you will find my upcoming workshops.

Fall Workshops

Opportunities to….

Bring Your Creativity to Life

Sacred Cacao Gatherings
in my Massage Studio, Corpus Christi, Texas
Saturday, August 30, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Vision Board Workshop
Art Center of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas
Saturday, September 6th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Heart-Glow Inspiration Deck Workshop
Intermezzo Gallery in Boerne, Texas
Saturday, Sept. 27, 10:30 – 4:30

I hope you will have a look around and hold a cheer in your heart for the where this little space has been, where it is, and especially where it is going!

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A Look Back….

Have a look at that first blog post from the day I shared Creativity Tribe with the world.  It is still one of my favorites!!!

Creativity Tribe: Bare Bones

 

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Simply Sacred Moments

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Have you ever had one of those moments when your heart was deeply stirred by something simple?  Like the hummingbird gathering nectar from the flowering tree just outside the front door, or the gratitude that wells up when another really hears you.

We expect greatness to move us.  That is often why we turn to grand events and ceremonies when we need to connect with the sacred.  We also often have a tendency to believe sacred is something others create and we witness.

During my studies of theatre, I discovered that historically performance grew out of religious ceremony.  Song, art, poetry, movement, writing, and drama all have the potential to connect us with something greater than ourselves. That is why those are often components of our big rites….birthdays, baseball games, opening ceremonies, etc.  I enjoyed exploring what that meant for me as an individual by creating sacred moments in my everyday life.

My Simply Sacred journey began with making the space around me feel better.  I arranged the room and the things in it so that it felt inspiring and peaceful.  Then I played with setting up areas in the house that were reminders to me of what was important.  One of my first tablescapes was a collection of things that belonged to my mother, a picture of her, and a small vessel with some of her ashes.

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I found that for some people that kind of arrangement might be called an altar.  The word altar means table.  For me, the altar was not about worship, but more about an expression of what was important to me, what needed attention in my life, what desired change, and at its most simplified, an installation of found objects that when brought together stirred my heart, my imagination, and my inner wisdom.

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Those early installations have grown into a whole aspect of work that I do in my community.  I create simple ceremonies to honor various parts of life….. births, weddings, personal transformation, rites of passage, and even the passing of a loved one.  Sometimes the ceremonies are so simple it feels like people getting together with just another layer of meaning added to it.  Other times the sacred moments are more fleshed out and formal.

This week my family and I came together for a Simply Sacred Moment to honor the passing of our cat, Schatzie.

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 (Schatzie means Sweetheart in German.)  

Schatzie is one of several cats that have made their home with us.  She has the honor of being the first though.  She announced herself the day we took ownership of our home (which happens to be 8 years ago today).  She was a dear part of our home.art cats

She would never drink out of a bowl!

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We honored her by creating a small resting place for her in the back yard under some shade trees.  In her little grave, we placed a painting on paper…because she never let us do art without wanting to be smack-dab in the middle of it.  We added some watermelon pieces….her favorite food, of all things!  Shook out several drops of peppermint essential oil because she was a bit addicted to the smell.  We picked sunflowers and offered them along with our favorite stories of her.  We used items from the garden to create a mandala over her resting place and erected a small impromptu work of art as a marker.

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The ceremony was simple.  It was mindfully thrown together and not planned.  We all gave of ourselves in a creative way, thinking a bit outside the box. And when we were done, our hearts felt lighter and more peaceful.

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I want to encourage you to use your Creative Spirit to create Simply Sacred Moments for yourself.  They are a great way to bring meaning and magic into your life.

Make Your Life Simply Sacred

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Dear Grandmother Moon: Creativity Prompt

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Dear Grandmother Moon

Your light in the sky surprised me tonight.  I have been so focused on what was just in front of me, so focused on what greedily grabs my attention, that I forgot to look up and out.  Yet, even in my self-absorption, you show me how to glow in the darkness of night.

Dear Grandmother Moon

Sometimes when I gaze into your face against the velvet cloth of night, I can feel you like the shining light of a thousand loves beckoning me to remember who I am.

Dear Grandmother Moon

I recall a night so many years ago when I leaned back, cradled by the Earth, and traced you with my finger tips.  You were so far away but felt as close as a dear friend.

Dear Grandmother Moon

I know that tomorrow your light will wane.  As you shrink in size, help me not forget that the process of your coming back is a mirror to all the waxing and waning of my own bright self.

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Message to Grandmother Moon:  Begin your correspondence with the archetype of Grandmother Moon by sitting quietly, allowing yourself to dream on what you might say to her and what she in turn may share with you.  Allow yourself to sit for awhile with floating thoughts until you feel the impulse to go to the page.  That may mean moving from the outdoors to the indoors or turning on a light to help you capture your message.  Let the message come as a sentence, a full letter or a drawing.  There is no right or wrong with creativity.  I would love for you to share your message with us.  You can share a link to a post in the comments or share directly in the comments below.  The Moon inspires….let her inspire you!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

New Moon Mystery

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In the dark of the Moon, Mystery blooms.  It invites you to let go of all those yearnings and all the drives that move you forward.  It calls you to slow down and just be.  Be with.  Be in unknowing.  Be nothing.  Let go of the striving.  Let go of yesterday and tomorrow.  And sit in the silence of all that you are and all that you are not.

Be prepared there may be anxiety in this space.  We aren’t used to the empty.  We try so desperately to fill it up so we don’t have to feel, don’t have to face simple existence.  Make friends with this Mystery sisters and know She has wisdom to share if you simply let go and make room for her nothingness.

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