As a Creativity Coach/Teacher/Writer/Director, I am often asked, “What is creativity?” The answer I give is a quote direct from Creativity Master Teacher, Julia Cameron, “Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.” I believe my role as a teacher/coach is to help and inspire students to get into the flow of their creativity- to be “in the zone”. To watch a student be so immersed in their own ideas and the actualization of those ideas is both incredible and a privilege.
This January, I will be teaching a five day workshop (19th-23rd) in Newcastle, NSW, entitled “Unleashing Your Creativity”. Putting this workshop together has been so much fun, and the first source I have turned to is Julia Cameron, who’s ground breaking book “The Artist’s Way” truly changed my life forever and thousands of others. I am often asked if I am working for Julia (I’m not and I’ve never met her) as I’m always telling people to buy that book if they want to conquer fears, become empowered and discover and inhabit their true artistry. “The Artist’s Way” , for those of you who aren’t familiar with it is a twelve week workbook where students read essays, do weekly creative tasks and devote time to their self care and recovery in order to break through negativity and blocks. It truly is an extraordinary process, that if students can commit to it they will see miracles within themselves and in the outer world. You literally start seeing things differently and come to understand that creativity is a necessary component for the soul.
Conglomerating my own material for the five day intensive has had me take an inventory of my own creative journey. I believe, to truly achieve as an artist, you need to have a firm understanding of yourself, your history, your beliefs and an acceptance of your struggles. There is necessary work to be done in order to see your creativity flourish and be set into the world, hopefully to make it a better place.
My five day intensive will include automatic writing exercises, visual storytelling and exploration, physical law of attraction exercises, mind mapping, flow dreaming, visualisations and meditations as well as a practical “nuts and bolts” approach to how they are actually going to fulfil their creative aspirations. Students will learn how to be kind to themselves, hear their needs and release unwanted baggage. Had I not done The Artist’s Way, I wonder where I would be today. I credit that book with helping me finish plays, start companies and produce my own work, without waiting for something to magically appear.
When you understand that creativity is spirituality in action, and that you are the engine for making things happen, then you can step into your artistry. Everyone is creative. As Sir Ken Robinson says, “Creativity is now as important as education and literacy.” So, be good to your soul. Have fun. Read Julia’s book. Buy a sketch book and draw with crayons. Go to the movies. Listen to Shostakovich. Think, explore, write, create. Live fully by seeing the beauty of the world and adding to it. Love Claire xx
“Unleashing Your Creativity” 5 day intensive- January 19-23rd. 48 Watt Street- Bookings- firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Coaching sessions available- email@example.com