Remembering Your Kick Ass Self

There is never a perfect picture. There is never a perfect age or stage- when we look back with nostalgia at a time in our life- we are simply shining the flashlight on the best parts, the highlights, if you will.

So- without thinking too much- what age were you when you knew what you  loved? Things may not have been harmonious, or perfect, but you had a strong sense of what you enjoyed, what you wanted to be, do or have… were you three years old and loved to spin around to music till you got dizzy and fell over? Were you seventeen and you were a passionate vegan, who loved indie cinema and bohemian op shop clothing? Were you twenty-one and had gained your independence? What age were you when you knew what you loved? That age holds all the answers.

If your seventeen year old self (or what ever age you have chosen) had a message for you right now, what would it be? “Wear Doc. Martens, listen to Tori Amos, do a drawing and smoke a cigarette.” Cool- except for that last one. A cup of tea will be a good replacement: only listen to the advice that’s good for you. Listen to the guidance and act on it.

Exercise- Advice from Your Chosen Age

Insert the chosen age “When I was ___ years old I loved to…” and then list the numbers one to twenty. Next to each thing that you’ve listed, write the feeling of the experience- for example, when you were seventeen maybe you loved going to art galleries, and the feeling you experienced was inspiration. Identify the feeling for each thing that you loved.

Now- next to each item, write an action step that you can take immediately, or over the next week that can address the items on the list. For the above example, the action step would be to go to an exhibition. If you loved The Beastie Boys when you were fourteen, listen to an album. If The Labyrinth was your favourite movie when you were nine- watch it.

When you reconnect to the things that brought you so much joy, you remember why they did in actual fact inspire you. You remember a vital part of yourself you may have forgotten. You reawaken within yourself an aspect of your creativity and true essence that holds the key to your current happiness.

I‘d love to hear from you after you do the exercise- what did you remember? What action steps did you take in reconnecting to your past passions/interests?

 

 

 

 

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YOUR CREATIVE NEW YEAR

Happy New Year!

Here’s a fun exercise to determine which creative projects or goals we’re going to work on in 2016. Instead of looking at the entire year ahead, let’s just focus on the first quarter- this takes us from now up until March 31st.

  1. Get a piece of paper and divide it into 3 columns
  2. Label each column with the heading “Project 1”, “Project 2” and “Project 3”
  3. Now, choose your projects/goals- it could be: Project 1- Learn Guitar, Project 2- Go to an Acting Class, Project 3- Write a novel
  4. Look at your list again- is it realistic? Can you actually accomplish these three things by the end of the first quarter, or is this list already stressing you out? Yes or no?
  5. Re-edit list- it might look now look like this Project 1-Start guitar lessons, Project 2- Start going to an Acting Class, Project 3- Write a short story/plot for my novel
  6. Now you have three projects to work on that are actually in your grasp of achieving.
  7. Now under each heading, list 5 steps you need to take in order to achieve these outcomes- for example “Start guitar lessons” a)get guitar out of the garage b) tune it c) research group classes- where are they on/who’s running them/what appeals? d)listen to some music that inspires me e) sign up/attend classes etc.
  8. Do the same kind of list under each project, the Acting Class process will be similar, but if writing is your goal you will need to be more specific/disciplined and realistic, for example- how much time can you devote to your practice? Do you need to set your alarm half an hour early just to get up and write before the rest of the household interrupts you?
  9. Now you have a blue print for the first quarter of the year. The list should now feel supportive to your wishes, not stressful. Don’t forget to tick off your achievements from this list, no matter how small! For example, you can’t start guitar lessons without getting your guitar out of the garage- tick! That’s one thing off your list.

I hope this year is super creative for you and you are able to connect with your soul through that which you love- be it music, art, writing, performance or whatever makes you smile. I am available as a Creativity Coach both in person or via Skype and my seven week courses are listed below- Love Claire xx

Acting Classes- Term 1- Acting Fundamentals (Beginners class for Grown Ups)- 7 Weeks/$300, Saturday Mornings 9-11am (Feb 6th, 2016) Pasvolsky Studio (Intermediate to Advanced)- 7 Weeks/$360, Saturdays Midday- 3pm (Feb 6th, 2016). Creative and Acting Coaching sessions are available in person or via Skype. Email me to book- clairepasvolsky@gmail.com

 

Leave Your Inner Critic In the Car Park

Hi Peeps,

This week, my latest round of courses began in Creative Performance, here in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. I have come to realise what I’m facilitating here is not actually an Acting course, but rather a creative freedom technique, designed to uplift and inspire participants to connect to the highest level of their truth. The purpose of this work is to be fully immersive within the process, to detach from outcome and to realign to the true self, the higher self- the spiritual part of you that wants the best for you- that is both purely supported and supportive.

This week, I spoke about the ego- the inner critic, as Jennifer Grace calls it “The Itty Bitty Shitty Committee”, the negative voice in our heads, that is there perhaps to protect us, but is actually blocking us from our true creative potential. Our creativity is boundless- we are infinitely creative and we really haven’t got time to block ourselves with this “stuff”. Easier said than done.

After class this week I had a bit of an epiphany because I realised the exact moment that my ego/inner critic took over and the negative impact it had both on my personal life and in my Acting career. When I was young and simply was fully present and in the moment, fully committed to the words/the process, I was completely connected to the intention of the work. My greatest performances were at ages 15, 17, 19 and 21. After that I was hijacked by my inner critic- an energy that could not breathe, that was so terrified of losing, of being left behind, of not being seen, of being noticed- comparison, self doubt and high level anxiety.

My time training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was both traumatic and miraculous. I was fully supported with my dream of attending one of the best Drama schools in the UK by receiving a full scholarship- a miracle- but guess what? When I got there, for several reasons- I felt like I didn’t deserve this reward. The self doubt was, in fact paralysing and traumatising- and was only lifted by working with highly skilled master teachers- such as Edward Argent, Adrian Howells and Nadine George- who all embodied the essence of what a great teacher/guide should be- is to teach, support and help you up the ladder on your journey of elevation. You should never be stifled, suffocated, abused, humiliated or destroyed by your elders- and instances like this is where we begin to believe what these negative voices are telling us.

So. In a nut shell- our inner critic needs to be left outside of the room as much as possible- we need to be supported in our creative process so that we can do what we are meant to do. Let us be elevated and expanded rather than stifled, suffocated and shut down. Be your greatest ally xx

Coaching sessions are available via Skype, workshops are run nationally and internationally by arrangement.