by Pamelah Landers
Artist, Hand Analyst and Intuitive
My next book, Unleashing Your Inner Artist, is coming along so well. It's in final stages of proofing so I will be announcing a launch date soon!
In the meantime, here is another perspective on the creative/artistic journey that isn't really talked about often.
Creativity equals Constant Change (C=CC). Repeating the same painting exactly isn’t always satisfying or even possible, for example. Writing the same book repeatedly? Boring. I'm constantly making up new artistic expressions. In the photos below are two different styles of art I do. Crocheting blankets and making cards (so many varieties of cards, too!) With the blankets, no two are the same and I vary the yarns, mixing different styles.
Change is a good thing for creative types. You have a whole world of imagination available and it’s a requirement on the master path to access that world. How cool is that! If you want to receive the most juice from your inventive, original aspects, know you’ll never be done with creative expression.
The joy is something new to stimulate you, keeping you interested and creatively challenged. Becoming friends with change benefits you. Boredom is not a friend of artistic types. You may do just about anything to prevent boredom. Routine is boring. Change is not. C=CC. That’s why “painting the same painting twice” is not stimulating.
David does woodworking. For Christmas, he individually designed, cut and finished 12 rounded pieces of wood. The pattern was the same. What made it stimulating is that each piece of wood had its own grain. Choosing where on the wood to cut and in what direction to place the blade prevented boredom.
As you continue to change, others may want to contain you. That is a challenge. If they don’t understand the true nature of creativity, creating something new, constant newness could feel overwhelming to them. They may tell you that switching jobs so often won’t bring you security. Or they may be concerned that you “can’t stick with just one form” of creative expression. Right they are. You’ll be happier with change and thus your relationships will feel more satisfying. Others may not understand what motivates you. If you can put yourself into a place of not worrying about other people’s reactions, you’ll feel better. Luanne was told by a business mentor that she had to choose “one” way to market herself: coach or hand analyst? I said, “You don’t need to choose. Choosing is death, stifling, limiting and not who you are designed to be.”
For a painter, mixing things up may look like trying oils in addition to watercolor. For an insurance salesman, creative change may require making graphs of your calls vs. successful sales. When the graph gets boring, you substitute colors or add another element of calls made vs. calls answered. Songwriters embracing their ingenuity may explore new rhythms or add different types of instruments to their orchestration. Paul Simon went to Africa and delved into the culture’s rhythmic expressions, creating an album embracing that style. Ricky Martin’s 2006 CD includes a worldwide exploration of sounds.
Teachers may redecorate their walls every year to keep from being bored. Some use the same items for many years because they don’t feel inspired to shift.
People who engage in creative solutions will find each problem a new challenge and thus creatively stimulating because it requires a different approach to solve this situation.
Just know that change is a requirement, inevitable and necessary for your originality and soul satisfaction.
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