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June 24, 2014

 What is the secret to being creative? Some people believe that creative talent is a gift that is only offered to a privileged few.  Others believe that creativity is something that can be developed through years of practice and perseverance. What do you think? In her book, “The Artist’s Way” Julia Cameron describes creativity and art as a return to our original path from which so many of us have buried under years of neglect.  We end up ignoring our creativity because it is seen as unimportant to daily life. We are told to “grow up” and give up our childish dreams. “Most of us are not raised to actively encounter our destiny. We may not know that we have one. As children, we are seldom told we have a place in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or should) find our satisfactions as they have found theirs. Rather than being taugh to ask ourselves who we are, we are schooled to ask others. We are, in effect, trained to listen to others’ versions of ourselves. We are brought up in our life as told to us by someone else! When we survey our lives, seeking to fulfill our creativity, we often see we had a dream that went glimmering because we believed, and those around us believed, that the dream was beyond our reach. Many of us would have been, or at least might have been, done, tried something, if… If we had known who we really were.”   “Making a piece of art may feel a lot like telling a family secret. Secret telling, by its very nature, involves shame and fear. It asks the question, “What will they think of me once they know this?”   “Blocked creatives like to think they are looking at changing their whole life in one fell swoop.  This form of grandiosity is very often its own undoing.  By setting the jumps too high and making the price tag too great, the recovering artist sets defeat in motion. . . Creative people are dramatic, and we use negative drama to scare ourselves out of our creativity with this notion of wholesale and often destructive change.  Fantasizing about pursuing our art full-time, we fail to pursue it part-time—or at all.”   If you’re interested, I wrote an earlier article about this book for our Artist’s Bookshelf series.  It includes many of my favorite quotes along with a personal story about how this book gave me the courage to become a writer. “The Artist’s Way” is available at your local bookstore and at Amazon.com Read more at: http://skinnyartist.com/pin/quotes/art/the-artists-way-book-quotes/


What is the secret to being creative?
Some people believe that creative talent is a gift that is only offered to a privileged few. Others believe that creativity is something that can be developed through years of practice and perseverance. What do you think?
In her book, “The Artist’s Way” Julia Cameron describes creativity and art as a return to our original path from which so many of us have buried under years of neglect. We end up ignoring our creativity because it is seen as unimportant to daily life. We are told to “grow up” and give up our childish dreams.
“Most of us are not raised to actively encounter our destiny. We may not know that we have one. As children, we are seldom told we have a place in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or should) find our satisfactions as they have found theirs. Rather than being taugh to ask ourselves who we are, we are schooled to ask others. We are, in effect, trained to listen to others’ versions of ourselves. We are brought up in our life as told to us by someone else! When we survey our lives, seeking to fulfill our creativity, we often see we had a dream that went glimmering because we believed, and those around us believed, that the dream was beyond our reach. Many of us would have been, or at least might have been, done, tried something, if… If we had known who we really were.”
“Making a piece of art may feel a lot like telling a family secret. Secret telling, by its very nature, involves shame and fear. It asks the question, “What will they think of me once they know this?”
“Blocked creatives like to think they are looking at changing their whole life in one fell swoop. This form of grandiosity is very often its own undoing. By setting the jumps too high and making the price tag too great, the recovering artist sets defeat in motion. . . Creative people are dramatic, and we use negative drama to scare ourselves out of our creativity with this notion of wholesale and often destructive change. Fantasizing about pursuing our art full-time, we fail to pursue it part-time—or at all.”
If you’re interested, I wrote an earlier article about this book for our Artist’s Bookshelf series. It includes many of my favorite quotes along with a personal story about how this book gave me the courage to become a writer.
“The Artist’s Way” is available at your local bookstore and at Amazon.com
Read more at: http://skinnyartist.com/pin/quotes/art/the-artists-way-book-quotes/

Umdali Institute

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE POTENTIAL

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Destiny In God 1-5 July 2014

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Creative Inspiration – 29 ways to STAY CREATIVE!!

Follow these rules!

Follow these rules!

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Hip Hop comes to life!

Hip Hop for this Nation!

Hip Hop for this Nation!

Rock School Results!!!!!

Rock School Results

CONGRATULATIONS to all our teachers and students that passed their Rock School Exams!!!!

I hear your heart beat to the beat of the drums!

The Beating of drums

To find the real creative expression you need to find your Passion! With Passion comes Inspiration to practice and learn. By being inspired nothing is an effort. You will work 10 hours at a time, time actually does not exist. You play and feel the beat and before you know it, you have transpired to another world. A world lighter of heaviness, a world filled with Dreams that have come true… the world of an Artist has opened up to you.

You are lost in it, discovering truth, fulfillment and for once healthy desires to explore, seeking and discovering Truth! His Truth of a warrior rhythm that has for long since lingered in your heart!  You have discovered the means of pure expression. Complete.

Dream Imagine Inspire Create!!!

42a32983737b191a030c5fa8a98f37ceEach person is born with a form or shape of cReAtivity on the inside! That’s a fact! We have a right brain and left brain. Both sides functional in its existence this can not be denied. A right brained person might have more innovation strengths, yet he needs a left brained organizational task in order to make his idea work.

A left brained person has also a right brain sphere, somewhere on the inside of it a creative button needs to be pressed by being Inspired by a thought, melody, image or any other visual form of expression.

I suggest and motivate you to find it! You may just release that hidden and blocked energy and emotion longing to be revealed since that day you suppressed it in your art class when the teacher told you, your drawing is ridiculous. You hid it beneath your table and through it into the dustbin.

Ask yourself the question, did God really give you creative gifts to impress, excel in it and be the first in line with achievement? Or did He give it to each one of us in order to connect more with creative energy in us and use it to make this world a better place by uplifting someone with it?

What are your blocks, find them and push them out with unstoppable cReative energy by means of  a song, an instrument, a paintbrush or a dance.