April 22,2013
Upcoming Workshops

I'll be facilitating a two day workshop on Expressing Your Creative Spirit at the South Delta Artists Guild in Tsawwassen on May 25 and 26 and in North Saanich at Panorama Recreation Centre on June 22 and 23.

The objectives of the workshop are as follows:
To define creativity in a personally meaningful way
To understand the creative process
To help you become more open to your own creative process
To define your personal creative goals
To create something

To register for the Tsawwasen workshop:
https://artistquarter.com/sdag/courses/view/id/1597

To register for the North Sannich workshop:
https://online.activecommunities.com/panorama/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp

These are not live links, so you will need to copy them into your browser window. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me by clicking on "About the Artist" on my website and then on the link to "send an email."

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April 22,2013
Silence

Sometimes, we must simply sit in silence. There is nothing to be done. Nothing we can do. Nothing to say. At times, life throws us a curve or we need to wait before taking action. We must simply BE.

Our world focuses on productivity, taking action and busy-ness, but these are not always the way. Just BE. Sit in silence … process, meditate, commune with God or the Universe and BE.

Take care of yourself. Take a walk. Have a bubble bath. Read a book. Watch an inspiring movie. Take care of the important stuff. Leave the rest. It will all take care of itself in the right time.

Try to set aside a quiet place in your home where you can light a candle, sit comfortably, read, meditate, breathe….and go to that place every day. You don't have to do anything in that place. You can just BE there. You can choose to read, or not. Choose to meditate, or not.

"I just stopped. And in so doing, I found my way again. I didn't stop on purpose, but it was the best thing I could have done for myself. It was not until much later, after many occasions of Stopping, some as short as ten seconds and others as long as a month, that I became conscious of its value and could actually define it (Kundtz, 1998, p.14)."

"Stopping is doing nothing as much as possible for a definite period of time (one second to one month) for the purpose of becoming more fully awake and remembering who you are (Kundtz, 1998, p.14)."

This is the simple practice upon which [Stopping] is built, a new skill to replace cramming and cutting that can help deal with the Mountain of Too Much. Doing nothing should not be confused with a total lack of activity. Doing nothing is indeed doing something very important. It's allowing life to happen…your life. Doing nothing is something quite profound (Kundtz, 1998, p.14)."

Reference:

Kundtz, Dr. David (1998). Stopping: How to be Still When You Have to Keep Going, Conari Press, Berkeley, CA.

© Carla Weaver 2013


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April 15,2013
Workshops

This week, I'm starting two group sessions:

REWRITE YOUR STORY THROUGH A 12 STEPS INTENSIVE GROUP PROCESS -
Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm at The Little House, Tsawwassen, BC

and

8 WEEKS TO UNBLOCKING AND EXPRESSING YOUR CREATIVITIY -
Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm via Skype

For more information, contact me though this website, or review the posters shown on my Art page.

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April 05,2013
Can We Create on Demand?

Can we create on demand? I never really thought specifically about this question until it was posed in a recent workshop that I facilitated. I believe that some people may be able to approach their easels, writing or work creatively and productively whenever they need to. Others may be blocked from time to time. But, all of us can do things all the time to help keep our creative channels open. We can keep ourselves healthy and well physically, spiritually and emotionally so that we are not distracted from our creative work. We can meditate, pray, stay connected to a Higher Power, eat well and exercise regularly. We can create a safe and convenient space in which to do our work. We can start our work by taking ourselves to the studio, computer, garden … wherever we do our creative work. We can remain open to new ideas. We can keep informed about our work and practice our medium or techniques. As we grow in all of these areas, we become more ready to create. It is an unfolding process and we become more creative and more unblocked as we grow in our creative journeys. It is like life; it's a process. We reach the destination slowly and in God's time.

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April 02,2013
Getting Ready....

This morning, I am excited about facilitating a 2 day "Express Your Creative Spirit" workshop. I have not given one of these workshops for a couple of years, and this is the first in a series of workshops that I will give as part of a practicum that I am completing for my doctorate in psychology. This workshop has attracted a diverse and interesting group of people from different walks of life, and I look forward to learning from all of them.

These workshops flow along their own paths guided by the energy of the group and the flow of the Universe. Each one has been the same, but different … the same because I facilitate them with the same agenda and outline, but different because they are guided and influenced by the input of the participants because it is a participative workshop. This component requires me to be flexible to adapt to the needs of the workshop, yet strong to keep it on track.

The participants bring their own experiences and backgrounds and means of expressing their creativity. They have their own processes, their own ideas, their own goals. What creativity is to one, it is not to the other.

So, for today, I go to the workshop filled with enthusiasm, love and joy for the creative process and deep intent for success. Success to me means that each participant is committed to and contributes to the process, and each one leaves with their own personal definition of creativity, a better understanding of their own creative processes and the blocks that sometimes stand in their way, a set of creative goals, new creativity tools that work for them, and a sense of accomplishment that they created at least one thing and tried some new methods.

And what do I hope for? I hope that we achieve this success in a smooth and collegial and supportive way, balanced by everyone's more or less equal participation without domination or control by anyone forcing or imposing their ideas….rather, by exchange and gentleness.

© Carla Weaver 2013.


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