Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a busy dude. During his 82 years on the planet (1749-1832) he fully committed to his creativity as poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, artist and critic. And he wrote some very cool and helpful words including this shining couplet:
So here’s the question. When will you begin to turn your creative dreams into reality?
When it comes to beginning creative projects a lot of people seem to be in a perpetual state of waiting. Waiting for the right time, the right inspiration, the right weather, the right whatever that will finally propel them into action so they can begin creating what they have always wanted to create. For far too many their creative now is constantly postponed because they never own their power to seize the moment and begin.
Do you have a memoir you want to write, a garden to create, a...
You were born to create. The question is - are you creating? Are you bringing into the world that thing that only you can bring to life? That thing or maybe more than one thing that will make you feel fully alive, fulfilled and excited. It could be a song, a book, a painting, an invention, a garden, a trip, a business idea, a movie script, a design, a speech, a comedy routine, a dance, an app, a new relationship, a new improved old relationship, a calm mind, a new habit, a new career or a new direction in life.
I’ve found that most, if not all, people have a creative dream inside them that they want to turn into a reality. And if they don't take action on these dreams they pay a price in terms of their happiness, growth and vitality. Is this the year that you turn your creative dream into an active process that gets you the results you want? Is this your year to create? If it is, what is stopping you?
Let’s look at what might be holding you back from going for...
"Threads of genius and purpose are present in everyone, but only become visible when something creative is attempted." ~ William Blake, English poet (1757 – 1827)
Say the word “genius” and most people think of someone like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Wolfie Mozart or Will Shakespeare. But trace the word back to its origins in ancient Rome and we get a much more inclusive picture of what genius means and who possesses it.
The Latin word “genius” referred to the guiding creative spirit that accompanied every individual throughout their life. It guided each person in the expression of their unique voice, talents and gifts. So as mythologist Michael Meade puts it, “The question becomes not whether or not you are a genius, but in what way does genius appear in you and how might it contribute to your own well-being and benefit the world around you.”
I think it’s fair to say that never in the history of humankind have we more needed the...
"Once there were mountains on mountains and once there were sunbirds to soar with..." - D. Bowie, Station to Station
I am a Bowie fanatic. My story I'm sure is not too dissimilar to many others. DB reached out to me across oceans and nations to impact my adolescent life in a Hobart suburb at the bottom of Australia. In fact Hobart's poorest and toughest suburb called Warrane. But when Bowie's latest 70s vinyl masterpiece spun on the turntable in my bedroom I was always transported to a world of astonishing potentials. Anything seemed possible.
Each Bowie album released in the 70s - Diamond Dogs, Low, Heroes, Station to Station etc - was an event we fans anticipated breathlessly. We also must include 1980's gem Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) in any list of Best Bowie Albums. Yes, these were the golden years of Bowie's groundbreaking innovation. A new record deal and the release of Let's Dance then brought Bowie mega-stardom and money, lots of it. I'm sure I wasn't the only early...