Coaching for Creativity

Creativity is a spiritual path, and at the core of the various spiritual paths are the same lessons. For instance, I recently read Thich Nhat Hanh for the first time, and I found myself thinking that he sees the world with an artist’s eye. I think that’s because he is very heart-centered. Even though we think of creativity as an intellectual pursuit, in my experience creativity is a heart-centered pursuit. We actually create from the heart. I think it’s interesting that the word “heart” has the word “art” embedded in it. It also has the word “ear” embedded in it.

So both Buddhism and creativity involve the art of listening to the heart. That’s where the creative impulse arises from. That’s why I cannot distinguish between creativity and spirituality. When you’re practicing creativity you become a grounded individual, and that communicates the universal.

I’ve been a writer for more than thirty years, and the issues that arise in the creative practice are the same kinds of issues that arise in a spiritual practice. You get to look at your insecurity. You get to look at your inquisitiveness. You get to look at your fantasy that a satisfied desire will lead to satisfaction. As near as I can tell, this is what happens with a grounded meditation technique: you go through all of the shenanigans of the restless nature of the mind and what you are left with is, just be. Out of being, things are made. So creativity is the act of being. – Julia Cameron

Coaching for Creativity is designed to support the client manifest their creativity and successfully negotiate the challenges that come with the artist’s life. The client may be an artist in one of the disciplines or someone who always meant to express their creativity. The creative path isn’t always an easy one, however, it is always a worthwhile one. Brave creatives understand many issues may arise as we attempt to make time in our busy lives to chart our path to expression. As we face the internal and external obstacles, we are attempting to transform our dis-ease into ease, our obstacles into allies, and the mundane into inspiration. Some may attribute this path akin to alchemy and others may label it simply as a revolution.

“It’s one of the world’s best kept secrets that art makes people sane and happy. If you think creativity makes you crazy and broke, let’s not do it. On the other hand, if it makes you expanded and connected and joyous and vibrant and beautiful, it may make us a little nervous, but maybe we should try it.” – Julia Cameron

Creative expression can increase your energy, summon inner confidence, enhance your intuition, harness awareness, spark joy, connect with universal humanity, restock resilience, infuse inspiration and so much more.

The Coaching for Creativity partnership is based on these core principles:

  • People are whole and simultaneously moving toward a fuller expression of their wholeness.
  • People are inherently resourceful, wise, and possess inherent gifts.
  • Honoring the full diversity of experience expands awareness.
  • People have the freedom to choose how they respond.
  • Much more is possible than any of us can imagine.

As your coach, I will meet you as one human being to another and one creative person to another. We will develop a customized support system to help you through your own creative process. Support will include but is not limited to:

  • Encouragement
  • Goal setting
  • Guidance – internal and external
  • Strategic planning
  • Time management
  • Perspective shifting
  • Access to creative sources
  • Imagination and creativity exercises
  • Mindbending and heart expanding

Some clients may come to the partnership with a specific project or creation in mind and others may be interested in support in a specific area related to their creativity.

Coaching for Creativity covers many forms of creativity from writing, the musical arts, performing arts, the visual arts to the art in creative living.

During the coaching process, we meet every week or every other week for a regularly scheduled coaching session in-person, by phone or video chat. We may also communicate by phone and email. In addition to our scheduled meetings, we will craft “homework” and accountability for the time in between sessions.





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