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The Secret Potential of Feeling Stuck

Many want to help us get unstuck in your craft, art and work. But only a few understand that being stuck has its own merrit, place and wisdom. A sense of being stuck should be respected and explored without judgment. If decoded correctly, the value of its information is beyond priceless. It contains clues that no mentor, fellow-creative or friend can ever give us. It's a guide from a crossroad towards a realm of opportunity. You won't get to work until the pain of not creating exceeds the pain of creating. - David Bayles Feeling stuck means having a sense of stagnation, not knowing what to do, why we do it, or of not progressing in the direction of our desired objectives. In very simple terms, it signals a lack of confidence, a lack of clarity of purpose. Instead of trying to get out of it as fast as we can, we might choose to view it from a different perspective. Feeling stuck is a portal between the old and the new, the known and the unknown. It is that prolongued moment in t
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Creative Affirmantions

When you find yourself in need of creative faith, affirmations may come handy. Grounding yourself in emotional stability and regaining the desire to get to work is essential. Here are a few affirmations that may to support you:  What I do is, first and foremost, a reward in itself.  I find joy in what I do.  What matters the most is what I do now, in the present moment.  Whatever I choose to do in the present moment, I do it with my full attention and dedication.  I am committed to the now.  I feel as if time does not exist.  I am constantly learning from the feedback I receive.  I feel I have the skills and capabilities for doing what I love. I feel whole.  ©REBELLICCA, 2021 As artists and creative entrepreneurs, we all need some support and reassurance when we feel our creative muse is slightly less present. Here is an often updated collection of notes-to-self, ideas and suggestions how to appease our creative anxieties so that we can keep doing what we love and enjoying the busines

What I've learned from Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic

Arrogant belonging: declare that you ARE, claim your place in the world. Liberate yourself from the desire to necessarily help others/be of service through your creativity; just make stuff for its own sake, for your own sake. If you love something, persevere. If you love something, believe it loves you back. Regain your curiosity, cultivate your inquisitiveness. Follow each clue, no matter how mundane. Chase every reference. Explore every spark of interest, no matter how fleeting it might be. (Your) Art matters and simultaneously it doesn't matter at all. State it out loud: I am an artist/writer/poet/creator. Rejection is not a valid reason to quit, neither is the lack of audience. Inspiration and ideas seek you to manifest them. Show it you are ready and capable of doing that. Be ready, show up, do. Make commitment to the doing, not to the outcome. As artists and creative entrepreneurs, we all need some support and reassurance when we feel our creative muse is slightly less presen

Creativity, Uncertainty and Possibility

When you're new to something, Rick Rubin enlightened us, you bring an ignorance that can be highly innovative. The usefulness of experts is indisputable but when you need a breakthrough freshness of insight is a priority. Indeed, so much of what we know somehow stands in the way of developing new perspectives. In a sense, we're at all times hostages to our mental models. And only by becoming familiar with them and aware of them can we learn how to see things from a new angle.  Sometimes we may need to impose constraints on our projects in order to channel our creative energy. At other times, we may be asked to do exactly the opposite: drop the limitations, un-scope and acknowledge the importance of exploring something totally new, even if we don't know where this would lead us to. Unchartered territories obviously don't come with maps. They do, however, come with the promise of allowing us to be the first to map them while navigating them based on our inner compass.  Ne

Exercises in creative absurdity

In his book Syntactic Structures (1957) Noam Chomsky used the example below in support of his hypothesis that the grammatical correctness of a sentence does not necessarily make it semantically meaningful. From a purely technical point of view, he might have had a point. From a creative point of view, however, I believe he was wrong.  Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. - Noam Chomsky The line between the portions of reality one references and what is possible to express verbally seems to dissolve when one begins playing with incompatible notions. It is in this interplay that the richness of language is fully revealed and original new perspectives arise. In this post I'm sharing my own linguistic experiments inspired by Chomsky's example. If play can be found at the center of everything we hold dear and call Life, then exploring the language universe and its freshness can add an extra layer of fun to existence. So here are my quietly rebellious tryouts in creative absurdity.

A Change of Feeling...and Perspective

What if you'd release all fear. What would it feel like to be free from any anxiety?  What would life taste like if you’d have the courage to experience it through the lens of joy and wholeness and laughter? Immersed in a permanent state of complete satisfaction and fulfillment. Endless gratitude and appreciation. Only seeing good in everything. Seeing every situation as an opportunity to expand on your happiness and freedom.  What would it be like to be free of envy and jealousy towards those who are/ have / are capable of doing exactly what you dream of? To not punish them in your thoughts but to wish them well? What if the comfort zone was exactly the place to grow because it gives you the safety you need in order to strengthen your wings before you learn to fly?  What if the world did not need to be fixed or improved or saved but just loved and appreciated. Left alone in peace and quiet. The planet was here long before we came around so it definitely does not need to be correct

Transcending Circumstances

Until you find new ways of seeing and thinking, you will keep perpetuating your current circumstance by recreating the old patterns over and over again. If you want change, find new ways of seeing, new ways of believing a desired and envisioned future in. Everything transforms into the perspective from which it is viewed. Once you find it, it will help you transcend your current circumstance. You can already, right this moment, transcend your current reality mentally. Bypass it and assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled.  How does that feel? Constancy, commitment, perseverance, focus, patience, path, purpose, clarity… Clarity of intent. Clarity of vision. Patiently cultivate them. Allow time to help them shape you. More inspiration for creative rebels and thinkers can be found at https://bit.ly/2Zra8GI