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What is the Creative Process? Are some people naturally gifted or is creativity accessible to all? Author, coach and marketing consultant Lynn Serafinn of Spirit Authors shares her own understanding, from a metaphysical, scientific and practical perspective.
The great physicist and alchemist Sir Isaac Newton coined what he called the “First Law of Motion”, also known as the “Law of Inertia”. This law states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in uniform motion tends to stay in uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force. This “law” is not merely some scientific “rule” but a dynamic principal we can see at play both in the macro- and micro- levels of Reality.
The external “force” of which Newton speaks doesn’t have anything to do with being “forceful” or aggressive. “Force” simply refers to something that has the ability to change or transform something else. Think of it as what they mean in Star Wars when they say “May the Force be with you.” The “Force” is your inner alchemical power that transforms a conscious thought into a tangible manifestation.
On the grand scale, by whatever name you wish to call it, “Force” sets Divine Creation in motion to create the universes, life and all manifestations of the physical and non-physical worlds. On a more personal level, our “Force” is what drives movement, change and creativity throughout our own lives. But the “Force” is not the same as “Will”, but rather something much more intricate and beautiful. In the specific case of writers, all the creative imagination in the world cannot manifest without the “Force”. The key difference between Newton’s law and our situation as creative individuals is that we are not “objects”, but conscious entities. And because we are conscious, if we imagine the energy needed to break our inertia will come from an external force, we might find ourselves waiting a very long time for the “magic bullet” to send us inspiration. We don’t need a magic bullet. We need the “Force”.
The Force = the Creative Process
The Creative Process doesn’t “belong” to us, but rather is the fundamental energy of the Divine Creation. If you ever said, “I’m not creative,” you were wrong. You are part of Creation; therefore the very food of life for you is creativity. It is impossible for you not to contain the seeds of creativity within you. However, if you do not activate that potential creativity through the 3-fold force of the creative process, you may not ever convert that potential energy into something tangible.
What is the Creative Process? My own personal definition of the Creative Process is “the act of bringing into manifestation that which already lies in the Collective Creation”. In other words, all that we seem to create already existed in the great “Cosmic Soup”, and we simply tapped into it and somehow — through words, pictures, music or other media — and made it understandable to others. This is how I have experienced it. I’ve heard other creative artists say much the same.
The Creative Process is comprised of three components:
1. Consciousness (mind)
2. Will (heart or soul)
3. Energy (body)
Body, mind and soul. ALL three are needed to activate the Creative Process. If you don’t tap into all three, you will find it very challenging to sustain movement in your writing project. This is equally so for any creative project, from starting a family to starting a new business.
Let’s look at each of these components in turn and consider how they contribute to your Creative Process. In this article, we’ll look at the first component: consciousness or mind.
Consciousness or mind is the place where your ideas are conceived. It is the place where you receive the inspiration from the Universal Creative Principle that exists in all places and at every moment. Think of it like the receiver of a big satellite dish getting signals from outer space. The dish is connected to a data processor where the signals can be organised, and then stored into a hard-drive for future use.
Consciousness or mind is NOT the place where creativity manifests; it is the place where information is received from the Cosmic Soup. As such, we need to be an open channel, ready to receive that information. Whenever you get an idea “in a flash” or you “see” or “hear” a story, vision, teaching or whatever, that is the moment you are connected to, and receiving from, the Creative Consciousness. People who say they “channel” their work are familiar with this connection. You don’t have to describe your work as being “channelled” if you don’t like this word, but the truth is ALL true creativity comes from finding that connection to the Greater Creative Consciousness and allowing it to fill your mind with ideas, teaching, stories, visions, words, pictures, shapes or whatever it happens to send you.
Some creative artists describe the phenomenon of “writer’s block” as the inability to come up with any ideas. In my opinion, “writer’s block” is simply what we experience when we impose our ego, insecurities, self-judgments and other obstacles, and allow them to get in the way of our natural connection to Greater Creative Consciousness, thus restricting the transmission of ideas from It. When we start to second-guess ourselves and tell ourselves that we are not capable, or that we are in some way inferior to the calling, what we are actually doing is refusing to trust the Greater Creative Consciousness. We refuse to believe it will sustain us, inform us and enlighten us. We refuse to believe it will love us enough to fill in the gaps we might see within ourselves.
Always remember this: The Greater Creative Consciousness does NOT judge you the way you judge yourself. It is 100% impartial to any of your self-perceived flaws or drawbacks. It is sending you creative messages at every moment; if you are not receiving them, it is because you are filtering them out. The reasons why you are filtering them are complex, but in my opinion this filtering is at the core of why human beings suffer. I believe, we can end our own suffering and your karmic cycle in an instant simply by opening our consciousness to receive—without judgement or filters—all that the Greater Creative Consciousness has to give us at any given moment. In fact, once you turn this channel on, you might even need to develop strategies for switching it OFF when you need to focus on the practical side of creation.
“The Greater Creative Consciousness does NOT judge you the way you judge yourself… It is sending you creative messages at every moment; if you are not receiving them, it is because you are filtering them out.”
I hope you found this look at the role of consciousness in the Creative Process to be useful. In Part 2 of this article series, we’ll be looking at the next component of the Creative Process: “Will” (heart or soul).
I’d love to hear your own thoughts, beliefs and experiences with the Creative Process.
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Lynn Serafinn, MAED, CPCC is a certified, award-winning coach, teacher, marketer, social media expert, radio host, speaker and author of the number one bestseller The 7 Graces of Marketing: How to Heal Humanity and the Planet by Changing the Way We Sell. Her eclectic approach to marketing incorporates her vast professional experience in the music industry and the educational sector along with more than two decades of study and practice of the spirituality of India. In her work as a promotional manager she has produced a long list of bestselling mind-body-spirit authors. She is the founder of Spirit Authors, a site dedicated to providing information on publishing and book promotioin for and about mind-body-spirit authors, both established and aspiring. Lynn is also the Founder of the 7 Graces Project, a budding social enterprise whose aim is to help grow a new generation of passionate entrepreneurs who want to serve both people and planet through innovative, ethical, independent enterprise.
One of my dear friends, and long-term collaborative partners, Yvonne Perry has just released a brand new book entitled Shifting into Purer Consciousness ~ Integrating Spiritual Transformation with the Human Experience. Many of you may have heard Yvonne on the Spirit Authors podcasts, and also on my Garden of the Soul Radio Show (you can listen to her most recent interview by clicking HERE). Some of you might also know Yvonne as ‘Lavendar Rose’, the host of the ‘We Are One in Spirit’ podcast, where she has interviewed me several times. As I said, Yvonne and I work together a lot!
Yvonne is a truly prolific author (I think she publishes a new book just about every year) on a range of deep subjects to do with human nature, healing, intuition and consciousness. She’s also the founder of a company called ‘Writers in the Sky’ that supports authors in many ways, including book promotion.
In celebration of the launch of Yvonne’s new book, Shifting into Purer Consciousness, I thought it would be great to ask her some questions not only about the book itself, but also about the writing process when utilising things like intuition and channelling to develop a book. Finally, I thought it would be great to get her opinions on the role of authors in this era of shifting consciousness. This interview is part of Yvonne’s Virtual Blog Tour (more information on that at the end of the interview). I do hope you enjoy the interview and that you check out her book this week at http://shiftingintopurerconsciousness.com.
LYNN: The last time I interviewed you, you had just completed your book, Whose Stuff is This?, which talks about being aware of how different energies can impact people, especially if they are very sensitive or empathic. How is this new book the natural follow-up to your previous work?
YVONNE: Whose Stuff Is This? ~ Finding Freedom from the Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those Around You introduced the concept of oneness as the reason we are able to pick up energy from others. That book shared tips and exercises to help highly-sensitive people set boundaries, clear the auric field, and gain a measure of control over what they experience from outside sources. This new book takes this premise a step further by showing how what we think and how we feel inwardly directly affects what we experience outwardly. In other words, it’s all about learning to manage energy internally. Our ability to manage energy is a key component in maintaining peace during the current global shift that is causing misery to people who are resistant to of fearful of change.
LYNN: Your book talks about the “ascension” process. What do you mean by that? Is it affecting everyone in the world or just specific people?
YVONNE: The ascension process is a global awakening to spirit’s work within each of us personally as well as with humanity. It is also about the Earth entering alignment with the equator of the Milky Way Galaxy as it does every 12,000 or so years. The Earth is also completing one full astrological cycle known as the “precession of the equinoxes” as it does approximately every 26,000 years. During this cycle, the Earth passes through each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. This simultaneous completion of two cycles has a purging effect upon the Earth and humans. As we are moving into a higher dimension, Mother Earth is cleansing herself from the pollution of detrimental human influence; and humans are being urged through an inner stirring to let go of fears and the influence of the lower self that does not serve the purpose of love.
LYNN: I work a lot with authors who “channel”. Why do you think there is such a surge in channelling writers right now? What’s really happening when a writer channels their work?
YVONNE: Channeling is no mysterious process. Everyone can channel because all it requires is that we listen to our own inner guidance, which is coming from Spirit within us and from dimensions beyond this 3-D reality. Every inspiration, creative surge, and artist gift is a form of channeling. However, there are some people who are more attuned and able to receive guidance from ascended masters, angels, and universal beings of light. Those are the ones who have brought forth information to let us know what is going on and therefore remain calm as this planetary shift occurs.
LYNN: How can writers, even those who are not “channellers”, utilise the “ascension” process to dive more deeply when they write? How can this enhance their awareness and creativity?
YVONNE: In a sense we are all channelers because we have the ability to hear from our spiritual guidance team at any time. Due to the planetary alignment we are currently entering, many people are hearing more clearly, more often, and more accurately. To access this divine inspiration, we can set our intention with meditation or prayer before we begin a writing session and ask Spirit to move through our minds, emotions, and body as we create. Consulting with your inner guidance is a wise choice before making any decision or embarking upon any project.
LYNN: What role do you think writers play in the evolution of spiritual awareness in our world today? How can writers best help heal and uplift the planet in these rapidly-changing times?
YVONNE: Writers have a tremendous impact on any culture—especially in this age of spiritual awareness and planetary expansion.
The manifestation process begins with a thought and is carried to fruition by emotions/feelings. Words originate as thoughts. When shared—written or spoken—words have the power to seed new ideas into the minds of others, penetrating old patterns and beliefs to create a paradigm shift. Just think of how one book, Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, stirred religious people to question the limited and tightly-sealed box of church doctrine they had accepted without considering whether or not it was their personal truth.
The traditional method of major houses only publishing the written material of an elite few has taken a backseat to self-publishing within the last decade. Nowadays, people who have little notoriety can easily publish a book with a strong spiritual message and reach the masses to effect change. Many powerful teachings have been published by “nobodies” and this has had (and continues to have) a strong influence on our culture as readers share what they have learned. Many writers can address the same topic; but because we each have our own viewpoint and style of expressing our truth, the book and its message will appeal to different audiences, thereby creating an overall awakening of mass consciousness. If you are a writer and feel like Spirit has a message to share through you, start penning those words and seek publication.
This interview with Yvonne Perry is part of her Shifting into Purer Consciousness Virtual Blog Tour. Yesterday, the tour stopped at Irene Conlan’s The Self Improvement blog. Tomorrow the tour will be at Shelagh Jones’ Spiritus blog. I do hope you’ll drop in on both of these sites to learn more about Yvonne, the book and the spiritual transition of our current era. You can read the full Virtual Blog Tour schedule at http://dld.bz/byrF7 .
If you don’t know what a Virtual Blog Tour is, how to set one up, and how it can help both the author and the blog hosts who participate, check out this article I wrote some time back on the subject: http://spiritauthors.com/news/what-is-a-virtual-blog-tour-how-do-you-set-one-up/
AND DON’T FORGET to subscribe to the Spirit Authors blog for more tips on writing, publishing, book promotion and new mind-body-spirit book releases.
Lynn Serafinn, MAED, CPCC is a certified, award-winning coach, teacher, marketer, social media expert, radio host, speaker and author of the number one bestseller The 7 Graces of Marketing: How to Heal Humanity and the Planet by Changing the Way We Sell. Her eclectic approach to marketing incorporates her vast professional experience in the music industry and the educational sector along with more than two decades of study and practice of the spirituality of India. In her work as a promotional manager she has produced a long list of bestselling mind-body-spirit authors. She is the founder of Spirit Authors, a site dedicated to providing information on publishing and book promotioin for and about mind-body-spirit authors, both established and aspiring.
Passionate about re-establishing our connection with the Earth, Lynn also supports the work of the Transition Town Network in her hometown of Bedford, England.
Lynn is also the Founder of the 7 Graces Global Conference, or 7GGC, an emerging movement of people who are actively creating and implementing a new paradigm for business, media and marketing that can help heal humanity and the planet by changing the status quo, and foster support and education for independent, ethical enterprise. Come BE the change at http://the7gracesofmarketing.com/7GGC (be sure to watch the video replays of our recent global conference).