The creative yes comes with some hard
no's to say to anything that is not aligned with the yes.
The creative yes breaks old boundaries and creates new ones.
The creative yes means more life…and more responsibility.
The creative yes calls you to be bigger, bolder, and stronger.
The creative yes bumps you up against all that is not yet the yes…and that can suck
for a while.
The creative yes means committing to not knowing.
The creative yes means the stories around the no are no longer relevant.
The creative yes means owning it.
The creative yes means emerging more of who you are out into the world.
The creative yes doesn't just change what you do, it changes how you are.
~ Michelle James ©2015
Living creativity is living paradox. It is ubiquitous and universal and also uniquely personal. It contains a balance of left and right brain, cultivating and emergence, thinking and being, reflection and action, receptivity and generativity, planning and improvisation, heart and head, left brain and right brain, mind and body, analysis and intuition, movement and stillness, order and chaos, expansion and contraction, inward focus and outward focus, capturing and letting go, individuality and connection, taking in and releasing, and structure and flow.
I was recently interviewd by Michael Smith, President of TeraTech, on the Conscious Software Development Telesummit on Whole Brain Thinking and Applied Improvisation for Innovation, Ideation, and Creative Problem Solving. Below are excerpts from the transcript of the interview. For the complete interview, along with some techniques to apply, sign up for the Conscious Software Development Telesummit for FREE at http://conscioussoftwaredevelopment.com
Michael: What do you mean by "whole-brain thinking" and why is that important?
Michelle: Whole-brain thinking, or the way I would describe it, is using more of our innate capacities. We were born to both think in linear/logical ways as well as holistic/intuitive/metaphorical ways. Integrating whole-brain thinking is just bringing more of our natural thinking into the workplace, for our intuitive thinking, metaphorical thinking, our capacity to see both the big picture and the details, our capacity to both think from synthesis and integration as well as sequentially, imagining and observing, being able to envision beyond what is, plus in addition to more of the left-brain/linear, proving and verifying, expanding and reducing.
It's using complimentary types of thinking - thinking both in terms of possibilities and strategies and in terms of context and interdependencies…using the visual mind and the verbal mind, not just left-brain/linear-dominant thinking only. By integrating multiple ways of thinking, and using more of our whole-brain capacities even in ways we haven't been socialized or trained or educated in the workplace to do, and by bringing more of arts-based and other different types of thinking into the workplace, it's easier to create new ideas, and create new ideas much more quickly. It accelerates the learning and creativity path that we might be on and expands the mental playing field so we have more options and choices.
Michael: A lot of organizations are pretty left-brain orientated, so how do you integrate this into a company culture?
Michelle: In some ways there's some cultural specificity around it, and in other ways it's more general. I'll speak to the more general ways. For example, resistance. Understanding that once you try to integrate new ways of thinking into any group, individual group, team, or culture, you're going to naturally have some resistance. I call it "natural resistance" because it's the same kind of resistance that you find in nature.
In nature, all systems are designed to maintain the status quo until the new birth starts to emerge. For example, the chick coming out of the egg doesn't feel the resistance of the shell until it's ready to be born. Similarly, you find that as soon as people start to integrate more whole-brain thinking, different kinds of thinking, or different types of practice in the organization, you might initially find some resistance, because there's always those trying to more maintain the status quo while others try to bring in the new thinking.
One framework I like to use is divergence and convergence. Divergent thinking is going big and wide, building on things, engaging possibilities, visualizing, seeking out what's unusual. We hear about it often in brain-storming…suspending judgment as you're expanding the playing field - expanding what's possible - but you do it for a certain amount of time, not indefintely. Then you bring it back into a convergent thinking where you're narrowing the playing field, you're selecting from the ideas, contracting, honing in, discerning, focusing, rating by criteria, making sense of…
Unfortunately, what happens is many people don't leave the convergence to go into convergence. They will get meetings and say, "All right, now let's organize what we have," but they haven't stepped out beyond their current framework to play with and expand possibilities first. When you play with possibilities, it is messy, and it might not make sense for awhile, and it can look a little crazy. Like Einstein said, "If at first the idea is not absurd, there's no hope for it," and while that doesn't mean all good ideas appear ridiculous at first, it really speaks to oftentimes the seed idea is the instinct for something new, it's messy, it's just a seed, it's not refined. It needs to be nurtured into fruition to become something viable. So before you evaluate it and start to converge, begin to explore with it, play with it, build on it, add to it…taking something beyond just convergence and adding in time for divergence.
I'll give an example of how this looks in one organization I worked with, a very large organization, where they used to have meetings that they felt the creativity wasn't their problem, but everybody was vying for who's idea was better. They started applying some of these principles and practices and giving this process lot more divergent space. They started calling their meetings "Discovery Sessions." They allowed for a certain amount of divergence time. If they had an hour, maybe twenty-five minutes was in divergence first. They started finding that they were creating better ideas, more novel ideas, more collaborative ideas…and when it came time to get the convergence, the convergence went so much more quickly because they allowed themselves some divergence first.
I would say allowing conscious time, consciously creating a space to diverge, where no one can judge or evaluate ideas, you just build on them, explore them, and expand them, before you go into the convergence where then you rate it...then you connect it to the criteria and the objectives of the problem that you have. Then, just knowing that sometimes you have to practice low-risk, low-stakes exercises, practices or games, they might seem frivolous, but by practicing low-risk, low-stakes
exercises, then that better prepares you for high-risk, high-stakes problem solving. With this practice, you become more nimble and flexible and adaptive inside yourself. That piece is connecting to, looking at new, perhaps non-conventional principles and practices to sort of break those patterns, so you begin to think differently.
Michael: Earlier you mentioned using applied improvisation and you talked about you take part in improvised plays for 10 years. I'm not sure everyone here has even attended an improv session or knows what that means. When you say "improvised plays" does that mean there's no script whatsoever for the play and the actors just make up the play on the spot?
Michelle: Yes, I'm glad you brought that up, because that distinguishes improvising, like improv theater, like you might see on Whose Line, or improvised plays like our performing group used to do which the goal, the objective, was to entertain the audience using improvisational theater principles and practices. We would use the improv principles, but there was absolutely no script. We would completely improvise a full-length play, and that's when I discovered the power of the improv principles…because by adhering to the principles and the practices of improv, you truly could self-organize and create something out of nothing, and you'd begin to learn that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, which is a big facet of Emergence.
Applied improvisation, in the way we use it in organizations, is taking the same principles and practices, but with a different goal or set of objectives. The goal isn't for entertainment, the goal isn't to be improv theater performers for people who go out on a Friday night to watch you. The goal with Applied Improvisation is whatever your business goals are: better leadership, solve problems more quickly, think more creatively, adapt, have more cohesive co-creative teams, reduce turnover, more novel ideas if you're doing product development, or any kind of development, etc.
Your applying improvisational theater principles and practices to something larger than performance. For example, in my work with organizations I don't throw people up there to perform improv because the goal isn't to teach them to be performers. I often get them working either as a whole group or with partners or in small groups using various improv practices and games, but, most significantly, embodying principles to work on real-world issues or problems they're solving or visions they're creating.
The practices are simply a way of embodying the principles, but it's the principles in action that are what's transformative. For example, "yes, and" except most organizations live by "yes, but". So "yes, and" is very good in the divergent space. Heighten and explore, allow yourself and your ideas to be changed by what's said and what happens. Those, and may more, are a big part of improvisation. You're up there and something new emerges and you have to adapt instantly. You don't fight it, you don't resist it, you just adapt to it, and you allow your character to be changed, you allow your ideas to be changed, you allow the direction to be changed. That's a real significant part of the creative process when developing anything.
Another thing about improv, because it happens in real time, you're focusing on presence over polish. Oftentimes, in brainstorming sessions or ideation sessions, people are afraid to speak up or they wait until their idea's fully formed. In improv, literally the practices force you to be so present, you have to say something, you have to say something right away, and by practicing that, you truly bypass the editor, and you become more comfortable with throwing things out there. If people have to, for a certain agreed upon amount of time in the divergent space, "yes, and" it, go with it, explore it and expand it, the first idea thrown out often isn't the best idea. It may be, but in many cases, it's just a seed idea
or it's has a messy fragment of a good idea, and by expanding it and exploring it, and "yes, and-ing" it, you give it the chance to become something new and different.
There are many more, but one other very significant part of doing a lot of creative activities and improv-based activities with people and organizations is that you begin to have a different relationship to failure and the concept of making mistakes. Mistakes become invitations to create. Mistakes are simply iterations in the creative process. They're not binary finalities, like "yes/no", "good/bad", "right/wrong". They're invitations to modify, to explore, to grow. A lot of people know that when you're prototyping, you then try it out and you modify it. One of the things that improv-based practices allow you to do is get a lot of practice in realtime with instant modification, instant trial and error, and so then you become less resistant to change, and more adaptive when you're doing it around a real world project.
Michael: Do the principles, in your experience, make a difference? Does it really make a difference whether you literally say, "yes, and" to someone's idea instead of "no, but"?
Michelle: Literally saying the words "yes, and" can be helpful at first, and is simply a good way to remind your mind to do it, but it really is more the concept of "yes, and-ing" - the concept of accepting an idea as it is offered and building, adding onto it, before you negate it, before you hone in and say, "Well, that won't work, because…" that makes the huge difference. That, to me, is the difference between generative thinking - which is connected to the divergence process, and critical thinking - which is often connected to the convergent part of the creative process.
Both are essential, but the key is not to go immediately into the critical thinking, until you've gone into some generative thinking. I like to think of it in terms of the way nature generates and creates. The branch "yes, ands" the tree, the leaves "yes, and" the branches. Nature creates generatively. Our mind is designed to create generatively, and unfortunately, we are not socialized and educated into doing that. But we have nature on our side - remember back to when you're a little child or watching kids play…someone throws out an idea, and others instantly add onto it. They start creating fantasy worlds and they're "playing pretend" and they're building on each other's story. Then all of a sudden, we go to school and we get thrust into binary thinking, so we leave our natural beautiful, multidimensional way of creating and making associations and connections, and we get into binary thinking - right/wrong; good/bad; yes/no.
People begin to associate that if you get the "right" answer, you're a good person or a smart person - so then people freeze up, afraid of saying something wrong or silly. "Yes, and" is simply a way, a tool, of getting back into your natural generative, creative self. Then, you generate more ideas, you think of them and then you can use some of the more critical thinking to put it up against, "What are the criteria we're trying to beat here? What are the objectives we're trying to create?" Absolutely. "Heighten and explore" is another big improv principle which fits into that.
The principles, it's been my experience, are what create the container for new ways of thinking, new ways of interacting, new ways of being, and therefore, new and more accelerated ideas to emerge. It allows people to be safer, to put ideas out there, so you do get the most of your teams, and you get the most of yourself.
Michael: Is this more a team or co-creative way of solving problems vs. a hierarchical way as well?
Michelle: It's very much a team and collaborative and cocreative way. It can also be a very individual way. You can "yes, and" your own thinking. Often we, in the shower or running or doing something, get an amazing idea and in that moment we get excited. Then all of a sudden, before we allow ourselves to "yes, and" each other or "yes, and" our own idea, we find all the reasons it won't work, and we start "yes, but-ing" our own creative ideas, so individually it works.
Even within a hierarchies this can work if the leaders are embracing the principles. It becomes challenging if you have a "yes, and-ing" team and a "yes, but-ing" leader of that team. I think it's less that hierarchy impacts it, it's more the way of being in the mindset and the principles that the leaders within the hierarchy embrace - that creativity is there available for anyone, no matter who you are in the organization. It always behooves a leader to be able to embrace principles and practices that will allow the most creativity to emerge from their employees.
Michael: How do the rules of improv fit in with a more conscious way of being and creating software?
Michelle: I love the improv principles because they lend so well to a collaborative work culture, a collaborative team, and collaborative groups. First of all, you don't have to agree with someone. There's a difference between accepting an offer and agreeing it, and the idea of acceptance allows an idea to be heard before you jump down on it.
You don't have to necessarily like everything about a particular person, but if we agree on some principles of engagement - that for the next twenty minutes or the next two days we'll apply them - or that we want to embed in part of our ongoing culture that we're going to do, then it creates more spaciousness and more safety for people to think of ideas.
A big part of consciousness, in general, is becoming conscious of what is in front of you. It helps you become very present. You listen more. You listen more deeply, you listen more generously, and by that meaning you're not listening for what you're going to say next, you're listening to what the person really has to say, and in that, if you are completely present, you then have so many options of how to respond. If you're present within yourself, which improv principles and practices help you access your own presence, when you're more present within yourself a well wellspring of options and possibilities emerge that you know would not have previously imagined.
You are not trapped by a pre-designed agenda, although that can be a guide and a starting point, but you're interacting with truly what's happening in the moment, whether it's in your own creative unconscious as you're generating ideas or if you're collaborating with others. By being completely present, you have access to an abundance of creativity that you don't have, if you have an idea you're going to be set on the idea, and then your only goal is to push that idea forward.
It may happen that you have a great idea and you do push it forward, but by being present it becomes much more clear if there are other options and other people can contribute better to that idea. I think presence and consciousness go hand-in-hand, and these principles are simply a way to help activate more presence in a group or a system. Another thing is, by practicing a lot of these in low-stake, low-risk environments, you begin to naturally embody it more in your everyday life.
For the complete interview, along with some techniques to apply, sign up for the Conscious Software Development Telesummit for FREE at http://conscioussoftwaredevelopment.com
Resistance gets a bad rap. It can be a natural, healthy
part of the creative process, and serve generative purposes. As the the unknown of what is emerging meets and the desire to maintain the known status quo, a dynamic tension surfaces and resistance happens. It's not about avoiding resistance, but learning to move through it. This can serve, among other things, to strengthen what actually is emerging. It's part of the expansion and contraction that comes with any new birth.
For more on this and ways to move through it, see my article on Natural Resistance in the creative process ...and learning from nature's creativity:
How we perceive the unknown determines how available we make it to ourselves as a resource in the creative process. The unknown - or "fertile void" - is the place of pure creative potential, waiting to be formed and shaped into being. The void is there, always waiting to co-create with us.
By learning how to befriend it, it can become your most trusted, generative, generous, co-creative partner in any endeavor. You can access deep, novel, and surprising levels of your own unique creative brilliance.
To befriend the unknown:
• Change the lens you see for seeing it. See it like a fertile, alive garden to be cultivated.
• Embrace it as your co-creative partner.
• Start consciously engaging it in low-risk ways until you get more comfortable with it.
• Allow yourself to be an explorer on a expedition without pre-conceived
expectations of what should or will emerge. Trust yourself and the process.
• Give the unknown space, time and attention to get to know it as you would with
any new relationship you valued.
• Allow yourself learn its "language." It speaks to your whole brain and your body. In addition
to words, it can also speak in images, feelings, energy, sudden insights and connections.
• Be open. Have fun with it. Play with a variety of creativity tools, techniques
and approaches to engage it without needing it to fit any expecations.
The more of your brain and senses you engage, the easier it becomes to connect with it and experience it as a life-giving creative force. Let it be messy and uncomfortable. Play with it withouht judgement! As with mastering any new skill, navigating the unknown is an ongoing process. It gets easier over time.
The more you work and play with the unknown as your co-creative BFF, the more confident you become in the creative process…and in your own unique creative expression. And the more creatively vibrant and alive you become...and the more you express your creative uniqnueness in the world!
This was taken from the chapter I wrote for the "Sparks of Genius" daily thoughts to go with the Genensis of Genius Book in 2013. More at http://consciousshift.me/day-5-4-making-unknown-bff-michelle-james/
By Michelle James©2013
My short reflection on, and homage to, the Creative Source
--the creative, life-giving, mysterious, generative
source within us that gives birth to
all things creative and emergent--
as we enter a new year...filled with new potential,
dreams, directions, expressions and creations.
Inside us there is a spacious fullness, a coherent wildness...
The kind of power that doesn't always display
its full plumagein grand revelry.
Instead, one of swimming silently-boldy
throughout the ether waves
Creating its own energy currents...
Calling, leading, guiding, emerging.
It is the source, within, of full-on aliveness,
and your pristine uniqueness.
Creative source energy moves and meanders and twists
and turns and spirals into itself through our Selves.
It is spiraling dynamics embodified.
It is hide and seek, the seeker and the sought,
yearning and satiation all at once.
It beckons, but does not beg.
It captivates, yet holds no captives.
It thrives on your realness to reveal its true nature.
It is ever-generous and forgiving.
It mourns and rejoices simultaneously,
as it unites and differentiates...and unites again.
The creative source is
bonding, binding, bounding, boundarying,
unbinding, unwinding, unraveling,
pattern breaking and new pattern making.
It is both the riddler and the riddle...
The one-eyed gypsy dance of converge and diverge,
where what is isn't, and what isn't is.
(The other eye faces inward).
It leads the inside-out, outside-in dance of creation.
The creative source is at once yin and yang,
gentle and strong,
humble and bold,
nurturing and activating,
behind-the-scenes and front-and-center...
throwing streamers, lighting sparklers
to celebrate your uniqueness.
But it will settle for nothing less.
You must be you.
Stay in your ground and
no one, no thing, no way
can make you less than!
The creative source is mutable, fluid,
stable, hard, soft,
transactional and transformational.
It is honoring, sobering, intoxicating,
lifting, holding, releasing.
It is un-languaging and re-languaging.
First, it asks, break some rules.
The creative source can draw forth
the whirl in a dervish,
the bloom in a passion,
the fruition in a dream,
and the purpose in a soul.
It is serious, but does not take itself seriously.
It comes alive with play and fun and the delightful unexpected.
It gets top billing at the Cosmic Comedy Club:
"Take my life...please."
The creative source is not asking us to be filled,
but rather to feel - and engage - how full we already are.
It is the inflection point where the past, present,
and future meet and tryst...
and, as if by magic, a new creation is born!
The creative source catalyzes resplendent
deepening, ripening, opening, furthering,
recognizing, rearranging, aha-ing, relationshiping,
connecting, embodying, and aligning.
Birth, death, rebirth-
the spiral unfolds.
Truth bursts forth,
shakes itself off,
and settles in to, ahhh,
its own rightful space.
Higher order has organized
and breathes a sigh of relief.
The creative source is in itself a parallel universe.
It is human and divine,
generous and claiming,
shielding and revealing,
It is large and small,
epic and mundane,
reality and fantasy,
universal and unique,
gathering and fraying,
stillness and cultivation,
mystery and revelation.
It offers us an inner authority,
a knowing, and a beacon
to sustain and inform us
amidst fears and doubts,
hardships and crises...
our own or others.
It is the place within us
where life is ever-seeking and
ever-generating more life...
filled with infinite creative potential
just waiting to be cultivated.
It contains the meticulous balance
of flow and stucture for all of our creations.
Just show up, let it lead.
It will meet you at your dance.
It will swing you and dip you,
into your very Self.
It will kick up your heels
yet be there, sturdy and steadfast,
to catch you.
It will meet you in your pain
It will meet you in your joy.
Just show up - fully - from wherever you are.
It wants and needs to partner with us.
The creative source is not the answer,
it contains the question to the Universe,
"Who am I?"
It is a knowing, a wondering,
a paradox, and a circus.
YOU are the main attraction.
Step right up.
The world needs your uniqueness. :-)
The creative source is both speaker and listener--
the hearer and the heard.
It washes through the crevasses
of dried up hope and habit
until it becomes fertile,
alive, breathing potential.
I am. We are.
It allows the unique Being in me
to be with the unique Being in you.
With deep appreciation of your magnificent creative uniqueness
...and the celebration of what only YOU can create and offer in 2014!
Happy New Year!
By Michelle James©2013
the new within us is emerging, the old sometimes fights
back with a vengence to maintain its status quo. It can become an epic battle between the habituated, outdated familiar and the emergent, life-giving unfamiliar.
During the transition, being neither here nor there can be quite unnerving - and sometimes problem-causing. It brings up fears, doubts, insecurities...feelings of not being on solid ground. It also brings up the most amazing creative, generative opportunities if we choose to find and cultivate them, even amidst total discomfort.
It is not the time to seek comfort and direction by looking to the
past to inform the present. It is the time to call in the future to
inform the present...and see what is really ready to emerge. No matter
how deeply I know this, it is still requires all my presence and
commitment to it when I go through my own emergent transitions.
Follow the future by discerning what was from what is emerging; being present moment by moment to lean into the emergent impulses - and learning how to hear and feel them; and staying committed to the higher vision, not the returning limiting pattern. And...following that which fills you most with life - that's always a guide to a more creative expression of self, and a more generative emergent future.
2 colleague friends and I were talking about what differentiates great works of creativity - what constitutes a true Masterpiece. We stated reflecting on what we called Masterpiece Energy. We then decided to explore it further by having a 3-way written dialogue in which we all shared out thoughts, and then after reflecting on what each other had written, evolved and expanded them more until we got into the essence. Below are the thoughts I had, in progression, in that dialogue:
It is Transformative...and Invites us into More than we Currently Know and Are
When I think of Masterpiece Energy, I think of it as the
embodiment of the confluence of several
key elements, regardless of genre: it is alive, transformative,
impeccably crafted, and has an element of surprise. It includes the
ordinary…and goes beyond it. To use and improv term, it “yes-ands” what is, and
takes it somewhere new. It takes both the creator and the experiencer of the
creation to new places. It exudes energy, and creates an energy shift in the
beholder. I even thinks it can go beyond that to elicit a co-creative quality
in the experiencer. It invokes insights, awareness’ or an expanded framework or
consciousness for how we hold the world. Masterpiece Energy invites us into
more than we consciously know, more than we have allowed to be possible, and
more of our own unique creativity.
It is "Living Art" - Fully Alive in the Beholder
Masterpiece Energy, for me, is among other things, “living art” - art that is fully alive in the beholder of the art – weather a painting, a piece of music, a performance, etc. It has a quality of aliveness, not just for the creator, but also for those who experience what’s been created. For an example, when I was in the National Gallery of Art several years ago, I found myself totally immersed in Rembrant’s self portrait. I was captivated. I felt as though he were standing right next to me. I knew very little about his life beforehand, but after being with that painting for 20 minutes, felt as if I knew him. I literally felt as he were alive and standing right there, sharing his world with me. It was fully alive for me, and the experience as profound as if we had just had a conversation….maybe even more so, in that words can often shroud the essence of someone.
It Takes Us Somewhere New
I had a similar experience in a totally different venue. I
went with a group of people to an artist’s home in Sedona, Arizona, who was
married to a Medicine Man. She painted wolves, shamans, other-worldly
landscapes. While there were so many wonderful and truly gifted artists in the
area, her work had an additional quality that made the paintings come to life
before my eyes. I felt like I was in desert where all these people and animals
where there, alive and breathing all around me. I was transfixed. It was
breathtaking. I was not just an observed, but an active participant in the
experience of the art. That experience was transformative - I can still be
transported to that feeling, and the feeling of an expanded awareness as it as
I talk about it. It feels like it lives in me. I love most all art…experiencing
it, creating it, and learning from it…but
when I come across Masterpiece Energy, it always takes me somewhere new,
expansive and somewhat unique.
It Goes Beyond Skill and Talent
Masterpiece Energy is also about where a certain level of
mastery – skill, accomplishment, refinement - in craft and form. The creator is
expressing what is alive for him or her with a level of skill and nuance that
is uncommon. There is a quote that says,
“To do what others cannot do is talent. To do what talent cannot do is
genius.” Masterpiece Energy, for me, is the place where that place beyond
talent meets up with that seasoned in craft. And not just prescribed craft, but a level of craft that
takes the art form itself to a new level. Two worlds unite to form a previously
unimaginable third thing…and the new birth is a masterpiece.
It Transcends Time and Space
Masterpiece Energy transcends time. It is “out of time” in a
way…at least out of time as we experience it in our left-brain dominant,
linear-thinking world. It brings
to my mind the brain states. The conscious brain state, referred to as the Beta
state, is considered our everyday waking experience of reality…and then there
is the Alpha –Theta, and Delta states, which are considered the domain of the
unconscious mind in ever-deepening levels – and where exists and infinite
source of creativity. To me, Masterpiece Energy is the domain of the non-Beta
states…the place that goes beyond our logical reasoning – although it may
contain it – into a non-verbal state of pure experience. It is
multi-dimensional – impacting experience at more than one dimension
It Generates a Shared Connection
With a Masterpiece Energy, the creator of the Masterpiece
and the experiencer share a moment out of the space-time continuum. There is a connection, a feeling, an
understanding – it goes beyond age, culture, language, and time. It that
moment, there is a relationship between the creator and the experiencer of the
creation, often even a sense of kindredness. The relationship to time and space temporarily changes.
It Taps into the Collective Unconscious
If it has this power to
unite people across space and time, it is there for all of us. It is something
we can access and cultivate. We don’t all have the same gifts, skills and
levels of talent in the same ways, but we all have access to the creative
unconscious, where this energy exists and the power to create from what is most
alive in us. And aliveness speaks. Not only can we access this energy as
individuals, but as groups. Imagine the transformational power that can be
unleashed in our lives, organizations, communities - both individually and
collectively - by harnessing the Energy of the collective creative unconscious
– the fertile, alive, generous unknown.
It is a Dynamic Communication across Dimensions
Masterpiece Energy is a dynamic communication across and
between multiple dimensions including a communication between the unformed and
the forming - the shaping of the unknown into something known, felt, and
experienced; a communication between our essence and our senses; a
communication between the creator - the giver - and the individual experiencer-
the receiver; and the communication between that which has been created and the
collective unfolding. Masterpiece Energy generates a greater understanding –
that transcends, time, space, words and externally imposed constructs - about
who we are and who we can be. Ever generous, it offers us that chance to open,
expand, and evolve - both individually and collectively. It invites us to
co-create with it so it - and we - can become actualized in the world. It
provides the rhythm. It asks in return for our commitment, focus, attention,
presence and openness of mind and heart as we engage the dance.
It Holds the Creative Rhythm of Life
Masterpiece Energy is the universal dance of creation. It is an invitation to the ever-evolving party where we can experience the creative rhythm of life, nature and what it means to be more deeply human. Through the embodied language of resonance, it lifts us out of our current context and into the greater engagement of life and the fullness of our human potential.
It is the Driving Energy of Creation and Connection
Masterpiece Energy is a driving energy of creation and connection. It’s the life trajectory that compels us to manifest and evolve our deepest creative natures out into the world...and meet each other there.
There are many other terms that could be substituted for Masterpiece Energy, especially in the second half of the post. The exercise brought up my more general thoughts about the creative process, emergence space, creation from the core, and the life-generating creative source. But for now, just leaving it as I had originally written it in our dialogue.
~ Michelle James ©2013
When we first start living into our purpose, we
notice more "synchronicities" in our every day life - those seemingly
unrelated happenings that come together in an unplanned, yet meaningfully and
uniquely relateable way for us. They often seem like an uncanny answer to
something we have been thinking about. Beyond pure coincidence, they have
USEFUL meaning...and seem perfectly timely in supporting our path.
It can show up in all kinds of ways...like you might have been wondering how to do x and then suddenly you seemingly randomly sit next to the expert of x in the plane. Most of us have experienced that type of thing in different areas of our lives. As we experience living into our purpose over time, those seeming serendipitous happenings become more of a natural flow. Meaning is always there...and it feels as if we are being led to the right people and right events and the right time. Happenings, then, along a purposeful path eventually become more odd when they are not "synchronistic" than when they are. Separate synchronicities just blend into daily living.
I believe this is because inspired purpose acts as a
beacon around which purposeful people, events, and situations emerge - like a homing device. That's been the experience in my
own work over the past 17 years, and what I have observed, without exception,
with other purpose-centered folks. On the outside looking in, others may interpret it
as a lucky coincidence. But it is more than luck...it's staying present to your
path, open to possibilities, and doing what is yours to do - no more, no less which can change a lot. It is not about resting on laurels, or what worked at any given time in the past, but being present to the influences and invitations of the moment.
Purpose + creativity + serving a greater good breeds aligned purposefulness, which is holistically generative - for your self, for others and for the whole. "Magic" synchronicities become more of the norm and unfold purposefully. We still need to do the work, but there is a strong intentionality underlying it. Overtime, as we become more seasoned in "listening in" to what is ours to do, we can more quickly choose the who, what and why of our daily work choices.
Sometime we hear what is ours to do loud and clear, but we
resist doing it. (I've had that happen a lot). Moving through that resistance is another story...and a post for
Finding, Cultivating and Living Your Creatively
Below are just a few of many components. The discovery process always work best with whole-brain engagement, playfulness, body-centered practices, reflection, and other juicy stuff which I have written about a lot, but is not the focus on this post. This is a much larger - and longer - process than a blog post can begin to cover.
Here are 4 Reflection Points for now:1. Discovering your aliveness. What gives you juice, energy, engagement and meaning. Aliveness has many expressions: What's fun for you? What energize you? What do you like to play at? Tinker with? Explore? What engages your heart? Your mind? Your body? Your soul? What do you do because it's "so you"? How do you shine (or want to shine)? What captivates your whole self, not because it is interesting or cool to others, but because it is compelling to YOU? What triggers your curiosity? What did you love doing, being, feeling at any point of your life or now? What did you love doing, being, feeling at any point of your life or now? What does "Alive" feel like for you? How do you get that experience?
Included in purposeful aliveness is meaning. What
is meaningful for you? What moves you? What stirs you? What inspires you? What challenges in
the world call to you? How do you like to contribute? What is a vision you have for a better world? What roles would you like to play? (no need to limit to just one...old paradogm was being boxed into one role - in the emerging paradigm, you can play many roles). What are the needs you see out there that speak most loudly to you? How could the world use your help? Who are you most drawn to work with? For? How could that look? Dont limit it to existing channels or structures...play with creating your own. :-)
2. Cultivating your aliveness and embodying it
over time. There are so many
way to embody it, more than we can imagine. One aspect of living into it
includes being conscious of to what you say YES to and to what you say NO. Once
you start engaging your aliveness, and extracting meaning in it, you further cultivate your purpose by saying YES and stepping up to ALL of that which it requires...and, as
significantly, saying NO to - and NOT doing - everything that is no longer
serving it. With every healthy, live-giving YES, there come a series of healthy
Sometime the NOs are is the hardest part - to people, events, ideas, and
most often, old habits and ways of being. Committing can take a moment...but
living into it, embodying it, and choosing from it moment, by moment, day by
day is an ongoing process. It requires presence, consciousness, self awareness and breaking
old patterns...and cultivating new ones.
Sometimes it means embarking on trainings or events that have no seeming direct relationship to your work (even though they eventually inform it). For example, I spent 5 years is a psycho-physical healing, movement and bodywork training, CoreSomatics, and became a Master Practitioner. I took it becuase I was deelpy curious about the wisdom of the body after a bodywork experience I had, and the training had a lot of energy for me - not knowing if or how I would even apply it. I don't have a hands-on healing practice, but what I learned about the somatic intelligence in that training - and the ways I related it to creative process - deeply informed my work and the design of all of my public and corporate workshops. I bring movement and the body into everything I do, even when not a body-centered program.
3. Creating from it. Purpose always aligns self, others and the whole. I have worked with hundreds of passionate entrepreneurs who have created their own work in the world...and without exception, when each connected with his or her purpose and sense of "calling", it was always generative, aligned with serving some greater good. Serving something larger than just ourselves is NATURALLY embedded in our purpose...in some way or other - often requiring us to expand our mental framework to see that. Sharing something alive in ourselves seems to be an inherent part of purpose.
People who create their own path centered around their purpose discover it already has service built in. It many, sometimes, require us to expand our belief systems of what service means, and how it looks, not limited to conventional ideas about who serves and contributes. It is not just about carrying what you know in service, but also creating something that serves something larger than just you - and it does include you. (It is not about sacrficing who you are in service of others - that's not generative for the whole. It is about structuring your aliveness into an accessible purpose.
It can be anything - a service, product, a new idea, a framework, a computer program, a business, a work of art, a way of doing something, a design, a blog post... anything that is uniquely yours. There is a sense of inner empowerment that comes from accessing your “creative source” and creating from it, no matter how you do it. EVERYONE is creative and everyone can access it.
4. Claiming your Inner Authority. Noticing patterns
you have discovered as a result of "working it" gives you inner authority and ownership that's not dependent on what others think. When we leave our socialized beliefs and enter the juicy, messy territory of our inner resourcefulness, it can be scary. It can be challenging to discover our true voice, the one that contains our creatively unique purpose and expression, and weed out all of the other voices with which we've been socialized.
There is no short cut to this. It requires going under layers of accepted assumptions, and creating time to listen to a voice inside of us we may not even know is there. Sometimes that voice is loud and we get a clear vision or "aha" moment where we know what we want to do and how, but often that voice starts out softly, and we have to nurture it out. But it is always in there...waiting for us to engage with it.
Once we learn how to hear it, we become aware it's always communicating. Once we have engaged our work for a while, we pay more attention, we can begin to notice patterns, honor our own observances, see larger patterns at work that connect to our work, and formulate "wisdom" form integrating knowledge, experience, creativity and intuition in our unique ways. That is when we are less dependent on others for evaluation, and become more centered in our own inner authority. We can hear information from the inside out, and discern what resonates and what does not. We question everything. We run things through our OWN "resonance meter" to see how it feels. Does this feel right? Does it feel like it is mine to do? It can take time to hear the subtleties of the language of our “creative source” but once we learn its language, we begin to trust our inner voice.
There is a type of freedom that comes with engaging your own inner authority and crafting your path...and it's not always easy. In fact, it usually comes with messiness, seeming setbacks, resistances, fears and doubts....your own, and sometimes others around you. Cultivating your creatively unique purposeful work often brings up the "shadow" as well as the light. But being with it all, as it emerges, and making generative choices along the way is that’s how that life-giving voice inside of us gets stronger.
Mistakes within purpose are simply iterations in the emergence process. There is no way around making mistakes, probably lots of them...and purpose allows you to learn from them, to use them. They become awareness lessons, they strengthen knowledge and resolve, and they become innovations to create something new and different.
These are just a few reflections around purpose as they came to me to share today, based on my own experiences and from coaching others who are engaging their purposeful work. Not everything may resonate with you. You may even might disagree with some of it. My hope is not to persuade you on an idea, but simply offer some food for thought or inspiration. As with everything, take what resonates and leave the rest. :-)
Michelle James ©2013
Been on a turn-a-tweet-into-a-poster making kick lately, despite my limited graphic capabilities. Many years ago I had a life-chaging experience where I really got - at a deep, embodied level - that the void was fertile and alive and a source of infinite creativity. I spent the next several years learning everything I could about it through various teachings, domains and direct experiences...and created a business dedicated to its creative cultivation.
The void is there, always waiting to co-create with us. I consider it my co-creative business partner and guide, and feel grateful all the time that in my work I get to dance with with the life-giving "creative source" within others, within myself, and within our dynamic. The creative void offers a totally unpredictable, unique expression from each person, which is, for me, what keeps work - and life - engaging. This poster is today's tiny homage to the fertile void:
Navigating the Unknown: 7 Reflection Tools
Creativity is at the very core of who we are.
We are creative beings. It is at the essence of what life really is about and how life really works - creatively. We have been socialized and educated, and sometimes traumatized out of our natural creativity so we forget that we're all creative by the time we become adults.
In the past, some split off totally from their creative core (and think they are not creative), others relegated it onto the sidelines to do for fun after the "real work" was done, while others stayed connected, often feeling misunderstood. We've been a society of creativity witnesses more than creativity engagers. Thankfully, that's been shifting over the past few years as more people (and organizations) are tapping into and valuing their creative natures, but many still live and work from "old school" limiting assumptions around what creativity is and who is creative.
Reconnecting with our essential creative nature leads to an all-around more vibrant life...because it is how we are naturally designed! Just observe kids discovering, playing, exploring and creating before they were socialized or labeled or "corrected" out of it. Our creative core is so much bigger that our training or beliefs...and is accessible to anyone at anytime.
When we create (and reduce our self judgment), we feel more alive, enthusiastic and connected to the flow of life. The more access we have to our creativity, the more connections we make, and the more opportunities we cultivate. Stress reduces automatically as we access our creative aliveness - that which gives us "juice"! It is fully alive.
When accessing our creativity we’re happier and more joyful. The brain unleashes endorphins and we feel better. Working with creativity generally leads to a more engaged, juicy living. And we buy into what we create - it has meaning. Living an expressed creative life contains the balance between structure and flow, action and reflection, activity and renewal, the mind and the body. Creativity contains the dynamic tension of seeming opposites - sometimes working harmoniously through us, sometimes in struggle. The creative core needs us to engage it…explore, experiment, cultivate, be present and listen deeply.
We all were influenced by certain assumptions growing up. Whether they came from parents, teachers, colleagues, institutions, fears, shoulds, societal norms of "how business is done," etc., we could not escape them. But we can question them, challenge them, engage them, play with them, and test for ourselves which ones really work for us.
We can go beneath the assumptions into our creative core to discover what really brings us to life. We can then choose consciously which ones we keep, which ones we release, which ones we transform, and be present to what other, newer ones want to emerge to help us discover or create more generative ways of thinking, living and creating. The creative wellspring underneath our assumptions is infinite and generous - always giving if we get into the space to receive.
When we venture underneath that which we have accepted - our inhibiting assumptions about ourselves and the "correct" ways we "should" think, work, or use our time - that are not at our creative core, we can re-access our creatively unique flow. We can then really live our aliveness - our creative "juice" - out in the world.
It takes time, attention and intention. It requires giving ourselves space to listen into that inner voice and cultivate out it's creative riches (whether artistically talented or not.). It takes protecting the voice as it is emerging from our own inner judgments or the evaluations of others as it is unfolding. Sometimes we need to protect our creative voice as it emerges...it can be vulnerable and shaky when first coming to the surface - messy, untamed, and often not understandable or relate-able at first against our current context. In other words, easy to judge or negate.
Beyond our own juicy aliveness, reclaiming our creative core is essential for the world we live in. As we collectively expand our notions of what creativity means and how it can be expressed, exponential potential is activated...new insights emerge, new connections are made, and more generative structures and systems can be created. Enlivened, we can contribute from a place of our uniquely inspired purpose. Our world can more positively change because we come from more life-giving assumptions, not outdated, constricted, fear-based ones. And that begins with each of us...individually.
The awesome thing about the creative source is that, like water over rocks, it cannot be stopped. The creative life energy is stronger, and becomes more so as we value it and engage it. We have nature on our side!
~ Michelle James 2013
Last year we curated a Creativity in Business eBook asking over 30 other creativity and innovation practitioners, facilitators and leaders the same 6 questions...and got a myriad of diverse approaches, ideas, philosophies, inspirations and practical applications. Over the course of 3 years, I shared them on this blog before forming them into an eBook. I tried the exercise of answering the questions myself, and my responses are below. To download the complete book of all 32 interviews, along with applicable practices click HERE.
My take on the 6 questions:
How does your work engage creativity?
My calling so far feels like it has been to integrate the worlds of creativity, service, meaning and commerce; cultivate whole brain, whole-body, whole-person engagement and full-on aliveness in the workplace (and in life!); and help co-create - with others who are similarly inspired - new, more generative foundations upon which to develop soul-based, vibrant businesses, organizations and communities. Also, my work (The Center for Creative Emergence) integrates more “yin” practices, whole-brain and body-centered practices and ways of being into the more conventionally “yang” left-brain dominant work culture. All of my workshops and events are highly audience-experiential – with the focus being on the emergent creativity of whose in the room.
What do you see as the New Paradigm of Work?
This is a big question for me, one I have been exploring for a long time. One of the meta themes that I see emerging is that the new work paradigm resolves the paradoxes of the conventional paradigm – in values, mindsets, and ways of thinking, being and interacting. In other words, what has been considered opposites, or “either/or” choices in a limited work world view is moving into “both/and” opening of myriad possibilities in an expansive, creativity-centered framework. The new work paradigm has a a much larger playing field – our concepts of success, making a living, service, purpose, meaning, creative expression are changing. The lines are blurring…these things are not silo-ed and separated as much. Creativity is no longer seen as “woo woo” or something you engage after work on your free time – it’s right in the center of the new work paradigm.
A creativity-centered paradigm requires new foundational principles of engagement. The same rules that applied for a static, conformity-based, do-as-you-are-told workplace are very different than those of a dynamic, alive, adaptive, resilient, independent-thinking, creative workplace. I believe we have much to learn from the principles of improv theater (yes-anding, makes everyone else look good, serve the good of the whole, mistakes are invitations to create, etc.) to help us both adapt to and co-create the new paradigm. I’d love to see improv theater training as part of the core training curriculum at all organizations – it’s hugely transformative.
What do you see as the role of creativity in that paradigm?
I see it as the core. Breaking old patterns, creating new foundations, developing more generative structures, and the expressing richer, fuller, more alive aspects of ourselves require us to actualize deeper levels – and use multiple expression - of our creative potential.
What mindsets do you see as essential for navigating the new work paradigm?
A shift in core values and foundational ways of being that are more expansive, generative and inclusive. I see the new mindsets as “Yes Anding” and containing older ones, and adding a new dimension to what was there before - a developmental, emergent process.
Some of the emerging mindsets I see are moving from either/or thinking to include more yes-anding, generative thinking; moving from valuing conformity and getting it right to valuing more exploration and original thinking; not just tolerating, but actually anticipating mistakes as part of the creative process and allowing for it much more liberally than in the past; moving from seeing “failure” as binary (pass/fail, right/wrong, good/bad) to experiencing it as an iteration - an invitation to learn, grow and evolve; moving from a selling-only mindset to a service mindset; using intuition and resonance as much as logic in decision making; increased comfort in improvising; using more heart, empathy, caring, co-creation in structuring the workplace, establishing the culture and environment, and engaging our work daily; and more focus on empowerment coming from the creativity withIN ourselves to name a few.
What is Creative Leadership to you?
A Creative Leader, to me, is a leader who chooses to use more of his or her own creative potential on an ongoing basis – choosing to always learn and evolve personally as well as professionally; one who is dedicated more to exploring possibilities than being right, and more to discovery than maintaining the status quo. Creative Leaders facilitate meaning, creativity, and contribution of those he or she serves – employee, colleague, team member, customer, participant, etc.
Creative Leadership is paradoxical: strong and soft; directional and flexible; strategic and emergent; focused and open. The creative leader, to use and improv terms, does what he or she needs to serve the scene…sometimes taking a lead role, other times support role and following what is already happening….stepping up and letting go as the situation dictates. Creative Leaders welcome, inspire, and awaken the Creative Leadership in those they lead.
MAKING IT REAL
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In a Facebooks group I'm in, someone posted a
comment wondering about designing for breakthrough innovation. I offerred my response and thought I'd share it here as well since it is relevent to the theme of this blog:
It's been my experience that you can create/design conditions - via generative principles, "whole-brain" practices, shaping the plysical environment, cultivating new cultural norms, etc. - that dramatically increase the chances for breakthroughs to emerge. While I believe a breakthrough can't be forced, we can design the "fertile soil" and engage intentional acitvities that make its emergence more likely.
That includes vastly different ways of thinking, being, embodying, perceiving, and expressing than we currently see in most work environments - which are designed on foundations for control and maintenance - not so much for change, emergence, transformation and breakthroughs.
Designing for breakthroughs includes the willingness for the unpredictable messiness of emergence...and that can be scary for a lot of people. While there is no way to design for comfort in creaitvity and emergence, we can design for emotional safety...that helps open the field and tap into the creative potentiality-in-waiting.
Also, while one might design for breakthrough, the breakthrough may occur seemingly randomly several iterations later...and may not immediately seem connected to the initial design, even though it is a result of it. It's more like we can co-design in partnership with the natural creative process to allow for more change of breakthroughs..but we can't control it. I believe if the designer is not surprised by what emerges, and has lots of space for the unknown embedded into the design, he or she is not necessairly designing for breakthroughs.
A couple yars ago I wrote an article on this blog on 9 Practices for Cultivating Creative Aliveness that goes into more detail with each of the practices. Today I played with making it into a poster (and shortening it) to go with a workshop I'll be doing. Thought I'd share it here:
The full-length article is at http://bit.ly/gx2Oyq
This was a from an online talk I gave on Creative Reinvention using principles and story-based practices from improvisational theater...one of the ways to live into a larger story....
In the 15 years that I've been coaching and working with passion-centered, purpose-driven entrepreneurs, there are a few patterns I've observed that over and over again with clients and peers who have successfully made their way doing and embodying their alive, meaningful, signature work in the world.
By cultivating these 6 elements as an entrepreneur, you become more empowered in what you are offering, and in owning its value. You reduce the focus on, and worries about, competition. Others may work in the same field, or market the same type of services and offerings, but no one has the same 6 elements to bring to and inform his or her work as you do.
Most people look at only knowledge and education base, or type of work, as the only measure of what they do. That is only one part of your one-of-a-kind Signature Work. By following and cultivating what is most alive and juicy for you, you create a strong inner foundation upon which to build - one that can carry you through the rough times, and though times of uncertainty and discovery.
By also focusing and drawing out the uniqueness of your gifts skills talents; cultivating your own stories, observances and discoveries; drawing upon your unique set of experiences in your work and life; and then weaving it together with your own unique creative style and expression (EVERYONE has that - not just artists!), there is no one else who can do what you do in the same way you do it. It becomes your unique signature work or approach.
It takes work, focus and effort to dig deep and cultivate and then integrate these elements into your work. It requires time and attention on self discovery. As Socrates said back in the day, "The unexamined life in not worth living." It takes self-examination - a deep dive into who you are, what you know, and what really moves you - to create your Signature Work. And it takes trial and error in the real world to strengthen it as you go - with inside-out inspiration and outside-in feedback.
It's an ongoing process. The good news is that you can discover quite quickly you are so much richer and have so much more to offer your signature work than bullet points on a resume. You have a creative reservioir and wellspring of gifts, ideas and stories you might not even realize you have...and no one can do exactly what you do in the ways you do it.
By working to cultivate and integrate these 6 elements, impassioned entrepreneurs begin to embody and exude a sense of ownership and "inner authority" that serves to attract potential clients more easily, and allows you to meet the challenges of an uncertain, constantly changing world with less trepidation and more resilience. Work becomes more fun, meaningful, engaging...and uniquely yours.
2-day Workshop ~ December 7th and 8th.
PLUS 1 follow-up one-on-one coaching session.
Led by Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence.
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This workshop is for professional facilitators, trainers, OD practitioners, coaches, consultants, educators, leaders and anyone else who wants to facilitate creativity, dynamic learning and positive culture change for their participants.
Join the creativity facilitation and training revolution! In this workshop you will learn and experience a variety of both right and left brain creativity approaches and techniques designed to enliven your workshops and accelerate participant learning.
Learn how to * Quickly and easily engage participants * Modify activities for the particular group and learning objectives * Draw forth the energy, passion, and assets already in the room * Cultivate the attitudes and behaviors for using whole-brain approaches * Create a safe and receptive learning environment
Effectively getting groups to open up to experiential creative approaches begins with increasing your own comfort and flexibility with the techniques you facilitate. This workshop will focus on two levels at the same time - you as a professional, authentic facilitator and you as a creative individual. You will have the opportunity for personal expansion as you gather useful tools.
Experience whole-brain training activities based in storytelling, improvisational theater, visual imagery, somatics, accelerated learning, ritual, systems thinking, Socratic and analytical processes...and more! You will learn key creative facilitation principles, creativity training design guidelines, and whole brain approaches to design and facilitate innovative learning environments.
Explore using whole brain methods to:
* Get your own creative juices flowing
* Draw forth your natural gifts as a facilitator
* Explore the applications of these new tools
* Have fun. Surprise yourself and each other
* Let go of controls; think and respond spontaneously
Leave with creative activities for:
* Creating group story
* Innovation & idea generation
* Team & community building
In this pattern-breaking program, you will learn how to let go of controls and mindsets that otherwise inhibit your creative thinking. As you facilitate this for your participants, they will experience a deeper level of meaning and learning.
When: Friday & Saturday, December 7th and 8th (9:30: 4:30) and a follow up phone one-on-one coaching session. Where: Falls Church, VA. Directions will be provided.
More information and registration:
I am excited to host this FREE Creativity in Business Telesummit!
REGISTER at http://www.BizCreativitySummit.com/
Featuring 15 Pioneering Creativity & Innovation Leaders, Explorers & Practitioners!
October 22-31 ~ Calls at 12pm & 2Pm EST daily
The theme is Applied Discovery - setting the stage for discovery, generating new ideas and insights, and using your creativity to apply your discoveries in your work.
This event is for entrepreneurs, leaders, executives, managers, learning and innovation officers, facilitators, trainers, OD and HR practitioners, consultants, coaches and anyone who wants to be more innovative, adaptive, resilient, and expressive in the changing world of work, or facilitate that for others.
Leave with principles, practices, techniques, approaches, and frameworks you can start applying to your work, life or business right away to help you discover, create, and innovate!
Plus, you'll get a free Creativity in Business ebook when you register through October 21st, in which 32 thought leaders explore applied creativity and making it real at work.
Hope you can join us!