Compassionate Communication & Creativity

creativityTwo weeks ago I began a course in The Artist’s Way at Colorado Free University. The Artist’s Way is a 12-week program designed to help artists get unblocked. One of the first realizations that came to me was that we need to begin with what we love. In other words, we need to follow our bliss.

I took a look at the different things I was doing as part of my career as a self-employed writer, teacher, and entrepreneur. I discovered there are some things I’m extremely passionate about. My greatest passions are writing, teaching, compassionate communication, and helping people fulfill their dreams.

Some of the other activities were more about making money, and although I don’t intend to eliminate them from my repertoire, I decided not to put more of my energy in those directions. I will focus more of my resources toward the activities I truly love.

This led me to an idea for combining compassionate communication with creativity. In compassionate communication, a language process developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life, there is a very specific way that we begin to think and communication with ourselves and with other.

The basic process is: Observations, Feelings, Needs, and Requests.

We learn to make observations without judgements or evaluations. “Just the facts.” We learn a vocabulary for identifying and expressing feelings. We learn a vocabulary for our needs. And then we learn how to make requests.

Through this process, we can communicate more authentically and therefore be more true to ourselves.

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The Artist’s Way

artistswayA week ago, I started a twelve-week program called The Artist’s Way, developed by Julia Cameron, taught by Yenni Tawahade at Colorado Free University. I have been astounded by how powerful the experience has been in just the first week. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was committed to doing the program. What I discovered was that in the first week, I got straight to the core of what blocks my creativity, and hence my success. It is fear.

Based on this experience, I would highly recommend this program.

Groping in the Dark

GropingI think I should write a book titled, “How to Succeed Just by Groping in the Dark” because somehow I’ve managed to get this far by doing just that… groping in the dark.

I don’t remember when my fantasies of being self-employed first began to form, but I do remember them becoming strong enough after the shocking events on September 11, 2001 to get me to take action in that direction.