CREATIVE SKILLSMovement,Time. We move forward one step at a time. The Creative Process wanders; it stops to explore, falls down
PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL
and then gets up again. Physical movement and action, and the appropriate use of Time accelerate personal develop-
ment. Our perceptions of Time changes when we lose ourselves in close attention to creative activities. For creative peop-
le, it's the boring everyday routine that's really the "altered state" of today's world. We may experiment with Time and Foc-
us, setting time limits on creative exercises to boost our innovative juices.
CRYSTALS and "THE QUANTUM "EFFECT".
Dr. Marcel Vogel, 1988: "QUANTUM PHYSICS deals with MOVEMENT and energies of atomic & sub-
atomic particles such as atoms and electrons coursing through our bodies. These particles are not simply
microscopic billiiard balls bounding around through the actions of atomic forces. They are, instead, 'TEN-
DENCIES' to exist sometimes as billiard-ball OBJECTS and at other times, more like WAVES. In fact, just
when a particle is a solid object & when it is a wave appears to depend on that certain unpredictable ac-
tion known as THE OBSERVER EFFECT."
We CHANGE MATTER when we OBSERVE IT; and when we CHANGE IT, it becomes PARTICULATE,
MEASURABLE and at times, OBSERVABLE. And we must be conscious at all times, especially when we
are working with the CRYSTAL as a BIO-ENERGETIC TRANSDUCER of these effects. It is the CLEAR,
PRECISE, LOVING, THINKING INDIVIDUAL who PUTS A FIELD INTO A CRYSTAL."
"Whenever a particles is UNobserved, IT MOVES AS A WAVE spread over a region of space. This wave,
however, is not a physical wave like an ocean wave or a sound wave; instead, it is a 'WAVE OF PROBA-
BILITY'. Each part of the wave represents a possible location for the particle. We call such a wave a
'QWIFF', standing for a 'QUANTUM WAVE FUNCTION."
"Wen we study quantum physics, it provides us with a mathematical description of qwiffs, and a good
physicist can predict just how a qwiff will behave. The mathematical laws governing their movements are
the same as mathematical laws governing certain types of wave movements. That is why physicists has
named them quantum wave functions."
"But__ THESE WAVES ARE NOT PHYSICAL. THEY CANNOT EVER BE OBSERVED AS WAVES.
Instead, whenever an OBSERVATION is carried out, the wave is said to 'COLLAPSE' into a tiny region
of space and appear as a PARTICLE. A series of observations will produce different patterns. These
patterns are then later interpreted as either wave or particle motion. Therefore, IF YOU OBSERVE IN
ONE WAY, THE PATTERNS WILL APPEAR DISJOINTED. Look in ANOTHER WAY, THEY'LL LOOK
MORE COHERENT AND ALIGNED. Every particle of MATTER exists as a WAVE TENDENCY when it
s NOT being observed, and as a PARTICLE REALITY when BEING OBSERVED."
Discipline. When we're painting or crafting just for fun, we can't wait to start. But every professional
artist can tell you how the words, "have to" cast a dark spell. Getting up every morning to execute an
acceptable work of art and meet a deadline, requires tremendous discipline and commitment. The pro-
fessional can't wait for the right mood; she has to produce in quality, in quantity__ and on time. When
first shifting from an ordinary day job to full-time professional painting, most artists spend a week or so
setting the studio in order, clearing out cupboards and old art publications, searching for inspiring mus-
ic__ but accomplishing little or no actual painting. The next two or three weeks__ with palette, brushes,
notes, photos and sketches neatly laid out beside them__ they stare at a blank sheet of paper or can-
vas, unable to bring themselves to place a single brush stroke on the surface. For others, transiting
gradually from full to part-time jobs and slowly gaining hours available for painting and marketing, a
delayed effect may occur. When I first sold a painting for a thousand dollars, I almost chickened out
when facing each blank sheet of watercolor paper, realizing I had to somehow transform it into a work
of art worth that price or more.
At first it's hard, but after regularly applying ourselves to play piano, learn a new language, play chess
or spend time exercising, we soon reap the rewards and truly enjoy the discipline. But if we invest all
our leisure time in being couch potatoes, nothing happens. Even if we've visualized well, we can't
create unless we get up and move. It's hard to be a Rembrandt if we can't move away from the TV,
cellphone or computer.
As we engage in art, we first try to become skillful with tools and equipment . During this stage, most
artists strive to make the artwork look "real". The invention of the camera, however, devastated painters'
incomes at the end of the nineteenth century. Some began abstracting subject matter from the very act
of painting itself. No longer concerned about making their art look "ral", they stopped imitating nature,
although nature remained a primary Inspirational source. With impressionistic or abstract designs, the
forms, colors or lines were only suggested, inviting viewers to complete the work of art with their own
minds. This required Attention, Attitude, Harmony, Independent Judgment & Risk-Taking, Organ-
ization and Intention.
Attention: Any concentration is a gathering of energy Energy__ earthbound or cosmic__ will flow acc-
ording to the path of least resistance. If we only see the negative in every situation, then energy flows
toward negative situations and our life seems devoid of anything positive.
Creative work demands a Focus on one aspect of the work, as well as attention to nature, people, ob-
jects and events. Unless we stay Present in each moment, centered on the Doing of the project itself
rather than on its Outcome, we lose the link to our inspirational source, making it almost impossible to
break free of ordinary traits__to be true to our personal perspectives __ to be Original.
Attitude. Attention is always projected through our Attitudes, and Attitude__ positive or negative__
determines the quality of the reality experienced.
Harmony: is a science, and its generators are the true artists, for by imprinting their passionate, loving
feelings and inspirations into physical artworks, they engender resonance between Earth and higher
realms, transmitting impressions from one dimensional step to another. Most of us have such short
attention spans we seldom gain higher insights for more than a few moments. Sometimes, listening to
inspirational music vibrates us in harmony with expanded levels.
Independent Judgment: One of our most valuable Creative Skills is our freedom to choose. We may
not realize that to abstain from choosing, is itself a choice. Matured artists detach themselves from
formulas or standard techniques, balancing simplification and complexity, recognizing what is, or is not
in the best interests of each project. They include enough complexity to keep things dynamic, but simp-
lify according to a wider perspective, distinguishing what is or isn't necessar to express the message of
the project. Rather than choosing to do a thing exactly like what they "know", they choose to do it from
within a broader range of possibilities. They accept mistakes gladly, learning to honor them as outer sig-
nals of Subconscious Attitudes.
It's mostly our self-imposed mental rigidity that limits our creativity because we are afraid to Risk change,
afraid to differ from our peers or from those we have empowered as our experts or authorities. This atti-
tude stems from problems with sharing our creativity. When artists observe from detached points of view,
they can drop defensiveness about their work. When first seeking to place artwork in galleries, it felt as
if exposing my work to critical strangers was like walking into their offices naked. Even though I'd earlier
sent slides, had a firm appointment and drove hundreds of miles to keep it, at the last hour, I'd become
so nauseous I'd have to cancel out. This continued until I learned to detach my personal identity from my
art. Once the works were framed and went out into the world, they began their own lives. Guided into
proper channels, each determined its own destiny. Innovative individuals view disturbing phenomena
from a detached point of view.
Organization: Through artistry, we develop a schedule, find similarities in the dissimilar, and create
order from disorder. Even organizing some household drawer, cupboard or closet shelf before beginning
a new painting can entrain the proper frame of mind for composing artwork.
The universe is often likened to a complex machine. We feel at ease with things we can touch or see, and
the machine idea allows us to grasp new concepts from a materialist viewpoint. An artist or athlete, how-
ever, must harmoniously organize mind, body & emotions to trigger both inspirational insights and skillful
performances. Mind and heart can be combined in that peculiar Unstable Equilibrium__ where harmony
of emotion and thought teeters and chaos births inspiration.
Intention: We all have a deep sense of purpose__ a will to birth, change, transform or manifest some-
thing. Intent opens us to a different or broader viewpoint than we might have had before the present sit-
uation arose. "As the spiritual artist creates, he can consciously intend the vibrational effects of the col-
ors, shapes and techniques he has chooses to radiate his inspirations. Intention creates an effect, not
only when you are creating images or sounds yourself, but even when they__ negative or positive__
are being viewed or heard by others, even years after its making. Intent touches everything; even the
Intention in the mind of a doctor when he writes out or calls in a prescription can affect the patient's heal-
Perceptual Flexibility: It's not so much what we see or what happens, as how we choose to view it and
feel it. Logical planning and skillful, decisive action may not be enough to bring forth our masterpieces;
we need to hold an appropriate attitude as we take action. Perceptual Flexibility and a willingness to ob-
serve how others operate can replace mental rigidity and self-limitation.
Joy: Emotion electrifies our life force and brings hidden seed thoughts into being. As artist, teacher and
dear friend, Lalene Cargill Meyer__ artist, mujsician and author__ remarked: "No Heart__ no Art." Foc-
using on the years of study and struggle necessary to be able to fully express our creative urges, and for-
getting about the ecstasy inherent in the creative process, we can turn our talent into just another daily
job. We can become robotic, and both our work and our life soon lack sparkle. Joy comes when we are
so passionately intent on what we're doing, we forget everything else__ even ourselves. This happens
when we have clear objectives from moment to moment, whether playing golf, singing in the choir, craft-
ing a new gunstock, coaching the baseball team, designing a new website or forming a new lesson plan.
Willingness to Risk: Creative individuals love challenges__ riddles, puzzles, mysteries. They immerse
themselves in imaginative literature and open their minds to unique feelings, thoughts or perspectives.
They know that creativity sprouts from free-ranging, uncritical thinking and from self-examination of the
motives behind their worn-out ideas, beliefs and expectations.
Trust: Eventually we come to trust universal feedback, and then we can align more precisely with more
expanded aims. Loving the working process, accepting the challenges of the difficult, and braving new
territories pushes us beyond the status quo. If a new idea doesn't work, we analyze what went wrong,
then simply start a new project. Courageous creators don't give up, knowing that sooner or later it will work
__ or, at least they'll discover why it doesn't.
SPIRITUAL ENERGY SKILLS
Imagination: Every new project or idea begins with an inner vision__ we can create nothing without first
having a vision of it. Imagination breathes life into our creations and must be exercised to stay vital. When-
ever we Focus intently on a thought or image, we activate the energies necessary to manifest it into phys-
Universities experimented with students electronically connected to equipment measuring body processes.
While viewing various pictures, their physiological responses were recorded. They would see a picture
of a depressed person and their vitality level went way down. When the picture was of a vibrantly healthy
animal, their energy instantly shot up. It makes you thing twice about filling your mind with current TV, el-
ectronic games and film offerings.
Visualization: opens our minds to new possibilities, whether through unusual information, people and
places or unexplainable events__ even traumatic incidents. In fact, the imaginative faculty of humans is so
powerful, that totalitarian groups feared it. Hitler and Stalin rounded up all the intelligentsia of Germany,
Russia and the countries they invaded, imprisoning artists, politicians, writers, musicians and inventors
in concentration camps and gulags. Many were eventually exterminated. Visualization engenders creativ-
ity and hope. It is of major concern that here in the US, most of our schools have dropped art and music
classes from their curriculum. The effect on the students is a growing inability to recognize patterns, to
visualize planned projects, & to find new ways to resolve problems. We must ask ourselves__ "Who
benefits from this situation?
Resonance: "Becoming As One" with the subject matter of a work in progress enhances creativity. As
we vibrate in tune with trees , elk, rocks , clouds or a cowboy, we attract insights about the subject that
were formerly hidden from us. Patience and acceptance of periods of non-action allow for deep prob-
ing of the inner self, bringing forth fresh perspectives on subject matter and techniques.
Focusing Inward: is a psychological force. When turned toward inner realms, intuition can propel us
into unknown worlds. Continued focus on feelings activates our Inner Psychic Child. This subconscious
self is automatic ; It does not need the five phsyical senses. It exists in a state of awareness apart from
the physical, yet is acutely alert to the physical at all times because we have already developed a con-
sciousness more inclusive than ordinary awareness. (Chapter 4: "Spirit Within") Both ancient seers and
modern day psychologists have suggested that this expanded state of ind and feeling__ a lost art__ is
imperative for a positive existence during the 21st century.
Re-patterning: Both spirituality & art require a balancing of relationships. Both the spiritual student's
and the professional artist's or musician's basic tasks are to find common patterns and similarities in re-
lationships. For the artist or musician, it is between colors, shapes, lines & textures__ or tones, rhythms,
emphasis and impressions, and perhaps, between everything contacted through the physical and psychic
senses. The creative engineer looks first at all possibilities, adjusts what doesn't harmonize, then choo-
ses what creates the wholeness he seeks.
Law of Attraction: When we live from the heart, radiating joy in all we do, our feminine, holistic nature
activates an attracting force from deep within. The Intellectual-logical and Intuitive-emotional drives of
the subconscious are like automatic magnets, attracting ideas, things, people and situations according to
whatever we thoughtfully or emotionally focus on. We make decisions intuitively. We sense pieces, pat-
terns and resonances within in the whole, then choose from a wider perspective. This divine electro-
magnetism resonates with our personal missions.
Trust in Spirit: Conflicts between spirituality and science often left us trying to live either a "religious" life
apart from what we perceived scienc e to be telling us about Reality, or a "scientific" life, often fearing
we were denying our faith. Worse, many of us tried to live both. A price tag was attached__ neither sci-
ence nor organized religion fully satisfied our hunger for higher realms of Creativity. Creative activities
require both Trust and Faith: Either we have faith, or we don't have faith. We can neither pretend we
have it__ nor can we fool ourselves that we have it__ but without Trust, fear wreaks havoc on Faith.
"Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
By Rev. Dr. Marilyn La Croix