CREATIVE SKILLS
                                                      PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL

                                                                               PHYSICAL SKILLS:
Movement,Time. We move forward one step at a time. The Creative Process wanders; it stops to explore, falls down
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.

                                                                         MENTAL SKILLS:
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-
ing process.

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.

                                                           
EMOTIONAL SKILLS
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-
ical reality.

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.

                                                                           
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  "Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
             
By  Rev. Dr. Marilyn La Croix