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 pe-
ople, it's the boring everyday routine that's really the  "altered state" of  today's world.   We may experiment with  
Time and
Focus, 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 o f 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 an artwork 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 a 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, &
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 &
f
eel 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,  musician,
teacher, author & dear friend
Lalene Cargill Meyer__remarked:  "No Heart__ no Art."  Focusing on the
years of study and struggle necessary to be able to fully express our creative urges, & for-getting  about
the ecstasy  inherent in the creative process,  we can turn our talent into  just another daily job.  We can  
become robotic,  & both our work & 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, crafting a new gun-
stock, 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, & braving new ter-
ritories 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 late r 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 & 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
physical reality.

Universities experimented with students electronically connected to equipment measuring body proces-
ses. While viewing various pictures, their physiological responses were recorded. They would see a pi-
cture 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 curr-
ent TV, electronic 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 & Stalin rounded up  all the intelligentsia of Germ-
any,
 Russia and the countries they invaded,  imprisoning artists, politicians, writers, musicians  & inve-
ntors in concentration camps and gulags.
 Many were eventually exterminated.  Visualization engenders
creativity and hope.
 It is of major concern that  here in the US , most of our schools have dropped  art &
music classes
 from their curriculum. The effect on the students  is a growing  inability to recognize patt-
erns
,  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 subconsci-
ous self is automati
; 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
consciousness more inclusive than  ordinary awareness
. (Chapter 4: "Spirit Within") Both ancient seers
and modern day psychologists have suggested  that this expanded state of intuition 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 & psychic
senses.
The creative engineer looks first at all possibilities, adjusts what doesn't harmonize,  then cho-
oses what creates the wholeness he seeks.

Law of Attraction:  When we live from the heart,  radiating joy in all we do,  our feminine, holistic nat-
ure 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 & situations  according
to whatever we  thoughtfully or  emotionally focus on.  We make decisions  intuitively. We sense  pieces,  
patterns and resonances within in the whole,  then choose from a wider perspective.
This  divine electr-
omagnetism 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 science to be  telling us about Reality , or a "scientific" life, often fear-
ing we were  denying our faith.  Worse, many of us tried to live both.  A price tag was attached__ neither
science  nor organized religion  fully satisfied our hunger  for higher realms of Creativity. Creative activit-
ies require both Trust and Faith
:  Either we have faith__ but without Trust, fear wreaks havoc on Faith.

                                                                                  
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   "Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
                   
By  Marilyn La Croix