CREATIVE BLOCKS & CHALLENGES

                  Blocks arise when we maintain  attachment to outcome. Passion in any type of work  enables us to surmount
                  inhibitions and keep reaching beyond past accomplishments.  We must
desensitize  ourselves to criticism and find
                  happiness in  doing  something  utterly our own.
Striving to  surmount  creative  challenges,  we  frequently  trigger
                  peak  experiences from  within ourselves,  inspiring us to  express freely and  courageously. While in these loftier
                  states of mind,  we may at times
consciously link with the Creative Force itself. Challenges for the web-book's part-
                  ticipating artisans were as unique and varied as their individual artworks.

                  One out of ten feared an  inability to
fully manifest what they  envisioned. Some, feeling inadequate, found it hard
                  to discipline themselves  to start or stick  with the job.  A few  found  very large works most challenging, & nearly all
                  who turned professional,  felt intimidated when exposing their work to the public,  establishing markets and promot-
                  ing sales.

                  Often,  it's only when chaos or  disaster courts our lives  that we're lifted  beyond ourselves to new heights of creati-
                  vity, where we realize higher laws of expression. Is our deeper desire, perhaps, to somehow transport ourselves in-
                  to Inspirational Modes
before chaos,  pain or confusion impacts us? We want to intentionally enter the Inspirational
                  and Expressive Modes at will__ and that is what this text is about.

                  First,  we need strong inner security systems  fostering a trust in the  Creator-Spirit-Within  to aid us in  overcoming
                  our fear of facing the unknown, and of being "out of control" while in altered states of mind.  Our western culture pro-
                  vides few  scenarios  through  which to  develop  this side of  human  nature.  But  it is  precisely  from  these  "other
                  realms" that we reap the true bounty of our creative receptivity and problem-solving. Connecting with "other realms"
                  is addressed in
Chapters 3 and 4.

                 Low self-esteem, stagnant routines, unrealistic expectations, limits placed around notions of what is "possible" and
                 creative efforts restricted to only one activity can severely block initiative. Substance abuse, medications, too much
                 sugar, caffeine,  chemical food or water additives__  poor dietary habits__  can suppress or  dull the  creative drive.
                 We have to find out for ourselves,  just what works best for us. The jarring noises of TV and city living__ bright, flash-
                 ing lights, cell phones, smart meters  and quick, repetitive movement around us__  have been shown to not only dis-
                 tract,  but to actually damage nerve cells in brain and body.

                 There have been common lines of thought  that "creativity" is only for those  born with "artistic talent";  that "men" are
                 somehow "better" artists or innovators than "women";  and if we are truly "artistic",  we are neurotic, tormented, alien-
                 ated, drug-addicted, alcoholic, and irresponsible.  Add to this,  that we either: (1) have to live in a dingy attic  subsist-
                 ing on wine,  cheese and  bread;  or (2) we have  "made it" in the art world and  are "filthy rich"; or, (3)  in either case,
                 we will eventually cut off an ear lobe__ because we continually mess-up relationships.

                 In the hard-core life of men on the street,  with no chance for  higher education, "being creative" is not "macho-man";
                 so there is no path t o creativity  except using one's body  in athletics. The sad reality is that  many talented people__
                 male or female__ block themselves by  habitually "numbing"  themselves  to rub out the  psychic  pains of  life;  which
                 also blots out their  natural instincts  for any sort of  spiritual evolution. Some who choose to create__  whether music,
                 paintings, sculptures, dance or  technology,  twist their  creative drive by  fanatically  grasping for  six-figure  incomes,
                 collecting  and hoarding material belongings,  a "stunning" appearance or  world-fame. On the whole,  we confine our
l                  lives into either a "creative/artistic" box, or a "common herd" box.

                                                                                                                 
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"Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
                                 By REV. DR. MARILYN LA CROIX