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Creative Routine Hack: How to let go of old habits – and live and work with joy (5)

Have you just discovered the Creative Routing Hack Series? Click this link to read the first post.

The analogy I used in the previous post was that of Butterfly-Me preparing to fly, which involves arranging the itinerary, gathering resources and clearing the runway.

It needs uninhibited freedom and space for take-off, and requires that we are relaxed and still enough to hear it.

Part Five: How to create space – Overcoming blank page phobia

But while the Infinite Creative Mind of Butterfly-Me is active in the background, the Limited Chatty Mind is busy as well…and a lot noisier. It’s got its own ideas of how to get where it wants to go and what it needs for doing so. However, the agenda of the Limited Chatty Mind is a very different one: To keep us safe…or sorry.

Lacking the infinite perspective of the Creative Mind, it can only perceive what it’s got already – previous experiences, previously acquired knowledge, and second-hand information and evaluations by others which it claims as its own.

It only feels safe with what it “knows” because it’s “proven facts” on which it can “rely”, and it rejects everything that is out of its reach and control, or threatening to expose the stored information as “not good enough” or “wrong”.

The Comfort Zone Trap

What’s more, in order to justify its own limited view as “being right”, it has created a Comfort Zone: a delusional world of labels, rules, regulations, and judgment, leading to the “need” of “being in control” and resulting in a false sense of security. Every bit of input is immediately scrutinised and compared with whatever it finds in its archives. Then judgment is passed, a statement is made, and the new “fact” is filed and cross-referenced in the appropriate boxes for future use.

This evaluation process is automatic – habitual – for a reason: If we had to think everything through it would take far too long, and we might react too late in case of perceived emergency.

But…

…all new ideas coming from the Limited Chatty Mind are based solely on what’s stored in the archives. Considering the different sources of the various bits of information, it’s no surprise that we have many contradicting, worried and confusing thoughts, and find it difficult to make the “right” decisions. What is right, what is true, what is better, what comes next?

This stress – ranging from conflicting thoughts and doubts,  slight nervosity or irritation, to anxiety or outright fear – is a “danger” warning sent out by the Limited Chatty Mind.

It signals that we have taken a step out of the Comfort Zone into unknown territory, which the Limited Chatty Mind can’t evaluate, that is has “no control over” and therefore labels “unsafe” by default.

And when we don’t step back right away, then the Chatty Mind really gets angry and starts shouting at us, increasing the stress level.

Either way, it keeps us on our toes to prevent us from leaving the Comfort Zone.

Signpost - Image by unsplash via pixabay

Signpost – Image by unsplash via pixabay

The agenda of Butterfly-Me: Keeping us safe AND happy

Whereas the Limited Chatty Mind uses all its tricks to keep us stuck in the Old, Butterfly-Me reminds us that being creative is one of our main life purposes – and creativity means the New, growth, expansion, progress, change.

As creator of our itineraries, Butterfly-Me with its Infinite Creative Mind does not only know where we’ve been and where we are now, it also knows where we are going – provided we follow the sign-posts and directives it prepares for us.

So…how can we find out what those sign-posts and directives are?

Open your hands, palms up.

Recognise the resistance and discomfort you feel for what it really is: You stepping out of the Old Comfort Zone. You getting ready to create the New. Allow it.

Do Nothing.

Watch how in the void of Nothing the cobwebs of your old thoughts dissolve when you don’t touch them.

Don’t push, don’t pull – let go of “having to know”.

Become comfortable with “not seeing the way”, “not knowing what it means” and “not understanding” – of course you don’t, it’s something new coming up! Observe the feeling of discomfort change into ease and inner peace.

Create space.

See the blank page or canvas – or the next moment – for what it is: Full of potential.🙂

Open your hands, palms up.

Allow yourself to see the signpost. Approach it.

Coming next: Butterflies in the stomach

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Creative Routine Hack: How to let go of old habits – and live and work with joy (1)

How much time do you spend on making plans and decisions? And how many of those do you actually carry through to completion? On time? Really?

And how often do you beat yourself up along the lines of “I should have”, “I could have” or “why didn’t I”?

Part One: To plan or not to plan – that’s the question

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The Slump Swamp

ein zweihändiger Dunk

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The Second NaNoWriMo 2011 Mid-Weekend Review

Oh I love the simplicity of my novel wordcount this week: a fat, round O. Concerning the blog post wordcount I’m getting more and more confused about which day it relates to…

On the positive side, this week I’ve done several thousand knots (real ones, not speed) on a macramee project for a friend of mine, made a shoulder wrap as a birthday present for my niece and knitted one whole sock – in other words, I used the procrastination method to finish some things on which I had procrastinated before😉

I just found this gem on lifehack.org: How to Procrastinate Productively– I’m so glad I’m not alone…

I’m not tired, but my brain still wants time-out from any sort of reading and writing – hence my crafty activities, and the delay with the blog posts. At the moment it’s only my stubbornness that makes me sit at the computer (and don’t ask how many times I corrected the spelling of the word “stuvvornss”).

How are you doing? Have you taken a plunge into the slump swamp or done a wordsprint slam dunk?

(In case you’re looking for something to procrastinate with, say “plunge into the slump swamp or done a wordsprint slam dunk” aloud, three times, as fast as you can😀 )

Maria

My word count Day 12: blog posts: 0 – novel: 0

Btw: You can still join the Writing Buddies🙂 – and it’s not too late to sign up for NaNoWriMo 2011, either – you’ll find it easy to compete with me at least…😉

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NaNoWriMo – But Not Only | November 2011, Day 5

The First NaNoWriMo 2011 Mid-Weekend Review

I’m beginning to have second thoughts about mixing a-post-a-day with writing a nove (even though I lowered my novel-goal to 25k)…but I’ll stick to it, for this year – maybe it gets better.

The problem? Basically, writing a blog post takes not more time than writing fiction… but my novel is first draft, and nobody will read it as it is.

My posts are published right away, which means revision, perhaps finding images or quotes, linking everything, formatting, editing and updating a few times because I keep finding flaws or forgot to add the right categories and tags. I should have thought that after 50+ posts this would be a routine procedure, but it’s still slow – and all those details eat a lot of my writing time. – My choice, my problem = challenge to find a solution.

“Magnifica” develops slowly, but I’m still satisfied with how it goes. The new scenes are interesting to write because I look at my characters from a different angle this time.

What also helps is my last year’s experience – mainly that I’m not worried anymore about getting stuck, and up to now it didn’t happen. I’m also much more relaxed – having practiced all year round how to switch my mind chatter off is paying off now: no total immersion, no early burn-out symptoms, getting other things done as well, and turning on writing mode within a couple of minutes.

It flows gently, but it flows.

How is it going for you? Have you met with specific problems or surpassed your expectations?

Maria

My word count Day 4: blog posts: 0 – novel: 750 = 3 pages

Btw: You can still join the Writing Buddies🙂 – and it’s not too late to sign up for NaNoWriMo 2011, either😉

Easy access to all posts this month via a new menu category: Specials >> November 2011: NaNoWriMo – But Not Only.

How Does Synchronicity Affect Our Lives?

This post consists of a comment I wrote onSynchronicity: New Age Fantasy or Face of the Future?, a brilliant article by Earthpages.org – the comments are well worth reading, too🙂

Over the last years, synchronicity has become normal to me, but sometimes it still feels “weird” to talk about it.

It began with remembering certain “coincidences” which led to asking “could I possibly repeat this”, testing, trust, conviction and regular use – which, for me, confirms and reinforces further that synchronicity is “real”.

During the past few months I’ve noticed a rapidly increasing number of people, locally and on the internet, opening up to this concept, and once they open up they begin to experience.

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What does synchronicity imply?

So how does synchronicity manifest on a larger than personal scale, that is collectively for communities, countries, globally, universally? Combined with taking responsibility and choosing trust and peace over fear and fear-mongering, a lot has been accomplished; a few examples: the Wall in Germany coming down 1989, the peaceful (at least on the side of the “rebels”) Egyption revolution this spring, the Belgians doing very well without a national government for about 500 days already. (see also: “Political” and “Politics” | Definition | Etymology)

Looking at synchronicity from a theoretical point of view, the trend converges towards Zero Delay = Now = instant connections and exchange. In our time-dependent system (including our experience of time being linear) we may still be heading towards Now, but acknowledging the small now’s (= every moment) is part of the whole, already.

Collective consciousness consists of individual consciousness-es contributing to the whole – or put simply, sticking one’s head out takes courage, but the more people share our opinion, the easier it gets to talk about it, and the more “normal” and accepted it becomes. This happens with every technical or artistic invention, every scientific or philosophical insight which contribute to the “pool”.

What next?

What I’m wondering about is: What is the next stage, what does synchronicity imply? What do we need to learn in order to cope with synchronicity on a grand scale? In my mind, this comes down to learning how to choose and focus on how we want our world to be – rather than stating or complaining about (and thus focusing on) what we don’t want.

What do you think?

Maria

The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (10) 10th – 16th October 2011

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The Enermazing Project is dragging its feet, and there didn’t seem much that I could do about it but wait when I remembered one of my favourite quotes by Richard Bach (below).

Asking “What’s the gift I’m getting here?” gave me a different perspective. I shifted from what I can’t do at the moment to what is in place already – which is loads, and ready to go.

I’ll pass on the “big” launch idea for this year (which will also free a considerable amount of time and energy for what is important) and focus on preparing a little starter package – more on this next week🙂

For today, I’ve got two pieces of site news:

  • a new page in the About… section of the menu “With a pinch of salt” which – despite its title – got nothing to do with cooking😉
  • a poll in the sidebar

Have a great week🙂

Maria

+ +++ +++ Quote of the week  +++ +++ +

There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.

Richard Bach: Illusions – The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

+ +++ +++ this & that  +++ +++ +

If you are still looking for a video for your bucket list, this might be it: Tari Brand’s (Celebration of Now) latest post This Could Save Your Life