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Vision Page (out loud) Sunday 10.30.16

Three spiritually-based practices have transformed my life: meditation, asking, and vision pages. You can learn more about the Vision Page process here and in this bookito

The intimacy of a Vision Page allows you to explore any subject, no matter how painful. And any dream, no matter how small or grandiose. It’s just you and the page.

This of course is a public version . . . to open me up. And maybe to inspire you in your own celebration and creation process.

OK OmJah

Here it is, I’m going public with this. May this be the beginning of a worthy series.

What am I celebrating this week?

— Oh sweet Yeezy I’m so glad to be finished with the art trips. As much as I savor the enforced solitude for its thoughtiness, for its burbling up of new possibilities for my life, I’m ready to be home. To hang with family and friends. To rev it up for the season at the gallery.

— It’s an odd thing to celebrate . . . but I’m thankful I was here when Dad broke his hip. He’s a difficult cuss . . . refusing ambulance and hospital . . . but my having arrived home the night he fell and smashed his hip allowed for an intervention that eventually got him to where he could be cared for properly.

Even the strains are appreciated. The lifting him up while he groaned in pain, the awkwardness of getting his underwear and shorts on, the tight dance to pivot him to a rolling chair, the same sequence to get in and out of my car a couple of times between his condo and doctor and, finally, the ER.

— I’m appreciating my family, especially my sister who orchestrated it all via phone calls, paving the way.

— I’m loving typing this while my son tootles away on the piano.

— Strangely, I’m jazzed by the challenge of losing our gallery director just as our selling season begins. Julian has stepped up into the position seamlessly, demonstrating what a strong team we have.

What are we creating?

— The Rhythm. The easeful way. That way forward each day propelling me in a relaxed yet focused manner. The way that encompasses gallery, impactful creative work, real connections, and physical bouts of activity.

And breaks! Lots of micro breaks.

Now that I’m back I’m seeking my rhythm again. Let’s make this a surprisingly effective yet transcendentally chill rhythm. You know I’m done with struggle. But I’m excited by inspired effort. By wei wu wei.

— . . . May this overhaul of the Freaky Beautiful site into Notes For Creators enliven the message here. May it become a resource for millions of creative spirit junkies.

— A smooth election with a result for the greater good. I’m just putting it out there : -)

— A superlative season, yes. Dog love, yes. Days full of meaningful interactions, yes. Making a difference, yes. Laughter till I hurt (in a good way), yes. Yes, yes and yes.



Starting the day with a possibility bath

If I were Hollister Thomas it would have been yoga.

If I were a marine it would have been reveille and clean up.

If I were Jennifer Aniston it would have been hot water with lemon, a face scrub, then 20 minutes of meditation.

But because I’m me I started today with a bath. A possibility bath.

A possibility bath has one rule:

Only let your mind drift to what you want.

Emphatically this means not to what you don’t want.

As long as you’re bathtubbing it, worries and adverse outcomes are forbidden.

It’s a simple rule: Your bathtub reveries focus on desires. Whether you feel they can happen or not.

It’s about possibilities after all, not what is most likely.

As we all know, possibilities that seem outlandish at first have a habit of sneaking into our reality fairly regularly when we make them our focus.

(Like here: Finding an erotic book in Paris)

(And here: They went looking for it)

This is the place you come to play.

Oh, I suppose there’s more than one rule. There’s an implied condition: That they be fun gwishes. The kind that energize you. The kind that tickle your fantasies. And make you smile.

Here’s Havi Brooks on gwishes:

Anyway, I needed a word. 

For the thing that is not a goal and not a wish. 

And not a dream and not a mission. And not a project. 

It’s a gwish. 

Because it’s fun to say. Gwish gwish gwish gwish. 

And because it isn’t as scary to talk about a gwish as it is to share a tiny, sweet thing that is vulnerable and in need of protection.

I gwished it up for 15 minutes  it’s all I had  I had to get my son off to a chess tourney. Yet it was all the time I needed. To stretch beyond my customary brainspan.

Try a possibility bath sometime. You, au naturel, in warm bubbly waters . . . you’re halfway there already as soon as you slip in.

May your finest, most frolicsome tubdreams weasel their way into your experience soon.

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These kids are doing it

See those creations in front of these kids?

Those are miniature sculptures they have assembled. They’re selling them on the street the way kids normally sell lemonade… 

It was so endearing, I had to buy a couple. The one with the tall feather and the one with the orange feather…

The impulse to express knows no age. May what you’re working on today draw a smile to your face as it has for these kids. May your work engage you . . . and may your inner spirit express through that work today . . . 

Dallas TX

Declarations for Creators

I affirm it here — and from this point onward:

My time is now

My work is now

My love is now

My joy is now

My life is now

My reward is now

My contribution is now

Now is my time


For you Evan Griffith

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Do you need a Creators Circle?

I swear this looks like Obama surfing!

(from a poster at a local lifestyle center in South Florida)

You’re creative — in fact, you’re a creator — you’re trying to create something in your life, damnit — 

The single best thing you can do for yourself is to round up your own posse. This is the single best action any creator can take — after sleep, nutrition, something that gets you started in the day, love, frequent movement, stretching, more love, more sleep . . .

It’s a Creators Circle you’re after: A group of other creators you can get intimate with about your journey. (Which is a hero’s journey, and you know it, you hero.) 

I’ve been gathering my own Creators Circle for years now. Interestingly, a couple of my very best friends are not in it. Our interests don’t overlap in that direction. 

A Circle is not a Club. This is not a group that meets periodically — though you can take that boat if you want. I posit that it’s the exact opposite of a Group.

A Circle consists of compadres in philosophy. All seek to create something meaningful. All are simpatico. All speak a similar language.

You know who wouldn’t be in my Circle? That person who slaves at it, from early to late, giving up all of life’s other pleasures to create their thing.

They’re not in my Circle because that’s not my thing. I’ve given up struggle. (A struggle addict breaks his habit)

Be conscious about who you bring into your Circle. You want people who believe in you — but equally important, they must believe in themselves! 

You want to be in tune with your Circle members. 

The way I work my Circle is one on one. I think of each person in my Creators Circle as a node — and I get the most from node to node direct contact. Maybe 3 of us at once. Too many people in a given setting and you lose the juice of openness. Some devolve into watchers, others take the floor and refuse to relinquish it.

Exploratory conversations are what you want. Where everyone lays out the raw details of their journey. You get that best with 2 or 3 people. 

Every creator sits at the hub of their own Creators Circle. Real electricity comes from sharing. Inspirations and processes. Dreams and fears. Setbacks and successes.

And sharing Circle connections. 

When you bring someone new into the conversation, new pathways open up. Not just in the real world networking kind of way; in your neural network. New connections amp up the charged bits buzzing in your brain. New connections bring new solutions.

Even better, they bring new questions. Their own and the questions that arise in your mind after conversing.

How do they do what they do?

Could I pluck something from their approach that would work for me?

Cultivate a Creators Circle if you want to go far.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

~ African proverb 

For you 

Evan Griffith


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A secret creativity hack

Musician and former musical director for the Blue Man Group says this:

My creativity spikes when I’m doing physical labor around the house. 

~ Julian Cassanetti 

Julian noted that ideas soar when he takes time for yard work and house projects. Even better, sticking points resolve themselves.

The single best hack to spur creativity after a creative session is to take a break. A physical break.

A nap rocks. But launching into something physically engaging summons creative resolutions with surprising ease.

Read more here about the most common way creative giants throughout history have spurred creative thought.

For you 

Evan Griffith
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Taking a 1,000 day vow

From 1,000 Day Vows by Travis Eneix:
On taking a 1,000 day vow

That may sound intimidating, but before you put the idea aside, I do talk about taking a 100 day vow later in the book as a variation. A 100 day vow is, mathematically, 10 times easier than a 1,000 day vow, so breathe easy. 

A sensible first question when you meet the idea of a 1,000 day vow is; why would you want to take a 1,000 day vow? For that matter, why take a vow at all? 

It’s a pretty common idea these days that setting goals for yourself is a good idea. I am not going to deny that. However, one of the troubles with goals is that they are, necessarily, set in the future. The trouble with the future is that we never know what it’s going to be like. We can’t know what tomorrow will bring until we get there. 

Taking a vow is different, even though a vow may have an end point in mind (like 1,000 days), the activity of the vow always takes place now. 

It’s true that the actions that one takes to get to a goal also happen now, but there is always the subtle pull to look to the future to see how much closer you have gotten to the goal. With a vow that pull is lacking. 

. . . . .

Taking a vow to do something for a set number of days (whether the schedule is to do the thing every day, or every other day, or some other variation) draws a line in the sand. It is not possible to do more one day and less another. You cannot trade credits of activity with yourself. Instead you face the day in itself, do what you said you would, and then go on to the next day. 

There are numerous benefits that come from doing such a thing. We will talk about some of them later. 

For now I want to point out one very particular benefit: Taking a 1,000 day vow cuts out a lot of the games we play with ourselves when we are pursuing a stated goal. 

After the initial negotiation of deciding what you will vow, for how long, and what the schedule will look like, you are done. There is no further negotiation to take place. 

. . . . . 

While you are going through the vow, the ordinary compromise we allow for ourselves is largely negated.


Risk assessment

I was speaking with a National Chess Master yesterday. One of the skills he is most intent on teaching his young protégés is . . . 

No, not castling . . . 

Nor offensive or defensive play . . . 

Nor memorizing strategies . . . 

It’s risk assessment

He takes them immediately to a world they are familiar with. Video games. 

For example, he says, take a first-person shooter game:

You come into a space and one person is facing you, another person has his back to you . . . the immediate risk assessment tells you to go after the person facing you. That is the greater threat. So I take them down that pathway.

This line of thinking rings profoundly true in the business world as well. 

Studies show that successful entrepreneurs mitigate risk well. They don’t take more risk; they are better at minimizing risk while moving into new areas. 

Having crashed — and almost burned to a char — twice — I’m far more sensitive now to what can take us under.
Creativity isn’t solely unbridled play. (Wheee!

Targeting (getting clear on what you’re after) and experimenting (taking inspired steps in the direction of your vision) are key components. 

After that, risk assessment (Whoa . . .): Assessing potential flashpoints and working around them.

When he first flew into the friendly skies, Richard Branson negotiated a buy-back option for the planes he purchased for Virgin Airlines after one year. Thus neatly minimizing risk should the plan go awry. 

Examples in the creative/indie biz fields:

  • Working on your creative project on days off . . . keeping that day job income flowing till you can afford to take flight in a new direction
  • Taking on a part time gig when freelance income gets scarce
  • Keeping expenses low, to maximize flexibility
I know an established artist who took on a part-time job to help her through the crash years. She was able to keep her home — and her art career — afloat this way.
Others waited too long. And in the ensuing mess lost their homes and their livelihoods. And all forward movement. It can take years to retrench.
This part-time job wasn’t beneath her . . . in fact it was the wind beneath her weary wings. That risk-minimizing, part-time work saved her years of recovery.
Is there danger lurking on the periphery that you’ve been ignoring? 

Is there something easy you can do to put your eyes on the goal again?

Sometimes it’s the smallest, simplest action — negotiating an out clause, bolstering income, taking a break and reconnecting deeply with your purpose . . . 

It only takes 15 minutes to identify an issue and come up with possible solutions: 

1 minute to identify it — you know what it is! 

14 minutes to let your mind free range ideas . . . while it’s still playful.

For you 

Evan Griffith
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Oh, things be changing

This site be a-changing

#NotesForCreators — hand-jotted notes to creators of all stripes — has taken over. What started out as a social media lark a couple of years back has become more and more the focus of this site. 

Not just the handwritten notes you see alternating with posts . . . but the intent behind all posts has morphed. I now see every post as a note to people intent on creative living. 

Notes of inspiration and insight . . . peppered with brief stories here and there of people grappling with the most significant question: 

How do I create a meaningful life?

These posts are for people who embrace uncertainty and experimentation, in their work, in molding experience, in deepening their relationship to life itself.

. . . . . .

This is the first segment of the updated Now Page . . . You can read more here