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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Shift and transformation

I would say that I have found the current trend in the coaching fraternity which promises transformation to be flaky. Transformation is about about as lasting as a New Year's resolution. I speculate that it works on a group level where folks join the collective unconscious and leave aside their masks of non-self  for a while, but only until the everyday kicks back in. Such collective experiences are common to most cultures we know; religious congregations, rites, football matches etc. But the creative shift is I believe somewhat different. It takes folks into the creative collective, where the masks come off again but where things are then made beyond themselves, poetry, painting, dance, music, earth sculpture. Things they take away with them and have the option to continue or not as they please and in any form they might choose. Doing by doing sort of thing. If you don't, it won't.
But to explain further.
I once lived in Africa and for some unaccountable reason at the time, I developed a fascination for the salamander. As you probably know, this little creature lives in water just as any other common newt and is seemingly happy to do so all its uneventful life.
But if there is a prolonged drought, it ups and grow lungs, leaves its dried up home, doubles in size and continues its life on land as a small dragon, apart from the occasional dip when the rains return; much more fun I would say.
Now that's what I call transformation because it can't reverse the process.
Human beings (I have found) do exactly that, they regress. They have massively powerful default mechanisms and suffer pain and guilt when lulled back to their stage one salamander state.
Now, for me, this is where our creativity awaits us; at that gap between shift and transformation.
My experience leads me to believe that the very act of creatively manifesting beyond ourselves leads to the (re)discovery of self by which I mean a reawakening to the essence of what we were born to be, i.e. creative creatures. A part of us which for most people was closeted away at childhood and hidden from our daily lives, yet haunting us like a stumbling ghost as long as we live, unless we choose to do something about it.
And no, I don't think it has anything to do with destiny or any divine calling, just our truer selves/natures which I assume we are born with. Yes yes of course we are, we accept this of our dogs, cats and horses for goodness sake. They have their individual natures, they do. Especially at breakfast time
So, in short, for me at  least, there is no struggling with saboteurs or gremlins, just a bit of help from someone, somewhere, to put us back again in the direction of our greater, creative selves.
It's New Year's Eve and I'm off to compose my resolutions for 2013.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Shift

Currently I have a problem with the much heralded concept of 'transformation'.
Yes, transformation. It's this, that I no longer believe in it.
I know that this is burning at the stake talk, so I should explain.
It's principally because I have found, in my teaching of creativity, that there is nothing to transform. That everything is already there in a person; this innate God-given gift which simply has to be revealed, woken up to and then kept alive by the very act of creativity itself.
So to me it's a shift. And I found this week a lovely blog on the Guardian site by Mia Hansson which explains admirably what I mean by that term.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Michael Eldridge.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Phew! Got past that one!

And what a relief to wake up and still be here.
I'm thinking that maybe the Mayan prophecy was simply about my internet connection; hmm, yes, must have been. It had shrunk from bad to non-existent in line with the old World order and now it is back and fast(ish).
And my SKYPE is working too, so you can call me and discuss which of our wonderful, inspiring and
powerful retreats you would like to sign up for in 2013.
In, the meantime, may I wish you all the very best of all good things in your lives.
E Buon Anno !


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

BIG painting

BIG painting

This is Michelle
Two retreats with Michael and Michelle Rumney where you paint BIG and become Big again by doing so (these things go together you see) May and September 2013
Painting BIG
Big brushes, big colour and big canvas
Michelle says...
' I see so many people try to paint without letting themselves really get into the physicality of the materials - the session includes painting with your non-dominant hand and painting on BIG surfaces with long handled brushes to help get over the tidiness and get into the fun of it'.

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