There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness … and wisdom. If one could but recall [her] vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invents. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. -Robert Henri
Robert Henri’s wisdom guided me through motherhood and continues to guide me through many a creative realization — especially with regard to embracing the quirkiness of my process as an artist/writer.
Creating templates and writing content as a starting point for something as diverse as a journal-planning practice can feel a bit like trying to capture the wind …
Creating a tangible record of my daydreams and blurts of thought with a purpose requires many (many) “behind the scenes” experiments, Braveheart. ♥
But then, there are these moments when it is like there is glitter in the air — and time stands still as I begin to see sign-posts on the way to what may be, to what I know will be!
I offer it rather as a starting point … I want you to act on your own judgment. -Robert Henri, The Art Spirit
Meaning is not in what we have, it is in what we are seeking; art is a way of seeking — a means of seeing what we seek.
- Seeking is the starting point: to suspend what we know and to listen in-Spirit even as our mind wanders, our body gets fidgety (and our hearts beat faster in the vulnerability of seeking).
I am currently creating and discovering more quickly than I am able to document it. It is invigorating but also a bit unnerving!
As excited as I am about planning the details of future Right Brain Planner® Kits & Modules — I am also dancing with the anxiety of producing original content related to the templates and themes! 😉
I employ specific routines, music playlists, queued viewing on Netflix and Amazon Prime to get me through — and of course, altered books and collage planning!
My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. … My loyalty is to the inner vision, whenever and howsoever it may arrive. -Mary Oliver, Upstream
I have learned to allow this process to take as long as it takes.
I have learned that everything is an opportunity and that sparkly dares & living everything is a means of living free!
I have learned to embrace my scanner-tendencies and ride the waves of my ideas.
Are you a Scanner?
- Barbara Sher defines a Scanner as a person with an extraordinary wide range of interests and curiosity in unrelated subjects + low tolerance for boredom: “They light up when they see new things, and they’re dying to do something with them.”
My mind is lit up with new ideas each time I reread sections + add notes and art my altered and color-coded copy of Sher’s book!
I hosted a 21-day discussion group for Barbara Sher’s book, Refuse to Choose! offering my notes + my own creative tips for color-coding reading materials and honoring your creative pace.
Module 7 is a compilation of the content discussed in the group:
➡️ [Module 7] “Are you a Scanner?” + Creative Aids
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