Courage Café Chat
Wednesday – September 30, 2015 – 8pm ET
Creativity Needs Fear…They are Twins
Saturday I arrived sparkling with diva dust, truth bomb cards and temporary tattoos for our girls day of big magic!
I had the pleasure of attending an intimate book reading in Washington DC this past weekend to see Elizabeth Gilbert on her new book Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear. I had a fabulous exhilarating day in DC with a few rocking courageous women who love to taste life in new experience – we explored the city and enjoyed decadent cocktails before the event.
Elizabeth said something in reference to her previous book and worldwide phenomena Eat Pray Love in her conversation to the group. Actually Gilbert said several things that really struck a chord with me, but the loudest thing that rattled around in me was something she said about creativity and fear:
“Don’t try to kill the fear because fear and creativity are conjoined twins.
If you want to live a creative life, then you’ll have to make a lot of space for fear. One of the ways I see people kill their creativity is by trying to kill their fear. Because it’s so discomforting for them to experience it and they don’t want to have it, they don’t do the things that make them scared– and then they don’t get to have creative, curious, inventive, interesting, expanded lives.
It’s really worth it to have the fear so you can have the creativity. You just have to create a big enough internal, expansive space so that they can coexist.”
So this statement really stayed with me. It was looping in my mind like a recording and became the topic of conversation in the drive back to Baltimore. The ying and the yang of courage came to my mind. Drowning out the self-sabotaging thoughts as myself and so many other creatives weave and bob each day. “Being creative” is such an expansive term. Not limited to the classic artist, playwright, blogger or craftsperson. I see thought leadership, innovation, inspiration and unique value propositions in the wheelhouse of any business in 2015. So this just can’t be me having this pull and tug on fear, creativity and a success minded mentality in life.
- Courage is asking for what you need
- Courage or Comfort – choose one you can’t have both
- Without Courage everything seems more difficult
So here is the thing………when I get terrified inside I summons my courage. I always do….so why do I do this dance around opening myself up to be seen? Then I do it….what I feared the most and love the experience so much, I forgot about the fear!
Feeling of abundance, bliss, love, freedom washes over me like that feeling of a first kiss…enchantment and yes I am in my zone!
So this lead to tonight’s questions of myself and sharing with all of you:
Chat Questions Below:
Q1 What is creativity?
Q2 Why do we fear being exposed?
Q3 How can we change the status quo to invite more creativity in the workplace?
Q4 What is the connection between creative and practical…Is there?
Q5 What does your inner critic say about YOU when you create?
Q6 How can resentment play a role creating and being authentic?
Q7 Share when fear has led to a magnificent creative moment?
Q8 Now think about how you felt when that “idea” arrived – share the feeling?
Q9 How do we limit ourselves wanting to be evaluated or praised as creatives?
Q10 How can courage expand your creative spirit in your present life?
Courage Café Chat allows us to walk together and find courage even when life throws us curve balls. How we “feel” often determines our actions. Speaking our truth and accepting where we are in this place and time allows us to shift and create new ways of feeling and thinking to open doors.
It takes insane courage to detach and speak from the inside out…..heart centered living or soulful living to walk tall and believe we are enough, we matter.
After all….isn’t life about the journey and the feeling and courage to get to that place?
When you are grateful you cannot be fearful
Leave tonight in courage, knowing there is something bigger inside your soul!
Gaining clarity on how you feel inside will evoke the best of you that is yet to come. All the juicy breakdowns, breakthroughs and transformations you experience truly ARE the journey of life.
My hope is you embrace this process and continue to join us – I am eternally honored and grateful you are here #couragecafe XO @denisebuchman www.denisebuchman.com