Creative Bravery: Four Antidotes to the Fear of Self-Expression

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What is your first memory of creative energy?I remember so clearly that night in our family room in Houston. I was about three… and I could feel it. I was dancing around, laughing and waving my arms in the air. But something was different.Suddenly I could feel that the other people in that room were uncomfortable with me, wanted me to stop. What did I conclude? “I’m just too big. I’d better reel in my energy. And quick!” It was a turning point in my life. But it took me...

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The Vulnerability of a Creative Vision

Over the years people have told me that vulnerability is my superpower. But recently, I’ve also become aware how reluctant I’ve been. I’ve hidden behind figuring things out, doing things right, working harder than anyone, having a fixed idea of how things need to be. Vulnerability is easier to own as an idea than an actual practice. But it is a powerful teacher.Because in creativity, vulnerability changes everything. Vulnerability according to Brené...

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The Power of Ideas to Change the World… or Not

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Have you ever read a book whose pages echo your own experience and validate something you know but have never heard anyone else say? From time to time in my life, I’ve found such a book; and it is for me by far the most exciting kind of book to read. Today I want to share a few words from my 2017 discovery. This year, I’ve been reading The Complete MasterKey System by Charles Haanel. Every day in my morning practice, I’ve continued my in-depth study of the...

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Your splendid torch… But what can I do?

Almost daily I hear these words uttered in some form of despair. “But what can I do?” Our world today seems small, yet its problems overwhelm us. This place where global problems meet personal passions is where we discover who we are and why we’re here. IMHO, George Bernard Shaw has always described it best. “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose, recognized by yourself as a mighty one; The being a force of nature instead of a...

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Heaven and Hell are Here and Now

“A soldier went to a sage and asked, ‘Is there really a paradise to live for and a hell to avoid? I sincerely request you to favour me with a clear answer.” “Who are you?” asked the sage. “I am a veteran soldier who has been honoured several times, but I am not satisfied. I am not fulfilled.” “You, a soldier!” exclaimed the sage, “Who would give you the honours? You look more like a disappointed beggar.” The solider was...

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Revolution of Hope. A sincere invitation for all sides.

At the bottom of all my emails is the phrase: “Create a revolution. Start with your own life.” Today many of us in the United States and around the world are feeling the fire of revolution growing within us. We are hurt, angry, sick and tired. What do we do with that? Change is inevitable. Aware or unaware, we are drivers of it. Whatever is happening in the world around us is a reflection of what we have inside ourselves. If we are polarized as a society it’s because we...

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