Work vs Passivity

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Hi – welcome to The SORA podcast learning to live creatively like you really mean it!

This month we’re discussing Work versus Passivity.

The podcast talks about how we can get ourselves out of the modern version of the rat race, by harmonising our yin-yang – finding peace with our inner feminine and masculine, so that our relationship with the world is maximised creatively.

Though this might sound more abstract than it could, it’s important to know the depths to which we’re conditioned into being in conflict – within ourselves, and with the world around us.

It’s not that binary thinking – boy-girl, man-woman, black-white, us-them – is inherently no good, it’s that we use ‘thinking of things as opposites of each other’ essentially to condone all kinds of conflict and violence.

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Instead of thinking ‘both/ and’, we use every situation in which there’s any kind of difference at all, to pitch one against the other: either/ or: one has to be right, one has to be wrong – one has to be good or bad, one has to win and one has to lose, and so on.

This kind of mental warring – and it really is a kind of internal war – makes us see all kinds of external conflict around us as ‘right’ and even ‘good’.

It says that someone must always be on top, and so someone must always be on the bottom – and this becomes scaled up to global proportions – country versus country, us versus the planet…

Which is all based on an immature stage of our human evolution: we’re stuck in child mode, without the depth and long-term vision that a grown-up should have.

We’re being called to action, we see all around us the state of the world, the pain that we’re all in, and yet, we carry on as if that is nothing to do with us….

So what can we do?

Make art.

It might seem like the most frivolous of activities, in the face of global economic-political-environmental-spiritual chaos BUT that thinking is another aspect of our conflicted conditioning.

Art in fact brings harmony, because it allows us to put in front of ourselves whatever is going on inside – it instantly makes flow, and it immediately shows us what’s really happening (which is often subtly different from what the logical brain is surmising!) – and so brings our awareness into it: the first step in profound change. Art brings oneness: it brings all things together, which slowly, gently, eases us out of polemical thinking, and into harmony.

When was the last time you approached a pure creative act and let yourself be immersed in it? If it was a long time ago, you likely will need some stimulus and perhaps even some guidance to keep you connected with what you’re doing.

Pop over to the free courses, or see the in-depth SORA course in the raw version of the school – both are filled with inspiring lessons and challenges, to get you making and expanding…. Lots more news soon!

The SORA will be releasing new lessons and courses throughout 2019 – The Intuitive Artist 101, Being Visible vs Being Exposed, The Intuitive Creative Business and more – ask any Qs below, and follow the links to sign up. 

Be well, be creative, be your own immense creative potential,

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  3. My artist website is here, my art shop is on Etsy.
  4. Social media: Instagram, Facebook – the art school page and my artist page

BEING VISIBLE vs BEING EXPOSED…

So there’s currently a huge online phenomenon of creative people vying for space, and trying to draw the maximum attention to themselves… emphasis on the word ‘trying’, because social media seems saturated right now with folks pushing themselves out there in an effort to make the insignificant seem powerfully important, and without any real focus on the timing and direction of their message – seeking to be authentic, but perhaps rushing into that ‘authenticity’ because they’re essentially following the consumer, busy-ness model.

There is great skill in being seen, in being visible, in a way that really works for us… AND there is great skill in finding our hidden, safe space – which I feel strongly that all creatives can benefit from, but that particularly sensitive, intuitive, whole women need in order to be well. When we know how to retreat well, we can cultivate a far greater presence – rather than becoming the irate artist who never rests, and who builds up such a tense state, that they resent anyone disturbing their work…

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I’m coming to the end of a long period of also having been stuck in the hamster wheel of ‘effortful attention grabbing’. I’ve been following trains of thought around business and online presence that stress the push and pull, and the breenging* ahead.

This approach is promoted so ubiquitously and so fully, because it aligns with the hunt-and-catch masculine activity of the transaction, the purchase, the consumption.

It doesn’t however align with the organic, the seasonal and harmonious, the intuitive and/ or the attracting power of the deep feminine. It asks us to take our deep creative power and to pedal it, to auction it off to whoever is hungriest for it – to put what-should-be-sacred on show for all and to raise our voices to draw attention to it, rather than nurturing it gently so that it naturally, effortlessly attracts the right audience.

Essentially, we’re encouraged to use sneaky manipulative techniques – ‘you need this’, ‘this is the deeper you’, your life is dull and boring without this’, ‘you must buy this now, or you will miss your chance’ – putting pressure on our clients to consume quick, grab quick.

Marry this with the changing algorithms of social media, which favour the bold and outward, the skilled hunter and manipulator, rather than the deep and meaningful…
I’m not suggesting that this is such a terrible approach, but I am saying that it’s not right for many of us – and that it’s leading to loads of clunky, unsuccessful, burned-out folks, who are sinking deeper into the heavy murk of their own muddy scenarios… That this approach essentially isn’t getting many of us seen or heard by the people who actually want to see and hear us, NOR is it getting across what we actually – deeply – want to express and communicate.

The deep and the meaningful come through slowing down, through listening to the moment, and from our using our fullness-of-being as our compass. By its very nature, the sacred simply cannot come from the front lobe consciousness alone: it has to come from the profoundly, wholly felt, and from the interconnected and aligned.

Making the deep and the meaningful visible, is about how we create a gateway – be that e.g. a soundbite, meme, painting, workshop, school – for others to see what we are seeing, to feel what we are feeling: to enter with us into a new, larger perspective and understanding. It can’t be achieved by simply revving up where we are right now, by talking louder and making fancy statements.

Meaningfulness has to be accessed by first de-cluttering the surface in order to delve inwards – by being humble and listening to the universe, so that we can actually hear what it is uniquely sharing with us – by hearing what the universe wants us to manifest in this world – what it needs us to share, that will help the world right now.

Meaningfulness is NOT achieved by encouraging the spaghetti tangle of what our small ego-mind says our projected abstraction of the collective conscious wants to hear! If we don’t dedicate significant time to NOT being inundated with silliness and superficial stimulation (and take a break from putting stuff like that out ourselves!) we simply won’t be able to hear the quiet voice, the deeper beat, the subtle-monumental alchemy of domesticity…

The ‘doing’ of making the art, of being creative, is as much about the emptiness of doing nothing, of inactivity, of rumination and reflection, of gestation and digestion – it needs its perfect opposite – the yin needs the yang – the day needs the night, etc… The feminine, the whole woman, and the deep intuitive all need periods of real rest, of privacy and silence, of communing with nature and the mystical, in order to recharge, to be able to even harvest our energy.  

The SORA will be releasing new lessons and courses throughout 2019 – The Intuitive Artist 101, Being Visible vs Being Exposed, The Intuitive Creative Business and more – ask any Qs below, and follow the links to sign up. 

Be well, be creative, be your own immense creative potential,

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*A Scottish word, meaning pushing ahead unnaturally, with too much gusto, unnecessarily effortfully.

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  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – it might even change their life!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My artist website is here, my art shop is on Etsy.
  4. Social media: Instagram, Facebook – the art school page and my artist page.

THE INTUITIVE ART BUSINESS

Hi and welcome to The School Of Real Art – and our podcast this month on THE INTUITIVE BUSINESS:

Hi dear SORA friend,

How do we make money out of our art?! Almost all courses nowadays in ‘creative business’ or ‘soulful entrepreneurship’ take us WAAAAAY in the wrong direction, and can actually be very damaging to our deepest relationship with our creativity and core power.

I talk about how our coping mechanisms are manipulated, and how our deepest creative power is intimately related to de-armouring these mechanisms – NOT to overstimulating ourselves, driving ourselves, or pushing-pushing-pushing.

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I explain a little too, about how the majority of your gains and rewards from your art ARE NOTHING TO DO WITH MONEY – and how important it is to keep the perspective about this, so that you can really thrive (both creatively and financially!)

It’s not that money is not important in this reality BUT IT IS VITAL that you have your life-art-health-work-money equation in the right order!

Keep in touch – go sign up for your free courses – or see the longer courses and sets of podcasts that you can purchase – it’s all over on Teachable.

So much creative inspiration and well-being to you,

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***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – it might even change their life!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, e mio sito in italiano è qui.
  4. Social media: Instagram, Facebook – the art school page and my artist page.

INTUITIVE ART & INTERCONNECTEDNESS

Hi and welcome to The School Of Real Art – and our podcast this month on intuitive art and interconnectedness:

Our world is compartmentalised and detached in so many ways; from our language to our bodies, our politics and our environment, our values and (our lack of) sense of responsibility – our relationship with the world is conditioned from before birth to be disharmonious.

Many of us spend a great deal of our waking life pondering on how we can bring more harmony, more synchrony, in to our life; there are whole philosophies and new age movements based around this. And yet, it’s all so fricking illusive, eh?

In fact, the tools for bringing our state of consciousness into The Flow – for realigning -are already within us and around us – just about everyone has access to a pencil and paper, to get started…

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I’m very excited, as mentioned in the podcast, to be reshaping The SORA right now – to have a completely fresh perspective and new work-space to be creating it in. My health has been very problematic this year, but I’m on top of it now, and making great progress, and already excited about setting up new videos and course pages.

In the meantime – keep in touch – go sign up for your free courses – or see the longer courses and sets of podcasts that you can purchase – it’s all over on Teachable.

So much creative inspiration and well-being to you,

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***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – it might even change their life!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, e mio sito in italiano è qui.
  4. Social media: Instagram, Facebook – the art school page and my artist page.

 

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS – DRAW THEM!

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Hi, and welcome to the School of Real Art

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This month’s talk is about why, when life gets heavy, often our creativity is the first thing that gets put to the side. But, when we learn about real art, we realise that our creativity can act as the engine of our transforming all kinds of challenges. 

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A self-portrait from 1995, Glasgow School of Art – which clearly illustrates my tensions and dark emotions at the time; living off less than £2000 a year, moving around from one awful bedsit to another, struggling to understand my place in the world, feeling terribly isolated and fearful about my future, extreme anxiety trying to acclimatise to the big city….

I dealt with a lot of crazy in my life; harsh experiences left-right-and-centre, which were often exacerbated by my high-sensory-sentience. For the greater part of my first 3 decades I was genuinely struggling to hold it together; the world made me feel like an alien, and no matter where I tried to fit in, one thing after another went awry, and it never felt like home.

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2006 in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, Scotland; super-overworked trying to single-handedly transform the troubled community I lived in, hiding deep grief around family and personal losses, struggling to pay rent, finding it impossible make long-term plans involving stability, deep anxiety about how to support myself as an artist with the price of living in Scotland, craving the countryside and sunshine…  

Though photos like the one above made me seem bright and engaged, inside I felt like I was fighting for my life.

Art wasn’t just my anchor during my struggles, it was a gateway into a whole inner landscape – in which I could rest, be nourished, find meaning, immerse myself in pleasure, and much more.

My creative activities methodically drew out all the inner resources that were sitting right inside – the ability to improvise, to make something out of nothing, to find beauty in the everyday and progress in the smallest of steps, to feel the interconnectedness of all things.

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Healthy and well in 2018 – living in the southern Italian hills of Campania – connecting deeply with landscape, culture, language, seasons, plants, healing heritage, knowing depth and meaning, feeling like I belong, and that my art has purpose in the world.

Our creativity will always help us navigate stormy times, no matter what the overwhelm is: when we get out of our short-circuiting, panic-stricken mind, and into the rhythm of making, doing, expressing… we start to see new perspectives, possibilities, positivity – instead of being dragged under by whatever our irrational ‘logic’ might be yelling…

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Last year: much more grounded, fulfilled, stable and happy… Deepest fulfilment from my art, bringing life-long-dreams into being, owning my own home outright, steady income from paintings and patronage, beautiful relationships with my clients, profound partnership with my uomo, millionaire lifestyle, steadily improving health….. yes! 

By-the-by, this morning a good friend in Edinburgh told me about more than one food-growing project flourishing in Wester Hailes – a predominantly council-estate area of the city, where I lived 10 yrs ago, in crisis, but creating a visionary 100 year project for transforming council housing in Scotland – empowering community by shifting land from public liability to community ownership… Seeds planted – even in chaos – can grow and grow, even without our further striving, when we create from the deepest place.

If you love what you hear, join The SORA for free!

Also, watch our SORA vision series

Loads of creative power to you, 

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  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – it might even change their life!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, e mio sito in italiano è qui.
  4. Social media: Instagram, Facebook – the art school page and my artist page.

Thank you so much for your interest in this visionary project!

FOLLOW YOUR ART podcast

THE DANGER OF POSITIVE THINKING!

Hi! Welcome to the School of Real Art podcast and blog, this expansive July!

This month’s talk is about positive thinking – but it’s not the usual blahblah on how everything will be alright if you just hammer enough happy thoughts into your brain…!

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Of course, positive thinking, loving attention, happy thoughts – these are all incredibly important aspects of our well-being – and we should cultivate them where possible.

However, jolly synapses alone cannot make us fulfilled, and they also will not draw abundance to us. To think that life is that simple, is to fall down a rabbit hole of superficial success and deepest disappointment.

If you want to have a seriously creative life, you need to know what expansion really is, so that you can grow into your own unique potential, but most ‘positive thinking’ or new age openness is essentially about aiming for others’ ideals.

I’m going to introduce you to the hard work and dedicated attention that is vital to bringing your inimitable brightness into being.

If you love what you hear, join us on Teachable! You can also watch our About The RSOA series, there.

If you’re stimulated to respond – I’d love to hear your thoughts below. 

The School of Real Art is passionate about your immense creative potential!

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***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – they’ll love you for it!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, mio sito in italiano è qui, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  4. Social media: Facebook has the art school page and my artist page, and clareartista is on Twitter and Instagram
  5. Thank you so much for being part of this ambitious creative project!

FOLLOW YOUR ART podcast

Hi! Welcome to the School of Real Art podcast and blog, this beautiful June!

This month’s talk is about vulnerability, and how we can use art to make sense of/ witness our deepest sensitivity – and thus transform it.

The key is movement – energetic movement that connects our body-mind-emotions-somatic-experience: primal activities like drawing and painting (or gardening, sewing, cooking – all the potent domestic alchemies!) allow us to delve into this flow.

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It’s important to understand that we’re not static ‘objects’ entering a flow outside of our self… we are dynamic beings, whose consciousness is movement, and whose well-being depends on this ongoing, changing, colourful energetic flux.

If you love what you hear, or are stimulated by it to respond – please let me know your thoughts below. The School of Real Art is passionate about your creative expansion and healing. Join us on Teachable too, when you’re ready! You can also watch our About The RSOA series, there. 

 

***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – they’ll love you for it!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, mio sito in italiano è qui, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  4. Social media: Facebook has the art school page and my artist page, and clareartista is on Twitter and Instagram
  5. Thank you so much for being part of this ambitious creative project!

CREATING FROM OUR CORE…

Hi! Welcome to the School of Real Art blog + podcast for May.

Here’s this month’s podcast on creating from our core… Why this is so important, because of what we can access when we work from the centre, rather than trying to navigate our creative path via outer resources.

Read on after, for news about the School of Real Art…

This month is exciting!

The first NEW RSOA videos are being released via clare artista on Patreon!

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The school now has a fresh format and stable roots in the practical-mystical, and will be unfolding weekly, with all the new content available via Patreon, and the whole school available as a package later this year.

There are also two new sets of creative inspiration podcasts to whet your appetite for the school:

WOMAN, ART, MONEY is a series of 10 podcasts, each around 10 to 25 mins, going into some of the deeper and practical concerns of art and money; how we work as artists and thrive financially, by understanding the complexity and underlying energy of money. The series goes into why we struggle so, and reveals some of the biggest-but-ridiculously-simple secrets around how to access a truly enduring power in our work and lives as creative folk. This course costs $30.

THE CREATIVE INSPIRATION PODCAST SERIES is a set of 13 short talks on how we can all thrive creatively – modern life isn’t always the most conducive to making, imagining, expressing ourselves – so here are a set of inspiring guidelines around how we get over blocks and distractions, and get into the depth of our own unique creative flow. However mysterious or labyrinthine the artist’s path might seem from the outside, almost all aspects of the happy creative life are incredibly simple to pursue: it’s all about pleasure, fulfilment, and just doing it. This course costs $20 UNTIL THE END OF THIS WEEK, when it’ll go up to $30.

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As ever; any Qs about the school, the lessons, signing up, etc just comment below this post… I’m always nearby!

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***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  1. Please share this blog, if you know someone who’d be inspired – they’ll love you for it!
  2. Join clare artista on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  4. Social media: Facebook has the art school page and my artist page, and clareartista is on Twitter and Instagram
  5. Thank you so much for being part of this ambitious creative project!

creative inspiration podcast: FREEDOM!

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HI! WELCOME TO MY MAY NEWSLETTER!

So the world’s becoming respectful of our individual privacy – BIG new European laws about how we’re allowed to communicate with our audience are coming into play, May 25th.

This will mean more SPACE – uninterrupted natural peace and alignment – us going about our lives without ping-ping-ping-ping – marketing tugging our collective consciousness away from what it’s really meant to be doing.

What if it even heralds the tide-going-out on consumerism? It’s a step towards being less in bondage to buying, that is for sure, and it means that we’ll have much more control than before over our personal data, and how these are used for target marketing.

As an artist, it makes me happy, that we’ll be less inundated with BUY-BUY-BUY – that we’ll have more freedom to stand back and feel our way into what we actually want in our lives: what’s…

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real school of art – creative evolution!

Hi! Here’s a podcast about the development of the school: there is a lot going on behind the scenes, and I am very excited about where it is going…

New students are enrolling every week for your free opt-in courses (there are currently two of them!) and The RSOA first edition is getting glowing reviews! It is so beautiful to hear feedback from creatives really benefiting from the lessons!!

Three important points here, as the school expands:

  1. If you write me up some feedback about the intro course(s) for the school, I’ll thank you with a 30% OFF COUPON for the first (full) edition of the school.
  2. I’m creating an RSOA SCHOLARSHIP – an annual award of at least one free place on the school, for a special person in financial hardship, with a massive creative potential that keenly wants to be freed. My professional support will be offered alongside the course.
  3. ALL of you who buy the very-affordable first edition of the school will have it UPGRADED to the visionary super-creative-expansion version of the school, when it births into being later this year/ early 2019.

Hear more about it all, in the podcast above – and I so look forward to seeing you in the school!

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***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  1. Please share this post, if you know someone who’d be inspired – they’ll love you for it!
  2. Join me on Patreon if you’d like to hear/ see/ read much more about the school: that’s my inner circle, where I share all my creative outpourings with my very special folks – I’ll be publishing all the new school material there, first.
  3. My website is here, my art is on Etsy, The Real School of Art is here, my books on Lulu and Blurb, and art holidays on VAWAA.
  4. Social media: Facebook has the art school page and my artist page, and clareartista is on Twitter and Instagram
  5. Thank you so much for being part of my ambitious creative vision!