Today, actually since Friday afternoon (6 days and a bit) I had to deal a Creative block, or barrier to inspiration for my creativity, caused by 2 the words ending with "ion". Depression, Frustration, because of a 4 letter word: (not love), PAIN. This inability to access my internal creativity drives me nuts.
I've got so many projects, some close to completion, some not even started yet (with d-dates). Its medication, medication, medication and a neuro-stimulator. Non of which relieve my pain so that I can work.
Those in creative professions—writers, musicians, performers, artists—are often more likely to be affected by creative blocks, which can last for days, weeks, months, or even years. Luckily mine's longest period is no longer than a week; then I have the strength to deal with pain, not think about it and have the energy to revamp a cathedral and crawl against the ceilings like Michelangelo with brushes and a palette.
I experience a creative block when I experience a discomfort in body, mind or soul and there's sooo many triggers that cause this uncomfortable feeling to kick in.
The biggest triggers (usually it was only one at a time) that closed my creative-juice-taps were depression, frustration and stress. Since the accident there's one trigger that activates ALL of the above, at ones, PAIN!
It can be difficult to get past a creative block, but in the past by often simply becoming aware of when, how, and why a creative block developed could help me work to address the creative block and prevent it from returning. But now? How can I emotionally figure pain out within myself? No therapist or life-couch will be able to sort this one out.
Well, its actually easy: "take away my pain"
My inner critic is often useful in the process of completing work, a project or a piece of art and then sometimes come to dominate certain aspects of my feelings or behavior. This self-critique may sometimes be overcome through focused meditation and then to acknowledge the internal critic but disregards it. A childish one but it works: my need for approval that might also stifle my creative process. I just couldn't get to the space of meditation to acknowledge today. Its usually WHEN I'm creative that I kick into a meditative state and sort out some small issues I struggle to deal with in between the daily rush of life.
I realized that a fear of the unknown aspect is present in some cases of stages where I experience a creative block. And the fear is ridiculous, the fear of not knowing when pain will return if I have a bit of relief.
I've turned to a variety of strategies to address my inability to produce. I find that changing a long-standing daily routine is an effective method. Sometimes a change of scenery to restart creative processes.
Solitude is also an important part of the creative process, and finding time to be alone, away from technology or distractions. It helps me facilitate a renewed sense of creativity.
Then there's perfection, and its not necessarily a harmful goal, tendencies toward perfectionism stall my creative process and prevent my natural flow of inspiration from flourishing. I often reexamine my goals and consider ways in which perfectionism may detract from my creativity.
Take all of the above, subtract pain (which will cause all the "ion's" to evaporate and I'll have a huge, awesome, sexy muse standing right next to me... then I'll think: "What does a creative block feel like?"
The gift of disappointment is to bring us into reality so we don’t get stuck in the realm of how things might have been.
I turn enjoyably inward with a paintbrush in my hand and an empty canvas. Gives me plenty of time to decide if the emotions caused by the disappointment I'm working through is worth stealing any joy. But expectations makes life complicated - just eliminate the thought of "I wish", "I'm sure it'll", "Imagine he"... the list goes on.
Whenever we do something in life with an expectation of how we’d like it to turn out, we risk experiencing disappointment. When things don’t go the way we had envisioned, we may feel a range of emotions from slightly let down to depressed or even angry. We might direct our feelings inward toward ourselves, or outward toward other people or the universe in general. Whether we feel disappointed by ourselves, a friend, or life in general, disappointment is always a tough feeling to experience. Still, it is a natural part of life, and there are many ways of dealing with it when we find ourselves in its presence.
As with any feeling, disappointment has come to us for a reason, and we don’t need to fear acknowledging it or feeling it. The more we are able to accept how we are feeling and process it, the sooner we will move into new emotional territory. As we sit down to allow ourselves to feel our disappointment, we might want to write about the experience of being disappointed—the situation that preceded it, what we were hoping would happen, and what did happen. The gift of disappointment is its ability to bring us into alignment with reality so that we don’t get stuck for too long in the realm of how things might have been.
As we consider other disappointments in our life and how we have moved past them, we may even see that in some cases what happened was actually better in the long run than what we had wanted to happen. Disappointment often leaves us feeling deflated with its message that things don’t always turn out the way we want. The beauty of disappointment, though, is that it provides us a bridge to its other side where the acceptance of reality, wisdom, and the energy to begin again can be found.
After days & many hours of introspection, Guidance and research, this is the conclusion that popped up:
Before we begin to explore the subject:
Remember, you have the power in you to get through anything life throws at you. Instead of labeling with perception the concepts of negative and positive as it relates to each experience you have in your life, try to see things from a big picture standpoint. Ask yourself, how can this help me to see or learn something? Can I use this to shift my perception? Clear some emotion within myself? Realise something within another and accept it? Whatever it may be, instead of simply reacting, slow things down and observe. You will find you have the tools to process emotions and illness quickly when you see them for what they are and explore why they came up. If you believe you will get sick all the time, and believe you have pain because it’s all out of your control, you will continue to have it all in an uncontrollable manner until you realise the control you have over much of what we attract within the body.
Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. Convexly, if your body releases cortisol while you are stressed, you will have an entirely different feeling associated more with the body kicking into survival mode.
What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? Or how about when we are thinking positive thoughts? What about when we are not emotionally charged to neither positive nor negative? Let’s explore how these affect our body and life.
Positive vs. NegativeIs there duality in our world?
Sure, you could say there is to a degree, but mostly we spend a lot of time defining and judging what is to be considered as positive and what we consider to be as negative. The brain is a very powerful tool and as we define what something is or should be, we begin to have that result play out in our world. Have you ever noticed, for example that someone driving can get cut off and lose their lid, get angry and suddenly they are feeling negative, down and in bad mood? Whereas someone else can get cut off while driving and simply apply the break slightly and move on with their day as if nothing happened. In this case, the same experience yet one sees it as negative while the other doesn’t. So are things innately positive and negative? Or do we define things as positive and negative?
Cut The Perceptions As Much As Possible
After thinking about it for a moment you might realise that there are in fact no positive or negative experiences other than what we define as such. Therefore our very perception of an experience or situation has the ultimate power as to how we will feel when it’s happening and how our bodies will be affected. While we can always work to move beyond our definitions of each experience and move into a state of mind/awareness/consciousness where we simply accept each experience for what it is and use it as a learning grounds for us, we may not be there yet and so it’s important to understand how certain emotions can affect our health.
“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.
”An interesting chart that explores some possible areas that various emotions might affect the body.
Mind & Body Connection
The connection between your mind and body is very powerful and although it cannot be visually seen, the effects your mind can have on your physical body are profound. We can have an overall positive mental attitude and deal directly with our internal challenges and in turn create a healthy lifestyle or we can be in negative, have self destructive thoughts and not deal with our internal issues, possibly even cloak those issues with affirmations and positivity without finding the route and in turn we can create an unhealthy lifestyle. Why is this? Our emotions and experiences are essentially energy and they can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies. Have you ever experienced something in your life that left an emotional mark or pain in a certain area of your body? Almost as if you can still feel something that may have happened to you? It is likely because in that area of your body you still hold energy released from that experience that is remaining in that area.
When you have a pain, tightness or injuries in certain areas, it’s often related to something emotionally you are feeling within yourself. At first glance it may not seem this way because we are usually very out of touch with ourselves and our emotions in this fast paced world, but it’s often the truth. When I’ve had chronic pains in my back, knees, neck or shoulders, it wasn’t exercise, physio or anything in a physical sense that healed it, it was when I dealt with the emotions behind it. I know this because I spent the time and money going to physio and even though I wanted and believed I would get better, something wasn’t being addressed still. The more I addressed the unconscious thought pattern and emotions throughout my body, the more thins loosened up and pain went away.
When you get sick or are feeling a lot of tightness and pain, often times our body is asking us to observe yourself and find peace once again within yourself and your environment. It’s all a learning and growing process we don’t have to judge nor fear.
You have the power!
Davis Suzuki wrote in ‘The Sacred Life’, ‘condensed molecules from breath exhaled from verbal expressions of anger, hatred, and jealousy, contain toxins. Accumulated over 1 hr, these toxins are enough to kill 80 guinea pigs!’ Can you now imagine the harm you are doing to your body when you stay within negative emotions or unprocessed emotional experience throughout the body?
JACQUES VILJOEN·FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016
My principles and beliefs around “MAKING IT LAST FOREVER or HAPPILY EVER AFTER”
SOURCE - The life of Andre Dercksen & Jacques Viljoen
WE ARE IN IT FOR LIFE, SHARING EVERYTHING, FOREVER
Real-Life “Last Forever’s” are much different from the Fictional “Last Forever’s” all manufactured in our mind. I’m a big devotee of mindpower, visualizations and manifestations of what we live in the divine-intelligence of desire and need for a satisfying, rewarding existence.
I’ve seen, experienced and had an idea of couples that has been in the marriage trenches and they are still laughing, smiling and enjoying life to the amplest. I believe in the following enigmas and I see it in my awesomely rewarding relationship with the love of my life, through living the loving quality of unconditional love that exist in my own.
We are best friends forever
You have to seriously like each other to make it last. Just like you will share every experience with your best friend and share every small little detail of our lives every day. Sometimes our separate days are exciting and other days it’s quite platonic. We want to do everything together and share the experience and every emotion generated through every discovery on our journey and how we perceive as a unit or individually where the share of this makes your association grow into something greater than the concept of the platonic “just being together”.
Merging previous lifestyles
This even includes our style and sense of décor. We had to merge every single aspect of our individual lifestyle former to our consolidation.
Never fight about money
The money and material things is not “mine” anymore, it’s “ours” now. Never let your relationship deteriorate over something as inconsequential as money and materialistic things that cost some scaling sweat before the achievement of success. Never blame a mishap when it comes to money.
Discuss sensitive subjects when the time is right
Take your partners feelings into consideration, but still be very honest about your approaches, mindsets and feelings concerned in your daily episodes.
You will have dissimilar perceptions. Your relationship will have seasons when it’s stronger or when it feels feeble. Whatever you do in early days that makes you laugh together, make time to do those same things for the rest of your life. Share whatever makes you laugh even though your partner does not grasp the humor in the moment. It happens to me quite often. Hahaha!
Every Evening must be date night.
Make sure you keep that feeling of “I can’t wait to see you” for the rest of your life. It’s possible.
We seek to do good for the other person, instead of fighting over “what about me”
I use to be guilty when it came to “what about me”… The experience is one where each partner is giving and serving the other. It’s the most amazing feeling when you get to the point of accepting the receiving and not only giving in life. Our accident forced me to accept receiving assistance in life and love. This was the end-result of being single for such a long time.
We plan forward and compromise
Everybody has their rough spots in life, but if everything is focused on past hard times, else your relationship becomes albatross, lift your head, face and plan your future and commitment. Share your goals and merge whatever you want to achieve or where you want to be in life in 5, 10, 20 or 40 years.
We truly knew ourselves before we were blessed with each other
If we have met 10 years ago, for sure, our relationship wouldn’t have worked. You meet at a junction on your journey when God knows it’s time to share your expedition with the right heavenly-match-made combination of two individuals.
We are as different as a couple can get.
But rather than be irritated by our differences, we revel in them. We find each other’s foibles endlessly amusing, much like watching exotic animals in a zoo. Opposites attract. We’ve got the one full of tattoos and not-clean-language and the other with a clean, boerseun lifestyle and dominee-like. Not a day goes by that Andre makes fun or I make sure I use language that Andre does not like.
We share a common dream.
When couples have that, every bump in the road is on the way to somewhere that matters and we want.
We prioritize each other.
You have a new best friend now, your spouse. Make sure to have “your time” and always, before any decision, discuss this with your partner. It works like a tripwire.
Mind our manners.
Too often we show more respect to strangers than to those we love. For example, use my pet-name in every sentence on a text: “my love, what would you like to have for dinner tonight”, not just “what would you like to have for dinner”!
Affection and touch
We LOOOOVE to have any limb to quickly touch each other. Just a toe when you lay in bed, a hand on a leg in the car, a quick kiss and hug when we walk past each other.
We’re in it for life
You are both going to do a lot of growing up and maturing over the years – you have to stay intimately in touch with each other’s growth over all this time or you end up not knowing the person you chose to be with eternally.
Focus, Visualise and make your Resolutions Materialise
2016 has been a life-changing, challenging year full of thrills which intoxicated, stirred, moved, inspired, roused, exhilarated, electrified, invigorated, overwhelmed, overpowered, astounded , amazed & mind-boggled a mixture of emotions year, a journey of a lifetime experienced by a very few fellow human-beings
It’s been a year where we’ve been forced to practice introspection, a year where we had to try to figure out the reasons and causes of events, possible goals and glazed for hope with an answer to move to the end-destination, a phenomenon for us as beings living in a fallen state, even though we were created in the image of God, having all the power and not using it to our full potential like explained in the script always referring to our faith which can be grown with the most powerful end-results (Matthew 17:20) Because of your unbelief, for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible to you”
This year I’ll be working towards a goal, which I’m sure is the reason of this life-changing event; to change lives and grow within myself towards a spiritual level to bring out forth, amplify, evolve, reveal, unfold, disclose and strenghen the possiblity of faith to be able to move something even smaller than a mountain, just the emotions, willpower, appreciation and the realization that you are blessed in abundance. I wish to have the faith of Abraham & Moses even if my ego stands in the way of my spiritual development.
2016 will be the year where I will work towards the strengthening of relationships with all my loved ones, and try to mend broken or disappointed hearts.
I ask for guidance to be able to experience gratitude and see the abundance of blessings every day, like my mom convinced me that you only need a 20 minute moment of complete positive thought-patterns to change the vibrations of the whole day to follow. I want to be able to see the positive reason behing every situation, even though we experience and process the obstacles as negative, not knowing that we can’t see the rattle-snake rolled up behind the rock on our life-path, complaining that we don’t want to walk around the rock, but rather over the rock, not trusting that we’ve been bestowed with what is the best for us. Help me to realize that God loves all of us, unconditionally
Approach this awesome year with the knowing that it will be the best year EVER
Every moment of your life ΐs #InfinatelyCreative, the Universe ΐs endlessly bountiful. Put forward a re request λήδ the Universe responds immediately!
Have faith: its believing that what you want you yet not see. Imagination ΐs the beginning of receiving.
#Imagine it, #Feel it and #Receive it!
Whatever you give you receive. The law of attraction ΐs like a mirror, λήδ echo, boomerang or copying-machine❗
Be careful of what you imagine and feel; you will receive it!
Lets go viral with this one because this matter is disturbing and dog-owners do not understand the consequences of leaving your dog, or any animal for that matter in a car.
On 18 December 2015 Mr Warner shared his valid concern on our local Plettenbergbay Facebook page of a dog left in a car in the parking lot in heat, I assume far of over 30 degrees. Thank you for the post Mr Warner. This will save a lot of animals' lives.
Please follow this link for an explanation on how this matter can cause the death of your pet:
I always knew its hectic, but seriously!
Im served with a topic, no, more just a "hovering" topicevery day. It took me years to master the step-by-step recipe to get to an acurate concrete conclusion. I'll share the how-to on this one because it will be of excellence towards your soul:
1. Idea, 2. The Script (as in the bible - the App type), 3. Information gathered through "self-help" books which ΐs on the shelf for hard-copy reference, 4. the www.
JUDGEMENT IT IS... I had to come and sit down to figure this one out... (mind you, I'm always sitting down lately)
Daily I'm being judged, because of my weird looks of course: tattoo's, piercings, hair-style, I swear more than the average guy, my smoking & having a loving husband.
This ΐs the scriptures I found regarding judgement towards our fellow human beings:
How bizarre ΐs this? The size if that book ΐs A4 btw.
I'll carry copies of this with me from this day on... If someone just look like he wants to judge I'll roll a page up and ask him/her to smoke it.
Let me get to figure all of this out... A conclusion to follow!