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Do you have an equality complex?

We all know what a superiority complex is… and can easily see that it drains creative energy. Thinking you are better than others is one of the fastest ways to shut down your capacity for experimentation and collaboration, two key creative traits. Also problematic is its opposite, an inferiority complex, which is a hive-bed for fear, resistance and self-sabotage. But what about the equality complex? I didn’t even know there was such a thing until I heard it described by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), who pointed out that it too required you to see yourself as separate from (some group of) others and…

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In Need of Creative Mentoring?

 Stuck in a creative rut? Confused about where to start? Spinning that hamster wheel and not going anywhere? Or caught in resistance (or even self-sabotage) mode? Those who know me for my creative mentoring work know that I have a long waiting list and places come up rarely. My slate is full with people who are dedicated and determined, and I’m all theirs until they decide they’re ready to go it alone. But…. For my current crowdfunding project – Secret Rose – I am offering followers and fans the chance to jump the waiting list and enjoy either a single “How To Create Anything” session, or a package of…

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Tormentor Mentors

Certainly, the fact that no money changed hands in the past did not guarantee a positive experience for protégés. Having parried Yeats’s sexual attentions and refused his offer of marriage, Iseult Gonne moved on to a new champion, Ezra Pound, nurturer of the work of a remarkably diverse selection of writers, including James Joyce, TS Eliot and Ernst Hemingway.

Pound took Gonne’s talent seriously and offered her excellent advice in his ebullient way, but again the guidance was compromised by a desire to seduce her. Sexually, he had more success than Yeats but nothing of artistic significance emerged from the liaison

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Do You Need Creative Mentoring?

Uncertain about what you’re creating? Not managing to make it happen? I work with a selected few people, sometimes face-to-face, sometimes online — offering guidance, feedback, motivation and practical support so they can make more of what they want…. and less of the other stuff. A lot of it is about alerting you to how the creative process works and reminding you how its inevitable challenges are overcome — as well as signposting any tendency to self-sabotage and keeping you on track. We have lots of laughs and good times as we go. I don’t take everyone who asks. But it doesn’t…

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The No 1 Belief You Need for Conscious Creation.

The creation of anything worthwhile rests on a bedrock of  belief. What we believe about anything, creativity included, varies from person to person but the one conviction that all conscious creators share is that making meaning is important. The need to make meaning is what distinguishes humans from all the other lifeforms on the planet. Artists do it through Read More

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