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MUSINGS Lessons in Creativity


Settle In
Stir it Up
Summer Heat
Lightning Flies
Turning In
As you Are
Leaves Fall

12 Steps thru Creativity
Breaking Down Barriers


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An Opening

January is a good time to think deeply and gain ground toward goals. Claim your space and time. Look for inspiration with Find Art, and identify obstacles with Bullseye. Check out Starters for more ideas.

Find Art

Can you find beauty in the junk yard?

Not the making-do kind of beauty,
but heart bending moments
to rival a mountaintop.

If not, try. It’s useful!

In being inspired, you are filled with spirit.

Tap this partner; Feel the connection.
With routine, strengthen it.


Identify some barriers, pin them to a dart board, see which one you hit closest to.

Then brainstorm 3 ways you can face that barrier.

Need some starters? Barriers to creativity are a good place to start; Some include:

  • Apathy
  • Fear of dreams and nightmares
  • Inferiority
  • Confusion, don’t know where to start when faced with a blank surface
  • Stupid
  • Silly
  • Child’s stuff
  • Showing a weak front
  • Defying conformity
  • Small towns
  • Ugliness
  • Illusion of perfection in others
  • Need to be productive
  • Letting go of control
  • too barbaric
  • don’t want anger, fear to leak out
  • don’t want embarrasing feelings to leak out
  • parents, friends wouldn’t approve and/or understand
  • fear of the unknown
  • fear of showing off
  • fear of exposure – letting the real self show through thoughts, words and images
  • left brain doesn’t want to give up domination over right
  • uncomfortable with inner judge’s dissatisfaction with creative ventures
  • county codes (yard art)
  • gremlins
  • fear of time that slips away
  • fear that enthusiasm will overtake wisdom in time management
  • conscious brain missed out on a few precious moments (entertwined with fear of death)
  • fear that subconscious will get lost, and will not know how to return self to reality
  • fear of rapid change
  • Rubberband factor, fear releasing pressure caused by repression of hopes, dreams and creative energy
  • Taking time away from family
  • Using space at home for personal rather than family use


Consider the words and images below; Choose those that stir your imagination.

  • freedom
  • wax
  • wane
  • starlight
  • seldom
  • manuscript
  • referee
  • miracle
  • welcome
  • fry
  • light
  • fingers

May we find our vision, learn our way, define our path, and meet our purpose.