Creativity: Tips for Creative Expectations

Angel 2, Unfinished by Jana Rawling

What’s Your End-Game?

Concepts & Messages

You’ll need to know your target audience and have a solid concept before you start your creative work if it’s for commercial purposes. The concept will drive the design, so trust your research. If you still aren’t sure of the design, go back to research and concept.

If your creative work is for yourself, God or others on-commercially, the concept can be loose—though research should still be a serious driving force for creativity. Loose concepts for non-commercial work allows the viewer to participate in the interpretation of the work.

First Break All the Rules

I’ve always told students that you must know the rules before you can break them. You can break them from a position of intelligence or ignorance and professionals can tell the difference.

Get Out of the Box

Research, research and more research can help you to get out of the box you may be in or may want to break through. Research and let it go to allow your subconscious mind to most of the work. When you get back to it, you’ll be surprised at how things begin to fall into place.

Holy Spirit & Angelic Helpers

I’m pretty convinced we have access to creative angels and of course, Holy Spirit is always there to guide us in strategy, wisdom and creativity. I always pray and ask before I start work and during the entire creative process. I don’t have all the answers and two heads are better than one.

 

† By God’s grace.
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Podcast: Investigating Overcoming, S1E18 Part 1

Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 18, Part 1

 

Humans naturally desire to overcome and those who engage in it proactively grow exponentially in faith, hope & love. “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” — 1 John 5:4 English Standard Version (ESV)

† By God’s grace.

Podcast: Grace Is Unfair, S1E17

Hardwired for Life: Season 1, Episode 17

 

We are courageous. There are places in life where we don’t realize we have courage and we can take pride in our overcoming. Courage is closely related to shame and vulnerability. But God’s abundant grace helps us to get through the toughest situations and live in peace, hope and love daily.

 

† By God’s grace.

Creative: Made to be Creative

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Excerpt from the Foundations of Love Online Course by Hardwired for Worship School of the He.Arts.

Made in God’s Image

We are all creative whether we believe it or not. We are made in God’s image as creative beings capable of engaging in the phenomenon of making something new and valuable. We are creative at our jobs whether we are mechanics, waiters, painters, or physicians. We can develop new solutions to old problems, if we are willing to apply ourselves to the Creative Process.

When we want to create any change or solve any problem in our life and our relationships, we can use the Creative Process to do it. We can seek to better understand the problem and work through it with a simple step-by-step formula to find solutions. Change is within reach and we are hardwired to learn and grow in Christ Jesus.

We can take the Creative Process further when we work through it with others, such as family. They say that two heads are better than one, and five are better than that and we agree. Teamwork in the right environment is a powerful tool to amplify our creativity. Our solutions will have more depth for more solid foundations. This is how the Kingdom of God and the Body of Christ is designed to work.

The basic Creative Process includes:

  • Exploration and Analysis
  • Ideation and Brainstorming
  • Designing and Planning
  • Developing and Producing
  • Evaluating the Solution for Improvement

Note: Each step of the process is enriched by using imagination and play.

We are hardwired to use our sanctified and righteous imagination to create effective solutions.

The imagination is a powerful, lifegiving tool given to humans to go higher and farther than we ever knew possible. We can launch ourselves into far away galaxies, sail through the stars, dive the oceans’ depths, and fly through forests unknown. And, when we use our imagination, we can feel like we are playing like children in God’s immeasurable Kingdom.

We are called to be like children in Scripture and we are designed to play. We are healed by the laughter and we are lifted by the joy. We are hardwired to play and do so with healthy competition and the fulfillment of community as we engage with others. Play activates our imagination and God’s Creative Spirit to pour out everything we need to address the challenges of our day.

 

† By God’s grace.

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Creativity: Thankful for God’s Spirit

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Everyone is creative whether they believe it or not.

We are made in God’s image; He creates and so do we. It’s time to step-up and stand in who we are made to be, and a big part of that is to exercise our creativity. First, we need to understand it.

Creativity is defined on Wikipedia as: a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition, or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work, or a painting).

A phenomenon. What a great word to use for the Creative Spirit. When we engage in creativity we are healed, we are informed, we are enlightened, we escape into all the devil hates about humanity. We find solutions for all manner of life’s problems and we learn to love from God’s perspective. Yes, creativity can do all of that.

We must understand that artists aren’t the only creative people on the planet. They have talents and skills focused on art industries, but they are not alone. Mothers and fathers are creative in parenting, Mechanics are creative in building, pilots are creative in flying, chefs are creative in cooking, doctors are creative in healing, and list goes on. As a matter of fact, you are creative too.

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Many Doors Healing Encounter Tool

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Meditation Example

I looked at my “Many Doors” Pinterest™ board to quickly find a Door to use in my meditation.

I imagined that the door looked like a country cottage in a quaint village. I opened it and saw plants inside. I am not sure why…. I felt like I was flying downward below the floorboards. I kept trying to reset so-to-speak and go back, because this wasn’t in my plan. I thought I was going into a cottage…. I realized I had to let go of my expectation and I continued through the floor.

The garden was amazing and so large it seemed infinite. It glowed with brilliant light. The colors were like none I had ever seen. I was reminded of the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth and then felt like I was in the original Garden of Eden. I felt the Lord take my hand and we walked along a path. I could only stare in awe at the waterfalls, rivers, grass, trees, flowers and more.

I then saw a tree that was perfectly straight and symmetrical in the distance. The canopy looked like two scoops of strawberry ice-cream. As I got closer I saw pink flowers like cherry blossoms. I was able to become small enough to travel into the center of the flower.

Then, I came back home. And realized it had only been a few minutes, but it is encounter I will never forget.

 

The Many Doors Healing Encounter Tool

Jesus is a Door. Jesus is a Healer. Why not use Doors for Healing? It made sense to me… John 10:9 says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” Plus, Matthew 10:8 tells us to “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

So, Bam! I realized why I had been collecting “Door” pins on Pinterest™ for years. I tested my Door theory as a way of creating active and eternal change in peoples’ lives. It worked better than expected.

Let’s keep it simple. True, lasting eternal change comes from God through Jesus and Holy Spirit. We are hardwired to understand our identity as children of God, and that we can partner with Him in life.

People say that a leopard can’t change his spots. Okay, but we can ours. When we encounter God’s presence and healing, we are never the same.

 

Many Doors Visioning Exercise

Suggested Steps

  1. Sit quietly somewhere that you can partner with Holy Spirit to Meditate, to use your Righteous Imagination, and to Journal this experience.
  2. Have someone guide you through this time if you would like. This can be a very powerful healing tool.
  3. Find a “Beautiful Door” image that grabs you from the Internet. You can also visit my Pinterest Board called “Many Doors” at Jana Rawling Studio. Don’t think about it too long. Just pick one.
  4. Study the Door you have chosen just long enough for you to be able to close your eyes and see it in your mind. Think of a Righteous Goal, like a problem that needs solving; a look at a specific stage of your life, or the place you are at; relationship challenges; and other things you want to be healed. Make sure to glorify God as you focus on the Goal.
  5. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Set expectations or agendas aside. Breathe again and look at the door in your mind.
  6. Do you feel like opening the door, or should it stay closed?
    1. Use your righteous Imagination to open the Door and allow yourself to have an encounter with Jesus. If you are not opening the Door, ask yourself, Why? Ask Holy Spirit, Why?
  7. Go with the Holy Spirit flow and Journal your results.

Variation Ideas

  • Pick more than one door.
  • Name the Door(s).
  • Draw or Paint a Door, either before or after the exercise.

Please, share your experiences in the Comments section below. Happy Visioning!

6/6/2018 > Jana Rawling 

WARNING: Change can come from God and be everlasting; Or, it can be short-lived coming from our own latent human power, or through the limited power of demons. Take care to keep from giving others specific direction or leading when helping others. This is basically witchcraft—to be avoided by Christians.

 

Related Bible Verses

We encourage you to exegete passages and search the Scriptures for more.

John 10:1

[Jesus the True Shepherd] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

John 10:2

But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

John 10:3

To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

John 10:7

[Jesus the Good Shepherd] Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.

John 10:9

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

Acts 14:27

Now when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.

Colossians 4:3

meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,

James 5:9

Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!

Revelation 3:8

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Revelation 3:20

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

Revelation 4:1

[The Throne Room of Heaven] After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

† By God’s Grace.

Useless Art

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Useless Art?

We all have seen useless Art.

We artists have all made useless Art.

Use-less / adjective: not fulfilling or not expected to achieve the intended purpose or desired outcome

So, what is the point of making Art? To find an answer, I think we need to change our thinking about the purpose of Art.

What is Art for? How is Art used? Where does it end up?

Well, Art expresses, moves, shocks, questions… Art demands, confuses, pulls, pushes… Art changes lives of artist and viewer—for better or for worse.

Art takes space, time, money, energy, passion… Art is useless, dusty, hidden, broken… Art pains artists and viewers—for good or for bad.

Truth is, the mention of Art makes a lot of people wince. Yet, people cannot seem to stop making Art, looking at Art, and wondering. We desire Art, crave it even, but we do not want to buy it, or cannot see where we could put it, or how we will live with it year after year.

There is something wrong with this picture.

What do you think?