Creatives is a pod cast for the support, promotion, and inspiration of Creatives and those who want to be. I’m your host Ken Lehnig. Welcome to Creatives What you will hear on this podcast is the exploration, unpacking the reality of creativity, to chat with creatives and their expression in the world, and the way that expression is realized. We are going to go deeper into the artistic soul, and heart, that is the underpinning of all creatives. When we acknowledge our creative nature, we travel that same road; no matter the level of our competence. We share this journey.
Be mindful of feelings of resentment, hate, fear, and either/or thinking. Allow yourself to be awed and astonished by the world and the people around you. Creativity is as much a mindset as it is a practice. Reality is nuanced and textured that is part of the grist of being creative. The more we pigeonhole and narrow our perceptions the narrower the creative view and thus creative manifestation. The more open-minded you are the more truthful, honest, and powerful your creative output will be.
A controversial talk on the fear and lies we buy into. Our thoughts and opinions are not who we are. The most certain thing that every human has in common, beyond religion, politics, culture, prejudice, is a heart. Creativity may be more a function of benefits of openness and love than the transient and either/or machinations of our minds.
IMPORTANT: I have posted more than 70 episodes of this podcast. If you have listened to any of them I am appreciative. This episode is the most CONTROVERSIAL and the most important one I have produced. If you haven't listened to any of my talks do listen to this one.
As Creatives we all have those terrible times when a new project won't come. You can get sad, anxious, depressed. You may even feel as if you were never a creative person at all, it was just a one-off accident. It feels as if the block is permanent. I hope to cast some light on this unpleasant part of a Creatives life and some ways to work through it.
In all the possible worlds and civilizations in this galaxy alone, we live on a tiny speck of sand with 8 billion mites upon it. Who of us creative or not should be arrogant? We as creatives are here to create light and be available to lift up others.
Ken Lehnig has a master class in creativity, interviewing his daughter Annalyn Lehnig - Actor, Playwright, Dancer, Teacher, and Coach.
Annalyn's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtPkvZCkqqjSD3lXiMgYaAw
I'm adding a new element to the show. I will do readings in the months ahead of weird and strange poems and stories from the books in my Sozzel the Jongleur series. Available at Amazon Books.
I will also be doing interviews with Creatives, wonderful people who have much to impart to us all.
This reading is from Strange Reflections 'Brando's Bane'. The setting is sometime in the eighties, in a downtown cafe, in the middle of a rainy night. Two good friends share memories and a very strange story The characters use rough and controversial language I suggest 16+
This is an eye-opening talk on the so-called negative traits of creative people. Perception is the key to understanding how Creatives function and the need for a harder look at the way society is put together and the need for more of these negative traits in this world.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are coming out of a dark time. We will need to reconnect with friends and family and get our hearts in close proximity. It is up to us to make the new world a light-filled place. All creativity needs to be switched on.
(I apologize for not posting on time. I have had computer problems- fixed.)
In a time where you can't do much and every answer to the question 'Can I be with friends or family?' the answer is "No. you don't have permission. It's important to find where you as a Creative and a human being can give yourself permission, saying yes in your life is critical in the age of "NO!"It is important for us all to re-invigorate and restore our humanity.
Many, these days, have had some dark days. The narrative is designed to have us all live in an extended and purposefully obscure fear, a condition unhealthy and damaging to us as human beings. Ken rants a bit about the damage done in buying a political, economic, and health narrative that is the antithesis of what it is to be human. the negative narrative throws us off our life track and prevents the start of creative projects at a time where every Creative should be the most productive.
The importance of recognizing that every creative output has a lineage. It is in the human makeup to be creative and the proof of that goes back as long as there have been humans. Honoring what you do as a creative is connecting you to a family line, perhaps in your DNA but possibly at an even higher level.
Everyone can be Creative if it is declared and effort is made to develop the skillsets to bring vision to reality. This talk examines the creative track of insight, meaning, significance, process, and completion.
Finding a new project is easy when you are open and aware of your surrounding. The brain memorizes what you know in the world and only really sees what is different - distinction making. Seeing and finding meaning in what you see is the art of being a Creative.
Meaning is personal, unique, and a gift to every human being. The universe will communicate vitality and enlightenment to us if we allow it. Finding meaning in everyday events is what makes living worthwhile and the perfect place for a human and a creative to start. Finding meaning in the moment and not figuring it out is the domain of creativity and artistry. Find meaning in your work and allowing those that experience it to find their own meaning.
Being creative requires being at a high vibratory level. Love, grace, forgiveness, generosity are high vibratory states. Anger, hate, close-mindedness, are low and debilitating states. Creatives as lightworkers have a responsibility to maintain a high vibratory state. Everything that is a reality now is the antithesis of the best in humanity; lockdowns, social distancing, economic upset, political turmoil. Be wary that you don't succumb keep your humanness and high spirit. Pray, meditate, create.
Looking at the process of creativity and why some projects run out of energy and the creative losing enthusiasm for the project. The talk also looks into the process of collaborative projects and the 'Good Enough' outcome of most projects.
As a human and as a creative being open to new experiences is vital. It may be that reality isn't what we think, perhaps no more than cultural or relational agreement. It may be that the universe inspires to have creatives generate a broader understanding of the nature of reality. Are we in a matrix of agreement. As we experience more are view of reality is altered and creatives are part of that expansion of our view of reality.
Merry Christmas and a Blessed new Year. It's too easy to think that are troubles and worries are who we are. Creativity removes you from trials and tribulations of your life. We choose the life we have and can choose to step outside of the noise.
In this crazy time, it is more important than ever to be unmoved by the mundane, exhausting, distractions the world produces and be consciously aware of the creative reality around us. Seeing and experiencing the creative works of others can trigger creative responses in us. Being moved by another's work is one of the fastest ways to bring down the attention of the muse to yourself. Once you open your eyes to the near-infinite varieties of expression in all mediums you will be more confident and prepared to express your own vision.
How many times have you heard "I am not creative." Every human beings is creative they have just shut down the potential by living a life of mechanical habit. The talk is what to do to find the creative spark in both creative folks and those who want to find that spark.
It very clear to us all that the anger and divisiveness that exists in the world today is not in humanities best interest. Media and the political class have given up on truth and integrity. There is no correct side. A Creative has the responsibility to spread light, and most importantly. not propaganda. We are given the gift of being human it is a flawed and damaged place in ourselves if we use it to generate fear, hate, pain, violence, or destruction. Spreading light (enlightenment) is the true purpose of a Creative.
Being a creative need not put pressure on you to produce something profound every time. Each new skill you acquire is an opportunity. Everything you create is a source of light for others and each new skill you acquire moves you along the road `to a masterpiece. Enjoy the process.
thanks for all your well wishes and prayers. I am recovering from the ordeal of open heart surgery - not a journey for the faint of heart! ;)
During these times when all you have done has been taken away and you are left with that dreaded thought "What do I do now?" It is hard to get that your are the creator of your reality - making your life is a creative act. We all cam become complacent and forgetful of who we really are.
Please forgive me for not being around for a few weeks. I unfortunately had to visit a heart surgeon- an open heart bypass was the result. I am doing very well, I will admit it is a journey I only want to do once. This episode was the one to be published on the weekend of my adventure.
Science is discovering remarkable attributes in the nature of matter, in that, it is made up of photons. Photons have been proven to bond with DNA. That alone raises many questions about we humans and more importantly for this podcast the nature of our creative output.
If one thinks about why people say they are not creative, I think you will find that there is some anxiety or fear in the prospect of even starting on a project. Any first time experience from a first date, job interview, meeting new friends, trying a new recipe, having a baby, buying a house is difficult and wrought with anxiety. Even creative people have first time anxiety in using a new medium, being quite complacent in what they know. We are creatures of habit and changing any habit is leaping into the unknown. Being and staying a Creative is the process of being a new person over and over again. Live is meant to evolve. Jump in the water is fine.
A creative person is open to a fluid universe and recognizes that we as humans are also fluid. It's how we as humans evolve. We are not black and white creatures. No one agrees with everything on either side of cultural issues. It is dishonest and evil to shame anyone for their beliefs , any more than someone telling a creative that what they are doing is wrong, shamming them for a choice of color. Creativity is what moves and reflects the good and bad in us and allows us to see truth in the clouded, truthful or fraudulent, aspects of culture
In this time of hard positions the truth will be revealed. The universe is dynamic and ever-changing. It is the same for human beings. Creatives must take the lead in leading us forward. Open minds and hearts are what is needed in everyone..
There are those times when you are not inspired to creative action. Perhaps the muse is just being patient and waiting for you to be inspired but what happens around you, or maybe there is a time already determined when your effort is needed in the world. For me , I always work on a project even if I'm not inspired, just to keep up my skills and perhaps what I create is meant to inspire something else and that was what you have been patiently waiting for.
Is this pandemic creating a surge if creativity? The lockdown, social distancing and mask wearing is the antithesis of what it is to be human. I believe the universe is feeding us much more creative energy than before. Our basic humanity is being threatened by our leaders and the creative energy flooding in is the remedy to return us to our healthy and balanced human state.
In this time of fear and concern a way to stay healthy and happy is to be creative. Being in the creative process puts the brain in a different mode. Fear causes a fight, stay frozen, or flight response and being locked down and afraid is unhealthy. Working on a creative project will take the stress off the mind and body. Even if you don't consider yourself creative now is the time to look at what creative projects may interest you.
There is no denying that there is a "pandemic" but what we are now doing in response is the antithesis of being human. We as humans are not designed to be in a months long state of fear and anxiety that will cause more serious health issues than Covid 19. We must put a stop to the fear-mongering and get on with being human beings. Creativity is at stake here and the need is more important than ever.
In this weird and stressful time of concern and fear being a creative is difficult. Are you finding that you are searching for a way to keep your creativity active? Perhaps the creative energies are needed and are coming in a different and more urgent manner.
The makeup of the body and mind is spiritual, cellular, and chemical. What you think and the emotional state you are in has a direct effect on your health and well being. Creativity is a natural state optimized by health, peace and happiness. If we acknowledge that we are all creatives then this time colored by doubt and fear will have minimal influence on us. Work at being happy even if outside influences are telling you to be isolated and fearful. This too shall pass.
In these times there are Creative people but all of us must be creative now, in order to live well and stay human. Re -inventing the way we live is a prerogative we all face. The way we did our lives before the pandemic had us be complacent and perhaps not living in a way that supported our humanity. Now we face a different world and the choices we make now will define how we come into the world after all of this is over.
Each Creative's completed effort is a small light for humanity. It is the accumulation of millions of small lights that elevated the human condition. Often it is not the loud , brash, and huge events that change the world for the better it is the small things, those little bits of light that take individuals to a higher place. Those huge events in the scope of time are but storms in a teacup. When a million little lights effect a million people things change, for the better, without the noise and fury. That is the purpose of a creative.
It's too easy, especially now, to make and create from opinion and agenda. When you do you are skillful not creative. Be true as a creative to allow your heart and that creative cosmic energy to create something new, something that moves humanity forward..
New science has discovered that the heart has millions of neurons, making it another thinking organ which we weren't aware we possessed. Have the "romantics" throughout human existence understand something we have put aside as frivolous that may be, in fact, our salvation. Creatives tap into their hearts to do the work they do, perhaps all of us should start thinking more with our hearts than our two sided and often conflicted brains.
The ground of being for any Creative is individuality. The channeling of creativity comes through a compassionate individual with a clear view of the world. I believe Creatives will bring us into a better world as long we avoid falling into destructive, alienating, and de-humanizing group-think.
What if there was a new renaissance coming where we as human beings transcend the strife and struggle of this world we all are responsible for creating? What would that world look like? Creatives may lead us into a new paradigm due to a vibrational change in the structure of reality. Can we by intention usher in this new age.
Making the prediction that this current hate, vitriol and, cultural blindness will come to an end and we as Creatives must and will usher in a new reality, where the better qualities of what it is to be a human being are brought to the forefront.
I rant a bit about the de-humanizing way the world is heading and how important it is to resist the move to separate and and create a new norm that belittles the importance of human contact and association. That human closeness is what it is to be human and even more so for the Creative.
Life can be difficult and it's easy to be complacent. This time we are in now gives us time to see where our complacency was affecting our lives. The universe speaks to us if we are able to see and hear and give what we see and hear meaning.
Many of us are anxiety crippled as far as our creative output is concerned. It can be hard with all the worries and fears this terrible time can induce. Here are some techniques to help restore the creative muse.
Now is the time to step up the intensity of your creative efforts. As we come out of this terrible time creative output is more important than it has ever been. We creatives are going to be very important in the remaking of the new world into which we are heading.
The greatest harm that this health event is creating separation from our important relationships. Relationships are a creative act and will need to be nurtured when this event is over. Ken examines the real and esoteric issues associated with being locked down.
One can certainly see the bad and evil in the world. The creative is important in the world. What is created during times of crisis or difficulty moves humanity in a positive way. The creative must trust the project and the process.
We are all in this together. Don't feel alone you have resources and you should stay connected using technology. This is a time for creatives to further their skills and look into ideas and concepts you didn't have time to do before. This terrible time could end up being a very productive time for Creatives in discovering the reason for our creativity, our need for humanity for inspiration and support.
In time of crisis creativity can be energized. It is a matter of managing the world's need and the creatives need to work. The universe requires much more from creatives during times of crises. Stress is needed in order to create something that never existed into something that now exists for the betterment of humanity.
This episode is more esoteric. Ken `discusses the new science around the energy field around the heart and his view of the whole person as a creative force using the heart and both sides of the brain. An interesting and mind provoking talk. With a nod to the Templers unfortunate day of Friday the 13th.
Ken talks about the importance of never saying good enough. Complete your project. Ken explains the repercussions of letting an unfinished project being seen by the world. Trust yourself that you know when something you are working on is complete, no matter your skill level, or experience.
From the first seed thought about a new project to actually starting it. What does it take to maintain the energy to work and develop your project to completion? Ken offers insights into the process of maintaining the energy and focus to take your project to a declared finish.
Being a creative is often taken as "Oh. It's just something I do." That shouldn't be your attitude toward the gift you have been given. Be grateful and thankful for the gift you have. Being egocentric is of course destructive but an honest appreciation for you abilities to create for the benefit of humanity is a high calling.
What is a block? What is happening when your project stops and you run out of ideas? Writers block, bad decisions, huge fails, the muse disappears - what is really going on when those frustrating events happen. Here is an eye-opening podcast on the creative process.
Honesty and integrity are still important in a world that has decided to shrug shoulders and look the other way. But for Creatives it is integral to the process that honesty and integrity is as much a part of any project as the effort and materials used. Honoring the source of creativity requires something more than what is sadly common place in the workings of a flawed world.
This is the first interview on the podcast with Mark C. Jackson. He is most certainly a Creative. In this episode Mark speaks on his creative journey and what it requires to take your creative effort to the level of being a professional and what is needed personally to stay there.
Money is almost always an issue with Creatives. This podcast looks at money and how the internet can be important in learning skills and letting the Creatives work being seen, heard, sold, or read. Ken also speaks to the need to stay on track, to continue to improve you skills, and rising to the be the best communicator at the medium in which you work.
This episode Ken talks about putting yourself in a state of mind that facilitates creativity. The distracting noise of the world is the antithesis of your ability to be creative and is what stops folks from attempting a creative act. Ken offers insight into the "I don't have a creative bone in my body," statement that so many make or "Whenever I try to be creative it turns out awful" or the inaccurate self- judgement in which so many new creatives paint themselves. Looking at the distinctions around the creative process is important, motivating, and enlightening.
Collaboration that works
A discussion about Collaboration for the Creative. Examining whether a creative should collaborate and when they should collaborate. We'll break down what happens during collaborations and how a Creative needs to be in the process. The benefits and pitfalls. The value of collaboration for Creatives and how to be a good leader in the process.
Creatives should stay true and be responsible to the creative process. In this episode Ken speaks to the ways that creative output can be hampered or even thwarted. There is a discipline in the work of creativity and it is explored in this episode of Creatives with Ken Lehnig.
Ken invites questions and suggestions.
Creative block is something that every creative occasionally suffers through. In this episode we look at creative block and the creative process and look at how to take away the frustration that comes with the event. We will look at ways to work with the condition and keep the creative energies flowing.
Acknowledging yourself as a creative is a matter of giving yourself an invitation, accepting that invitation and committing to the process. In this episode we will explore the steps that are a part of a creative's journey and the ways to recognize and manage the pivotal moments in that journey.
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The journey of a Creative – that off-road from the usual and mundane is my concern. This podcast is for those that feel they have the spark – this will be for those that think the Muse ignores them – this will be for the frustrated and self-critical – this will be for those aching to realize the language of their souls – for those that never seem to shine, or haven’t realized the richness that they feel is there – those joyous fountains, sorrowful wails, brilliant illuminations, deep emotive wellings, and lucid clarities, not translated and realized, alas, stay un-delivered to the world.
We will begin exploring the very starting point, even before there is a twinkle in the Creatives eye. We will explore the seed of artistry, the genesis of that good effort and human outlay.
Recognition of self as Creative