Day 5.4 - Making the Unknown my BFF. ~ Michelle James


5.4 Making the Unknown my BFF.

MJAMESBOXPHOTODo you see the unknown as something
to be feared, challenged, avoided, or overcome?

Or is it something to be explored,
embraced, cultivated, and expressed?

How we perceive the unknown determines
how available we make it to ourselves as a resource in the creative process.

The unknown - or "fertile void" -
is the place of pure creative potential,
waiting to be formed and shaped into being.

The void is there, always waiting to co-create with us.

By learning how to befriend the it, it can become your most trusted, generative, generous, co-creative partner in any endeavor. You can access deep, novel, and surprising levels of your own unique creative brilliance.

To befriend the unknown, first change the lens you see for seeing it.

Embrace it as your co-creative partner.

See it like a fertile, alive garden to be cultivated.

Start consciously engaging it in low-risk ways until you get more comfortable with it.

Allow yourself to be an explorer on a expedition without pre-conceived expectations of what should or will emerge.

Give the unknown space, time and attention to get to know it as you would with any new relationship you valued.

Allow yourself learn its "language." It speaks to your whole brain.
In addition to words, it can also speak in images, feelings, energy, sudden insights and connections.

Be open. Have fun with it. Play with a variety of creativity tools, techniques and approaches to engage it.

The more of your brain and senses you engage, the easier it becomes to connect with it, and experience it as a life-giving creative force.

Let it be messy and uncomfortable. Play!

Underneath our conditioning and habits, there is an unsure human facing a new world.

As with mastering any new skill, navigating the unknown is an ongoing process.

It takes practice. Be kind to yourself on the journey.

The more you work and play with the unknown as your co-creative BFF, the more confident you become in the creative process … and in your own unique creative expression. And the more creatively vibrant and alive you become!

Michelle James is CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence, and founder of the Capitol Creativity Network, the Creativity in Business Conference-DC, the Applied Discovery Telesummit, and the Whole-Brain Creative Facilitation programs among many others. Author of the upcoming book, Pattern Breaks: A Facilitator's Guide to Cultivating Creativity.



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