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Meaningful Life=Meaningful Creation

“The centerpiece of a meaningful life for creators is meaningful creating.”
Eric Maisel

The above quote is from Eric Maisel’s book, Van Gough Blues, in which Maisel asserts that very often, depression in creative people can often be remedied by re-discovering the meaning in one’s life and one’s art. I certainly resonate with this idea, and believe that it is important for our creative projects to have personal meaning, on one level or another.

Very often, meaningful creative intentions are the bridge between thinking, “Oh, I wish I had more time to do creative things” and actually taking the time to engage in a regular practice of creativity.

What do I mean by “meaningful creative intentions”? It’s simple: projects that provide personal meaning for you, outside of simply just being “creative”, are YOUR meaningful creative intentions. Examples include things like:

  • making handmade gifts for others
  • creating for charity
  • creating handmade items to decorate your home
  • creating art to honor someone’s memory
  • participating in a creative collaboration
  • creating with a larger goal in mind

These projects can be fun, simple, and spontaneous. Sometimes projects that are “out of the blue” are, indeed, the very best way to get “out of the blues”.

Creativity, meaning, and time dance together in an unavoidable and rather effective cycle: the more meaningful your creative projects are to you, the more you’re likely to engage in them. Then, the more you are engaging your creativity, the more creative ideas you’ll be having for more meaningful creative projects.

In other words, creativity begets creativity! And, of course, regularly making the time for your creativity cements its importance in your life.

If you would like more support in engaging in meaningful creative projects, this Artellagram includes several resources that might be helpful. SARK’s Dream Boogie is still open for enrollment until Tuesday, and is a fabulous opportunity to diving into your creativity heart-first. Also, the free Conscious Awakenings Life Purpose Telesummit that begins next week is overflowing with inspiration for connecting to what really matters most. And the calendART project in the Creativity Tips section is a practical way to bring more meaningful creativity in your day to day life. Information about all these nifty adventures follows below!

For those short on time, to simplify this week’s Artellagram, here are some ”quick links” to the highlights in this edition. You can simply follow the links that you’re interested in and go directly to that section.


54..365 | Rose Colored Glasses

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Wrapping Your Presence in Rainbows

Wrapping Your Presence in Rainbows
by Marney K. Makridakis

People have often told me that I tend to see things through
rose-colored glasses, and I take it as a compliment.  I know that the
idiom tends to have a negative connotation, but I tend to think of my
own rose-colored glasses as being one of my most helpful tools for
creativity, productivity, and happiness.  Seeing the bright hues in any
situation allows us to focus on what we want, rather than what we
don’t want.  And having a clear vision of what we want is, I believe,
the first step in actually taking action to get there.

I recently was reminded, however, that taking off the rose-colored
glasses can be pretty amazing, too.  I experienced this quite literally,
when looking at rainbows through my polarized sunglasses.  Typically,
these sunglasses tend to make everything more vibrant, including the
beautiful rainbows that are so frequent where I live.  The sunglasses
make rainbows really pop into an even more spectacular sight.

But the other day, my husband commented on the vivid rainbow, and
oddly enough, when I had the sunglasses on, I couldn’t see the rainbow
at all.  Once I took them off, then I was able to see it in all its
breathtaking splendor.  Now, I’m
sure there is a scientific reason that explains this phenomenon – why
the color frequency in this particular rainbow was so dramatically
different from most rainbows I had seen.  But, science aside, the
experience reminded me of how important it can be to take off the
rainbow-colored glasses from time to time, and see exactly what really is
What really is can be even more breathtaking than what might

So which is better – to see life for what it can be, or see it for
what it is?    I think the answer lies in making a choice to fully
experience the powerful elements that each perspective has to offer.
Balance, of course, is necessary, since we can’t become so focused on
what is that we forget the value of seeing what can be.  And
perhaps even more bravely, we can’t become so attached to our
rainbow-colored glasses that we forget what can happen when we really
allow ourselves to actually be with what is, and feel the gravity, and
resulting power, of our lives’ truth.

I believe that making brave choices, even the very act of choosing to
become comfortable with this type of duality, is easier when we
utilize creativity to support our choices.  “Choice” and “Intuition”
are two of the ARTbundance™ Principles that trainees in the ARTbundance™
Certification Training Program
 have been studying, learning how to help their clients develop intuition, so that they can
innovatively use it to make many
kinds choices in their life.

I’ll close with some words from a poem that I wrote for an early
issue of Artella magazine:

gathered embraces and cuts

grace and guts

but one is not more lovely than the other

I gathered it all.

A load like this never gets lighter

but if you feel it for true

let the weight ruin you

dare to feel the pinch

if you feel it

and really feel it

you’ll sing so fast, you can run

dance so loud, you can rhyme

and close your eyes so light,

you can fly.

Blessings to you and your gorgeous, rainbowtacular flight!

Marney K. Makridakis is the founder of 
and the inventor of the ARTbundance Philosophy, which uses
ARTsignments™ to change lives through the power of creativity.   If you are
intrigued by the idea of exploring a new vision for yourself in which
you apply the ARTbundance™ philosophy and
to your own professional dreams and goals,
you are invited to apply for the next
Certification Training
beginning in April  2011.

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