“We reconcile the bright and the shadow by acknowledging both and being able and willing to touch the brightness and touch the shadow both in ourselves and in the world.” Cynthia Morris
For Life on Purpose Episode #38, my guest is artist, coach, author, and creative dynamo Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse.
Cynthia joins me for a powerful and timely conversation in the wake of the recent Paris tragedy and other acts of violence around the world. In “Creative Expression as a Force for Good,” we discuss her recent piece “Paris, Oh Paris”, which strongly resonated with me and many other creatives.
We also talk about learning to co-exist with uncomfortable circumstances; the need for creativity during tumultuous times; her work helping people getting creatively unstuck; travel as a vehicle for greater understanding in the world; and much more!
About Cynthia Morris and Original Impulse:
If you’re reading this, it’s likely that a powerful, essential part of you is hidden and unhappy. That’s your creative genius, the wonderful you that wants to write, that loves to play, that adores making art. This is the part of you that helps make life feel really, really good.
But this ‘non-practical’ you has been put in the basement with the other ‘non-essentials’ and is getting really upset about being ignored.
Brené Brown said ‘Unexpressed creativity is not benign.’ I believe that 100%, and that’s why I have dedicated my life to helping creative people enjoy, express and share their original impulse.
Maybe you want to write a book so that your work reaches a wider audience. Or perhaps you want to explore an art form, just for the fun of it.
I know the feeling. I call it our original impulse, and it’s the part of us that must create. That must write, that must explore and feel the true joy that comes from making things.
It’s time to liberate your creative genius. I’ve freed up my inner artist, and life is so much better. You, too, can express your gifts, connect with your creative tribe, and enjoy life as a creative adventure. I’m here to show you how.
You’ve probably got a lot of talents that are kept under wraps. Until now, it may have been okay to postpone writing your book. Or to put your creative desires in a box.
But now, you finally feel ready to commit to writing your book or explore your creativity. Perhaps you’re frustrated with having so many interests and ideas and no clue how to get them out of your head. I’m so glad you found me.
Medium-agnostic Creative Dynamo at your Service:
I’m a rare breed of creative person who has figured out how to accept and express my gifts. I’m an author, illustrator and performer. And like you, there was a time when I felt more burdened by my talents than enlivened by them.
Luckily, my coaching training came in handy. Using my coaching skills, I learned how to systematically make one idea after another a reality. And let me tell you, it feels really good to live life on my own terms, focusing on projects I care about and helping people I love.
I learned how to schedule appointments – and keep them – and to consistently chip away at my books and art projects. Most importantly, I learned how to make the process my own so I enjoyed it all along the way.
I have used my coaching skills to complete my Paris historical novel Chasing Sylvia Beach.
I have written extensively about the creative process in my books Create Your Writer’s Life and Cross the Finish Line.
Because I believe in the transformative power of creativity and travel, I have authored three books about creative travel including The Graceful Return.
I love being a writer, and about ten years ago, I let my inner artist out of the dungeon and she came on board with joyful enthusiasm. I’ve filled nearly 50 Moleskine notebooks with drawings and stories. I’m now a sought-after illustrator and artist.
Bringing visual art to my writing life has made me feel more well-rounded, more happy and more me. If it weren’t for my coaching training, I wouldn’t have a clue how to manage it all.
You, too can be a creative dynamo. I like to say genius because when you align yourself to your original, creative impulses, you feel so…smart.
Ready to liberate your creative genius so you can write your books, design a creative practice and enjoy yourself? Get an ally who deeply understands the creative process and who knows how to help you do it your way, with your special mark.
Through my company, Original Impulse, I’ve been coaching writers and artists for over 16 years. I’m one of the few coaches on Jonathan Fields’ Good Life Project faculty, an intensive program for visionaries, entrepreneurs and artists.
I’ve developed a finely-tuned sense of how to help each person bring her great ideas into form.
To learn more about Cynthia and her work: http://www.originalimpulse.com.