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Debunking Myths of “Real Art” and “Real Life”

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'Realm Travellers' by Janet L. Whitehead © 2006“You cannot add tiny clay pieces to large clay pieces. They will be destroyed in the firing process,”  said my first ceramics instructor. What if I’d believed that to be true and never added the first tiny faerie to one of my pots? Why, I wouldn’t have the most bizarre and magical life story that evolved as a result, and that is now oh so close to publishing!

 “Real writers write on yellow foolscap paper.” said a famous author (who’s name I have erased from my memory for obvious reasons) in a workshop full of hopeful writers.  What if they believed him and now blankly sit with a pad of yellow foolscap paper in a cool coffee shop, wishing they were at home pouring out their words in a blog format that they love?

 “Illustration is not art,” said the university professor, and so the young artist’s dream to illustrate books was instantly squashed, and she finished her degree in fine art, and never picked up a paintbrush or pencil for years. (It’s okay, she’s been coached, realized what had stopped her and is back in her passion.)

 There’s so much myth debunking to do!!

… debunking the myths that cause parents guilt; debunking what the left brain systems have taught the right-brainers about themselves, debunking all that traditional thinking that has people not making the changes they dream of…

“Janet, you can’t use white.. that’s not acceptable in any form of painting,” said the Art Store owner.  I bought it anyway and sulked out, probably mumbling, ‘then why do they sell it?”  I was surprisingly relieved when David Langevin, an expert in the techniques of the old Masters,  announced in a workshop something along the lines of: “Yes, you can use black. Yes, you can use white. Don’t believe anything people tell you about painting.” (Oh! Want to be inspired? Watch the video on David’s home page!)

 ” I have to win the lottery…”  The moment the words are spoken, the dream is shut down. Done. “Real Life” sets in. The ability to creatively think your way past the barriers to living life the way you really want, simply does not happen.  Cure: When you hear yourself speak the words, stop and ask, “Hmmm, how else can I do this?” or get a personal debunker.. er… life coach.

Finding the myths, the limiting beliefs, the unconscious thoughts that play havoc as you work so hard to create the life you want, is often enough to make a shift.

It’s not always easy, though, to recognize that ‘thing’ that’s stopping you. If it were, we’d all be getting where we want to be quickly.  That’s where personal debunking.. er.. coaching is so valuable. I am truly happy to be in my passion of coaching again. Watching the shifts happen for clients does feel so magical and I’m honoured to be a part of that process for others.

If you’d like to know more about personal coaching, please go here! (The 1.5 hour ‘get unstuck now’ copper treasure rocks, if I do say so myself)

In the meantime, you could practise the art of debunking! Notice those crazy thoughts that have you thinking you can’t do something. Just for starts, see if you can find those thoughts. That’ll make a big difference. Honest. (When you find them, you can also ask, “is that true?” and see what evolves)


About Janet

Artist/writer with a tall ship and mystical twist, Certified Professional Life Coach (ICA), Master Creativity Coach (KMCC), Curator/owner of Writerly Kits, workshop leader and creativity group facilitator trainer. Outdoor enthusiast and Tall Ship sailor. Been through breast cancer and found her own tools of play, lightness, creativity, nature, thinking differently and visualization assisted healing through and after treatments. Ever ever so grateful for all the wondrous people she is surrounded by.

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