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Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Students,
Hello! This is Silvia Foti. If you're receiving this email, it's because you're a personal friend, colleague or student of mine, or you've been referred to me by a personal friend, colleague or student.
As most of you know, I'm Silvia Foti in Chicago, author of the mystery novel Skullduggery and a devotee of the process of creativity. Like most creatives I know, I am a "double-life creative," someone with a "real" job as a journalist/teacher and a "dream" job as a creative writer.
To help increase creativity, I'm sending a free electronic newsletter called the Lotus Ink Newsletter. You will be free to unsubscribe at any time. It will appear in your e-mail box on a sporadic basis--approximately once every two months.
So what's it all about?
The Lotus Ink Newsletter
Bringing More of Your Dream Life into your Real Life
It's for double-life creatives...
...Those who have a day job to pay their real bills, but who are fervently dreaming of doing something creative, like writing a novel or a script, singing in a band, acting in a play, painting on a canvas, or whatever! The goal of the newsletter is to help the double-life creatives unfold their creative side more, to have it more in balance with their real life, to give their dream life a better fighting chance not just to survive, but to thrive, in their real life.
This newsletter is about helping double-life creatives elbow out some more creative room in their life, learning how to make it a stronger focus in their daily routine, rather than just a vague, far-off dream.
Its mission is to help readers increase their creativity, productivity, and self-esteem.
Its philosophy is that healthy creativity is linked to a complete, healthy, or ordered personality, while dysfunctional creativity, or worse yet--no creativity, is linked to a fractured, splintered, or disordered one.
Its content is an investigation of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, psychological (maybe even paranormal!) blocks to creativity, productivity, and self-esteem, as well as explorations of the various "block-buster."
It will also let you know about where I'll be giving book readings, lectures, or workshops on how to unleash more creativity in your life.
If you know of anyone else who would love to receive an inspirational message on increasing their creativity, please feel free to send this notice to a friend, colleague, or student.
Bloom Like The Lotus
All my best,
Newsletter Dated: 10/10/2003 6:58:22 AM
Subject: Lotus Ink Newsletter #7
October 10, 2003
Notes from the Ink of the Lotus Blossom
Trust your perception. Listen to your intuition. Tune into yourself.
What's this newsletter all about?
Potential readers are those who describe themselves as creative. It's for intellectual risk-takers and self-proclaimed artists. Its mission is to help increase creativity, productivity, and self-esteem.
What's in this issue?
How To Get In the Creative Mood
Upcoming Author Appearances
Find An Aphrodisiac For Your Creativity
Sometimes we're just not in the mood, and we need a stimulus to jumpstart our creativity. Normally this happens when we've been out of practice for a while, when we haven't done it for a few weeks, or even longer.
Like most activities, creativity's rule is, "If you don't use it, you lose it." And like most activities, appealing to a Higher Force can help get us out of a low rut.
What sorts of tools or props might you assemble to motivate you into creating? What will help get you in the proper frame of mind?
Here are some of the props I've resorted to help get me in the proper mood to create:
· Creativity Altar (A "sacred" place to display items of creativity to meditate upon--statues to represent characters in your current novel, flowers, candles, etc.)
· God Jar (Write a wish to unblock your creativity and place it in your God Jar, a vessel you deem as a "sacred" holder of your creativity. Works like a prayer, but feels more concrete.)
· Craft Project (Something easy that takes about an hour. Can be camouflaged as a weekend project with your children, yet you know it will help pump up your own creativity.)
· Memory Book Page (Assembling photos of family life in a creative way can help jumpstart creative juices in getting back to a major creative project, such as that mystery novel.)
· Lighting a Candle (When feeling desperately low, this can be accompanied with a request along the lines of "Please, please, please help me." When feeling higher, say a prayer that will help you align with the highest spiritual principles available to you.)
· Tarot Cards (The archetypical images will spur your imagination and help you access your rich, creative subconscious that is just bursting with endless and limitless ideas.)
· Worry Beads (October is Rosary Month by the way. Finger a necklace of beads and open a window to Heaven. Stop worrying about the small stuff and submit your creativity to a Higher Force.)
· Feng Shui Ball (Read on.)
Last April, I did a Skullduggery book signing at Sanctuary Crystal in Alsip, Illinois, and, as it turned out, most of the members in my audience were psychics. It's like they all knew what I was going to say before I said it.
Anyway, while I was there, the bookstore was hosting a Psychic Fair and I decided to get a psychic reading.
I loved my psychic because she only told me about the wonderful things that would be happening to me in my future. She had long dark hair, a flowing aquamarine dress, and a warm inviting aura surrounding her full, Buddha-like body.
After she laid out a series of cards from four different decks, she took out a Tibetan ball, gonged it, and then circled the rim with her metallic stick several times until the pitch was raised to an eerie level. I immediately fell in sync with her fun spirit and eagerly awaited her reading. She certainly got me in the right mood.
Naturally, we got on the subject of creativity, and she urged me to get a light prism or a feng shui ball.
With her left thumb up, the psychic said, "A feng shui ball will really jack up your creativity because it will bring a steady rainbow in your life."
I responded, "Rainbow is actually my middle name."
She smiled politely, thinking I was cracking another joke.
"No really," I said. "Vaiva in Lithuanian means Rainbow, and Vaiva is my middle name."
Synchronicity, by the way, always helps boost creativity.
With the belief that there are no accidents, that everything happens for a reason, that we are all connected, that the Universe is One, whenever there's a "coincidence" please pay heed and receive the inspiration as a gift to help spur your creativity.
This barefoot psychic gave me a few words of advice that I still ponder, and I decided to purchase a feng shui ball.
It is now hanging in the bay window of our living room, and it beautifully catches the Chicago Western setting sunlight, casting a gorgeous rainbow into our front room. Every sunny evening I look at it and think that tomorrow this rainbow will inspire me to write some more. It often does.
What sorts of mood enhancers do you use to jack up your creativity? I'd love to hear about them and share them with others, maybe even try it out for myself.
Upcoming Author Silvia Foti Appearances
Monday, October 27, 6 p.m.: Stickney-Forest View Library, 6800 W. 43rd Street; Skullduggery is chosen as this month's feature novel for the library's book discussion group
Feb. 6-8: Love Is Murder Conference, O'Hare Radisson Hotel, Chicago
Saturday, September 18: 2-4 p.m.: Palatine Library, Mystery Author signing
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for doing a workshop on unleashing your creativity. Visit me at silviafoti.com
Feel free to pass this newsletter along to a friend.
Bloom like the Lotus.