We have just completed our second optimizing creative output meeting. Once again I am excited to share some of what was discussed.
At the first meetup Hayden suggested
we define the term presence. So at this meetup we continued on this
line. Most people attending suggested it is linked to being emotionally
and mentally aware. To know what we are feeling and how we are
experiencing our lives from moment to moment.
We also agreed
that describing presence is likely going to be an ongoing process.
However this process will be improved and accelerated if we decide that
being present is a priority for us.
In a photograph presence
is in my opinion more felt than seen. However the feeling is
transparently powerful. When you look at a photo that is in presence you
as the viewer feel totally comfortable. I believe that if a
photographer can develop consistent presence that their photos will
inspire those who view them.
Also when we operate from presence
whilst we are passionate and dedicated we are also in the flow of life.
As such our creative endeavors become enjoyable and have ease rather
I mentioned a friend of mine who is a massage
therapist who i believe operates from perfect presence. I said that when
she touches you you feel her grace and composure and you let go of the
need to protect or prove yourself. That you trust her and in trusting
surrender your resistance and protection.
If a photographer or
for that matter a mechanic or doctor or anyone can operate from presence
the people they are in relationship with feel like they can trust.
Once trust is in play relationship becomes truly creative and the
creative process becomes one of unity. I believe that unity is
infinitely more powerful than separation and mis trust.
have a base of trust relationship and creativity becomes optimized.
However few aspects of life or people in history have operated from a
base of consistent trust. So it is important that any individual who
wishes to maximize their creative potential zeros in on their base of
This is where something I posted on my Facebook page is
very relevant. It reads as follows -"I thought not having
self-compassion can make a person robotic, non-encouraging and even
live in the head and appear narcissistic or know-it-all.. what I
understand is if you forgive yourself, feel tolerant of your own
shortcomings, inabilities and imperfections and accept these
imperfections and still feel compassionate towards yourself.. then you
feel empathic with other's problems, shortcomings, imperfections.."
these words were sent to me by a friend and I believe they are touching
on how to develop consistent trust.
That whilst few people or
aspects of life are consistently sacred or trust worthy if we can
locate and come to acceptance and understanding with the lack of trust
we have inside that we can begin to develop outer trust.
Tony Ryan - Monday, December 19, 2016
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