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Michelle
Charlottesville, VA
Creativity & Emergence Catalyst, Consultant and Coach
Interests: I use whole brain approaches and the Creative Emergence Process© to support my clients - pioneering entrepreneurs and organizations - in consciously creating what's next.
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"Clarity is the elimination of mental clutter. Agility is the elimination of physical clutter. Tranquility is the elimination of spiritual clutter." ~ James Clear. Yes! And...Emergence is when someone new and unexpected is born in its place. Once the clutter... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Fertile Unknown
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Someone sent me this interview Massage magazine did with me in 2016 on How to Think Creatively. I hadn't posted it before since it used only be available to subscribers of their magazine, but is now public. The full article... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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My short reflection on, and homage to, the Creative Source - the creative, life-giving, mysterious, generative source within us that gives birth to all things creative and emergent... filled with new potential, dreams, directions, expressions and creations (posted originally in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
Creativity, Frameworks, and New Possibilities: Two FREE Online Aspirational Events this Month Exploring a Generative "What's Next" I'm delighted to be one of the speakers in both these online events focused on a more hopeful, positive, creative future! With the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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Anyone who takes creative risks as a facilitator of creative process can relate to getting mixed feedback (not all glowing) at some points. It's part of the process of experimenting with new things. A few thoughts on being with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
Love everything you said, Chris. Thanks you! Yes, we are more risk adverse these days. It is my deep hope that seeing through the lens of discovery is one of the ways to help make taking smaller steps, or smaller risks, easier during these challenging times. I'm feeling more urgency than ever with doing that, and supporting others in doing that, so we can all contribute to a more life-giving future. Great to hear form you! Hope all is well.
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Because it is central to my work, I’m constantly learning and reminded - and in awe of - how what we see as a ”miracle" on one level (i.e., fulfilled intentions in the most unexpected, completely unpredictable ways) is just... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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9-week Immersion Program! CREATING WITH PURPOSE: New Foundations for Creating and Producing What's Next in an Uncertain World Using Whole-Brain, Whole-Self Creativity 9-Week Immersion Deep-dive into Creating from the Inside-Out With Meaning, Purpose, and Heart for Tangible, Applicable Outcomes to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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We are all needed to create more hospitable, loving, humane world. And, we are not all designed to contribute in the same way. We each have a unique set of gifts, skills, talents, drives, understandings, learnings, and experiences that combine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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This is a prismacolor pencil drawing I did a few year's ago for my Emergence Series, called “Emergent Potential” - the fertile place filled with potential waiting to be created forth. It's the place within us I work most with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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When we are in uncertainty, we often first seek to go to the familiar...which is often the left-brain dominant way of analyzing and making sense of things. I see that all the time in my work. This poster speaks to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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Been getting back into drawing and panting lately after 6 years. In revisiting, I found some prismacolor drawings I made many years ago that I never posted. This one come from an Emergence series...it's called "Taking Form." It's healing to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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We each have a unique part in contributing to a more life-giving, generative, humane, loving, world. Many people are in a freeze response - not knowing what to do or how to serve. For many people, that knowing is an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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90-minute creative, highly experiential, virtual workshop on Zoom. (No PPT or lecture.) Moving forward - creating and producing with purpose - in volatile times while in a huge level of unknown and uncertainty. Diving into 4 Mind & Heart Opening... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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Nature shows us how the creative process works...with the right conditions and nurturing our seed ideas and impulses can bear juicy fruit. Now more than ever, we need to seed life-giving ideas - not fear-based ones - for a more... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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Abstract to concrete. This is a painting I did on a large mirror a few years ago. The focus was goals for the new year. I first painted the painting (abstract “right brain”) then starting writing out the goals (concrete... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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Business buzz words can inhibit the creative process. Getting under the word into story and meaning liberates it. This came up again this morning in a coaching session around marketing with one of my prolific clients who is a coach... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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I run a group on Facebook Applied Creativity Network (open to anyone if you'd like to join) where someone asked, "What's next? How is the world going to be with this coronavirus? How are the remaining people going to relate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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I hope you are staying safe, and taking the precautions you need for yourselves, your families, and your community to stay safe, healthy, and functioning. We're all in an unprecedented unknown together - a high-stakes global improv scene. People are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown
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Picture from last Sunday's hike at Bearfence Rock Scramble in the Blue Ridge Mountains Trying to take on the healing of the world is a daunting task, which can leave people feeling hopeless. Focusing instead on on what’s ours to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2020 at The Fertile Unknown