The Art of Re*Membering

Hello friends! Ayla here, once again reflecting on the art of crealitation and the role it has played in my process this summer at Camp Now Productions.

Cassidy A. Maze’s invention crealitation, focuses on the art of creating your own reality by remembering the future as you wish to see it through a three-step process: Think It, Write It, Do It, in order to bring your vision to life. I reflected on this topic a little over a month ago, sharing my understanding of crealitation as a way of being, and waited to discover its effects on my work here at Camp Now as the company’s Events, Promotions, and Campaign Assistant, especially in putting on our main event, the Creality Market and Musical Tent Show.

Chris Wedd, our IT Intern, and I making preparations during the week of the Creality Market and Musical Tent Show. 

Chris Wedd, our IT Intern, and I making preparations during the week of the Creality Market and Musical Tent Show. 

About a week ago, on the day of the tent show, I truly began my own crealitation journey. After voluntarily working a hectic fourteen hour day, I got in my car and started home, exhausted. I popped my new Big Takeover CD into my Subaru’s 2008 stereo system, the reggae beat pushing me forward towards a shower and bed.

Then, I suddenly remembered something I heard Maze tell her daughter Louise about a month beforehand, on our way to our first weekly New Lebanon Farmers Market. Sitting in the bus, Maze to my left and Louise to my right, Maze decidedly said, “Let’s play the remembering game,” an exercise that she and Louise appeared to practice regularly. Maze closed her eyes and elaborated, “What are you feeling right now? What do you hear? What smells can you smell?” Returned to the present, I took a deep breath and heard Maze’s voice: What do you feel? Hear? Smell? A wave of accomplishment and exhaustion washed over me and I happily reveled in the crew’s accomplishments.

After sharing my experience with Maze, I discovered that I never fully finished the game. She explained to me that remembering the present is just the first step in the larger goal of crealitation: remembering the future. While it is important to be grateful for the present, it is equally important to balance the future and the past. This feeds into the three-step crealitation process. First, it is important to remember the present by giving thanks with all six senses. Second, remember the past. To quote Maze, “Painful memories are useful too because they allow you to learn how to give thanks for the lessons and grow and let go of noise around hurt.” Lastly, you must give thanks for the future--any date in the future--using all six senses to remember it as if it already happened. Once you remember your future, it is time to bring it life through the three steps: Think It. Write It. Do It.

When we refer to Maze’s method of remembering, we speak of “creating your own reality.” But what does this really mean? In my eyes, “creating your own reality” is a way to find yourself in a time when you may feel lost. Whether this feeling stems from a major life change, past trauma, or some other factor, crealitation is a meditation by which to ground yourself.

Reflecting on the Camp Now Crew’s crealitation process helped me to better understand both the strengths and weaknesses that our crew faced in crealitating the tent show. Some of our weaknesses: we sold less tickets and received less guests than we hoped for, our food vendor cancelled at the very last moment, making me so busy that I completely forgot to prepare coffee, and I had to make countless other decisions on the fly, hoping that they were the right ones. But we also had many strengths: we began to brand our name, spread the understanding of crealitation, peak the interest of many potential crealitation fans, got solid experience organizing our show, and the level of enthusiasm surrounding the tent show was enormous.

Market Manager Wanda Halten, Roger Boutard, and I working the ticket station at the Creality Market and Musical Tent Show on July 24, 2016.

Market Manager Wanda Halten, Roger Boutard, and I working the ticket station at the Creality Market and Musical Tent Show on July 24, 2016.

These reflections taught me the importance of following through on the crealitation process. We encountered challenges from the beginning because we did not successfully remember our future as an entire crew. We did Think It, Write It, Do It, but not under the same vision. This caused us, as a crew, to have different understandings of what needed to be done and what our priorities as a team were. Through our successes and failures, we learned the importance of creating one unified goal and we still were able to help the Legendary G.E. Fox bring the Happy Story to life, and successfully launch the many puzzle pieces of Crealitation, which I am proud to have been a part of. 

The Camp Now Crew posing in front of our 1972 Gillig bus, which acts as our Pop-Up Shop, on July 18, 2016.

The Camp Now Crew posing in front of our 1972 Gillig bus, which acts as our Pop-Up Shop, on July 18, 2016.

In my final week here, I am focusing on efficiency and handing off my role as Events, Promotions, and Campaign Assistant, as I will soon head off to my second year at Kalamazoo College. Moving forward, I will carry crealitation with me as I enter into a time filled with many decisions, and where creating my own reality is vital. To quote Maze, “the process is the point.” I am grateful for the process I have experienced here at Camp Now and I look forward to continuing to create my own reality, just as Legend has it.