“Pray to catch the bus, then run as fast as you can.”
~ Julia Cameron
A few weeks ago I pulled out the book The Artist’s Way – A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. I know many of you are familiar with this book, and may have even completed the 12 week program. 10 years ago, I received the book as a gift from my friend Mireille. I remember she asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and at the time I read such good reviews about this book that I mentioned it. Looking at the notes I jotted down in pencil on the sides of the pages, I am sure I got through most of the program. Yet, as I often did in those days (quit) there is no proof that I ever finished it.
Just recently, in a Facebook group I am in, my friend Leslee stated that she too had pulled The Artist’s Way out and felt the urge to do the weekly work, as she tried many times, but to no avail! So as we both embark on this creative journey together, I have decided to dedicate Tuesdays to write about my experiences and sometimes share some creative writing etc..
Part of this creative process is to help “stop the fear” which blocks creativity by doing weekly tasks, writing morning pages: or as I call it, “emptying my head of junk”, and weekly artist dates. The artist dates can consist of seeing a play, spending time at the beach with markers and sketchpad, writing in a park, visiting a museum, but with no kids, no friends, just me and me alone.
What immediately struck me this week is the amount of synchronicity I am experiencing as soon as I decided to start this adventure with Leslee and Julia C, for example, this week, Jennifer Shelton, over at FemCentral is talking about muses. In the introduction Julia describes her muse:
“I learned to turn my creativity over to the only God I believe in, the God of creativity, the life force Dylan Thomas called “the force that through the green fuse drives the flower”. I learned to get out of the way and let that creative force work through me. I learned to just show up at the page and write down what I heard. Writing became more like eavesdropping and less like inventing a nuclear bomb. I wasn’t so tricky, and it didn’t blow up on me anymore…”
This past year, I’ve been called to create more than ever. I am writing more, drawing more and have taken up amateur photography, specializing in close up work. All this, I’ve discovered, has allowed me to spread my wings, and feel more “me” for a lack of a better word. I feel extremely free when I create, it expands my world, and I no longer feel trapped in this place where I felt I needed to conform, despite my long-term relationship with non conformity.
So, I hope you will join me every Tuesday, as I “log into” the creative child in me, and prove to myself once and for all:
- Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
- There is an underlying, indwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.
- We are ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
- As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
- Our creative dreams and yearning come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.
Basic Principles, The Artist Way p. 3
One of the tasks this week is:
“If you had five other imaginary lives to lead, what would you do in each of them?” I chose:
Nature photographer for National Geographic
Children’s book writer and illustrator
“Penelope” from Criminal Minds, I would be like a super computer geek finding criminals!
So my friends, 10 years later, I am about to embark on a journey (which I think I have already began) which I feel, will allow me to express more who I am through writing, drawing and photography.
Are you with me?
I am.. if anyone else wants to join in our trip through The Artist Way land, feel free to let me know, and we can exchange our progress every Sunday.
I have a big announcement to make next week, and there are giveaways involved! So stay tuned.
Love and Light
- Cultivate the Creative Energy Force (connect2consciousness.wordpress.com)
- Finding Creativity in Nature’s Details (bestisyettocome.wordpress.com)
- Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, suggests… (wholelisticjournaling.wordpress.com)
- Trying out My Artist’s Way Toolkit (mashadutoit.wordpress.com)