I am now officially halfway through The Artist’s Way and twice as far as I’ve ever made it before. That in and of itself is an accomplishment, but it’s beginning to feel likely that I will complete it this time.
- Week 6 Theme: “Recovering a Sense of Abundance.” This chapter asks us to tackle our beliefs about money and its connection (or lack thereof) to art. Artists of all stripes tend to convince themselves that it is not possible to make money by making art, or even worse, that money corrupts art. Clinging to these beliefs limits the ability for all kinds of abundance to enter our lives because we somehow feel unworthy, or that the art is not worthy.
- Morning Pages: I did the morning pages every day except the day Katie Davis and I recorded the Brain Burps podcast. I got out of bed that day charged up and ready to go. What’s interesting now is that I’ll realize I missed later in the day and then everything feels “off” somehow. I guess that’s what happens when a practice becomes a habit.
- Artist Date: I had two full days at our Breckenridge ski rental to myself. I spent most of the time dreaming about and planning not only 2012 but the years beyond. Then I made a tactical plan to support the goals and dreams. The time I wasn’t working was spent walking the dog with the views of mountains all around or soaking in the tub with a book. So yes, I’d say it was one heck of an Artist Date!
Any “Aha” Moments?
- Because money and abundance is such a charged topic, I actually thought this chapter gave it short shrift. It dealt mostly with the ways in which we can be miserly with ourselves, suggesting we allow more luxuries, however small, into our lives. One thing I did was buy myself fresh flowers. I love the sight and smell of flowers in the house, but I almost never buy them because it seems like such a frivolous use of funds. I’ve decided that I’ll buy them once a month from now on. I didn’t notice any additional flow of prosperity into my life as a result of allowing myself that luxury, but maybe over time… 😉
- One thing I realized is that I have to confront my overall fear of numbers. I’ve been living in avoidance of them for so long because I consistently tell myself I’m no good with them. Can’t do that if you want to run a business and make money. My most common recurring nightmare is that I have a math exam of some sort coming up and I haven’t attended any of the classes so I know nothing and have no way to pass. Maybe if I believe I can learn to manage numbers (and actually take steps to learn), I will one day have a dream where I pass that exam!
- Overall, I do believe that doing what you love leads to abundance of all kinds, that there is enough money to go around and that creating art is a worthy livelihood. I don’t feel deprived in any way. I’ve always had everything I needed and most the time what I’ve wanted. I want money to support my family, yes, but I view luxury as experiences – travel, classes, dining, recreation, etc., rather than things. I view money as the means to have those experiences and the freedom to choose how to live my life. If there is one word I associate most with money, it is freedom.
A few favorite quotes from the Week 6 chapter:
“Most of us harbor a secret belief that work has to be work and not play, and that anything we really want to do–like write, act, dance–must be considered frivolous and be placed a distant second.”
“When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”
“Because art is born in expansion, in a belief in sufficient supply, it is critical that we pamper ourselves for the sense of abundance it brings to us.”
What are your beliefs about money, art, and doing what you love to do?