Another late Artist’s Way check-in due to the blackout yesterday, but it was for a good cause. Now here it is.
I enjoyed this chapter, and I wish I’d had more time to work on some of the journaling exercises. I’m going to bleed some of them into week eight.
- Week 7 Theme: “Recovering a Sense of Connection.” This chapter is about connecting to your dreams and working on receiving as well as doing. There is a focus on excavating areas of creative interest, dropping perfectionism and taking risks.
- Morning Pages: Yup – every day. They felt boring to me this week. Mostly I ended up writing to-do lists in the pages, but I suppose that freed my mind for more creative pursuits later in the day.
- Artist Date: One of this week’s tasks was to get a stack of magazines and cut out images that appeal to you or reflect your life or interests. They could be related to the past, present, or future. Since I’ve been wanting to create a “vision” board, I used my artist date to sit down with my magazines and focus on images related to what I want my future to look like.
Any “Aha” Moments?
- It was WAY more difficult to cut out those images than I thought it would be. In the end, I was left with very few and my foam board is still bare. First of all, I am a verbal, rather than a visual person, so using pictures of any kind feels strange to me when doing “blue sky” work like this. Perhaps I should have gotten a smaller board so it wouldn’t be so daunting – LOL. I thought it would be fun, but I found it kind of stressful instead. Do I really want to do that, go there, meet him/her? Or I’d think, “Oh I couldn’t possibly cut that out. I’ll never do that, go there, meet him/her. But, I’m not going to give up on it! It’s just going to be a work in progress, and I’ll keep you posted.
- I had a LOT of ideas this week. My skin is practically tingling with creative energy. It’s all very exciting, but now I have to find the time and the discipline to actually make something of these ideas.
- I was offered (and accepted) a fantastic and exciting opportunity (details coming soon). I can’t help but wonder if these ideas and opportunities are coming as a result of whatever “opening” is happening within myself from doing The Artist’s Way. *Cue mysterious music*
A few favorite quotes from the Week 7 chapter:
“Expect the universe to support your dream. It will.”
“Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough...”
“We’ve all heard that the unexamined life is not worth living, but consider too that the unlived life is not worth examining. The success of a creative recovery hinges on our ability to move out of the head and into action. This brings us squarely to risk.”
“There is something enlivening about expanding our self-definition, and a risk does exactly that. Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges. Viewed this way, running a marathon increases your chances of writing a full-length play. Writing a full-length play gives you a leg up on a marathon.”
What creative risks have you taken lately?Creativity, The Artist's Way, Writing · Tags: Creativity, Julia Cameron, Julie Hedlund, The Artist's Way, Writer, Writing