Looking for that perfect gift? While giving a sweater is nice and jewelry special, how about giving the gift of creative confidence to a friend (or yourself) this Christmas? Think for a minute: What would you do if you had a creative breakthrough? Imagine living free of fear, perfectionism, and regret.What would you do if you had a creative breakthrough? #emptynest #empowerednester Click To Tweet
Life doesn’t have to look the same next month or next year as it does right now. Julia Cameron shares time-tested keys to building creative confidence in her book, The Artist’s Way.
I’ve been creative for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t see myself as such until four years ago. I’d purchased The Artist’s Way as part of a recommended reading list several years prior and then put it on the shelf. One day the red, old-school hard cover popped out at me. I took it off the shelf and let it sit on my desk for another week or two. Eventually, I opened the cover, scanned the chapters, and read a few paragraphs. Nothing grabbed me. But the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let it go.
When I finally committed to reading it through, cover to cover, intentionally gleaning the lessons within, I realized the treasure I’d unwittingly left on the shelf all those years. I’d end up working my way through the 12 chapters (and my creative insecurities) four times in the next two and a half years – first on my own, and then leading small groups. It’s not an exaggeration to say I can mark specific change in my life with each chapter. A day rarely goes by that I don’t recall a truth gained in this simple but timeless study guide.
I’m not alone in my sentiments.
The Artist’s Way has been devoured and passed along by millions across the world since its first edition in 1992. After walking through her own creative unblocking, Cameron began sharing her principles and personal experience in 1978. Helping one friend turned into teaching another, then a small group, then a movement. Her goal: To train artists to get back on their feet after a creative injury.
Cameron’s first principle sums up the core of her training: “Art is a spiritual transaction.” She gently walks the reader through exercises and real-life examples to learn to tap into the Source of creativity Himself. Learning to play, to delight in life, to receive, to rest and believe are all parts of the process.Art is a spiritual transaction. #JuliaCameron #emptynest Click To Tweet
Two essential tools to clear blockage and build creative confidence.
First, Morning Pages consists of writing three pages, with pen on paper, every morning. This isn’t journaling as most would think, recounting the day or week before. No. Morning Pages is 20 minutes of stream-of-conscious writing. Whatever comes to mind, pour it out on paper. And if nothing comes to mind, write about that until it leads to the hidden answers underneath.
Second, weekly Artist Dates inspire and restock your creative pond. These appointments with yourself can cover a wide range of activities: going to a concert or gallery, spending an hour or two in a fabric or art supply store, listening to an album, or going for a walk. Inspiration, Cameron teaches, comes from taking time to see, hear, and embrace the details around you.
- Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety
- Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity
- Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power
- Week 4: Recovering a Sense of Integrity
- Week 5: Recovering a Sense of Possibility
- Week 6: Recovering a Sense of Abundance
- Week 7: Recovering a Sense of Connection
- Week 8: Recovering a Sense of Strength
- Week 9: Recovering a Sense of Compassion
- Week 10: Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection
- Week 11: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy
- Week 12: Recovering a Sense of Faith
The Artist’s Way: For anyone who carries an unfulfilled dream, wants to learn how to dream again, and desires to live more fully.