I'm currently working The Artist's Way for the third time in ten years. I hope now to complete the twelve week course, having had this SG 365 project as practice and another form of discipline. I'm on week two of writing my daily pages, doing the tasks and taking my inner artist on Artist Dates.
It's another way to grow and nurture myself, though I have found it to "stir" some things up. Some of it good, some stuff I'd rather forget. But then the other alternative is quitting for the third time, finding the payoff in not achieving or creating more comfortable and safe, painfully watching others produce while I sit back and admire (or judge) their art rather than doing the work myself.
Luckily, Julia is familiar with this flood of emotions and week two is called, "Going Sane," though after week one, you may feel like you are going crazy. She is also covering who we need to surround ourselves with and how to recognize the people in our lives whom aren't supportive, making me even more grateful for everyone that supports me here. <3
Some examples of what Julia Cameron covers:
- Protect the artist child within
- Acknowledge that you are an artist
- Lose the fear of being wrong
- Don't judge yourself, allow yourself to make mistakes
- Go slow -- it isn't a competition, and there's no deadline
- Affirmations: "I am a billiant & prolific __________."
- Blurts - subconscious negative responses -- turn them into positive affirmations
- Also - creative affirmations, i.e., "I am a channel for God's creativity, and my work comes to good," etc. (even agnostics can work this process)