To my readers… sorry for the gap in posts. Personal issues needed to be dealt with.
This week in the Artist’s way is dedicated to recovering a sense of power. Through understanding Anger, shame, and fear we are able to guide our Artist’s to things that are important to our growth.
“Anger is meant to be listened to. Anger is a voice, a shout, a plea, a demand. Anger is meant to be respected. Why? because anger is a map. Anger shows us what our boundaries are. Anger shows us where we want to go. it lets us see where we’ve been and lets us know when, we haven’t liked it. Anger points the way, not just the finger. In the recovery of a blocked artist, anger is a sign of Health” ~ Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way, pg 73.
Anger is something that I personally have a difficult time with. I don’t like anger, because as a young child I was exposed to its raw extreme: rage. I vowed as a child to never be angry, to never turn into those who raged on around me. This chapter, this week in the way is bound to stir lose some of those things that I try not to think about.
So let’s raise a glass and share a toast. To going to those deep, dark, creepy places and rescuing the inner artist child! And to those moments of synchronicity that, if realized and accepted as such, allow us to continuing on our wandering path!
Ciao my loves,
“Remember, your artist is a child. Find and protect that child. Learning to let yourself create is like learning to walk. The artist child must begin by crawling. Baby steps will follow and there will be falls–yecchy first paintings, beginning films that will look like unedited home movies, first poems that would shame a greeting card.” ~ The Artist’s Way – pg 44
I’ve already discovered that the best of my creative abilities come from the remembrance of my inner child–the adventurous and curious child of my earlier youth– as my earlier post would indicate. Walking along this journey I have come to realize to realize that my inner child has suffered many blows and for a while was hiding in the corner of the creative crevice in my mind. I am taking steps to protect and love that child. I take her to empty rooms in my mind and let her explore. I treat her to long walks, and silent moments in nature. I let her play with my niece and nephew, allowing her imagination to take reign and revel in the laughter of the my niece and nephew’s laughter. I push her to be strong. I tell her continually how much I love her, reminding her how beautiful she really is.
We all have that inner child within us. It is the excitement we experience when we see a cool new toy that we wished we had growing up. It is the joy of coloring in a coloring book and the smell of crayons, even though we are “too” old to do so. When we hurt, when we are scared, our inner child is begging for relief, for security, for protection. It makes me wonder how many of us are truly in tuned with the inner child.
Children are naturally happy. Their imagination is their greatest asset in guarding them from the demons of the adult world. Children view the world with wonder. New toys, the rain, the first snowfall ignites a fire inside of them. Oh if only we could taste that snowflake on our tongues!
“My outer child is holding my inner-child hostage” ~Anonymous
So I ask you… are you holding your inner-child hostage? Or do you allow him or her to explore the world around them with wonder, magic, and love?
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. ~ Ayn Rand
I am taking the first step. I have a vision, a dream that I must chase, catch up to, and run along with. Every week you can expect new material. Different assignments given to me from the Artist’s Way. Journey with me?
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Today’s Assignment is a prompt. A thank you letter to someone who has helped you along your creative way. Let me know what you think of my choice!
Hope you enjoy!
So sorry for the delay in my posts. I have had a little bit of a set back in the world of creativity and my ever too fast mind. My book is coming along. I’ve finished the draft for my prologue. I started the first chapter, and have developed a new narration style that I think will really take the story places! I am excited. Contrary to my norm, I’m actually confident that a masterpiece will be born 🙂
In the meantime, I decided I wanted to change-up my blog a little. I want to make it that I post daily, and to do so I need incentive, or at least something that will keep me up to date. I’ve decided to go back to the first chapter of The Artist’s way, by Julia Cameron. The book is a wonderful and a means to unleash the inner creative soul. Each day I will take part in a writing assignment and post it. I’ll use this blog to track my process.
Wandering the way, journeying the Artist’s way. 🙂
I feel good and in a better state of mind.
Wish me luck!