A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Prepare for a long read and if I encourage you to read this book, then prepare for a long commitment. This book is a 12-week course to unleash your creativity and unstuck you from your creative prison. But let’s start from the beginning.
It’s the first month into corona quarantine, and I’m doing everything I can to stay sane, positive and busy. Learning new skills, reading more book, when Barbs brought this book, and from then on, everything changed. I had to print and sign an artificial contract with myself to do this course and not stop for the following 12 weeks. And I can tell you, it wasn’t always easy. You have to do it for yourself. I personally didn’t feel really stuck in my creativity, but I sensed I could go higher and what this book will make you go through, how deep into your own insecurities and own issues, that will change you forever for better. One thing is to read a spiritual book and take notes or try to change some of your habits and behaviours, another thing is to put the work in, your time, your energy, your feeling and emotions, your whole life on the table and deal with it. This book is brilliant.
I don’t want to spoil it for your so I’m just gonna share some of the profound exercises that stuck with me and some that are mandatory to prepare you for this journey. First, you will start journaling or as Julia calls it, Morning Pages. If you are like me, who never ever had one, it might be tough, even if you were, writing 3 longhand pages every morning might get you frustrated on someday, but I guarantee you, it will reveal so much more than you are aware of. The thing will be coming back and appearing on your pages over and over again until you start acting upon it. There is so much in your morning thoughts that can show you your inside issues and pleasures. Second, you begin to take yourself on a date, yes and Artist Date. You will allow yourself to go to your favourite cafe, see your favourite artist perform, go for a walk or hike or on a bike, just do whatever your love so much and what your inner artist loves so much. You will dedicate a day for him or her, and you make him happy. It doesn’t have to cost money, the most important is the time and attention your give to your inner artist.
These two exercises alone transformed my daily routines and me that I don’t want to stop doing it. I kept writing my morning pages even when I finished the book, and I love it. And the same goes for the artist date.
In the course of a 12 weeks, you will go through topics like Safety, Identity, Power, Integrity, Possibility, Abundance, Connection, Strenght, Compassion, Self-Protection, Autonomy and Faith. Every week you will face new challenges, and you will overcome them if you are willing to put the work in. You will find who blocked you in your childhood or even who is blocking, you know. Who is supporting you and believe in you and who doesn’t. You might find out that it was you who didn’t believe in yourself in the first place. You will face the pay.offs of being stuck and find out why you are not moving and progressing, why you are not free, and why is the comfort zone so tricky and fake.
There is so much I would love to share with you, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. I want you to experience it, and the only way to do it is to commit. If you need encouragement, write to me, and I give you all that you need. This book changed my life, and now I’m encouraging you to take the step into the unknown to improve yours.
“Judging your early artistic efforts is artist abuse. This happens in any number of ways: beginning work is measured against the masterworks of other artists; beginning work is exposed to premature criticism, shown to overly critical friends.”
“Progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves.”
“At the heart of the anorexia of artistic avoidance is the denial of process. We like to focus on having learned a skill or on having made an artwork. This attention to final form ignores the fact that creativity lies not in the done but in doing. “I am writing a screenplay” is infinitely more interesting to the soul than “I have written a screenplay,” which pleases the ego. “I am in an acting class” is infinitely more interesting than “I took an acting class a few years ago.””
“When I make this point in teaching, I am met by instant, defensive hostility: “But do you know how old I will be by the time I learn to really play the piano/act/paint/write a decent play?” Yes … the same age you will be if you don’t. So let’s start.”
“We say we are scared by failure, but what frightens us more is the possibility of success.”
“As we lose our vagueness about our self, our values, our life situation, we become available to the moment. It is there, in the particular, that we contact the creative self. Until we experience the freedom of solitude, we cannot connect authentically. We may be enmeshed, but we are not encountered. Art lies in the moment of encounter: we meet our truth and we meet ourselves; we meet ourselves and we meet our self-expression. We become original because we become something specific: an origin from which work flows.”
“The morning pages are the primary tool of creative recovery. As blocked artists, we tend to criticize ourselves mercilessly. Even if we look like functioning artists to the world, we feel we never do enough and what we do isn’t right. We are victims of our own internalized perfectionist, a nasty internal and eternal critic, the Censor, who resides in our (left) brain and keeps up a constant stream of subversive remarks that are often disguised as the truth.”
“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON”
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. EDDIE CANTOR
“A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. ALBERT SZENT-GYORGYI”
“Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor. PAUL HAWKEN”