I want to tell you about . . .

this new class I am taking.  It’s not actually a new class, been around for years, like early ’90’s maybe.  It’s completely laid out in a book called The Artist’s Way ( A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity), by Julia Cameron.  I first came across a mention of it early on when I began reading books by psychic Sonia Choquette.  I guess I made a mental note at the time, but it did not call to me then.

Now it has called because it is being offered by a new group I have begun working with here in Richardson.  There are twelve of us taking it and we are now in the middle of Week 1.  The book introduces itself with these two statements:  Art is a spiritual transaction and Artists are visionaries.  Here is another one:  There is a creative energy that wants to express itself through you.  Well, I am a little intrigued.  I want to know more.

As a side note, I should say this:  I have no clear idea of what I want to create in my life at this time, within days of my  75th birthday.  I do have some ideas of what I don’t want to create, but that provides only limited help.  This class appears to offer some tools for getting way down inside yourself and figuring it out.  My questions are these:  What do I want? and How do I create it?

As I said, we’re in Week 1 now and this chapter reveals that your enemy may be your negative core beliefs, but you can find some good weaponry in positive affirmations.  It then supplies a big selection (20!) of such affirmations from which to choose.  I immediately like As I create and listen, I will be led and I am willing to be of service through my creativity and There is a divine plan of goodness for my work.

But right now I have no idea how to define my creativity.  I don’t think I am an artist who paints or draws or sculpts or does any of the things we usually think of as art.  I am some other kind of artist.  But WHAT IS MY ART?!

The class is structured for twelve weeks and we are meeting every Saturday for two hours to discuss our experiences and progress.  Every one of us has signed a contract of commitment with ourselves that we will do our damnedest every week to meet the requirements of the course.  And those requirements are not Mickey Mouse stuff, believe me.  Let me elaborate:

TASKS that I have chosen for this week are:

1. MORNING PAGES:  Every morning get up early and write 3 pages of longhand stream-of-consciousness morning writing.  Do not reread these pages or allow anyone else to read them. (“Welcome to morning pages.  They will change you.”)

2. ARTIST’S DATE:  Take yourself on an artist’s date.  You will do this every week for the duration of the course.  Take ONLY yourself.

3.  Take your artist self for a walk, the two of you.  A brisk twenty-minute walk can dramatically alter consciousness.

The other tasks to choose from all seem to deal with discovering the negatives of your past experiences that are hindering your growth and confidence now, like write a letter to someone who hurt or angered you in the past and tell them off.  I haven’t yet been able to feel angry about anything.  I think by this time I’ve pretty much worked out my stuff, but we’ll see what develops as we go along.  During each class we will do a “check-in” to report our activities (and insights?) of the previous week.

Already I am absolutely cursing those MORNING PAGES.  The idea is to download all of your garbage and clear yourself for the day at hand.  Yes, I like the concept.  I even understand the usefulness.  Writing in the unstructured stream-of-consciousness style sounds like a good way to find out surprising thoughts and feelings you didn’t know you had.  I want to do it but I hate doing it.  EVERY MORNING WITHOUT FAIL.  You must use a full-size notebook with narrow lines, THREE DAMNED PAGES.

We were instructed that if “I hate this sh*t” is the best we can do, that’s fine, just be sure to write the three whole pages of it.

So I’ve done morning pages every morning, and maybe I’ve found some surprises and maybe I haven’t.  I know that it consistently takes me exactly 45 minutes to cover the pages with small writing.  Once I put the pen to paper the words flow without hesitation or thought.  I have shut off the part of me that requires perfect construction and I don’t rewrite or correct anything.  That’s pretty big for me right there!

So, I am hoping for the best with this new adventure and will undoubtedly update you along the way.




Print Friendly

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 3:10 pm and is filed under Things to Think About. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

3 Responses to “I want to tell you about . . .”

  1. Anne on January 9th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Keep me. Posted.

  2. Martha Bailey on January 10th, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I read through that book several years ago. I liked it and it did provide some insights to a different way of improving my spiritual path. I am not as disciplined as you so did not do the writing….but it is a good book.

  3. nelda on September 26th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Interesting approach to finding your artist within. Nel