The Artist's Way - Week 1

Discloser: I completed the Artist’s Way, week 1 for the first time in January 2017.

I have started The Artist's Way! It's a 12-week program by Julia Cameron about recovering your creative self. It covers 3 of my favorite things: creativity, spirituality, and healing! So I thought I would post something about each week.

If you'd like to follow along or join in, please do! You can buy the Artist's Way starter kit here. For a brief description of the program, click here.

Recovering a Sense of Safety

The first week of the program covers Shadow Artists (You know what you want to do but lack the courage to claim your birthright. You have a career near what you actually want to do - like an actor who becomes an actor's agent.) to core negative beliefs.

"You are not dumb, crazy, egomaniacal, grandiose, or silly just because you believe yourself to be." (Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way, pg. 31)

While I could easily recognize some main core negative beliefs of my own, finding their connection to my creative self was a little harder. I believe I have a good sense of self-worth so I thought I felt pretty safe in the creative world. But something from the reading assignment changed my mind:

"All too often, it is audacity and not talent that moves an artist to center stage." (pg. 33)

Sometimes when I come across certain artists who appear to be very successful, I think, "I can do that!" But I didn't. They did. I'm content gliding along just below my biggest dreams, looking into other things which still excite me but possibly won't fill my creative needs, possibly placing me in the role of a "Shadow Artist". Perhaps, I lack the audacity.

This reminds me of the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. She explains how ideas swirl around us looking for willing partners, but if you don't recognize it or don't take action, the idea will move on, looking for someone more willing.

Take action! Don't let ideas pass by. And don't let negative beliefs be a barrier between you and your artistic dreams.

"Brokenness is learned, not innate." - Geneen Roth

Grace Ryser