I wrote this post almost exactly a year back. But along the way I forgot my commitment to the Morning Pages and to the invitation I had given you, dear readers to Write Your Heart Out With the Artist’ Way. I’m happy to report I’ve restarted my Morning Pages practice and invite you to journey along with me once again, this year. I’m not changing anything about the post. I’m even extending the linky, in case you want to add a post.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart – William Wordsworth
This year, I’m recommitting to following The Artist’s Way and I thought I’d invite you along on my journey. For the next 14 weeks, I’ll be sharing thoughts, ideas and experiences from the book and my personal experience, every Thursday.
It would we wonderful if you got your own copy of the book and we journeyed together.
Write Your Heart Out With The Artist’s Way
What is The Artist’s Way?
The Artist’s Way is a course that guides you through the process of rediscovering your creative self. It dispels the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist.
I have found that using the tools of The Artist’s Way has helped me not only to become more creative but to become more sure of who I am.
This week, we’ll be looking at the basic principles, the basic tools and the creativity contract that are an integral part of the artist’s way.
The Basic Principles (download a printable copy here)
1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy; pure creative energy.
2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.
3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
5. Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.
6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle, but powerful changes are to be expected.
9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.
The Basic Tools
Morning pages are three pages of writing (long hand) anything that comes to your head. Julia Cameron suggests that you make Morning Pages a practice that you keep every day while you are working through The Artist’s Way, and hopefully, beyond.
The Artist Date is a commitment to spend time with yourself once a week. It is a date with your inner artist, or your inner-child.
I have found that both these tools helped me to go deeper into myself and to acknowledge parts of myself and my life experiences that I had buried deep. Despite how hard this can be at times, it is totally worth the effort.
The Creativity Contract
At the start of the course, you are encouraged to make a contract with yourself. I’m making my Creativity Contract public today. You can download a blank contract here and fill it up for yourself.
I, Corinne , understand that I am undertaking an intensive, guided encounter with my own creativity. I commit myself to the twelve-week duration of the course. I, Corinne, commit to weekly reading, daily morning pages, a weekly artist date, and the fulfillment of each week’s tasks.
I, Corinne, further understand that this course will raise issues and emotions for me to deal with. I, Corinne, commit myself to excellent self-care–adequate sleep, diet, exercise and pampering–for the duration of the course.
7th January 2016
Next Thursday, I’ll be talking about Week 1 of the course – Recovering A Sense of Safety.
Would you like to join me on this journey? Let me know in the comments or via the contact form.
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This week’s prompts are :
- What according to you would be good reasons to break off a relationship?
- 7 signs that it’s time for you to find a new job.
- Your thoughts on this quote: The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself. ~Rita Mae Brown
- Let this picture inspire you to write a story or a poem.
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