I’ve been sharing with you about The Artist’s Way and inviting you along on the journey. This too like the previous posts is a repost from last year.
So far we’ve covered –
- Introduction to The Artist’s Way
- Recovering A Sense of Safety – Week 1
- Recovering A Sense of Identity – Week 2
And then I took a long break…a really long break, until I announced that I’m getting back to The Artist’s Way. On to Week 3 now.
Recovering A Sense of Power
Week 3 is hard. This is when you want to give it all up. Why?
You’ll find as you dig deeper within, anger starts bubbling up to the surface. As Gloria Steinem said: The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. In your quest to look into yourself, you’ll find anger that you can’t explain, don’t know how to deal with and don’t want to have anything to do with.
Since outbursts and other forms of violence are frowned upon, most of us bottle up our anger, bury it and hope it will die. We need to remember that anger is not an action. It is an emotion. An emotion that needs to be acted upon.
We must not disown our anger, but instead use it as a fuel to take the right action for protect and nurture ourselves.
When I was doing Week 3, I felt a lot of anger too. My first reaction was to try and wish it away. Instead I worked hard at sitting with it and letting it tell me things about myself and my past. I allowed my anger to show me how I had allowed certain individuals and events to have a hold over me. I continued to give these people power over my life and as a result continued to bottle up my anger. Owning my feelings, taking back my power and divorcing myself from drama resulted in a lot more harmony and creativity and much more energy.
Let’s look at anger as an invitation to action.
Week 1 and Week 2 of The Artist’s Way warn us that we might have become too comfortable and value our sense of safety so much, that we allow our dreams to pass us by.
But what if your biggest dream suddenly had the possiblity of becoming true? Would you it excite you or scare you?
This week you are invited to live in possiblity. To open yourself out to synchronicity.
The term synchronicity was coined by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (1875-1961).Jung’s concept of synchronicity is complicated and poorly defined, but can be boiled down to describing “meaningful coincidences.” Start believing that it’s possible for your biggest dream to come true and open yourself out to the invitations that the Universe will send your way.
Goethe has this to say about our efforts being assisted by Providence:
Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.
Exercises for this week:
1. Inner Compass: Each of us has an inner compass. This is an instinct that points us toward health. It warns us when we are on dangerous ground, and it tells us when something is safe and good for us. Morning pages are one way to contact it. So are some other artist-brain activities — painting, driving, walking, scrubbing, running. This week, take an hour to follow your inner compass by doing an artist-brain activity and listening to what insights bubble up.
2. List five people you admire. Now, list five people you secretly admire. What traits do these people have that you can cultivate further in yourself?
List five people you wish you had met who are dead. Now, list five people who are dead whom you’d like to hang out with for a while in eternity. What traits do you find in these people that you can look for in your friends?
Compare the two sets of lists. Take a look at what you really like and really admire — and a look at what you think you should like and admire. Your shoulds might tell you to admire Edison while your heart belongs to Houdini. Go with the Houdini side of you for a while.
Keep writing your heart out.
Write Your Heart Out #wyho is weekly feature that appears every Thursday. It used to have a linky – not any more. This is an invitation to keep going with The Artist’s Way and an encouragement to keep writing.