WEEK TWO – RECOVERING A SENSE OF IDENTITY

QUICK NOTE: In respect and honor of Julia Cameron’s work, I will not be providing a full report or deep dive into the text. I’ll be sharing a light summary and one or two of the week’s activity list. To hear my thoughts and insights, listen to the pod!

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LIMITS

The desire to be worldly, sophisticated, and smart often blocks our flow. We have ideas and opinions about where our good should come from.

Julia Cameron navigates us through the understanding of what it is to have limiting beliefs. A part of ourselves enlightens and brightens at the thought of us living within our creativity and accomplishing our dreams. The other part of ourselves listens to what we say and then mocks us for thinking it’s possible. We tell ourselves that we are meant to live quiet lives and should be content with where we are at.

The power within Source is un-measurable. It is limitless and can come through in any way, we just need to be receptive to it. Which is why tapping into co-creation is so important when we want to engage in a creative life. Getting clear on our visions and our ability to have what we desire is the thing to focus on. And we must, above all else, believe it to be possible.

Often, what gets in our way as recovering artists is believing that there isn’t enough room for us – that the world has all of the artists it can possibly manage and that no one will want to hear from someone new. If Source is limitless, then abundance is accessible to everyone. There is no scarcity. There is room for us all.

Julia believes firmly that creativity is a spiritual issue. And tuning into that level of spirit, holding that faith, is what allows us to move forward in any way. To continue to nurture our faith and move through it, a practice she offers is asking at night for answers to anything you need guidance on. When you return to your morning pages when you wake up, be open to what comes through.

FINDING THE RIVER

By holding lightly to an attitude of gentle exploration, we can begin to lean into creative expansion.

Within the last four weeks, we have built on a budding hope for us to move through our creative limitations and continue onward with living a creative life. Building that hope has been absolutely key. It gives us strength in facing our truth, as well as sharing it with others. And it also creates space for us to depend on our spiritual selves.

The morning pages have allowed us to let go of our shadows and embrace the true possibilities of our lives. Julia compares this to the flow of a river. We need a sense of movement for change in our lives to occur. Being dependent on the creator within will provide you with greater freedom than any other you have experienced – because you are only depending on yourself and what you see for your life.

Having a positive attitude allows trust to enter our lives and be a gateway to new experiences and opportunities. We’ll move away from desperateness and move towards gentle compassion, giving ourselves the space to embrace whatever we desire.

When we become internally clear about not just what we want, but what it is that makes us who we are, our trust and our faith allows Source to open many a door and lead us to our aligned path.

THE VIRTUE TRAP

Many recovering creatives sabotage themselves most frequently by making nice. There is a tremendous cost to such ersatz virtue.

When we desire something so intently, we often force ourselves to show up insistently. We don’t take any air, we just force things to be. It’s important, in any level of your artistry, to take time for yourself and withdraw from your craft. If we don’t take time to nurture our whole selves and give our artist brain a break, anger, resentment, or frustration may occur when practicing your creativity.

What happens is we make unreasonable demands out of ourselves. We engage in our art without compassion, understanding, or patience. We tell ourselves that it must occur now in the biggest, brightest way possible. We are sabotaging ourselves.

Julia calls this the virtue trap – where we are overly consumed with our good standing in the creative world, or our virtue, and we don’t tune into the craft itself and what we need in order to create. We will tell ourselves that our ability to keep moving forward even when we are deprived is our virtue and what makes us valuable amongst all the other artists out there.

When we think in such terms, what we are truly entering is a trap and we have boxed ourselves in from our true possibility. And then, unable to handle the pressure, our creative side doesn’t want to come out. It will hide and stay at bay until it has been nurtured and believes it is safe from unrealistic demands.

To move away from this, we simply want to listen to our true needs, withdraw, and give ourselves compassion when picking up our craft. You’ll see a much greater difference in the way your art channels through you.

TASKS

  1. Make a list of 10 ways you are mean to yourself. Be explicit, honest, and vulnerable. Only through such an approach will you be able to break through your shadows.
  2. Explore what your payoff is for being blocked. What is it that you get to do by not tapping into your creative side? What do you achieve by not using your artist brain? And is it worthwhile?

And with that my friend, is the end of week one. Thank you so much for joining us and we can’t wait til next week!

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No pressure, friends! After all, we’re trying to be better.