WEEK SIX – RECOVERING A SENSE OF ABUNDANCE

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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THE GREAT CREATOR

We want a God that feels like a fat paycheck and a license to spend as we please. Listening to the siren song of more, we are deaf to the still small voice waiting in our soul to whisper, “You’re enough.”

Trusting the Great Creator is a journey in itself. Especially when it comes to money. We declare that we want following our art to be easy and painless, with the flow of money being effortless. Yet, we tell ourselves that the Great Creator has nothing to do with this. We negate their help because our limiting beliefs tell us it’s not possible. And that raises the difficulty level immensely.

These thoughts are parallel to the ones we’ve discussed before about facing our fears that “no one is going to pay me to be more creative.” We tell ourselves that we have to dive into great, tribulating work in order to be paid, but never that we can allow payment to enter when we are at play. It’s truly a closed-minded, harmful approach.

Source’s will and our will are not at opposite sides of the table. Source is not a stern parent waiting to punish us for exploring the wrong thing. And so when something does come easy to us – a chapter, a painting, a movement – we believe it is some sort of cheap trick that Source is playing on us. We don’t believe that Source is there to support us or help us, at least not in all matters of abundance.

If we look to co-create, how can Source show up to that act when we hold up a wall that tells Source that we are not enough and unworthy of such abundance? That’s the real message that’s being communicated.

Creativity has never been and never will be sensible. That’s why the Artist Date’s are so important. It’s to help you get out of your skin, become fully engaged, and explore what it truly means to practice your creativity. We have to believe that abundance is hand in hand with our creative process – emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially. Money is energy, and as creatives we want to be tapped into all forms of energy.

LUXURY

Creativity lives in paradox: serious art is born from serious play.

If we truly want to tap into abundance, we have to treat ourselves with authentic luxury so that we can understand what it is we desire and call in. Art is born when we dive into self-expansions and soulful play. Pampering helps us open our hearts and tear down our walls to experience life at its fullest.

The idea of pampering will be different for everyone. There is no one way to do it. Especially if we are looking to practice authentic luxury. You may see others on the outside experience a type of luxury that doesn’t actually appeal to you, but you may believe that’s the kind of luxury to have because you don’t understand how to have luxury in your life as it currently stands. So you overachieve and tell yourself it’s unattainable when you “fail.” And what’s actually happened is that you simply didn’t give yourself the chance to experience it.

To be clear, luxury is not necessarily the shiny things you see on Instagram. Luxury is time for self, experiences with friends, following your passion, engaging in pastimes, a bouquet of flowers on your desk, a magazine subscription – anything that helps you be in the moment and live life in joy and abundance.

Julia introduces the concept of the Wet Blanket. It’s where someone shares a message that tells you that you shouldn’t be engaging in creative pleasures, and you should instead be working. It’s the message of bringing up all the negative sides of what you want to do and not allowing you to actually enjoy it. Consider it a cock block from your luxury. And these messages can be brought to us by others or we can damn ourselves with them through our allowance to experience guilt.

As emerging artists, we need to ask ourselves what brings us joy. What is it that alights us on fire?And then, how can we obtain more of it in our daily lives? It doesn’t need to be something that costs hundreds of dollars. It can cost just a buck fifty. Again, really exploring what it means to have that joy in an accessible way in our daily life.

When we dedicate and allow things to be just ours – that are special and no one else’s – we are allowing luxury and abundance to be held by us. It can be big or it can be small – it just has to bring you joy. Creativity often lives in silly play. So explore it all and let it tap into your life.

MONEY MADNESS, AN EXERCISE

this is a direct quotation from the text. i’m repeating it here since we read and go over it on the episode.

Complete the following phrases.

  1. People with money are…
  2. Money makes people…
  3. I’d have more money if…
  4. My dad thought money was…
  5. My mom always thought money would…
  6. In my family, money caused…
  7. Money equals…
  8. If I had money, I’d…
  9. If I could afford it, I’d…
  10. If I had some money, I’d…
  11. I’m afraid that if I had money I would…
  12. Money is…
  13. Money causes…
  14. Having money is not…
  15. In order to have more money, I’d need to…
  16. When I have money, I usually…
  17. I think money…
  18. If I weren’t so cheap I’d…
  19. People think money…
  20. Being broke tells me…

TASK

Send postcards to five friends you actually want to hear from. Don’t let obligation be your guide. Have fun and connect.


    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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