May. 27th, 2014

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Here are some passages from Julia Cameron's introduction to The Artist's Way dealing with the idea of creativity as a spiritual path. You can find a brief explanation of the Spiritual Path posts here.

I've been using the blockquote format to indicate long quoted passages, but I'm happy to re-format if anyone finds them difficult to read -- just let me know!

Cameron occasionally uses ellipses as punctuation; when the ellipses are mine and indicate a cut, I'll put them in brackets: [. . .]

From the Introduction:
Names and Practices )

From "Spiritual Electricity: The Basic Principles"
The Vast Electrical Sea )

Creativity Basic Principles )

Cameron suggests returning to these affirmations daily. Use what works, and ignore what doesn't. If one or more of these statements resonates with or challenges you, try writing it down and posting it somewhere where you'll see it regularly.
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Sometime today, list three old enemies of your creative self-worth.

These might be people. They might have meant well, or not. What did they do or say to you? Why did it stick with you all this time?

They might also be things like anxiety, events that were no one's fault, or events that don't have an obvious connection to your creativity.

Cameron suggests that you go into as much detail as you can about these enemies. She frames this as "time travel," exercise -- an excavation of the past -- but it may be that some of the enemies of your creative self-worth are new. The relationship between old and new enemies can be complex.

"This is your monster hall of fame," Cameron writes."More monsters will come to you as you work through your recovery. It is always necessary to acknowledge creative injuries and grieve them."

Some of our injuries are so old or so seemingly trivial that it may feel worse to acknowledge them than it felt to let them be. But noticing a wound is an important first step to healing it, and not all things that hurt are harmful in the long run. Do this if you're up to it -- remember, there's no need to say whether you did this task or not.

Did you do your morning pages today?

Even though they're called morning pages, no one will tell if you get to them after noon. There's still time to do them for today, even if it's already evening when you read this. Give it a try!
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