The artist way

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The artist way is actually a  work-book in which the experienced and enlightened author, Julia Cameron, will guide you through your path to creativity, a spiritual path, as she mentions. She will give you assignments, teach you little tricks and habits that you might not expect would have anything to do with creativity, but they do work. She will make you check on yourself and inspire you to look after yourself, care and love yourself more and most of all believe in yourself. The book is not only offering you  great advise and techniques to enhance your creativity and pull out the artist within you but it is also superbly written and you will want to keep reading, even though you didn't finish your weekly exercises.

For the reviews I have read, maybe for the expert writers it may look a little naive, I am not sure, but as a beginner I have embraced  it all with the utmost commitment. I need to go back and do it over and over, though. It is not just a lovely lecture. You need to engage and do the work in order to make it function.

Excerpt:

"ART is a spiritual transaction. Artists are visionaries. We routinely practice a form of faith, seeing clearly and moving toward a creative goal that shimmers in the distance—often visible to us, but invisible to those around us. Difficult as it is to remember, it is our work that creates the market, not the market that creates our work."

"No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity."

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"BASIC PRINCIPLES 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."

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