Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Artist's Way.....

Every once in awhile I find a book I want to share.  I read all the time, but rarely find a book that I want others to read too. If you feel "stuck" or feel like you need to bring more creativity into your life (whatever that may be for you) this book will help you to find that creativity and make room for greater balance and happiness in your life.

“Most of us are not raised to actively encounter our destiny. We may not know that we have one. As children, we are seldom told we have a place in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are encouraged to believe that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of others, that we will (or should) find our satisfactions as they have found theirs. Rather than being taugh to ask ourselves who we are, we are schooled to ask others. We are, in effect, trained to listen to others' versions of ourselves. We are brought up in our life as told to us by someone else! When we survey our lives, seeking to fulfill our creativity, we often see we had a dream that went glimmering because we believed, and those around us believed, that the dream was beyond our reach. Many of us would have been, or at least might have been, done, tried something, if...
If we had known who we really were.”
― Julia Cameron

The book is set up to be done in 12 weeks.  It includes exercises and yes, I would encourage you to do them and be committed to them. :)  It doesn't really work if you pick it up here and there. I've actually gone through this book during different phases of my life and have found that there is always something new to learn and some new creative processes that offer different perspectives and experiences.

This isn't just for artists.  This book is for everyone that is looking to transform their life and overcome obstacles that may be in your way.  It's a way to see things differently and to allow the greater force in your life to emerge. You may not agree with everything you read, but I would recommend that you be open and allow the creative force to work through you.  We speak of God as the creator, but rarely do I hear about God as an artist.  He was in fact, the greatest artist ever! Through this book and the exercises that follow you can tap into your artist side and find strength, inspiration and direction.

I am getting ready to participate in this insightful journey again.  I'm looking forward to what may come my way......