I might have re-posted this one recently but I think its an important part if you want to be creative and it might be a reminder for those who did “The Artist’s Way” with me back in autumn 2018 on Music Monday Care & Love
I have read and worked with Julia Cameron’s tools and ideas for more than 20 years but in 2014 I had another go at them and blogged about it. One part that has changed my view of creativity is her “basic principles”. I think it is good to remind ourselves of them at the beginning of the year therefore, I share my old post with you again:
As I wrote before I just have finished reading Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way ~ A spiritual path to higher creativity” but I thought it might be good to just do it again and to share with you what changes are happening. Besides that is exactly what the book suggests :-).
There is an introduction bit where she explains how she came about to write the book and start the “The Artist’s Way” movement. What I like about the book is that it is filled with quotes from different artists and teachers which reinforces what she is writing about. I also like the idea that creativity is a spiritual experience and expression.
After this and at the beginning of the course she is speaking about the so-called “basic principles”. The book explains that we usually have an idea of a God being against our creative motivations even though many religions teach that god is a creator. Artists are creators as well as they create art and so the book’s idea is to align the idea of a creator god with the creating artist: God (no matter which spiritual path you follow) wants you to be creative ~ which is a very empowering thought.
The basic principles amplify this idea to lead the reader from a culturally enforced guilty feeling about wanting to do art towards a guilt-free enjoyment of anything creative one wants to do as god asks us to do exactly that.
She then asks the reader to read the basic principles once every day for seven days and watch the changes that happen. Here are those basic principles and I challenge you to read them every day and then take notice of what changes in your perception of art, being creative and in your life as a whole.
(The following sentences are taken from the Kindle Version of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” at location 296)
- Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
- There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.
- When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives
- We are, ourselves, creation. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
- Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God
- The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
- When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.
- As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
- It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity
- Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move towards our divinity.
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