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Lessons from Literature: The Complete Artist Way:Creativity as a Spiritual Practice by Julia Cameron

I love this book! It's different than most books that I've ever read. It’s a 12-week coaching program to help artists (psst we are all artists!) to remove their artistic blocks. It gets to the heart of connecting to the deepest part of ourselves which is essential for creating holistic wellness and our definition of true wealth.

One of the most renowned parts of the book are, the morning pages. I found the morning pages helpful. They bring me a sense of peace and pride for creating time for myself in the morning. I did well throughout the 3 months, I think I only missed 1, maybe 2 days. I have noticed that, two months ago after finishing the book, I have started to prioritize work over morning pages on some days. I have a mental tug-of-war some days, I feel the urge to go through my work routine before taking time for myself, most days I will start writing the morning pages but part way through, the work routine has been winning over. Like any healthy habit, I am aware of the benefit when I write my morning pages but the pressure of time has been getting the best of me. I am working on strategies to make time for myself at the beginning of the day and I am hopeful over the next couple weeks I will find that balance again.

I love how Julia shares that we are all artists. I think that creativity, expression, and spirituality are all closely integrated. After reading this book, as well as others, such as, Creators on Creating edited by Frank Barron, Alfonso Montuori, Ph.D., and Anthea Barron, I can’t help but believe creativity, expression, and spirituality are intimately connected and I would argue they influence each other so much that I don’t think you could have one with out the other two. These three areas have such an impact on how we show up in our lives. If we don’t feel safe, our creativity is blocked, we can’t express ourselves well, if at all, and we most likely feel little to no spiritual connection, "alignment," or "flow" in our lives. Note: spiritual is not the same as religious.

“What we are talking about is an induced--or invited—spiritual experience. I refer to this process as spiritual chiropractic. We undertake certain spiritual exercises to achieve alignment with the creative energy of the universe.

If you think of the universe as a vast electrical sea in which you are immersed and from which you are formed, opening to your creativity changes you from something bobbin in the sea to a more fully functioning, more conscious, more cooperative part of that ecosystem.”

~ Julia Cameron, The Complete Artist's Way

“Creativity is an experience—to my eye, a spiritual experience. It does not matter which way you think of it: creativity leading to spirituality or spirituality leading to creativity. In fact, I do not make a distinction between the two.”

~ Julia Cameron, The Complete Artist's Way

I recommend this book to all humans who feel “blocked,” who want to connect to their creativity, to be able to express themselves more fully, and who want to align with their spirituality. Julia has a beautiful, open approach to helping us give ourselves permission to be authentic ourselves.

"Trust that still, small voice that says, "This might work and I'll try it.""

~ Diane Mariechild

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