"A comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity."
My other quibble is not at all with the book but with the multiple spin-offs this book has inspired/caused. There exists a date-book (do not bother) and a workbook (redundant but worth it for some exercises or instead of this book) and then come all sorts of spin-off books, the latest being a weight loss via morning pages manual. While I don't doubt that morning pages and good self-care (also stressed but nothing original) are helpful in weight loss, this screams "cash cow" to me. The basic two "commandments" remain the same: write morning pages every day and take yourself on the Artist's Date every week. Many have found that when you do these two relatively "simple" (but amazingly complex) things, MANY goals will come to light and be achieved. I think, perhaps, this basic book is all one really needs to learn the program.
Inspirational and interesting
I found the author's style quite dry, and particularly hard to get into at first, but there was a lot to think about, and something that triggered most people into some kind of interpretation. I continue to use the Morning Pages concept most days (unless I'm writing fully that day) and some of the other exercises were very interesting.
"The Artist's Way" covers a topic per week (or, per chapter), and covers subjects like recovering a sense of identity, power, integrity, abundance, connection, strength, autonomy, and many more. Each chapter gives you some theory, and a list of tasks to do that week, as well as a list of questions to see how it went.
Both for students of the Intuitive Arts and for other artists, this book offers a wonderful way to get in touch with the creative aspect of yourself, and to ask yourself some fundamental questions. It's also a lot of fun.
I'll check back in after eleven more weeks to see how this worked for me.
Most artists have encountered criticism (constructive or otherwise) that results in squelching their sense of wonder and creativity. This book holds the key to recovering all that has been lost by harsh words, put-downs and having proverbial mud thrown in the face of our work. The book also contains exercise of healing that bring fruition to the dreams of doing the things that put our gifts and creative abilities to good use for the Glory of God.
On the flip-side, I was charged to recall all the supporter, encourages, up-lifters and genuine admirers of my workmanship. So many beautiful people whom I thank God for, as they understood and assisted my artistic growth.
Thanks to the wisdom imparted by the author, I have returned to my love of writing with much vigor and expectation of connecting with an appreciative audience.
Your Gift Will Make Room for You – Proverbs 18:16
Julia Cameron has given the world a precious gift…SMILE!!!
It is a tool for the unblocking of artists of any kind. Which means that anyone with a interest in living life creatively would enjoy working though this book.
The staples of Julia Cameron's program are the Morning Pages and Artist's Dates. Both of which are well described in the beginning of the book and are used though out the 12 weeks of the program (and beyond if you are so inclined).
I feel that this book was written with a wide range of accessibility, and is a worth the time to work through, you will find it will change your life. I have found it has already, and I am still working though it.
(I read this because I've been doing morning pages for years. I see now why this is the only element of her process that has really been mainstreamed.)
I guess it's testimony to how good it is that I keep replacing it.
That said, I think this is a love or hate kind of affair. If you are aiming to spark creativity, of any kind, it's very well worth your time picking up from the library and finding out which camp you fall into.