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THIS ARTIST'S WAY - Part 8





Recovering a Sense of Connection

From Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way.

This chapter is aptly titled seeing as, with the holidays and such, I fell off the Artist’s Way wagon. I kept up with the morning pages which I continue to find helpful on both a writing, job and personal front, but I neglected to progress through the book’s 12-week (more like 12-month for me, but that’s okay) course. But now I’m back recovering a sense of connection.

Cameron says that by practicing the right attitude towards creativity we can connect with our personal dreams. We can do this by:

      Listen for the voice of inspiration and ignoring our inner critic. The “Do this …” and the “Try that . . .” is inside all of us, we just need to hear it. We need to really listen for it.

      
Set perfectionism aside. When we focus on the details we end up losing sight of the whole. “Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move ahead.”

      Take risks. In order to do something well we must first be willing to do it badly. “Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges.”

      Acknowledge jealousy. It causes tunnel vision and “strips us of our will to act when action holds the key to our freedom.”

The chapter ends with a variety of tasks and exercises that show you how to recover a sense of connection.

 “Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.”

  - Claudia Black

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