Originally Blogging the Artist's Way. Thoughts, musings, experience of the 12-week course, January to March 2006. And after that?.... Life, creativity, writing. Where does it all meet? Here, perhaps.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Oh, those Creative Monsters

The first proper post here, and it will likely be the only one in Week 1, as I'm going to be away from the computer for a couple of days, which will bring me into week2. But I will be able to bring my Morning Pages Journal with me, and fully intend to get an Artist's Date in as well. Had never thought of cemeteries as creative spots - although I like to visit them, and my mother just LOVED to visit graveyards - she felt you learnt more about a place there than by talking to the living inhabitants of a town, sometimes. Maybe.

So. Those creative monsters. What I've realised is that even though I thought I'd slain my critic during my 1998 foray into the Artist's Way, what I really succeeded in doing was in convincing him (he must be male, somehow) that it was really safe for me to try a range of new creative activities. - I got away since then with doing a whole load of stuff - leading groups, publishing my poetry, reading in public, gaining qualifications in therapies that really interest me - so many new experiences. So what I wasn't prepared for at all, when I found this group, and said "I might as well start up a Blog, then", to have a howling voice inside telling me that that's "dangerous stuff... scary stuff... people will laugh at you, you'll get it wrong... you won't be able to do it... it will lead to disaster... " Get the picture? So, there are a whole new set of boundaries to be breached, and the critic this time around needs to learn that it's ok for me to try ANYTHING, not just the things that are almost safe.

The very strange thing is that all this happened right before I'd even opened the first chapter, about Recovering a Sense of Safety. So it's unfolding as it should. I have a couple of lovely quotes that are holding me. One is in the book: To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. - Joseph Chilton Pearce

Another was sent in an email from a friend: When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly. -Edward Teller

And this one, which turned up on the Kaleidosoul website today was about community and encouragement of coming together: We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness. ---Thich Nhat Hanh

Roll on week 2


At 11/1/06 6:24 pm, Blogger Leah said...

i loved this post. isn't it amazing how many layers there are to peel away? have a wonderful week, see you in week 2!! :-)

At 11/1/06 9:54 pm, Blogger eliza said...

those monsters keep reappearing for me in sneaky new ways, too. might as well keep slaying them, i guess. or throwing creme pies in their faces. thanks for the post; love your writing.

At 12/1/06 3:26 am, Blogger Kara said...

I'm thrilled to see your post! Love those quotes too especially the Joseph Chilton Pearce one.

At 12/1/06 12:48 pm, Blogger naturallynice said...

Hi, nice to see another islander.
AW is certainly thought-provoking

At 15/1/06 1:00 am, Blogger Marilyn said...

And isn't it wonderful that we're presented with the opportunity to peel back NEW get to an even deeper and more authentic place. So glad to have you in the AW group.

At 15/1/06 2:30 pm, Blogger Amy said...

Wonderful inspirational quotes! Thanks for those! Hope your Artist's Way journey goes swimmingly!
A fellow Artists Way Blogger,
Amy ( )


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