Creative Clusters – Working the Artist’s Way

This week is the first of a thirteen week program I am working with several other creative folks. We are walking through The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. This book has been used by hundreds of people to walk a Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. I look at it, and I believe it is a twelve step program for artists wanting to step into their higher power. This is my second time through the program, and I know that each time participants walk away with another level of knowledge.

The first week on the agenda is to learn about Morning Pages – that awesome brain dump where you leave your lists, your fears, your ideas on paper, without edits or even much thought. It clears your head so you can be more productive and creative throughout the day.

We also begin making plans for a weekly Artist Date with ourselves, by ourselves. It doesn’t have to cost anything, and can be as simple as a walk in the park, a visit to an art gallery, a play, taking a class on writing..

American quilt stained glass panelMy artist date this week was a surprise message about a wonderful woman who was downsizing and wanted to sell her stash of stained glass and a variety of tools. I let her know that I would like to come see what she had, and considered that my “artist date”. Oh my goodness! Today marks the third day, third trip, to pick up the last of her stash. I am thrilled! I think I may have enough glass to keep me occupied with stained glass for the next five years! What a fantastic date with myself. The gift that keeps on giving.

If this is what I can expect, I can’t wait to start Week 2: Recovering A Sense of Safety.



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