Have you ever longed to be able to draw or paint, write or compose music?
With The Artist’s Way you can discover how to unlock your latent creativity and make your dreams a reality.
With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron leads you through a comprehensive 12-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.
This book links creativity to spirituality by showing how to connect with the creative energies of the universe.
The Artist’s Way provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It dispels the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you unleash your own inner artist.
Its step-by-step approach will enable you to: start out on your own path to creativity, dissolve the barriers that prevent your creative impulse from finding expression, use your rediscovered talents in whatever way you wish, learn that it is never too late to start fulfilling your dreams.
The Artist’s Way helps demystify the creative process by making it part of your daily life. It tackles your self-doubts, self-criticism and worries about time, money and the support to pursue your creative dream. It has already helped thousands of people to uncover their hidden talents – it can help you, too.
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CONTENTS Title Page Acknowledgements Introduction Spiritual Electricity: The Basic Principles The Basic Tools
Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety Shadow Artists Your Enemy Within: Core Negative Beliefs Your Ally Within: Affirmative Weapons Creative Affirmations
Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity Going Sane Poisonous Playmates Crazymakers Skepticism Attention Rules of the Road Tasks Check-In Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power Anger Synchronicity
Shame Dealing with Criticism Detective Work, an Exercise Growth Tasks Check-In
Week 4: Recovering a Sense of Integrity Honest Changes Buried Dreams, an Exercise Reading Deprivation Tasks Check-In
Week 5: Recovering a Sense of Possibility Limits
Finding the River The Virtue Trap The Virtue-Trap Quiz Forbidden Joys, an Exercise Wish List, an Exercise Tasks Check-In
Week 6: Recovering a Sense of Abundance The Great Creator Luxury Counting, an Exercise Money Madness, an Exercise Tasks Check-In
Week 7: Recovering a Sense of Connection Listening Perfectionism Risk Jealousy The Jealousy Map, an Exercise Archeology, an Exercise Tasks Check-In
Week 8: Recovering a Sense of Strength Survival The Ivory Power Gain Disguised as Loss Age and Time: Product and Process
Filling the Form Early Patternings, an Exercise Affirmations Tasks Check-In
Week 9: Recovering a Sense of Compassion Fear Enthusiasm Creative U-Turns Blasting through Blocks Tasks Check-In
Week 10: Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection Dangers of the Trail
Workaholism Drought Fame Competition Tasks Check-In
Week 11: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy Acceptance Success The Zen of Sports Building Your Artist’s Altar Tasks Check-In
Week 12: Recovering a Sense of Faith
Trusting Mystery The Imagination at Play Escape Velocity Tasks Check-In Epilogue The Artist’s Way Words for It Appendix: Trail Mix Forming a Sacred Circle An Artist’s Prayer Reading List Index
About the Author Copyright
Cameron, Julia. The Artist’s Way . Profile. Kindle-Version.
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity is a self-help book by American author Julia Cameron. The book was written to help people with artistic creative recovery, which teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self-confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills. Correlation and emphasis is used by the author to show a connection between artistic creativity and a spiritual connection with God.   
The ideas in creative personal development outlined in the book, which were felt to be new at the time of the publication, are said to have become a phenomenon and spawned into many meetups and support groups throughout the world. The group meetings are based on a 12-week creativity course designed for people to work through and gain artistic inspiration, as outlined in the book. The program is focused on supporting relationships in removing artistic blocks and fostering confidence.
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WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME what I do, I usually answer, “I’m a writer-director and I teach these creativity workshops.” The last one interests them.
“How can you teach creativity?” they want to know.
Defiance fights with curiosity on their faces. “I can’t,” I tell them. “I teach people to let themselves be creative.” “
Oh. You mean we’re all creative?”
Now disbelief and hope battle it out. “Yes.” “You really believe that?” “Yes.” “So what do you do?” This book is what I do. For a decade now, I have taught a spiritual workshop aimed at freeing people’s creativity. I have taught artists and nonartists, painters and filmmakers and homemakers and lawyers—anyone interested in living more creatively through practicing an art; even more broadly, anyone interested in practicing the art of creative living.
While using, teaching, and sharing tools I have found, devised, divined, and been handed, I have seen blocks dissolved and lives transformed by the simple process of engaging the Great Creator in discovering and recovering our creative powers.
“The Great Creator? That sounds like some Native American god. That sounds too Christian, too New Age, too …” Stupid? Simple-minded? Threatening? … I know.
Think of it as an exercise in open-mindedness. Just think, “Okay, Great Creator, whatever that is,” and keep reading. Allow yourself to experiment with the idea there might be a Great Creator and you might get some kind of use from it in freeing your own creativity.