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Preparing to Ride the Moon’s Energy

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
– Andre Gide, Nobel prize winner (1869-1951)

Tomorrow, we’re going to celebrate the lovely Libra Full Moon! As you probably know, Full Moons are the climactic moment when our dreams and intentions, set during the New Moon, come to fruition.

It so happens that the next exercises in The Artist’s Way synch up nicely with this nearly Full Moon’s energy. Harnessing this magical time, we’re going to give ourselves a big energy boost.

Today, go back and review the affirmations that you wrote in response to the negative beliefs you had about your creativity. Which ones still stir up doubts, fears, or cynicism in you? Julia advises us, “Note which ones cause the most reaction. Often the one that sounds the most ridiculous is the most significant.”

Now, with the peaking upsurge of the Moon’s energy, write three new affirmations for yourself. Write them five times over, in your morning pages. You may wish to rephrase one or two you made from your earlier “blurts.” The energy behind this is going to be especially powerful.

Also, in this waxing Full Moon time, you are asked to return to the list of imaginary lives you thought of. Julia advises, “Add five more lives. And check to see if you could be doing some bits and pieces of these lives in the one you are living right now. For instance if you have listed a dancer’s life, do you let yourself go dancing? If you have listed a monk’s life, are you ever allowed to go on a retreat? If you are scuba diver, is there an aquarium shop you can visit? A day at the lake you can schedule?”

Finally, she gives us a list of things to remember, in order to empower us. If you plan a Full Moon ritual tonight or tomorrow, you might want to incorporate this. I’ve quoted it directly from the book, but you might want to tweak the wording here and there to make it more personal to your own beliefs and practices. For instance, instead of “Great Creator,” you might want to substitute “Brighid,” “Ra,” or “My Higher Self.” Customize this so that it tells your magical truth.

The Rules of the Road:
In order to be an artist, I must:
1. Show up at the page. Use the page to rest, to dream, to try.
2. Fill the well by caring for my artist.
3. Set small and gentle goals and meet them.
4. Pray for guidance, courage, and humility.
5. Remember that it is far harder and more painful to be a blocked artist than it is to do the work.
6. Be alert, always, for the presence of the Great Creator leading and helping my artist.
7. Choose companions who encourage me to do the work, not just talk about doing the work or why I am not doing the work.
8. Remember that the Great Creator loves creativity.
9. Remember that it is my job to do the work, not judge the work.
10. Place this sign in my workplace: Great Creator — I will take care of the quantity. You take care of the quality.

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  • April 8, 2009, 5:11 pm Thalia

    I went back over my twenty affirmations (well, there were rather more than that as each negative belief had had several parts that needed to be addressed separately) and for the most part they are reading as common sense to me now. So I’m going to consider that a good sign.

    I added these:

    I am allowed to do any thing I like.
    I am allowed to play.
    I have permission to play.
    All is well.
    My art will do as it will; I will let it do so.
    It is all art.
    It is all love.

    My five new imaginary lives:

    Toymaker
    Musician
    Landscape designer/gardener
    Carpenter
    Temple Builder

    (My old ones: linguist, scholar of comparative myth, archaeologist, actress (!!) and hermit.)

    Some bits and pieces of those lives I could do:

    Make a doll
    Play piano or guitar
    Read some of my new books on ancient cultures
    Clear out space for herb garden
    Make some sort of sacred space within the garden (I know! It’s all sacred space. Some sort of focus, I mean.)
    Hole up in my room.

  • April 8, 2009, 5:14 pm Thalia

    Also, I really like Julia’s #10. I get so hung up sometimes about what the end result will be (the quality) that I don’t even start (hard to get quantity that way).

  • April 9, 2009, 12:28 am Thalia

    (Me again.) I’m not sure exactly where to post this, but you (Beth) had mentioned wanting to hear about our artist’s dates somewhere around here. So for mine this week I played with my Spirograph for two hours whilst listening to They Might Be Giants.

  • April 9, 2009, 10:49 am Catherine BTW

    Thalia,
    Wow girl RIDE that Moon Energy!!!! 😉

  • April 9, 2009, 10:53 am Catherine BTW

    I did both circles & noted what overlapped: friends, play, exercise, social life, creativity. So I'm calling some friends to play as my artist date.

  • April 9, 2009, 8:24 pm painter ofblue

    I needed this post today! Thanks.