Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Creativity, Spirituality, Believing, Knowing

Nine of Fire – © Osho Zen Tarot
I don’t believe; I know.
— Carl Jung

I have chosen Julia Cameron as our first guide as we awaken (or refresh) the Creator/Artist within us, in part because her book, The Artist’s Way, changed my life so completely, back in 1993. At that time, I was struggling with the burnout of being the manager of tech support at the Raleigh-Durham area’s first public Internet provider service. I’d been in information technology for about 15 years, and was feeling that I was missing my life’s true calling.

I had recently splurged and gone to a Writer’s Conference in Asheville, NC, and for the first time ever, I knew I was with my real tribe! These folks spoke my language, they dreamed my dreams, and many of them (who were clearly otherwise ordinary human beings!) were actually making those dreams come true.

At this same time, I was finding it increasingly intolerable to be in a hierarchical corporate environment, where creativity, innovation and excellence were only being given lip service, with the real priorities being the status quo, the chain of command and compliance.

But how does one begin to change one’s life at such a fundamental level? Especially when we struggle with all the messages over the years that tell us we can never survive, or that we have no talent, or living our creative dreams will doom us to poverty, unhappiness, loneliness, and a host of other grim forecasts.

Thus, Julia’s approach that starts with first understanding (and if necessary, healing) the Artist Self within was essential for me. And I am thinking, maybe it might be for you, too.

Her path is one that is unabashedly spiritual. “It does not matter,” she writes, “which way you think of it: creativity leading to spirituality or spirituality leading to creativity. In fact, I do not make a distinction between the two. In the face of such experience, the whole question of belief is rendered obsolete.”

Tomorrow, I’ll post the ten spiritual principles which she calls “the bedrock on which creative recovery and discovery can be built.”

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  • February 17, 2009, 2:13 pm Lynda

    Have you noticed that when you’re around other creative people it enhances your own creativity? Certainly is true for me.

  • February 17, 2009, 3:16 pm Debbie's Daily Dose

    Oh my gosh Beth – this so describes how I feel right now. That part about “creativity, innovation and excellence were only being given lip service, with the real priorities being the status quo, the chain of command and compliance” is exactly where my agency is right now. And it’s so frustrating and disheartening to me.

    Maybe it’s time to actually read Julia Cameron’s book (instead of just staring at it) and make changes in my life.

  • February 18, 2009, 5:46 am Janaki Gopikrishna

    Creativity just happens. All the good things just happen in life. You never make any efforts. Creativity flows when there is effortlessness.

  • February 18, 2009, 9:02 pm Star

    Well, well, well, I had a similar spiritual crisis in 1994 and made a major life transition about the same time you did! No wonder we feel so connected! I miss you lots and hope we get to sing together this summer at camp! If not, I might just have to make a trip to NC!
    On creativity…we must remember that art, music, writing, etc. are not the only ways we express our creative selves. Problem solving of all sorts requires creativity, for instance, I recent hung a shelf on a plaster wall. It was challenging to figure it all out given my less than adequate tools and construction skills, 140 year old house, holes from a previous shelf, and all work done while straddling the toilet! I felt pretty good about myself and my solutions by the end of the day and the shelf looks great now! Sometimes, resolving day to day issues requires lots of creativity for which we must give ourselves credit.