The Awakening ©Sabin Boikinov
What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.
— Theodore Roethke
As we begin our journey on The Artist’s Way, I want to note that because I am approaching this endeavor from my own spiritual path, one that I believe many of you share with me, I am going to replace some (not all) of Julia Cameron’s frequent references to “God” with “Goddess,” as well as occasional other, more Pagan-based nomenclature.
She does a very good job of being inclusive in her book, but when I worked through it before, I found myself frequently itching to scribble in the “-dess.” So now, here, when I want to, I get to! I hope this doesn’t bother or distract anyone!
Today we begin with Julia Cameron’s fundamental spiritual principles for the discovery (or healing) of our creativity. She recommends that throughout this process, you read these once a day, “keeping an ear cocked for any shifts in attitude or beliefs.”
I agree. I also suggest that you read them out loud, letting the sound and meaning really penetrate into your deep awareness. Notice any parts that arouse resistance or your disagreement. And observe where you resonate in harmony with the views being presented. You might want to journal some of your personal responses, especially if you are reading these for the first time.
1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.
2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life – including ourselves.
3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the Creator’s creativity within us and our lives.
4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
5. Creativity is the Goddess’ gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to the Goddess.
6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.
7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God:
Good Orderly Direction.
8. As we open our creative channel to the Creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.
9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.
10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.
Pretty juicy stuff, isn’t it? I look forward to your comments as we continue!