I am so delighted that you are joining our journey. Many of you are already experienced creators, looking for a new, fresh surge of energy. I know you’ll get that, plus more! And for newer travelers on The Artist’s Way, I promise that you, too, will come away from this with a gigantic boost of faith in your own dreams and abilities.
So we continue today with the first step, “Recovering a Sense of Safety.” To overcome our blocks and our past disappointments, one of the most fundamental places to start is to know and understand the enemy: core negative beliefs.
Julia points out that we don’t get stale, get blocked, or ignore our artistic longings because we are losers, or bad people, or hopeless failures. “Most of the time,” she writes, “when we are blocked in an area of our life, it is because we feel safer that way.”
I certainly see this over and over again in my readings with clients who insist on clinging to rotten relationships, jobs, or other situations that suck the life out of them. This is most definitely true of taking creative risks as well. So why do people do this?
“We may not be happy,” Julia explains, “but at least we know where we are – unhappy. Much fear of our own creativity is the fear of the unknown.
“If I am fully creative, what will it mean? What will happen to me and to others? We have some pretty awful notions about what could happen. So rather than find out, we decide to stay blocked.”
Of course, she affirms that this decision is rarely conscious. It usually plays out in a series of unconscious, self-sabotaging tactics, including what I often see as the Three D’s: delays, distractions and dramas. Just as we are about to reach out and give something new a try, seemingly out of the blue, one of the Three D’s suddenly appears to throw us off our course.
But we can shine a bright light on the forces within us that create this. Those forces are our fears, and they set us up for familiar patterns of self-defeat. By facing those fears, we can understand and heal them.
So here’s an exercise for you. I suggest that you spend some time working with this in your morning pages. And of course, I invite you to share your favorites here! See if you can come up with twenty (Yes! Twenty! Be creative!) ways to complete this…
I can’t be a successful, prolific, creative artist because:
(yes… keep going! Silly. Sad. Serious, or not — you’re doing great!)
Tomorrow, we’ll discuss and share.