Today we finish our exercises for the third stage of The Artist’s Way. Then, for the next few days, we will pause to observe the great Sabbat of Beltane, one of the two most magical times of the sacred year.
First, Julia recommends that you make a list of friends who nurture you. This may be similar to your Hall of Champions , but in all likelihood, these are friends who you are closer to, today, than those who have encouraged you in the past. She recommends that you carefully consider the difference between people who nurture you in healthy ways, “(giving you a sense of your own competency and possibility), not enable (give you the message that you will never get it straight without their help). There is a big difference between being helped and being treated as though we are helpless.”
So make a list of at least three truly nurturing friends. Which of their traits in particular serve you well?
Another task for completing this step is to call a friend who you recognize treats you like you are a really good and bright person who can accomplish wonderful things. “Part of your recovery,” Julia explains, “is reaching out for support. This support will be critical as you undertake new risks.”
Next, she suggests an exercise she calls “Inner Compass.” She explains that each of us has an inner compass, an instinct for what points us to health, safety, and our highest good. It is also our early warning system when we are on dangerous ground. Morning pages are one way to consult it. Other artist-brain activities also work: painting, driving, walking, doodling.
Many people agree that ideas and inspiration come while they take a shower each morning. For the next several days, choose some auto-pilot, artist-brain triggering activities and pay close attention to what messages might bubble up.
Another fun exercise as we excavate our inner Creator is to make a list of five people you admire. Now list five people you secretly admire. What traits do these people have that you can see and cultivate in yourself?
Comparethe two sets of lists. Take a look at what you really like and admire. And take a long look at who and what you think you should like and admire. Your shoulds might tell you to admire Edison, while your heart goes with Houdini.
Go with theHoudini side of you for a while.