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Deeper Healing

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Empty pockets never held anyone back.
Only empty hearts can do that.
— Norman Vincent Peale

Can I confess something to you? I have to admit I am having a little difficulty psyching myself up to come here and write about this, this week. Like many of you are finding, it is hard to re-visit some of those old hurts, especially when we have been enjoying some real progress away from those bad old days.

But the more I work with this book, the more impressed I am about Julia’s wisdom. She certainly is able to predict the patterns of the inevitable ups and downs, progress and regressions, that recovering artists can expect. Like so much in life, just when you figure you have kicked your problem once and for all, a new level of it tests you again. 

It is not a bit surprising that some of you are reporting that you sometimes feel like you are losing ground. This is a part of the healing process. Having some of this stuff come up again (when we thought we were quite finished) is normal. So if it feels like going backwards to dissect our old wounds, it really is a necessary part of getting to the really deep healing, and we can only do it in increments.

Julia assures us that, “In order to recover our sense of hope and the courage to create, we must acknowledge and mourn the scars that are blocking us. This process may seem both painstaking and petty, but it is a necessary rite of passage.”

If you have the book, I encourage you to read the several pages where she discusses what she calls “The Ivory Power.” Her views on the power of academia to harm budding artists are extensive and well thought out. And I think they are fair. What do you think? 

She offers a number of examples of people she has worked with whose blocks were created by misguided criticism from aloof (probably themselves blocked) intellectuals. With each recovering creator, she emphasizes, the key to moving past that block (and the ghosts that will always try to haunt us when we have future setbacks, which we will) is to understand, mourn and heal those tender, hurt places from long ago. 

The better we mend those wounds, the less likely they are to slow us down when we are vulnerable.

Yes, they might ache when it rains, but we know them for what they are. If they are healed, we cannot mistake them for a sense of failure or hopelessness; we can be confident enough to stretch beyond them. And so they will not really harm us anymore.

Join us tomorrow as we learn more about these injuries we are prone to, and how to grow stronger from them.

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  • September 24, 2009, 10:42 am Delphyne

    Although I am not working with the book now, I've read it in the past. And I'm enjoying your thoughts about The Artist's Way.

    I remember this chapter and how it really did apply to me. I remember shutting down in 2nd grade – 2nd grade at 7 years old! – and being terrified of art. I finally got my "aha" moment when I realized that misery loved company – those intellectuals, whoever they were, were afraid of their own creativity and would rather have company in misery than face down the ghosts that haunted them. Such terrible damage done to budding artists…no matter what form their art took.

    The intellect is a great tool, but it makes a lousy and ineffective headmaster or headmistress – literally and figuratively. I think of it like this: I love to cook and love my cookware – but I certainly don't let them dictate to me what I am going to cook.

  • September 25, 2009, 1:26 am Anita Joy

    Revisiting the scenarios where the deepest cuts lie is not what is painful. It is the holding on the memory and your perceptions of those growthful events and the 'frozen fingers' syndrome that prevents you from letting go.

    Picture it – as a kid when you were holding something, a ball, doll, whatever – that somebody else wanted. Did they not used to try and pull your hands off the object, one finger at a time, pull your fingers back until you let go from pain. You were giggling and they were giggling and then it all got rather serious, with punches to the ribs and kicks to the shin and, before you knew it, somebody got hurt and there were tears before bedtime?

    All you have to do is let go. It's an archetypal tug of war between your past (Victim) and your present (Saboteur). Your Divine/ Magical Child/ is the ball in the middle.

    The Saboteur is the Guardian Angel of Choice, it is your present NOW energy. You suddenly let go and your past (Victim) falls on it's arse and it will be so surprised, it will 'drop the ball', which will bounce away.

    Everybody here has resilience, has bounce, elasticity, flexibility. You may feel that you do not 'bounce back' as well as you used to. That perception is the illusion.

    Caroline Myss – Why People Don't Heal And How They Can – would be a good text to revisit in tandem with these chapters in The Artist's Way – these two brilliant healers complement each other.

  • September 25, 2009, 1:40 am Anita Joy

    PS, I love you…..

    The Sabian Symbols are another tool for deep healing. This is Symbol for Thursday 24 September:

    "The day of a new day, everything changed" 3 Libra

    Theme: Second impressions.

    Inspiration: After a high point; even the Sun begins a decline; after the lowest of lows, light begins its return.

    Today: If you have had good first impressions of someone recently, things may look a little differently soon. perhaps losing some luster.

    If you have had a negative first impression, it may be that a second look is in order.

    Consider this dynamic to be the 'Superlative Adjustment". That is, the time is ripe to bring a little reality to all manner of superlative experiences. really!

    Therefore the 'worst' becomes 'not so bad'; the best becomes 'still pretty good'
    Blain Bovee,the Sabian Sage.

    Superlative Adjustment – what a rich term to use when reviewing one's narrative time line. In every moment, everybody, everywhere has the choice to make a superlative adjustment.

    It's a new day, it's a new dawn, it's a new life – Nina Simone.

  • September 25, 2009, 6:42 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Terrific wisdom and insight here! Thank you SO much! It is such an honor to hear your views; and so healing.

    Yes, it is FAR less painful to let go than to continue to hold on to what burdens us day in and day out. And what a revelation it can be, to discover just how much suffering we have taken on, and called normal.

    – Beth