Welcome to Chapter Eleven – Recovering a Sense of Autonomy
It has been a long journey, hasn’t it? Well the end is in sight, my friends. This is the second to last chapter and we now begin to wrap it up. I seriously doubt we’ll really be done by Imbolc, though. Oh well, we’ll do our best.
This chapter, I believe, is going to feel a lot better than some we’ve worked through, because the intention of it is to learn to nurture ourselves as artists. It will fortify our growing acceptance of the unique, highly individual ways that we embody creativity. And it reinforces our understanding of the things that truly empower our own visions.
Julia adds that we will “explore the behaviors that can strengthen our spiritual base and, therefore, our creative power. We take a special look at the ways in which success must be handled in order that we not sabotage our freedom.”
Step number one is about acceptance. By now, you are realizing that your particular flavor of embodying the Creator in the world is utterly unique. It not only has changed from what you used to think it was, pre-recovery, but you should see by now that it is pointless to compare yourself to someone else in your venue. While it is true that all art is, on some level, derivative of what has come before, how we live, what feeds us, and how we express our creativity is uniquely our own.
Here is how Julia begins:
“I am an artist. As an artist, I may need a different mix of stability and flow from other people. I may find that a nine-to-five job steadies me and leaves me freer to create. Or I may find that a nine-to-five drains me of energy and leaves me unable to create. I must experiment with what works for me.
“An artist’s cash flow is typically erratic. No law says we must be broke all the time, but the odds are good we may be broke some of the time. Good work will sometimes not sell. People will buy but not pay promptly. The market may be rotten even when the work is great. I cannot control these factors. Being true to the inner artist often results in work that sells – but not always. I have to free myself from determining my value and the value of my work by my work’s market value…”