Here are the last exercises that Julia recommends. I hope you’ll spend some quality time this weekend working through them. Tomorrow,
1. Write down any resistance, angers and fears you have about going on from here. We all have them.
2. Take a look at your current areas of procrastination. What are the payoffs in your waiting? Locate the hidden fears. Make a list on paper.
4. Mend any mending.
5. Repot any pinched and languishing plants.
6. Select a Goddess jar. (A what?) A jar. A box. A vase, or other container. Something to put your fears, your resentments, your incessantly chattering “monkey mind,” your hopes, your dreams, your worries into.
7. Use your Goddess jar. Start with your fear list from the first exercise above. When worried, remind yourself that it’s in the jar – “ The Goddess has got it.” Then take the next action.
8. Now, check how: Honestly, what you you most like to create? Open-minded, what oddball paths would you dare to try? Willing, what appearances are you willing to shed to pursue your dream?
9. List five people you can talk to about your dreams and with whom you feel supported to dream and then plan.
10. Re-read this whole journey. Or go out and buy the book and read it. Share it with friends. Remember that the miracle is one artist sharing with another.
As a recovering creative, you have now put many, many hours into your recovery over these months, growing and changing rapidly. For your recovery to continue, you need to make a solemn commitment. I will offer a suggestion tomorrow, as well as what Julia calls “trail mix,” some additional tidbits, munchies, and goodies for the trip.