First, thanks for your patience while I took a much-needed break over the Imbolc period. I know that I was, in some ways, not as available to you as usual, which may have been a bit disappointing to some. I never like to let anyone down.
But it allowed me to do some deep magical work that aligns with this being my Tarot year of Death and Transformation. I believe you will see much of it manifesting here and in my practice in the coming months, as I retool and rebirth my services. So be on the lookout for these glimmers of new life.
Meantime, we arrive at the final chapter of The Artist’s Way. We conclude this year of work with “Recovering a Sense of Faith.” As we have been gently and powerfully discovering all along, the path of the artist is one that must be in synch with the guidance of Source, if we are to thrive in the process.
And for that to happen, we have recognized that we are in recovery as artists. This recovery requires us to surrender both our willfulness and our wounds, and trust a higher purpose. We may experience this as co-creating with a helping Someone, which we may understand as Allies, Guardians, our daemon, the Muse, our own Gods or Goddess of Creativity, or our inner artist. Or all of the above.
Julia writes that in this final chapter, “We acknowledge the inherently mysterious spiritual heart of creativity. We address the fact that creativity requires receptivity and profound trust – capacities we have developed through our work in this course.
“We set our creative aims and take a special look at last-minute sabotage. We renew our commitment to the use of the tools.”
(Don’t you just love that we are setting our creative aims in the Eight of Wands week?)
So first and foremost in our discussion for this chapter is the discovery that creativity requires faith, and faith means relinquishing control. This is truly frightening at times, and we may feel profound resistance. But our resistance, we should realize by now, is borne of our old self-destructive habits.
“We throw up roadblocks on own path,” Julia notes. “Why do we do this? In order to maintain an illusion of control. Depression, like anger and anxiety, is resistance, and it creates dis–ease. This manifests itself as sluggishness, confusion, ‘I don’t know…’
“The truth is, we do know and we know that we know.
“Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission.”
Have you yet made your artist’s altar or sanctuary? As you linger there now, what visions have come to you? What dreams are stirring in you? It is time to realize and claim them. More tomorrow.