Today, we bid goodbye to the work begun at Imbolc, 2009, working our way through The Artist’s Way. I leave you with some final thoughts.
First, as we have admitted by now that we are recovering artists, we are urged to make a vow to our ongoing healing and empowerment. Here is what Julia writes. I suggest you print it, sign it, and put it in a prominent place – on your Artist’s Altar, or somewhere in your studio, or sacred space. At the end of ninety days, I hope you will always renew these promises.
My name is _____________. I am a recovering creative person. To further my growth and my joy, I now commit myself to the following self-nurturing plans:
Journaling/Morning pages have been an important part of my self-nurturing and self-discovery. I, ___________, hereby commit myself to continuing to work with them for the next 90 days.
Artist’s dates have been integral to my growth in self-love and my deepening joy in living. I, __________, am willing to commit to another 90 days of weekly artist’s dates for self care.
In the course of following the artist’s way and healing my artist within, I have discovered that I have a number of creative interests. While I hope to develop many of them, my specific commitment for the next 90 days is to allow myself to more fully explore _____________________.
My concrete commitment to a plan of action is a critical part of nurturing my artist. For the next 90 days, my planned, self-nurturing creative action plan is _______(take as much space as you need for this) ______.
I have chosen _______________ as my creative colleague and ________________ as my creative back-up. I am committed to a weekly phone check-in.
I have made the above commitments and will begin them on ___________________.
Signed by ______________ on this date: _____________________
Trail mix for the journey
In and after the epilogue, Julia shares some yummy tidbits, including a gorgeous Artist’s Prayer and an excellent list for further reading and inspiration. (Because my copy was released long before The Artist’s Way became a publishing phenomenon, only one of the recommendations is written by her. I would imagine that this list has been updated in more recently published versions.)
She also shares a beautiful essay on how our work may be supported by the creation of Sacred Circles. I suggest you spend some time today reading and meditating on this lovely section, if you have the book. If not, and you are interested in how Sacred Circling can work, I recommend this website, which I learned of from my friend James Wells who is one of the wisest Circle facilitators I’ve ever met.
You can learn some basic nuts and bolts of conducting Circles from their downloadable PDF file, Circle Guidelines, which you will find in the column on the left. Highly recommended.
Last but not least
I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. Those who have been lurking, or those who have been sharing; the daily faithful and the occasional drop-ins; the skeptics, the reluctant, the transformed, the already-there, the still-working-on-it. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to walk these steps with you, and hold sacred witness to your profound unfolding along the way.
My heart overflows.
Goddess speed. May your journeys be richly blessed!