Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

The Journey Ends. The Journey Begins.

A painting is never finished — it simply stops in interesting places.
— Paul Gardner

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.

Creativity Contract

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!

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  • February 21, 2010, 11:27 am catherine

    don’t know how to embed youtube clips–but here is a link to the Dali Lama’s Advice to Artists (about artists remembering the gifts of their art to the world)–take what you like and leave the rest…
    thanks to Beth for the journey…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qzv0enzJBow&feature=player_embedded#

  • February 21, 2010, 4:31 pm Rick Loftus, M.D.

    Beth, just wanted to say thanks for a magnificent year with you, and looking foward to the next. Blessings to you for the inspiration you pour forth into the Universe.

  • February 21, 2010, 8:11 pm Star

    Farewell and not good bye. May you fare well in the next journey. It has been lovely sharing this one. My journey just took a huge leap off a cliff and it looks like in a few weeks, I will have part of a real shop space in town to make and sell my jewelry and art as it is ready to be shared. The best part is it comes with an antique jeweler’s wooden workbench, lighted jewelry cases, a jewelry safe, and alarm system already there! It is on one of the most visible corners and almost everyone who comes to town drives right past that corner with the large window display. Yikes, a big leap, but I have been hoping for this kind of opportunity (and had my eye on this vacant space). It will be a shared space with other creatives who were part of my artist support circle. The synchronous events leading to this move fell in place in the past 36 hours that began with a disaster of ice and leaks and water dripping and the emergency moving of merchandize as the melting snows damaged the historic building that housed the shop where I consigned some of my work. You just never know what the universe has in mind when you open yourself to opportunity. Magic really does seem to happen!

    Star*

  • February 22, 2010, 10:58 am Terry

    A painting is never finished — it simply stops in interesting places.
    – Paul Gardner

    So True! You have such a gift for “quote of the day” selections
    Thank you so much for yet another great year’s journey. Your site is my place of respite and refreshment in my life’s adventure over these past 3+ years. In blessing and much gratitude.
    -=Terry=-

  • February 23, 2010, 5:48 am Beth

    Blessings to each and every one of you! What a massive gift you are, in my life, and in the world!