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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 urgedContinue reading Continue Reading

Final Tasks for Chapter Twelve

We are now at the end of this journey together on The Artist’s Way. Which is to say, we are now just beginning our own Artist’s Way: living the life of Creator. Here are the last exercises that Julia recommends. I hope you’ll spend some quality time this weekend working through them. Tomorrow, 1. WriteContinue reading Continue Reading

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Escape Velocity

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. — Andre Gide As we come to the end of this journey, we may find ourselves facing a final exam or two. This is what Julia calls The Test. It is as if our most vulnerableContinue reading Continue Reading

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Do We Have Liftoff?

The race isn’t over until you cross the finish line. You’ll be surprised at how much can change in the last twenty strides. –Jackie Dugall (Women’s Cross Country champion and award-winning coach) Just as our Tarot card of the week has predicted, we are leaving behind the tenderly placed heart lessons found in the chaptersContinue reading Continue Reading

Extravagant Play

Very often the effort men put into activities that seem completely useless turns out to be extremely important in ways no one could foresee. Play has always been the mainspring of culture. — Italo Calvino (Journalist and writer, 1923-1985) The ego trip of pursuing ART, with a capital A is just another trap which isContinue reading Continue Reading

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Beware of Art

It is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon, however familiar, from a point a hair’s breadth aside from our habitual path or routine, to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance…. To perceive freshly, with fresh senses is to be inspired. — Thoreau (My thanks today to Waverly FitzGerald for thisContinue reading Continue Reading

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What shakes the eye, but the invisible? – Theodore Roethke In this final chapter of The Artist’s Way, as her bon voyage gift to us, Julia offers a bouquet of ideas. When we begin to understand our creativity in terms of it being a sacred conversation between our Divinity and our human selves, she emphasizesContinue reading Continue Reading

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The Path of Bliss

Enough words have been exchanged; Now at last let me see some deeds! — Goethe, Faust I Everything that we have been doing – examining our assumptions about abundance, healing our wounds, facing our fears about our place in the Multiverse, the months of hard labor on our archaeological dig to discover our authenticity –Continue reading Continue Reading

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The Child of the Universe

Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you. — Marsha Norman (American playwright) While it is true that the real artist’s adventure begins with our being able to admit to our inner dream, it is also true that we can almost instantly react with resistance to it. Julia writes, “This resistanceContinue reading Continue Reading

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The Artists Way – The Final Chapter Begins

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. – Erich Fromm 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 bitContinue reading Continue Reading

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An Offering While I’m (sort of) Gone

You knew I couldn’t totally stay away, didn’t you?  So here is an offering for today, as a sort of Artist Date.  Yes, another 20 minute investment, for our Artist Self, but very well worth it.   Found earlier today from Sia Vogel on the Full Circle Blog. (My deepest apologies for neglecting to ascribe theContinue reading Continue Reading

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Taking the Hermit’s Advice

After giving it a lot of thought, including my own Imbolc Tarot reading yesterday, I am taking the advice of the Hermit. Instead of starting our exploration of Chapter Twelve today, I am going to allow myself a much-needed retreat for the rest of the week. I would suggest that you use this time toContinue reading Continue Reading

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An Altar for Our Artist and Younger Self

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. – Pablo Picasso Today, we complete the second-to-last chapter, Recovering A Sense of Autonomy. We have some exercises to finish, and IContinue reading Continue Reading

Whispers, Visions and Avatar

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. — Ralph Waldo Emerson In considering the perils of success, Julia reminds us that creativity is not a business. It certainly has business closely tied to it, as it can generate incomeContinue reading Continue Reading

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No one man can, for any considerable time, wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which is the true one. — Nathaniel Hawthorne As we continue the final stages of The Artist’s Journey, we encounter a challenge we’ve maybe never considered. This challenge that will come,Continue reading Continue Reading

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Being Responsible

To accept the responsibility of being a child of God is to accept the best that life has to offer you. — Stella Terrill Mann More directly from Julia today. “There is a connection,” she writes, “between self-nurturing and self-respect. If I allow myself to be bullied and cowed by other peoples’ urges for meContinue reading Continue Reading

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Richly Supporting The Artist

Listen. Make a way for yourself inside yourself. Stop looking in the other way of looking. – Rumi You may begin to notice that I am directly quoting Julia more and more.  Frankly, the previous several chapters have felt slow and heavy at times. But clearly, she was patiently laying the groundwork for this. Now,Continue reading Continue Reading

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Wild, Shining, Awakened

Nobody knows where you are How near or how far Shine on you crazy diamond. — David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) As we recover what Julia calls “A Sense of Autonomy,” we step it up, and embrace our very own, unique, quirky take on what Artist means. This is deeply individual, likeContinue reading Continue Reading

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Chapter Eleven – Recovering a Sense of Autonomy

He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened. – Lao-Tzu 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.Continue reading Continue Reading

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Completing Chapter Eight

Dark of the Moon New beginnings Dark of the Moon Plant a seed tonight Dark of the Moon What we envision Will come to be by the Full Moon’s light. Today is a pivotal day of power. It is the Capricorn New Moon, bringing a Solar Eclipse. Plus, Mercury stations direct, ending its very challengingContinue reading Continue Reading

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