All the people gather
Fly to carry each his burden
We are young despite the years we are concern
We are hope despite the times
All of the sudden, these days
Happy throngs, take this joy wherever, wherever….
I wish to meet each one of you And you, me, you, if I can and I can
We have many things in common, name three (three, three, three)
– lyrics from REM [these days]
I’m a week off on my Artist’s Way work. I wasn’t planning on the last week co-inciding with the weekend of Craft Attack, so things got a bit bobbled up for me. Rather than getting frustrated with that, I’m actually quite okay – I want to be sure to really give my all to the last week’s worth of work – and I have another Julia Cameron book to dive into when I’m done with The Artist’s Way, so I want to feel that I’ve drained all the inspiration and creative juice from this exercise before I move on to the next round, you know?
What have I gleaned from this work? More than anything, I’m re-learning to trust myself – to trust that I won’t beat myself up when I don’t live up to my overly-high expectations, and in fact to not set the bar so high at all. I’ve discovered that if I breathe and trust that things will go as they are meant, then – as my favourite Oracle, Morgan’s Tarot, says: “There are no misteaks.”
I’ve also learned that there is no substitute for a supportive network, especially when that network is made up of creative and caring individuals who are walking a similar path. Cassidy, Angelique, Diana – you are my muses, my inspiration, and my backbone in so many ways! If nothing else at all came from these weeks of work, I am leaving The Artist’s Way stronger, because of knowing and working and sharing with you. Thank you.
As the last few chapers have come and gone, I’ve found that a lot of the work I’ve been doing has been less on the page [or internet] and more internal. I am sorry that I’ve not been able to share those insights with you, dear readers, but a lot of these discoveries have been hard to put into words. However, you’ll see their influence in work to come, and a renewed and happier attitude. I noted to myself yesterday that my dark moods seem to be waning a bit, and I’m learning new and better ways to deal with them when they do come. This is another side-effect from The Artist’s Way work, and I welcome it. It was actually one of the main reasons I started this journey, because I know that my depression/anxiety has a few roots – one is my chemical makeup, which I work with through Cymbalta. Yoga and breathing techniques help also… but giving myself a reassessment and rededication to the Arts that I love has been a HUGE part of my recovery.
Oh, Di. You always have the right words for any situation. As I was typing this up, she Tweeted a link to this: To The Creative God.
The Merciful, the God with whom is Life
Establish us, O Lord, in darkest strife O never may thy truth forgotten be.
Creativity will set me free. It is the light out of my dark places. I’d almost forgotten that, but here is Julia Cameron, and my friends, and good ol’ synchronicity, coming around every time it slips my mind, steering me back onto a path of light.
Life is good. Take this joy wherever, wherever…