When you read the title of this post, you may expect me to tell you about the spectactular signs I received from the universe. To be honest, I haven’t received them yet, I’m just looking for them. Julia Cameron’s book ‘the Artist’s Way’ is my beacon. I had heard about her book and the tool she uses: her Morning Pages, but I hadn’t taken the actual step of buying the book yet. There are so many books I want to read and hers was just one on my long list.
When I was shopping for a Christmas card early december I bumped into The Artist’s Way in our local bookstore. Local, as in ‘really local’. I mean, we live in a small town in the middle of Sweden and the book was in Swedish “Lev Kreativt”. I took it from the shelf because I liked the title (which means ‘live a creative life’), not knowing that it was Julia Cameron’s book. I guess this book really wanted to find me. I hesitated because it was in Swedish. Dutch and English feel really comfortable, they feel ‘me’. Swedish is still ‘that other language’, not completely in my heart yet. I walked away from the shelf but I went back and bought the book.
The Artist’s Way has a lot of exercises, actually a 12-week program, to help you find self-confidence and connect with your creativity. One of the exercises is a daily journal routine in the morning: her famous ‘Morning Pages’. You have to write 3 pages with … well anything. In my case it’s a brain dump and most of the time a lot of whining and negative thoughts. Once they’re on the paper, they’re gone in my head.
There are other exercises in the Artist’s Way and the whole program is helping me a lot in being much more alert to how my own journey is evolving and how I can get more in touch with my creative soul. Some exercises are as simple as talking a walk. Basic self-care.
Julia explains that you will start noticing small signs of the universe while you work your way through the program. Signs as a proof that you’re on the right creative track. I’m not sure what to look for. I can only tell that I started an art journal practice and that my interest in mixed media is really growing ! Maybe that’s a sign? I did collageing last year, but with an art journal I’m taking it a step further. I’m combining several media and that brings much more depth to the pages. I’m using acrylic paints, chalk and oil pastels, embossing paste, stencils, collage material and sometimes even fabric. A lot of other materials are on my shopping list, but I wanted to start small and affordable.
What’s surprising to me is the self-confidence I have gained in the past weeks. Maybe another sign? I have shared art journal pages on social media with enthousiasm, without hesitating. That’s a big step, because these pages are raw, unsophisticated, with room for mistakes. I’m excited to see what the next weeks bring!