Week 2, Day 2 of The Artist's Way
Today, let's nurture a space of safety and self-acceptance that will allow our creativity to flourish.
Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance.
You're artist, like a small child, is happiest when feeling a sense of security. As our artists protective parent, we must learn to place our artist with safe companions. Toxic playmates and capsize are artists growth.
Not surprisingly, the most poisonous playmates for us as recovering creative or people whose creativity is still blocked. Our recovery threatens them.
Blocked friends may find your recovery disturbing.
You're getting unblocked raises the unsettling possibility that they, too, could become unblocked and move into authentic creative risks rather than bench sitting cynicism. Be alert to self-sabotage from your friends. You cannot afford their well-meaning doubts right now. Their doubts will reactivate your own.
Be very careful to safeguard your newly recovering artist. Often, creativity is blocked by are falling in with other people's plans for us.
The essential element in nurturing our creativity lies and nurturing ourselves.
Through self-nurturance, we nurture our inner connection to the great creator. Through this connection, our creativity will unfold. Paths will appear for us. We need to trust the great creator and move out in faith.
Repeat: the Great Creator has gifted us with creativity. Our gift back is our use of it. Do not let friends squander your time.
Draw a sacred circle around your recovery. Give yourself the gift of faith. Trust that you were on the right track. You are.
You will learn to enjoy the process of being a creative channel and to surrender your needs to control the result. You will discover the joy of practicing your creativity. Process, not the product, will be your focus.
Your own healing is the greatest message of hope for others.”
(The Artist's Way, 2016, p. 42-44)
Through nurturing myself, my creativity will flourish.
Where does your time go? List your five major activities this week.
How much time did you give to each one? Which were what you wanted to do and which were sheds? How much of your time is spent Helping others and ignoring your own desires? Have any of your blocked friends triggered doubts in you?
“Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.”
– Shakti Gawain
What is one thing you can do today that will provide protection around your creative recovery?
We'd love to hear in the comments!