Week 4, Day 6 of The Artist's Way
Today, let's learn how to recuperate while continuing the momentum of our creativity recovery.
HONEST CHANGES (continued)
If you look over the time you have been doing your morning writing, you will see that many changes have entered your life as a result of your willingness to clear room in it for your creator’s action. You will have noticed an increased, sometimes disconcerting, sense of personal energy, some bursts of anger, some flash points of clarity. People and objects may have taken on a different meaning to you. There will be a sense of the flow of life—that you are brought into new vistas as you surrender to moving with the flow of God. This is clear already.
You may well be experiencing a sense of both bafflement and faith. You are no longer stuck, but you cannot tell where you are going. You may feel that this can’t keep up. You may long for the time when there was no sense of possibility, when you felt more victimized, when you didn’t realize how many small things you could do to improve your own life.
It is normal to yearn for some rest when you are moving so rapidly.
What you will learn to do is rest in motion, like lying down in a boat. Your morning pages are your boat. They will both lead you forward and give you a place to recuperate from your forward motion.
It is difficult for us to realize that this process of going inside and writing pages can open an inner door through which our creator helps and guides us. Our willingness swings this inner door open. The morning pages symbolize our willingness to speak to and hear God. They lead us into many other changes that also come from God and lead us to God. This is the hand of God moving through your hand as you write. It is very powerful.
One technique that can be very reassuring at this point is to use your morning pages—or a part of them—for written affirmation of your progress.
Choose affirmations according to your need. As you excavate your buried dreams, you need the assurance that such explorations are permissible: “I recover and enjoy my identity.”
(The Artist's Way, 2016, p. 85 – 86)
I surrender to the flow of creativity.
As recovering creatives, we often have to excavate our own pasts for the shards of buried dreams and delights.
Do a little digging, please. Be fast and frivolous. This is an exercise in spontaneity, so be sure to write your answers out quickly. Speed kills the Censor.
- List five hobbies that sound fun.
- List five classes that sound fun.
- List five things you personally would never do that sound fun.
- List five skills that would be fun to have.
- List five things you used to enjoy doing.
- List five silly things you would like to try once.
As you may have gathered by this point in your work, we will approach certain problems from many different angles, all of them aimed at eliciting more information from your unconscious about what you might consciously enjoy. This exercise will teach you enormous amounts about yourself—as well as give you some free time in which to pursue the interests you just listed.
“All you need to do to receive guidance is to ask for it and then listen.”
– SANAYA ROMAN
What is one fun interest you are excited to spend time playing with today?
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